Getting you career ready
After successful completion of the MA Dramatherapy course you’ll be eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for registration as a dramatherapist.
Throughout this course you’ll be encouraged to reflect on and consider the impact and consequences of your interventions. You´ll develop the skills to be a self-aware dramattherapist, who can discern how the impact of self is central to your facilitation skills
You´ll be encouraged to be innovative, creating clear links with a wide range of theatre and improvisational methodologies. This will enable you to respond effectively to different client needs in a variety of settings.
You´ll be encouraged to develop your interests and follow your inspiration using the dramatic art form to create original models, suitable for a range of Dramatherapy interventions.
Exciting career opportunities
Dramatherapists are employed in a range of organisations including schools, prisons, hospitals, day centres, hospices and private health providers, so there will be many exciting and stimulating career options for you.
A relevant undergraduate degree such as BA (Hons) Drama, BA (Hons) Theatre Arts, BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies. Or you might hold an undergraduate degree or training in other areas such as psychology, occupational therapy, social work, nursing and have current evidence of theatre experience.
You´ll usually need one year´s full time (or equivalent) relevant work experience in a clinical setting. This can be paid or voluntary and can include areas such as mental health, learning disabilities, older people, children who have experienced trauma, physical disabilities or working with asylum seekers. The more experience you have, the more prepared you´ll be for the course.
You must demonstrate sufficient life experience and emotional maturity to cope with the demands of the course.
Please note that if you are offered a place on the course you will be required to pay a deposit of £250 in order to secure your place.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required at the point of accepting a place at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this programme.
If your first language is not English, you´ll need to have achieved an IELTS of at least 7.0 or equivalent with no element below 6.5, as stipulated by the HCPC.
The MA Dramatherapy course is made up of three stages – Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and MA.
You’ll study these modules:
Dramatherapy Clinical Placement 1
You’ll work in a clinical setting under managerial supervision for one day a week to gain a minimum of 40 face to face client contact sessions. This will give you the opportunity to integrate and apply your learning. You’ll initiate and facilitate dramatherapy sessions and assess their effectiveness. You’ll also participate in case presentations, write reports, update records and implement strategies for ending therapy sessions. This module is delivered face to face.
Arts Therapies Theory and Research in Relation to Practice 1
You’ll develop your knowledge of human development, health and disability from social, psychological and physiological perspectives. You’ll consider the pathology and psychopathology of the contemporary diagnostic groups used in clinical environments and look at a wide range of factors that influence diagnosis, including cultural contexts. This module is delivered face to face.
Dramatherapy Practice Studio
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the application of theatre skills, drawn from a wide range of approaches within Dramatherapy practice. The module is comprised of experiential sessions and tutor and student-led seminars. The module builds on your confidence and your use of drama and theatre skills to enable you to integrate the practical, creative and theoretical aspects of theatre in a manner that will both inform and enrich the therapeutic process.
Dramatherapy Experiential Group
This module will enable you to develop empathy for clients and a deeper understanding of group processes through direct involvement in a closed group. This process serves to give you valuable feedback on your performance in the group setting and highlights potential areas for development. This module is delivered face to face and runs over two years
You’ll study these modules:
Dramatherapy Clinical Placement 2
You’ll continue working in clinical settings under managerial supervision and increase the depth of your understanding of unconscious processes that develop during therapeutic practice. You’ll work in a clinical setting under managerial supervision for two days a week to gain a minimum of 60 face to face client contact sessions.
Arts Therapies Theory and Research in Relation to Practice 2
During this module you’ll develop your understanding of a range of research methodologies and have the opportunity to evaluate and theorise your clinical practice. You’ll develop the skills you need to decide the type of evidence that is appropriate for a given area. This module is delivered face to face.
You’ll study this module:
Arts Therapies Independent Scholarship
This module will enable you to demonstrate their ability to conduct a major piece of independently researched work, which will be in the form of a body of work and its critique. In doing so, the primacy of performance and their relationship to psychotherapeutic practice is recognised and advanced.
Students will undertake an extended piece of independent research under supervision within an ethical framework. The methodology employed will be appropriate to the area of investigation and art form used.
The body of work will provide you with an opportunity to explore the levels and layers of creative processes and language, which take place during the production process. In contemporary Arts Therapies thinking, there are clear links between psychological and artistic terminology with psychological language grounded in artistic roots.
The body of work produced and conclusions reached, will inform your development of both therapeutic practice, the role of theatre (Dramatherapy) and the evolution of self as therapist.
During this triple module, you’ll conduct a major piece of independently researched work. This module is delivered face to face.
Please note, you will be required to undertake a total of 72 sessions of personal therapy, as stipulated by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), for the duration of the training. The cost of therapy will be covered by yourself, this is in addition to the standard course fees.
When you have successfully completed all elements of the programme and you are eligible to apply to be registered as a Dramatherapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You could be employed in areas such as schools, prisons, hospitals, day centres, hospices, private health organisations, therapeutic communities. With further experience, you could work freelance.
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