Drama gives students a deep understanding of themselves because it involves using not only their voices and bodies, but also emotions and creativity. It is also able to engender a deep sense of self-esteem. As a subject that requires a great deal of peer trust it plays an important role in teaching communication, listening and empathy skills. Studying drama is demanding, and teaches students that success only comes from hard work.
The skills that are learnt by studying drama are invaluable in later life. For example, being able to speak and present confidently in front of people, and the skill of planning that is required in any production, are useful in many careers. Drama can be a good basis for a career not only in the theatre, but in advertising, the film industry and even in events planning, among many others. The entertainment/creative arts industry employs the largest number of people in the UK third only to the financial sector and larger than the NHS. Studying Drama at school opens the door to a wide range of employment options including performance, technical craftsmanship, TV, film and radio and allied industry. Students can study drama and theatre at 6th form, HCAD and at specialist universities and colleges.
At Key Stage 4 the course is primarily a practical course with a final terminal paper.
Practical topics covered include:
- Devised thematic work
- Theatre in Education
- Physical Theatre
- Set design
- Stage management
In addition, students study and perform a scripted play and complete a study of a live theatre production.