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 it teaches students that success only comes from hard work.
The skills that are learnt through 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 Sixth Form, HCAD and at specialist universities and colleges.