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Key Skills and Careers

Maria Delgado interviews Pedro Almodóvar. Pedro Almodóvar A.M.P.A.S. tribute. Photograph by Simon Liebowitz © A.M.P.A.S.

Drama at Queen Mary has an excellent record for graduate employment. 75% of our graduates are in graduate-level employment after six months, making us first out of all UK Drama departments for employability (Guardian 2013).

Studying Drama with us will give you rigorous analytical and communication skills and the ability to work independently and collaboratively. These qualities make Drama graduates sought after in the workplace. 

Whatever career you choose, by the end of your degree you can expect to have developed these key graduate attributes:

  • communication skills, by expressing yourself in performance and in writing
  • presentation skills, by performing your work and giving class presentations
  • team-working skills, by participating with fellow-students in seminars, group research presentations and performances
  • reading skills, by using a range of approaches to tackle different kinds of texts
  • analytical abilities, by interpreting and theorising the meanings of texts and performances
  • writing abilities, by preparing a range of assignments (including research-based essays, reports, performance logbooks, and journals)
  • research skills, by locating, sifting, and interpreting a range of sources (from printed books and journals to archival material to electronic resources)
  • time management skills and the ability to work under pressure, by organising and fulfilling diverse assessments and commitments
  • management and leadership skills, by planning the staging of your practical work
  • financial knowledge, by learning about how theatre is funded
  • technical skills, by learning about the scenographic and staging elements that contribute to creating successful performances

In addition to the important skills you’ll gain while studying for your degree, Drama offers a series of events on building a successful career in the arts and related fields. While studying, students have worked on placements with various arts organisations, including People’s Palace Projects, Phakama, and Air Supply. We also invite artists and arts professionals to share their expertise with our students—a number of our graduates now work with practitioners and companies they first encountered while studying Drama at Queen Mary.

For additional information visit the website for Queen Mary’s central Careers Service, where you can also find information about work experience opportunities.


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