Drama Careers

Overview

Drama graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised. Our graduates compete very successfully in the employment market; 6 months after graduation 97%* of our Drama graduates are in work and/or further study.

Graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Drama will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Should you want to progress into careers in the Arts sector, a degree in Drama will give you with both the theoretical and practical skills which you will need to succeed. Our recent graduates have gone on to work for companies such as the English National Opera, Spa Theatre Company and the BBC, with job titles such as:

  • Assistant Producer
  • Casting Director
  • Freelance Director 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Theatre Practice
  • Applied Theatre
  • PGCE English secondary
  • MA Acting
  • MA Acting for Stage, Screen and Radio

Studying in Drama will also equip you with valuable skills for graduate-level work in other sectors. Alongside your performance skills, you will learn to critically engage with the social, historical and cultural contexts surrounding theatre. Through studio-based work, you will become a highly capable communicator who will be able to adapt to individual and team work scenarios. Our recent Drama graduates have since secured jobs for companies such as Hearst, Universal Records, and Think Jam. Others have pursued careers in:

  • Public Relations
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Teaching 

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complimentary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.  

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of Drama. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Professional Experience

Your degree in Drama here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market, and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students in the College and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors. 

Applied Drama: Interactive Theatre

The Applied Drama module offers students a fantastic opportunity to engage their studies in a professional setting and see how Drama can be utilised in a wider framework. The module looks at ways of employing Interactive Theatre within an educational setting, and asks students to create an Interactive Theatre programme for a specific audience. 

Other opportunities...

RAW Drama platform

The RAW Drama Platform enables final year students and alumni from the Drama department to showcase their work at the Exeter Northcott Theatre, a 460 seat venue in the heart of our Streatham campus. Industry professionals and potential employers are invited to the view the work, giving students the opportunity to network with respected individuals in the industry.

Facilities

Our facilities include a Multimedia Studio with industry standard video-editing software; Sound Studios; Costume and Properties Store; Workshop and Lighting Resources.

Workshops

The Drama department offers a range of optional workshops to help you enhance your practical skills. Many are delivered by our own technical team and include stage lighting and sound and video editing.

Volunteering

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations in the Arts industry which recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students.

Life and a career in the arts and culture sector – with former Exeter student Julian Bird

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of two of the main theatre bodies in the UK, visited campus to discuss his successful career in the sector, and offered tips on how students can follow in his footsteps.

In the Spotlight: Jobs in Film, from production to distribution and exhibition

This event offers students the opportunity to meet individuals who have successful careers in this tough industry. The panel has most recently featured alumni James Panting, an Assistant Editor for titles such as The Theory of Everything and Suite Francais, Adam Singodia, a freelance Director of Photography (both Exeter BA Film Studies 2010),  and Duncan Carson, who is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Independent Cinema Office.

Careers in the Third Sector

This event offers students the opportunity to meet former Exeter students who now have successful careers in local and national charities. One of our recent speakers was Ruth Owens (BA Drama 2009), who is now a Gateway Beacon Project Manager at Mencap, a leading UK Charity for people with learning disabilities.

Our students and graduates

Studying Drama at Exeter gives you the confidence and skills that can be used to excel in the media industry. I work at Hat Trick Productions in Development and have created a TV format (Dinner Date) that has sold around the world. I have also worked on and helped develop Fonejacker, Facejacker and various other TV shows. Skills gained through my degree have become invaluable to me in my work today. It helped me find a voice and gave me confidence to work ideas into fully fledged productions – what I do today and love.

Joe Varley, BA Drama (2005)

The highlight of my time at Exeter has definitely been directing the Exeter University Theatre Company’s 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival show. The opportunity to get experience directing a show for a professional platform has been amazing, the process has been so fun and I’ve had the chance to work with some really talented people.

Alice Fitzgerald, BA Drama (2015)