Drama and Theatre Arts undergraduate open day talk 2019

Good morning everybody and welcome to George
Cadbury Hall. My name’s Dr Adam Ledger, I’m a Reader in Theatre and Performance here
in the Drama and Theatre Arts Department on the Selly Oak Campus of the University of
Birmingham. And what I’d like to do is just go through
a number of things for you about the Department, but also I think importantly I’ll try and
give you a bit of a breakdown of the course. I’ll try and go fairly quickly so we have
plenty of time to talk and answer any questions you have as we go along. So first of all, just to position the Department
a little bit, we’ve worked very hard I suppose over the last five to ten years to make sure
that our offer is very strong and, importantly, it’s very consistent, so you will have been
on all of the league tables and so on – we do very well in those year on year. At the
moment, we’re fourth in the Complete University Guide. All of these league tables, as you
probably know, measure things in slightly different ways and they are what we are, but
we do well. At the other end of the degree, the University
of Birmingham, our Department as well, does very well in terms of employment statistics.
So there’s a thing called DLHE there, you can see in the first bracket, again you can
look up some of these statistics but 94% – don’t know quite what happened to the other 6%!
But anyway, 94% of our Single Honours drama students go into work within six months of
leaving the degree and that, crucially as we’ll talk about later, is work related
to the degree. So the employment statistics here are very good indeed. We do very well in what’s called the QS
rankings – we’re typically in the top 100 globally. And within the Russell Group – you’ll
be aware of this term – we are usually in the top 10. So, you know, we consistently
perform very well as a Department. Now what we try to do is make sure that the
course is very balanced. The sort of old distinctions between theory and practice don’t really exist
anymore but, broadly speaking, I suppose what you might call practical teaching and learning
is about half the degree; theoretical work is the other half. But all of that now is
mixed up, so for example if you’re taking an acting module you will still have to sort
of reflect upon it and write and read a little bit about it. equally, if you’re doing a seminar,
a theoretical mode of study, you will still have to stand up and do a presentation as
part of your assessment as well. I’ll try and pin that to certain modules as we go along. So the theoretical side, if you like, looks
at historical work, looks at socio-political ways of understanding theatre, so that you
have a really strong way of articulating what it is to make performance, you know, within
certain contexts. The practical training, all the way through the degree you will be
making performance, increasing your skills as a performer, thinking about how to make
work, how to direct work, how to think dramaturgically about work, which is the formal content of
it. Equally, because we have very good facilities,
this is our theatre, we don’t share it with anybody, we have a very strong theatre craft
strand through the degree as well, so you get really strong hands on experience in lighting,
sound, stage management and so on. You will probably end up painting something, this is
scenography, which is the fancy word for design. Lots of opportunities to make your own work
all the way through the degree as well, even up to the equivalent of dissertation stages
I’ll talk about as I go on. Now crucially in an institution like this,
it’s a Russell Group university, the staff are experts in their field, a big part of
my job, as well as the teaching and lots of administration that we all have to do, is
to make sure that I maintain a research profile and I do that in two ways: I write books and
articles and so on; I also make theatre professionally. So this is some of the books that have come
out of the Department in recent years and I think that’s important to just take a
moment to take in, because that’s the part of the intellectual weight of the Department
as well, as well as the practical work that we do here as well. We’ll give you a flyer
so you can look up some of these. Because we’re a Russell Group institution,
we therefore have to teach that research, so to give you a very clear example, on the
top row there, the fifth book along (the director doing this, because directors always have
to do this!), is a book I’ve just published called The Director and Directing, it’s
about contemporary directing across Europe. That, I’m going to fold into a module next
year, so the students will be reading and talking about that and hopefully liking what
I have to say. So we’ll give you a flyer so you can see this kind of output. Now I mentioned that many of us maintain our
links and our work professionally, so in September the top left picture there, I’m making a piece
of work which is a family show, it’s all about water and that’s being made here then
it will move down to Mac Birmingham, which is a venue just down by the cricket ground,
then it goes on a national tour. Let me give you another example: the bottom
right there is Pablo, who teaches live and performance art here, amongst other things,
he maintains his practice as well. So you really are working with staff who are ‘doing
it’ I think is the important message I’d like just to leave you with there. Now contact hours here are very high, it’s
very difficult to give you a precise number per week, it depends what you’re doing, but
if you can see that and you can start to add up the numbers, it’s quite a lot. That will
shift as you go through the degree, depending on what you’re doing. If you’re working on
a production here as part of theatre crafts in the first or second year, you’re going
to be in here a lot. If you’re in a show, we do a handful of shows per year directed
professionally, that’s very high contact hours. I did one this year, I had seven students
for 28 hours a week for five weeks. That’s very intense. And they were doing another
module. So the contact hours here are, they vary, depending what you’re doing, but you’re
in a lot and the students here are very busy. And on top of that, they somehow find time
to do all the extracurricular things as well. So as well as being in the room with the students,
there’s additional support activities that we do as well, we maintain the personal tutor
system here so you will have a personal tutor who you check in with periodically, we make
sure people are on the right track. We have an academic writing service, so if you need
sort of outside eye in terms of your writing, we provide that as well. Now if you look at the bullet points, that’s
quite a varied way of undertaking the teaching and learning. So it may well be that you are
in a formal lecture and you will have a sense of what that is. We have seminars as well,
particularly in the study options, as I’ll talk about later on, where you have a two
hour session where you might be discussing in very fine detail a particular topic or
a piece of reading that we’ve all shared together. Of course lots of practical teaching, you’ve
seen some of our studio spaces and that typically is where that kind of work would happen. Sometimes the teaching takes place off campus,
so I have a couple of modules that we do off campus, which I’ll point out a little bit
later. All of this of course means that there’s a lot of independent study so if, for example
you’re doing a 2 hour seminar class, it might take you about the same amount of time to
get through all of the reading and make your notes and so on in order to get through that
seminar and contribute very well. So students are very busy here, they really are, and I
think they get a lot out of it. It’s very traditional in universities to
keep Wednesday afternoons free, so you can go off and do sport, you can go and do enrichment
activities, all sorts of things. So it’s a very full experience here and the students
move very freely between the two campuses. There’s a shuttlebus that takes people around,
so it’s very easy to move around the spaces. Anyway, let’s try and break down – there’s
a lot of information to try and take in – but let’s try and break down the course just
a little bit to give you a sense of how it works. So you can come here and you can do
Single Honours Drama or you can do Single Honours Drama and English. Now let’s talk about Drama and Theatre Arts,
the one subject pathway first of all. In your first year, you do landmarks in theatre and
performance, which is a little bit as it sounds, it’s about what are the key things historically
that your really do need to know about. What were the points that theatre and performance
shifted and tried to do innovative new different things. And it’s important to understand
that. What is the context of the work that we sit within. Everything in Birmingham has sort of abbreviations
or acronyms, so here’s the first one, the second bullet point: PTPC – which is Performance
Theory Practice and Critique – is an introduction into the theoretical ways that we can talk
about performance. All of those words ending in ‘ism’ you deal with in that module.
Of course, alongside all of that, is a really robust introduction into the practical work,
so in your first semester you do studio practice, the third thing on the list here, which is
very much about getting students working together as an ensemble, getting them to work physically,
thinking about what it means to train, what does that mean and to collaborate with your
peers. Theatre and performance practice in the second term is about them realising work,
what are the decisions you have to make in terms of how you might stage something, let’s
say in relation to space. Then I mentioned theatre crafts. So in your
first year you have a very good introduction to what it means to run a space such as this
and to learn how to operate the equipment as well, we have very good high spec equipment
in this space. And then preparing performance and engaging
performance. Because of the semester structure that is being introduced from 2020, there
are some really good windows actually where we’ve been able to put in some extra classes,
so there’s some small group work in a PAT module – there you are – there’s another
one which is about working with your personal tutor in smaller groups to support the learning.
There’s quite a transition from college and A level teaching and learning to higher
education. So this first year is really about supporting the students, both in that transition,
how it is you study at higher education and also of course immersing you in the subject
in all ways. Now if you’re doing Drama and English, let’s
look at the bottom half of that list here. You’ve got to do some English. So when you
go back to the Edgbaston Campus, you can corner the English people and ask them all about
these modules. So you see the top half of that list here, there’s your drama modules,
then you need to look at prose and poetry within English, how it is that language is
read, this is reading English, and how it is that language functions in the world. So let’s look at what happens further on.
Now the great thing about this degree is as you go through, the optionality increases,
so you have a very real opportunity to begin to bend the degree in terms of the direction
you would like it to take in terms of your aspirations once you move on from here. So in your second year on the Single Honours
programme, you take Theatre Laboratory and Theatre Practice. Broadly speaking, Theatre
Lab is devising contemporary work. Theatre Practice is how you deal with text. Theatre
Crafts too, so if you’re in your second year you would support a third year production
as a stage manager. And then you take two study options – I will do some of the list
later on – and one practice option. So what you’re trying to build up is three modules
in the first semester and three in the second. Now Drama and English, again, we’ve got to
squeeze in some English somewhere at the bottom there. So if you look at the bottom part of
that list, the English modules come in, you can see that you carry on with half the programme
in drama, you do two different types of historical study in your second year, you take thematic
options, again, in English. And of course you’ve got to do some Shakespeare. Now here are some examples of some study options
that we offer in the second year. Little bit of a caveat – I’m not allowed to say we
are definitely going to do these – you will hear that a lot! Typically these are the kind
of things that we do, so I’m showing them to you. Let me pick out a couple. Let’s look at
the fourth one there, Performance and Nation – this is taught by our current Head of
Department, David Pattie, this is about how theatre articulates the concept of nation
and nationhood. David is Scottish so he will show you lots of ways that for example the
National Theatre of Scotland articulates that concept of nation, but of course it’s global. Popular Performance there is taught by currently
Caroline Radcliffe. That looks at how it is that performance can engage people through
certain forms like musical for example. Here are some examples of current practical
options in the second year. I often teach acting. That is a very rigorous course that
looks at how it is you can front what it is a writer might give you as an actor. How on
earth do you make choices? How do you rigorously build a character? All of those kind of questions.
And we work through all of that practically. Theatre for Young Audiences – halfway down
– is another one that I teach. This is an off-campus module in its realisation. So that
is how do you devise work that children will understand in terms of their cognitive needs?
So we devise that together and then it’s performed in two local schools. Now lots of things happen in the third year
because that’s your final year and we like to take the lid of things and you can choose
to do all sorts of things. So what you do if you’re doing the Single Honours pathway
is you do two study options, there are no core courses, you do two study options, two
practical options. The research project is like a long essay
– it’s what we used to call a dissertation. So you will pick a topic that you have become
interested in during your study options throughout the degree, you’ll work with a supervisor
and you create, you research, you create a long piece of written work. A practical research
project, what we call a PPD – there’s always an abbreviation. So that’s just finished
actually this term and the students have made some extraordinarily innovative small group
work. So you’re doing the same thing, you’re taking a question and you’re trying to explore
it through the making of an original piece of work. Really exciting material was made
this year. Drama and English. We’ve got to squeeze in
some English in there somehow. So you take a drama study option, again you can choose
a practical option, that research project, with us. You can do the production module
if you’re on the English and Drama pathway but of course you’ve got to do some English,
so you take Block A options or Block B in English and then you can do your extended
essay in English. Now here are some examples of some of the
study options – we couldn’t fit them all on. There’s a lot in the third year. Now
remember that slide of all the books that I showed you, you can start to see how the
staff specialisms, the staff individual expertise starts to inform the curriculum – that’s
what we’ve got to do in an institution like this. Let’s pick out some of them: so Gender in
Theatre and Performance is taught by a couple of staff here who have research specialisms
in how is the notion of gender inflected through the act of performance and the choices the
performers make. I mentioned Pablo, my colleague, teaches Live Art, the third one down there.
So this is how the research then feeds in to the teaching. Part of my job is to teach
my research, so you’re getting the really, you know, you’re getting the latest information
here. There are lots of practical options. The second
one down there: Site Specific Performance I’ve just finished. This is a module I teach.
Again, this is an off-campus module. We go and find a building and we say that we want
it for a week and a half and we go in with nothing and ten days later we do a performance.
If you go on the Facebook page, you’ll see a little documentary that was just made of
our last project this year down at the Jewellery Quarter. There’s a really nice little film
there that we had made on that work. You can choose to take the 40 credit production
option rather than two practical options. You can opt to go into Theatre Crafts 3 as
well as a third year, so you end up stage managing a production in here, which is terrific. OK, let’s just draw all of that information
together a little bit. As I said, we try to be a very rounded degree here. We offer professional
experience in terms of the practical learning that you will undertake here. If you remember
all of those different ways of learning, remember that those are assessed in different ways
as well. Of course you have to write essays, you may have to stand up in front of the class
and give a presentation and be assessed on it. If you’re taking a practical option, you
will be producing practical work which is assessed. The assessments are very, very varied here
because of course the outcomes of the learning on those modules are very varied. What that
gives you is a huge set of transferable skills, so regardless of what you end up doing at
the other end, you know, what do we want to do, we want to produce intelligent, thoughtful,
informed, confident, articulate students. That’s what an Arts Degree, which is what
we do, should provide you. And employers want that. We try and do all of that through complementary,
historical and contextual learning. The staff/student ration here is very good,
we get to know the students very well, they get to know us very well. We try to mix up
the first, second and third years, particularly when it comes to production modules. So it’s
a really thriving Department in terms of the opportunities that I think we’re able to
give students. And they do very well, as you saw, in terms of what they go on to do. Now I’ll pass over to Danny in a moment,
who can break down some of the ways that we try and help all of that happen. Yet another
figure! 94% of our Single Honours students and 90% of the Joint Honours, as I said, go
into degree relevant employment within six months of leaving. And there’s an enormous
amount of support to get students there. The students do all sorts of things. A couple
of my personal tutees have stayed on actually, they’re doing the Masters in Human Resources,
so I’ve just very hurriedly had to write references for them. What a terrific undergraduate degree
to do in order to go into that field. A lot of our students of course go into postgraduate
training in the Conservatoire, the drama school actor vocational training sphere and we will
help them achieve that. A lot of our students go into production in
terms of theatre and of course the wider industry, have a lot of students going into film and
TV pretty soon after they leave. Students go into arts organisations, into all sorts
of roles, a couple of years ago we had a student who left, went straight to the RSC in the
marketing department and he’s still there doing very well indeed. A lot of students
go into media, journalism and so on, students go on and do the postgraduate teacher training
in various institutions around the place. And then related fields like marketing and
PR and so on. So there’s a lot of support for that. I’ll
hand over to Danny who will break that down a little bit. Thank you very much. Adam’s discussed a
lot of things. We’ve got a careers person within the department that helps the students
understand their pathways and guide them towards certain things. Linda, our stage manager,
links in very closely. Just looking at the last slide again very
quickly, just talk about some students that got their marks last week, they haven’t even
graduated yet, but we know what they’re going to be doing next year, which is really useful
for us. As Adam said, a lot of students go on to drama schools and further education.
We’ve got students who are going to the Birmingham Royal Conservatoire, to Mount View, so on
and so forth, which is great for us. Independent theatre sector. Students use the
knowledge that they gain here and the support we give them to create their own companies,
so this year at the National Student Drama Festival, two of our student groups won quite
a lot of awards, which is fantastic to see as well. Stage Management and Production Arts – so
we’ve got a current student who are working on the Stage Management team at On Your Feet
in the West End, which is great to see, but dotted throughout media, TV as well we’ve
got students working over the road at the BBC. A student who got their marks last week has
just got a job working on the new Christmas Agatha Christie BBC drama that’s about to
come out, which is fantastic to see as well. Lots of arts organisations. Marketing, PR,
journalism – Adam mentioned one of our students is currently working at the RSC who left very
recently. We’ve also got a student who started work this Monday just gone, a big PR firm
in the West End whose major contract is Wicked and they only got their marks last week, so
that’s fantastic to see and it’s really good to see the students working forward. Lots of students staying here as well, as
Adam mentioned. I’ve got two of my students who are going on to the MA film and TV programme
within the university. We’ve got students gone into the marketing as well. It’s really
good to see. That’s very important because employers
want transferable skills and that’s what drama is really, really good at: how to work
within a team, how to work individually, how to achieve goals, how to present yourself
effectively and that’s what we’re all about. We approach that and help with our careers
statistics in a number of different ways. The university runs a lot of inclusive internship
schemes, so just for University of Birmingham students, some of them are just for drama
students as well. Lots of creative sector, we’re running something this year called
the Creative Internships. Lots of Birmingham based and national based work. Some of them
are paid, some of them are just work experience that gives the students loads of different
opportunities. And what I find really useful about these is they are competitive, so the
students get a chance at the job, going for a job kind of way, and it helps them kind
of take their next step in their career. So this year we’ve had internships with English
Theatre Frankfurt, which is funded, the students are shipped over to Frankfurt, do the work
there, come back and then help their students, very competitive – I think two of our students
won that this year, so that’s really good to see. It’s university wide but they’re
built for drama students so it’s fantastic to see. Students that are sent to the rep theatre
in town, the BBC, we run our own BBC internships, so ten students a year go across and work
on Doctors – you might have walked past the Doctors set as you go past – no real
doctors in there – don’t queue up asking them to have a look at some problem you’ve
got in your back! They’re not real doctors, you do see a queue of people there on a Monday
morning trying to see the doctors, which is quite funny! But, again, they’re really useful,
really good contact link we’ve got there, they’re great with our students. Cultural internships with the Birmingham Hippodrome,
Cactus TV – we’ve got four students I think are about to go off and work with Cactus TV
because one of our alumni actually runs the production company, so they’re giving back
direct to our degree, which is fantastic as well. The BE Festival, Flatpack, Fierce Festivals
– some of those are about to take place in Birmingham and our students are always
working with them and on that activity. Further ways we help – we run master classes
and workshops from a variety of different areas. We get people in from Equity, RSC – Adam
will talk about our collaboration with the RSC, so people come up. We’ve even got directors
from the RSC working on some of our shows this year, so actually directing the students,
working on shows that were done at the RSC, remounting them here, which is great to see. We’ve had some renowned directors, such as
Anne Bogart, Adam organised that one direct, the students really enjoy having that face
to face contact with someone who’s been there, who’s done it and can give them the
experience they need. And we also run workshops for students that want to further their education
here as well and even in other areas – we’ve had people from the Birmingham Royal Conservatoire
come here and talk to the students about how they can progress their career and move forward. We also do tailored notifications of opportunities.
We’ve done over 100 this year. If you have a look at our Facebook page you’ll be able
to see all the things come in. Again, some are paid, some of them are training opportunities,
but it really allows the students – actually we’ve got some flyers in the foyer as well
of our recent newsletter that went out last week to the students – they kind of help
them tailor their options and choose a path that they want to go down. We run a range of networking events with alumni
and career professional industry. So we do something we call the theatre workshop here
where we get loads of ex-students in and loads of people from local and national firms to
talk to the students about how they are perceived, how to sell yourself, how to take yourself
forward. If none of that floats the student’s boat
and they want to find their own opportunities, they can also apply for bursaries for self-sourced
work, so if you want to stay in Birmingham for example and get a bit of work experience,
you can apply for pots of money at the university that helps pay for your accommodation during
the summer, so you’re not out of pocket. We put all these star students but, as Adam
said, we still have that 6% of students who aren’t in further work after they leave, so
the careers network team, an award winning institution we’ve got in the university that
helps the students progress their career, give them two years of support after they
leave. So for example if you’re not getting passed the CV stage or the job interview stage,
you can make an appointment to see them and they can run you through workshops to improve
that aspect for you as well. So lots of different ways to progress your career and move forward.
I’ll be hanging around at the end if anyone wants to ask any further information or detail. So I think something to think about when you’re
going round the country thinking about what university might I apply to is you’re also
going to be spending at least three years in a major university town or city and that’s
worth just thinking about in relation to Birmingham, which is the second city after London, we’re
still in front of Manchester – yes we are! And there is an enormous amount going on in
Birmingham, apart from roadworks, which will be finished soon! The Rep down the road we have very good links
with. The Rep is the biggest regional theatre in the country. Mac I mentioned just down
the road in Edgbaston and then the really big venues like the Hippodrome which is where
all the big musicals come into it, it’s a huge building. Birmingham is full of festivals. At the moment
the BE Festival – the Birmingham European Festival – is just about to start. And the
producers there are extraordinary, they find this astonishing work and they bring it and
they turn the Rep inside out, so they use all the backstage spaces and so on and then
there’s a meal halfway through where everyone sits on the stage. It’s an extraordinary
festival. That is terrific for our students because they’ve just finished the academic
year – a lot of them stay around actually and volunteer for that festival, it’s an
extraordinary experience just down the road. We have a lot of companies in the city, Stan’s
Café for example has been going for a long time, really innovative company and James
sometimes comes in and talks or leads a workshop around that sort of work. The Commonwealth Games is coming in 2022 around
which there’s going to, like the Olympics, be a bit sort of cultural set of events as
well. And then London is only an hour and a bit away and Stratford, where the RSC is,
is about 45 minutes’ drive. So there’s an enormous amount going on in the city and
the region, which our students directly benefit from. We have a collaboration with the RSC over
in Stratford, they’re only down the road, we’ve always had a tie of some sort. So the
students have been doing extraordinary work there, there’s been a lot of master classes,
a lot of workshops, they went to do a voice workshop this year. I organised a directing
workshop a couple of years ago, we get lots of free tickets and take you over on the coach
and you can see things. So that’s been a really fruitful collaboration which I hope
in some way will carry on. That came about because the university was a founder partner
of The Other Place, which is the venue just along from the main theatres, if you know
Stratford. Now final sort of facts and figures: we aim
to take 50 students on the BA Drama and Theatre Arts programme and about the same on the Drama
and English programme. So given the number of staff, that’s a pretty good staff/student
ration in this Department. Our standard offer – this is across the College of Arts and
Law within which we sit – is 2 As and a B. You will have seen and you’ll probably
get information today and certainly on the website, the way that the university is making
offers is quite complex now, it’s very much tailored to the individual, so they look at
a variety of things which I think is very good actually, you know, you can look at individual
circumstances and attainment all the way through an academic progression. What we do though for the Single Honours Programme
is we want to see you, so you have to come! And we will do a practical session with you
and get everybody working together because we’ve got to see that the students are going
to enjoy being here, they’re the right kind of person to be doing the pretty intensive
work that we do. Now I’m going to hand over to Danny again
just to flick through some of the facilities. You’ve seen some but just so you can see something
of the spaces you haven’t seen. So, again, you’ve seen this. If I just go
through them very, very quickly. What we’re lucky with in drama is these spaces are all
ours. They’re not shared with other Departments and we don’t need to have performances coming
here to pay the bills. They’re all ours. So they’re for the students and used by the students
currently. George Cadbury Hall – we moved up to this
campus, oh 2005/6 – for my sins, I was part of the team that renovated this building.
A lot of money, it was about £1.5m at the time, was spent turning this venue into an
education venue that we can use, not only to hold professional looking productions,
but also to teach them as well. So there’s some aspects that we’ve put in place just
for that. We’ve got high definition preview cinema at
the back. We’ve continued our investment into intelligent lighting, AV systems, directional
sound systems that allow us to put on productions that students will be able to take that experience
elsewhere and use it straightaway. So we use all of the systems that current professional
theatre production companies do. And we’re very proud of that, we take it
forward, one of the better equipped venues in Birmingham I would say, some of the equipment
here you won’t see in some of the larger venues just around us. We put on all of our major
productions here and teach theatre crafts from in here as well. So that’s our main house of drama just next
door. All of our academic offices are there as well as our departmental office, which
is really useful, the students have always got a central place of contact to go back
from. We’ve got three drama studios in there of varying sizes. You saw SS1 as you went
through – SOVAC Studio 1 – which is basically where we run our large core activity and then
there’s smaller spaces with different abilities, there’s some spaces with mirrors, some spaces
triple aspect with natural light, which is better for production rehearsals, so on and
so forth. All of those spaces can be booked by the students
for their independent rehearsals around their teaching programme. So they can come in, do
some work, leave, prepare them self and their classwork, which is really, really useful. Gillett Centre: we’ve only recently moved
into the Gillett over the last couple of years. We’ve got seminar rooms in there, we’ve got
some production offices and space such as our costume department, we’ve got a Mac editing
suite where we teach the students basic CAD, lighting, design and also I teach sound design
to the students in there. We’ve got a bunch of QLab machines and editing machines there,
so we teach them how to start the process working their way through. Really good transferable skill if you’re on
stage if you know how things are working around you, which we’re quite proud of. We’ve also
got a further four studios in that space as well, so seven in total that the students
can book and use for their practical activity. OLRC – again lots of acronyms in university
– Orchard Learning Resource Centre – built on the old orchard of Selly Manor that used
to be opposite where the university school currently is. Library for the Centre. Most
of the drama catalogue is held there. There’s well over about 70 computers for the students
to use for their individual study. And it tends to be quite quiet up here, there’s
always access to a computer and printing and scanning facilities. We’ve also got seminar
rooms in there, lecture theatres, so on and so forth. We’ve got a café in there as well.
So very much a local community on this campus, mainly used by drama students for their work. To draw to a conclusion, so we offer – we
think! – lots of other people say as well – one of the leading programmes in the country,
we try and balance everything out in terms of the theoretical and practical study and,
as you’ve seen, particularly in the third year, that really opens up in terms of all
of those options, some of which I showed you. Our staff are experts in their field, both
in terms of their written research and maintaining of their links with the professional industry.
Students do very well when they leave, we have all sorts of partnerships including currently
with the RSC and Birmingham’s alright to hang out in for three years. Keep in touch – I mentioned Facebook, but
we have a website page as well and very active Twitter account where lots of things are posted. Thank you very much indeed for listening.

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