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Royal Holloway's Drama, Theatre and Dance graduates are uniquely equipped with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to enter an extremely competitive job market.

95% of our most recent graduates (source: KIS data, 2013) were in employment or enhancing their skills with further study six months after graduation. A degree in Drama, Theatre and Dance not only gives students the directly relevant knowledge to enter the creative sector, but also a range of valuable transferable skills, thereby lending itself to roles in a diverse range of industries. Our graduates often start up their own companies or undertake freelance work.

Recent graduates

Recent graduates are now working as actors, producers, directors, drama or performing arts teachers, advertising and marketing executives and arts officers. Employers include Stagecoach Theatre Arts School, the Royal Philarmonic Orchestra, the Barbican Centre, the Almeida, National Theatre, the Sunday Times, AKA and a range of theatrical venues and education providers across the country.

Look at our graduate profiles or our alumni LinkedIn group for more detailed accounts of how gaining a Drama, Theatre and Dance degree at Royal Holloway has helped to shape the careers of some of our students.

Drama, Theatre and Dance graduates often go on to work in the Performing Arts, including Drama, Theatre, Film, and TV, or in Arts Administration. However, they may work in many other sectors. Occupations directly related to a Drama, Theatre and Dance degree include:

Graduates often set up their own production company or theatre education company. Successful production companies started at Royal Holloway include:

Students interested in launching a production company should attend The Next Stage training event.

The College contacts students six months after graduation to find out what they are doing.

In 2012, six months after graduating from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, an impressive 95% of our graduates were working or in further study (KIS, 2013).

Specifically, the jobs they secured included:

  • Director of a Theatre Company
  • Writer
  • Project Manager
  • Art Agent
  • Artistic Director
  • Theatre Technician
  • Website Manager
  • Theatre Practitioner
  • Event Organiser
  • Drama Coach

You can find similar data from across several London colleges.

An undergraduate degree in Drama, Theatre and Dance from Royal Holloway provides students with a number of valuable transferable skills, as identified by the Council for Industry and Higher Education. The degree will enable graduates to:

  • Apply performance and production skills to communicate with an audience.
  • Apply group processes in the creation of original work.
  • Communicate in writing, orally and through performance.
  • Exercise critical, analytical and physical skills and conduct research.
  • Apply creative and imaginative skills through the realisation of practical research projects.
  • Think reflectively and independently, and concentrate and focus for extended periods.
  • Develop ideas and construct arguments and present them in appropriate ways.
  • Handle creative, personal and interpersonal issues and negotiate and pursue goals with others.
  • Manage personal workloads and meet deadlines under pressure with flexibility, imagination, self-motivation and organisation. 
  • Produce written work with appropriate scholarly conventions. 
  • Apply information retrieval skills involving gathering, sifting and organising material.
  • Use IT skills such as word processing, electronic mail, and accessing electronic data.

 Over 20% of graduates continue on to further study.


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