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Course summary

Why this course?

  • Approved by the HCPC and leads to a nationally recognised professional qualification.
  • the only School of Psychology in Europe to offer training in all the arts and play therapies.
  • Taught by the former editor of the Dramatherapy Journal.
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023).
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021).
About this course Influenced by key theatrical figures and explored from anthropological, political, psychological perspectives, the programme offers a clearly structured developmental learning process mirroring the clinical application of dramatherapy at various levels.  The programme offers theatre skills, movement, working with stories and myths, Grotowski’s paratheatrical techniques, crafting theatres of the psyche, working with our own internal dramas and the use of ‘rites of passage’ within ritual theatre. There are opportunities to work with other art forms and to learn different theoretical perspectives through embodied learning. The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and leads to a nationally-recognised professional qualification. The programme consists of three stages, which offers a clearly structured developmental process for the clinical application of dramatherapy.
  • Stage One, you will be introduced to basic theatre skills and use these creatively to work with established stories and characters.
  • Stage Two, the focus moves on to employing drama and theatre processes as vehicles for exploring our own inter-personal and internal ‘dramas’.
  • Stage Three is where you will conduct your own piece of practical investigation or research into the literature and theory-base of dramatherapy practice.
Alongside the experiential focus of the training, the programme also aims to develop the necessary understanding and reflective capacity required to practice as a professional dramatherapist. This is achieved through workshops, lecture series and clinical application seminars, as well as through assessed clinical placements. Career opportunities Dramatherapists are employed across the spectrum of:
  • Health and social care
  • Education
  • Forensic services.
  • Private therapy
  • Training and consultancy practice.

Modules

Year 1: Human Development and Growth Dramatherapy Placement 1 Ritual of Creative Expression Ritual of Exploration Paratheatrical Explorations Year 2: Dramatherapy Placement 2 Dramatherapy Placement 3 Research Methodologies and Methods Ritual of Transformation Therapeutic Theatre and Closure Research Project Interprofessional Learning and Practice

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Entry requirements

Degrees in drama, or professional acting training, are especially preferred but any discipline is potentially acceptable. Graduate level professional qualifications in appropriate disciplines such as Occupational Therapy, Probation or Social Work are accepted. •A minimum of one year prior clinical experience. •A sustained engagement with drama and theatre and some basic theatrical skills •Appropriate personal qualities such as emotional literacy and an ability to be self-aware and open •Two references; normally one of these should be able to comment on the applicant’s academic suitability and the other the applicant’s professional/personal suitability for the programme •Evidence of experience, maturity and personal robustness.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £10500 Year 1
Scotland £10500 Year 1
Wales £10500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £10500 Year 1
EU £17325 Year 1
International £17325 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees quoted for 2024
Dramatherapy at University of Roehampton - UCAS