Taught course

Drama and Movement Therapy

Institution
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

You will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The MA Drama and Movement Therapy course at Central offers a particular pedagogic approach to learning the craft of dramatherapy and is a unique combination of drama and movement within an intensive experiential training.

Studying on the course, you will:

  • Receive HCPC approved vocational training in the Sesame Approach to dramatherapy
  • Use a critical framework of Jungian psychology combined with contemporary theories in intersubjectivity and developmental psychology
  • Obtain apprenticeship model placements within NHS institutions, voluntary and education sectors with supervision

Our approach

The Sesame Approach is informed by Jungian psychology and draws together Laban movement, play theory and Billy Lindkvist’s work with movement with touch and sound. Storytelling and image-based practice reflect a mythopoetic approach to the psyche. The combination of movement-based studio practice, collaborative facilitations, seminars and a shared research unit with other MA students creates a learning environment that encourages personal exploration, collaboration and critical reflection.

Particularly in the first year, you will experience immersive practice in the subject areas of Laban movement, myth, movement with touch and sound, and drama. This is allied with studies in developmental and analytical psychology – specifically combining emergent knowledge of intersubjectivity and the work of Jung.

The group process is central to your learning experience and supported by a weekly session across the first year which explores interpersonal dynamics and draws from group analytic theory.

Placements

Placements are at the heart of the training and begin in the second term with the hallmark apprenticeship model. This offers well-supported early clinical practice with a specialist and qualified supervisor working alongside you as you begin to practise. All apprenticeship placements are arranged by Central and will normally include working with adults with mental health problems, elderly clients with dementia, people with learning disabilities, children with challenging behaviour and people on the autistic spectrum. The apprenticeship model is applied to placements in the spring and summer terms of the first year.

In the second year, the Sustained Independent Project unit combines further placement practice working with different client groups, alongside individual and group supervision. You will also cultivate your professional identity during the second year through preparation for professional practice sessions in advance of the final assessment of a viva and the submission of a 12,000-word portfolio. The performing research unit also takes place in the second year and is an opportunity to research a particular area of practice.

HCPC Membership

Upon receiving the master’s award, you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for membership as an arts therapist (drama).

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews. Please see Central’s website for details. To book a place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, the course admissions tutor may offer you the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications

More information for international students can be found on Central’s website.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Open Events
Email
openevents@cssd.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7722 8183