Taught course

Drama and Movement Therapy

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Entry requirements

You should normally possess an arts education or psychology degree, and a good. If you do not have a first degree (or equivalent), but have at least two years' professional experience working with the arts in a community, educational or care setting, you will be considered for non-standard entry. An offer will normally only be made after interview. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to gain an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

An intensive programme providing professional and vocational training in drama and movement therapy and the Sesame approach, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This course offers a particular pedagogic approach to learning the craft of dramatherapy, which is underpinned by Jungian psychology and the importance of practice-based learning.

This course combines intensive movement-based studio practice, collaborative facilitations, seminars, and a shared research unit with other MA students which creates a learning environment that encourages personal exploration, collaboration and critical reflection.

There is the opportunity for immersive practice in the key subject areas of Laban movement, myth, movement with touch and sound, and drama. This is allied with studies in developmental and analytical psychology, specifically the work of Jung. The group process is central to the student experience and supported by a weekly session across the first three terms that explores interpersonal dynamics between members and draws from group analytic theory.

This course is taught across four terms.

Term One comprises two units. Unit One (Drama and Movement Therapy Practice)includes weekly sessions in the subjects of Drama, Myth, Laban, Movement with Touch and Sound, and Preparation for Clinical Practice. These strands combine to offer an experiential introduction to the discipline and a means for students to engage with their own process as a foundation for learning. Unit Two (Therapy and Psychology) is seminar-based and has two strands. The first, Analytical Psychology, introduces students to the core concepts of Jung’s psychology. The second, Developmental Psychology, looks at the work of Erikson and Winnicott. Both strands offer a theoretical framework within which to examine and critique the practice of dramatherapy and the Sesame approach.

In Term Two, the Facilitation Practice unit includes individual and pair work in the subject strands of Myth, Laban, Drama and Movement with Touch and Sound. Students research and lead sessions both individually and collaboratively, offering opportunities to deepen their knowledge of the subject and facilitate individuals, small groups and the large group. The Performing Research unit is a shared postgraduate unit, which introduces fundamentals in research, including reference to methodologies that are performative and practice-based. This begins in Term Two with a two-day ‘intensive’, attended by postgraduate students from across Central’s MA courses and culminates with a presentation at the beginning of the third term. The Practices One unit frames the first apprenticeship placement, which is supported both on-site with specialist supervision and at Central through continuing weekly sessions in preparation for clinical practice and weekly group supervision for the whole cohort.

In Term Three the Facilitation Practice unit continues. In the Practices Two unit, students will work with the apprenticeship model with a different client group and setting.

In Term Four students begin the Sustained Independent Practice (SIP) unit, and undertake final placement work to accumulate the required 100 sessions of client contact. The final piece of written work is a portfolio, which includes a critical essay, a report of clinical practice and a plan for future professional development. The final assessment is a viva voce.

All graduates are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for membership as an arts therapist (drama).

Clinical Supervision and Therapy

Throughout the course, students are supported by clinical supervision for all placement practice. During Terms Two and Three, this takes the form of group supervision and in Term Four, students are assigned an individual supervisor. All supervision costs are included in the course fees.

All students are required to be in individual therapy for the duration of the course. For individual therapy a Jungian analyst is strongly recommended. Students are also required to join a dramatherapy group. Please note that some of the dramatherapy groups may continue to run during the holiday periods. The cost of therapy is NOT included in the course fees.


This is by a range of methods which include viva voce exams, written assignments and assessment of clinical practice and ongoing group work.

There is ongoing tutor, peer and self-assessment. Assessment on placement is a key indicator of progress and standards of proficiency. There is a triangulation of assessment for Practices 1 and Practices 2 units between the tutor of preparation for clinical practice, the group supervisor and the specialist on-site supervisor.

Information for international students

If you are unable to attend an interview in person, the course admissions tutor may offer you the opportunity of a Distance Interview. Please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk for more details. Interviews for this course are not available at CSSD's international interview dates.

Qualification and course duration


full time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice40

Course contact details

Admissions and Student Recruitment Office