Do you believe that drama and theatre can serve an important social purpose beyond pure entertainment? Are you interested in making performance for, with and by specific communities?
Our aim is to produce confident and innovative Community Drama facilitators with the requisite knowledge and skills to work across the spectrum of contemporary community/applied drama practice.
Placements are vital to the course - we have links with over 50 organisations including youth clubs, health agencies, penal institutions, schools and colleges, mental health organisations, disability groups, and social exclusion projects.
Average places available: Up to 22 each year
This course is validated by Liverpool John Moores University
Community drama is a vibrant cultural sector offering many employment opportunities. We have graduates in the fields of arts and regeneration, arts outreach and Theatre in Education. Many work on a freelance basis.
Each year we conduct a survey of our alumni who graduated almost four years earlier to find out whether we are fulfilling our mission to help our students to gain sustained employment. You can see the results of the latest survey by clicking on the factsheet image.
We also take part in the annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey to find out what our graduates are doing six months after they left us. The results are published on Unistats and you can see summary statistics in the Key Information Sets box at the bottom of this page.
Many of our graduates are working as drama practitioners, facilitators and workshop leaders in a wide range of organisations such as Artis (London-based Creative Education Company), Liverpool’s World Museum, TIPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) and the National Theatre of Scotland. They have also formed their own community theatre organisations and established successful freelance careers working with a wide variety of participant groups, ranging from children and young people to the elderly in residential care and from refugees and asylum seekers to young offenders. Their work has taken them to Brazil, Iran, the USA and Hong Kong.
Mattie Campbell (Community Drama 2010) with members of the company he has launched known as Fracture Theatre Company.
Key Information Set
The Key Information Set (KIS) below provides prospective students with facts and figures about studying at LIPA, which are comparable with other institutions.
As part of the Higher Education Funding Council’s work to enhance the information that is available about higher education, the KIS includes information such as:
- Course professional accreditation
- Assessment methods
- Learning and teaching activities
- Tuition fees
- Accommodation availability and cost
- Student satisfaction (National Student Survey)
- Post study employment prospects (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education)
This information is summarised in the “widget” (below). The widget also contains links to the Unistats website that enables you to compare KIS data with other courses.
Please remember to read these facts and figures in conjunction with the other information on the LIPA website to give you the fullest possible insight to studying here.