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I have currently firmed the University Of Reading to study English Literature and Theatre, however I am looking into switching to just the theatre course. I really want to pursue a career in acting afterwards. Has anybody studied this course or a theatre course at another university? If so, would you recommend it or would it be better to find an "acting" degree?
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If you want go be an actor apply to drama school. If you want to study theatre and enter a related field in the arts go to university.
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If you want go be an actor apply to drama school. If you want to study theatre and enter a related field in the arts go to university.
Do you think a postgrad at a drama school could be a good idea?
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Whilst there is uncertainty with doing a theatre degree (musical theatre myself) It’s a very unstable field to enter into. However, the best chance you’d have as an actor is to go to a specialised performance school such as a conservatorie. The training is a higher standard and at many institutions at the end of your years there they hold shows which agents attend and look for people to represent. Along with this the sheer name of a theatre school gives you a reputation which can be helpful in auditions. Attending a theatre college will give you a stronger chance of being successful Hope this is helpful
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Whilst there is uncertainty with doing a theatre degree (musical theatre myself) It’s a very unstable field to enter into. However, the best chance you’d have as an actor is to go to a specialised performance school such as a conservatorie. The training is a higher standard and at many institutions at the end of your years there they hold shows which agents attend and look for people to represent. Along with this the sheer name of a theatre school gives you a reputation which can be helpful in auditions. Attending a theatre college will give you a stronger chance of being successful Hope this is helpful
Thanks! Guess it's a bit late for me to change but I'd love to do a postgrad at a drama school if that would be possible.
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It’s a route many actors have taken. Just be aware that funding a postgrad at drama schoolis tricky.
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It’s a route many actors have taken. Just be aware that funding a postgrad at drama schoolis tricky.
That's true, thank you!
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Thank you, that's some good advice. I think I'm going to start the English and Theatre degree and switch if it doesn't go well. 😁
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Thank you! May I ask what degree you did?
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Brilliant! It's clearly a useful degree then! 😁
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I'll definitely look into it when I'm nearby. Thank you! Is there a website for Pitman's I could look at?
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If you want to you may as well tbh.
May as well do what makes you happy in this world.
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Haha! Of course! As long as your willing to do all of that, and put in that effort though, it can be quite rewarding. Go for that life and do what makes you happy.
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That honestly sucks. One bad egg can ruin the whole class
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Definitely. You've provided a good insight! I can't wait to get started!
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Hi Rhys.Jamess
I study a degree called drama, theatre and performance at Lancaster university and I really enjoy it ! Although it’s not an acting degree there are performing elements and you can tailor the degree to your interests and the many things studied in the degree makes us more employable ! You can find more out here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-w440/
And chat to our uni buddy’s here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/
If you have more questions feel free to ask me !
Hope this helps,
Lancaster university student ambassador Holly 😊
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Hi Rhys.Jamess
I study a degree called drama, theatre and performance at Lancaster university and I really enjoy it ! Although it’s not an acting degree there are performing elements and you can tailor the degree to your interests and the many things studied in the degree makes us more employable ! You can find more out here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-w440/
And chat to our uni buddy’s here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/chat/
If you have more questions feel free to ask me !
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Lancaster university student ambassador Holly 😊
Is it mainly a theoretical-based course focusing on the academic studies of drama, theatre and performance? Or, is it more practical and full of acting/industry experience?
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Hi @quick-use
My course is a mixture of both theory and practical, it’s not an ‘acting degree’ but there are performance elements involved where you have the opportunity to act and perform. The theory to practice is a pretty even split , In my first year there was maybe slightly more theory but it’s just to introduce you all to the course and get you all on the same level ! Over the degree you are taught in different ways eg lecturers, seminars, practical workshops and assessed both on practise and theory in forms of essays, exams, practicals including performances, presentations etc. Then in second year you do some compulsory modules which are a mix of practical and theory but then you have some optional modules to pick (exactly how many depends on your degree scheme). Although it slightly varies what’s on offer there’s a range to suit everyone’s interests, some modules may be more practical based and some are more theory based but many have elements of both but it’s great you can tailor your course to your interests ! From my experience the theory helps your performing to become better, they compliment each other well ! Also for some modules you can chose your roles eg director performer, scenographer so if you wanted to perform you could chose to do this.
In terms of industry experience we are taught my professionals still in the industry so they know how the industry is adapting , I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the theatre companies ‘forced entertainment’ or ‘ imitating the dog’ but two of our lecturers are making work in these companies ! There’s also an option to make the degree into four years and have a year on placement getting industry experience, there’s more information on that here https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/un...-ba-hons-w441/
This is just my experiences and things may change but hope this helps give you an idea of what a theatre degree is like!
Theatre student ambassador at Lancaster university Holly 😊
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