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Dramatherapy MA

The programme is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds including creative arts practitioners, educators, health professionals and care workers.

Dramatherapy is a creative professional practice that supports people in their personal development and healing. Dramatherapists need to be able to work with a wide range of groups and individuals, and to understand the processes involved in the therapeutic relationship, and this course can help to develop these skills.

You will learn through an integrated curriculum of lectures, seminars and discussions, experiential and practical workshops, group work and supervised clinical practice and receive a high level of personal support through the duration of their study. The programme is designed for people from a variety of backgrounds including creative arts practitioners, educators, health professionals and care workers.

The third year focuses on the study of research methods and the preparation and writing of an advanced dramatherapy project with two study days plus individual tutorials and academic supervision sessions.

This is a three-year, part-time programme. Attendance includes 30 weekly training days (on a Thursday), plus two training weekends, during each of the first two academic years of study.

Admission to this programme is temporarily suspended for 2014 but we welcome applicants for admission to the programme in 2015.

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How to Apply

For all taught postgraduate and PG Cert programmes, please apply directly to University of Worcester. You can download an application form, or can contact the Admissions office on 01905 855111 / pg-admissions@worc.ac.uk 

Please post your completed application form to:
Admissions Office
University Of Worcester
Henwick Grove
Worcester
WR2 6AJ

When we receive your application form, your details will be passed to the Masters Programme Leader who will contact you to arrange an informal interview. You may include additional material, such as references, in support of your application or bring them with you to interview.

You can apply for postgraduate taught courses and PG Certs at any time, but preferably as early as possible before the start of the academic year, which begins in September.


Entry requirements

Normally, a relevant first Degree or equivalent qualification - those with professional experience but without a first Degree, will be required to provide evidence of graduate-level study skills
Normally, some experience of working with people with specific needs
Evidence of some experience of practical drama
Evidence of some up-to-date reading within the areas of dramatherapy, psychology and psychotherapy
Demonstration of personal maturity and initiative
Compliance with the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, 1974, and mental health legislation for clinical placement and employability in the NHS, local authority social services departments (LASSDs), working with children, and other similar sensitive areas of employment

Due consideration is given by the selection panel to the previous experience of each applicant, both through APEL (Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning)

Entry to the programme is by written application and interview


Study options

This is a three-year, part-time programme. The next intake is expected to be September 2015.

Attendance is on one day each week, plus two training weekends, during each of the first two academic years of study.

This Masters programme will be offered by the School of Dramatherapy, Exeter, located in pleasant studio accommodation at the X-Centre on the riverside near the historic Exeter Quay.

Professional registration is set at Masters level. Therefore, only successful completion of the three-year Masters programme (180 credits) provides eligibility to apply for registration as a dramatherapist with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and full membership of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).

Get in touch

Huw Richards
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h.richards@worc.ac.uk
01905 855350

Employability

Employability

Students are educated to practise Dramatherapy to a standard meeting the criteria of the Health Professions Council (HPC) and the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth).

Successful completion of the three-year Masters programme leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a dramatherapist with the HPC and full membership of BADth.

Course content

Modules

The MA programme comprises the equivalent of 9 modules (60 credits in each year of study), which together total 180 credits at Masters level.

Year One
The Practice of Dramatherapy
Theories & Models for Dramatherapy
Creative Skills Development

Year Two
Advanced Dramatherapy Practice
Advanced Dramatherapy Theory
Dramatherapy Clinical Placement

Year Three
Advanced Dramatherapy Project

Students are required to find suitable placement venues for their developing dramatherapy practice by the end of their first term. Students also are required to be in therapy through their study period. Details of this requirement will be explained at interview


Assessment

Years One and Two will each include :
30 weekly training days (on a Thursday) plus 2 training weekends.

Year three will include 2 study days plus individual tutorials and academic supervision sessions.

 

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“The committed and enthusiastic staff in the Institute of Health and Society will assist you to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to achieve personal success and to ensure that you can ‘make a positive difference’ when you apply this learning to your chosen career or to your future life and study.”

Dr Jan Quallington, Head of Institute


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