Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

This course 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.

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

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,627 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,627 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £14,698 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally possess an arts education or psychology degree. 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test.