A dramatic existence: Undergraduate preparations for a creative life in the performance industries
This paper focuses specifically on drama and theatre higher education (HE) programmes and preparation for potential graduate work. The article investigates working in the creative industries and in the performing arts (particularly within acting) and how HE students in the UK prepare for this life. The growth of the creative industries and successful applied drama in the public and private sectors has also brought business interest in how drama and theatre processes can benefit other workplaces, outside of the creative arts. The article addresses current policy, initiatives and partnerships to broaden inclusion and access to creative work. The research explores drama undergraduate degrees and the university’s role in supporting a successful transition from HE to graduate work. Students perceive the university world as safe and the graduate world as precarious and unsafe. The research findings have resonance with other undergraduate degrees, outside of the arts and the role the university plays in student transitions from the university to the graduate environment.
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Citation : Chapman, K. and Higdon, R. (2020) A dramatic existence: Undergraduate preparations for a creative life in the performance industries. Industry and Higher Education,
Research Institute : Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies
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