Studying for a Drama degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline. Many students also apply the skills they develop through the degree entrepreneurially to create their own work opportunities and the University runs a number of extra-curricular programmes in entrepreneurship.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in the theatre or in teaching, significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors.
Consultations: We regularly consult and have developed close links with a large number of employers including, for example, the Lyric Theatre, Tinderbox Theatre and local schools and colleges.
Placement Employers: Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- Lyric Theatre
- Tinderbox Theatre Company
- Replay Productions (TiE)
- Prime Cut Productions
- Schools and Colleges
Graduate Careers and Achievements: Our graduates have gone into a diverse range of careers including the following:
- Lucia McAnespie (Actress RADA trained)
- Lisa McGee (writer for theatre, film and television)
- Cat Barter (Singer and Actress trained in Musical Theatre in Royal Academy of Music)
- Ciaran Mc Quillan (Outreach Officer with Tinderbox)
- Connor Phillips, broadcaster (Cool FM)
- Ian Baxter (Broadcaster, UTV)
- Tom Finlay (Artistic Director, Rainbow Factory)
- Alison McCrudden (Lecturer)
- Des Kennedy (Theatre Director—Royal Court Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre)
- Karen Hassan (Actor, Hollyoaks)
- Jennifer Neil (Teacher, Banbridge Academy)
- Richard Gray (Teacher, Strangford College)
- Philip Hilditch (BBC Cameraman)
- Adrian Dorrian (Church of Ireland minister)
You should consult www.getintotheatre.org, www.creative-choices.co.uk and www.prospects.ac.uk for further information concerning the types of jobs that attract Drama graduates.
Further study is also an option: students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as a comprehensive list of research topics.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullemployability statement for further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plus in particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.