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Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London: Drama and Movement Therapy

Institution Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London View institution profile
Department Postgraduate
Study type Taught


The MA Drama and Movement Therapy course at Central 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. Storytelling and image-based practice reflect 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.

Particularly in the first year, you will experience immersive practice in the subject areas of Laban movement, myth, movement with touch and sound, and drama. This is allied with studies in developmental and analytical psychology – specifically combining emergent knowledge of intersubjectivity and the work of Jung.

The group process is central to your learning experience and supported by a weekly session across the first year that 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. The apprenticeship model is applied to placements in the spring and summer terms of the first year.

In the second year, the Sustained Independent Project unit combines further placement practice working with different client groups, alongside individual and group supervision. You will also cultivate your professional identity during the second year through preparation for professional practice sessions in advance of the final assessment of a viva and the submission of a 12,000-word portfolio. The performing research unit also takes place in the second year and is an opportunity to research a particular area of practice.

Upon receiving the master’s award, you are eligible to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council for membership as an Arts Therapist (Drama).


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

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Central stands at the forefront of training and research in the Dramatic Arts. Graduate employment statistics are amongst the highest in our sector, and our research has been assessed by HEFCE as ‘World Leading’ making Central unique in the realm of drama conservatoires.

The quality of teaching at Central is at an exceptional level; all lecturers are experts in their own fields and bring a wealth of industry experience, offering students …

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