With­out the drama

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pro­duce a port­fo­lio. “What we are look­ing for is for stu­dents to show some ev­i­dence of their com­mit­ment to the sub­ject,” says Ca­role-Anne Up­ton, the dean of me­dia and per­form­ing arts at Mid­dle­sex.“They may be able to show that through ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar work. We want to know they are pas­sion­ate be­cause it is that which will make them suc­cess­ful.”

Tak­ing part in school plays or con­certs is one ob­vi­ous proof of in­ter­est in per­for­mance. Some schools may of­fer the chance to gain ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar qual­i­fi­ca­tions such as the cer­tifi­cate from Lamda (Lon­don Acad­emy of Mu­sic and Dra­matic Art). Co­me­di­ans such as David Bad­diel and Sacha Baron Co­hen be­gan en­ter­tain­ing peers at Habonim, their Zion­ist youth group.

“I would say to par­ents wor­ried about ca­reer prospects, pos­si­bil­i­ties are much broader than the dis­ci­pline it­self,” says Prof Up­ton.

“Stu­dents right across the sub­ject ar­eas leave with strong en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills. They are go­ing to have to in­vent new ways of work­ing and even new art forms.”

At its Har­row cam­pus, the univer­sity of West­min­ster of­fers BA cour­ses on a range of re­lated sub­jects, in­clud­ing drama and doc­u­men­tary pro­duc­tion. Stu­dents’ films are shown at fes­ti­vals in­ter­na­tion­ally, hav­ing been cre­ated at their pur­pose-built stu­dio.

And some have gone on to do great things. Re­cent work from for­mer stu­dents, in­cludes Godzilla (cin­e­matog­ra­pher Sea­mus McGar­vey), Senna (di­rec­tor Asif Ka­pa­dia), and Sky­fall (screen­writer Neal Purvis).

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