Another arts subject and yet another misconception; some people think that the only worthwhile reason to be studying GCSE Drama is to become an actor or director. Because Drama isn’t a very content-heavy subject and you don’t learn loads of facts, it has a reputation as being an easy subject that isn’t particularly useful. However, what people forget is that practical subjects like Drama allow you to develop hugely valuable skills which you will continue to use throughout your life, in and out of work. Here is a run through of the skills you will develop and perfect throughout your Drama studies.
- No subject teaches you how to work well in a team quite like Drama. In Drama you are nearly always working with a group of people of varying sizes. You will work with lazy people, disorganised people, bossy people and you may well be one of these characters yourself. Drama will allow you to develop your patience, ability to compromise and communication skills.
- You will learn discipline. Once you’ve mastered the art of keeping a straight face throughout the entirety of a ridiculously funny production you’re basically the master of discipline. This skill makes you more aware of your body language and more able to adapt your behaviour for various situations. It’s not so much about acting as being aware of your body language and how to adapt to distracting, uncomfortable or sensitive situations.
- In Drama you will be asked to improvise on a number of occasions. This allows you to think on your feet, develop your initiative and will encourage you to be more proactive. It may not feel like it at the time but this will hold you in good stead when it comes to taking initiative and adapting in your personal life and in the workplace.
- Drama stimulates you to be constantly creative. Of course, nothing can actually teach creativity but it is a muscle that needs regular exercise and stretching. Drama will force you to regularly come up with exciting, functional and convincing ideas, to a deadline and this ability will stay with you.
- Empathy is a really important life skill. When you act in Drama you put yourself in to another person’s shoes and try to identify with them and their situation. This will really test your empathy, especially when portraying a character who is experiencing things you cannot personally relate to. This is an invaluable skill that will open your mind, improve the way you interact with people and is especially useful if you are considering a career in caring, teaching or social work.
- Analysing Drama productions allows you to develop your critical thinking skills. This is useful for a number of jobs and is great if you are planning on taking English Literature, Media Studies or Film Studies at degree level. Also, it allows you to think more critically about the film, television and theatre that we all consume on a daily basis.
- You will gain in confidence. This is a really important one because Drama gives you the opportunity to push yourself to perform. You will be able to grow in confidence, develop your performance skills and overcome the fear of making mistakes in a fun, creative and supportive environment.
So, if you want to take Drama don’t let anyone tell you that it’s an easy option or a cop out. Drama is a valuable subject that many people benefit from. Studying Drama will help you become a confident, open minded person who isn’t afraid to create, perform or do a bit of public speaking.