Drama UK the organisation which champions quality drama training in the UK has awarded one of its brand new quality marks to the BA (Hons) Acting course at Arts University Bournemouth.

The new quality mark called ‘Recognition’ offers students and their future employers assurance that a course with this award has been through a rigorous assessment including a visit from a panel of industry experts to ensure that it delivers what it promises (‘does what is says on the tin’) and provides a real benefit to the industry.

Ian Kellgren, Chief Executive of Drama UK said, “We are delighted to award the first of our Recognition marks. We have piloted this new level of quality assurance thanks to support from Creative Skillset.”

Historically, industry accredited quality assurance has only been available to vocational courses at conservatoire drama schools. The development of this new quality mark is part of Drama UK’s mission to broaden the reach of its quality assurance in the sector.

Kellgren added, “The drama training landscape has changed significantly since quality assurance for drama training was originally set up by The National Council of Drama Training (NCDT) in the 1970s. We have acknowledged that there are now many more providers in this sector and there is a need to provide quality assurance for courses that are less vocational than conservatoire training but offer a very real benefit to the industry.”

Professor Jeffrey Baggott, Dean of Media and Performance at the AUB commented, “With the recognition of Drama UK we have further acknowledgement of the quality and enhancement for the employability of our students undertaking BA (Hons) Acting here at Arts University. The new quality mark ‘Recognition’ offers students and their future employers assurance that a course with this award has been through a rigorous assessment including a visit from a panel of industry experts, providing a real benefit to the industry. This well deserved recognition extends the Faculties complement of courses which have achieved accredited status from Creative Skillset and means that over 60% of our undergraduate students are undertaking industry recognised courses”