Theatre graduate destinations

Theatre graduates are well placed to enter a wide range of employment sectors not directly related to their degree, particularly those that can utilise the broad range of communication skills that are developed through their course of study.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours Theatre courses (BA)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 22 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 75.9%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Full-time work 55%
Part-time work 25%
Due to start work 5%
Full-time study 5%
Part-time study 0%
Travel 5%
Something else 0%
Unemployed 5%

Sector information

Theatre graduates tend to find employment in areas directly related to their degree. These include film production, acting, the theatre and media related activities. As a result of the skills they develop during their course, Theatre graduates are also able to apply for another 70% of vacancies that are open to graduates of any degree discipline. The potential employment areas are very wide.

Employment sectorNumber of graduates
Arts, entertainment and recreation 6
Media 3
Education 3
Other sectors (3 sectors) 4

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Elevate Education
  • Woodland Collies School, Oxford Playhouse
  • Trinity Community Centre
  • CMC Markets

Examples of occupations

  • Production Assistant and Lighting Technician
  • Participation Assistant
  • Self-employed Artistic Director
  • Theatre Aide
  • Administrator

Further study

Several recent graduates have entered further study, including a range of programmes such as Practical Film Making (MA), Screen Media and Cultures (MPhil) and Musical Theatre (MA).

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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