ECArTE Full Member


Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London


Course Title: MA Drama and Movement Therapy 

Duration: 2 years full time

Entry Requirements:

  • The entry criteria normally includes a degree in drama or a subject related to psychological health or an appropriate professional qualification
  • Equivalent of at least one years’ full time experience working with people with specific needs
  • Experience of practical drama and movement work
  • Personal maturity and good interpersonal skills.

Level 7 English proficiency is required for students who have English as a second language. These criteria will be explored at interview.  A full day is given to the interview and selection process.


Course Philosophy and Main Theoretical Approaches:

The course teaches a specific approach to dramatherapy, the Sesame approach. The approach incorporates the philosophies and theories of certain psychologists and pioneering practitioners, namely C.G. Jung, R. Laban, P. Slade and M. Lindkvist. The course has an emphasis on experiential learning and reflective practice.

The Sesame approach also draws on different aspects of the discipline of dramatherapy that has its foundations in the many cultural traditions that use play, drama, movement and ritual for the advancement of health. The strands of drama, myth, Laban movement and movement with touch are often co-existent in practice, and Sesame practitioners synthesise aspects of these to formulate specific intervention strategies that respond to the needs of particular client groups. The Sesame approach can work with individual clients and groups.


Course Content:
Year One:

Drama and Movement Therapy Practice

Introduction to the particular principles and characteristics of The Sesame approach, addressing dramatherapy strategies through four paradigmatic areas of enquiry: drama, myth, Laban movement and movement with touch and sound.


This unit introduces two different strands of theoretical underpinning to the Sesame approach. The first addresses the work of C.G. Jung and the development of analytical psychology, and considers how such work relates to dramatherapy practice. The second strand addresses human development theory.

Apprenticeship Placement 1

Work with a client group in a health, social service or educational context as part of a group apprenticeship model.

Facilitation Practice

This unit introduces facilitation of sessions for a peer group in each of four fields (drama, myth, Laban movement and movement with touch).

Apprenticeship Placement 2

This unit is a second placement according to a group apprenticeship model.

Year Two

Performing Research

This unit introduces various procedures concerning research into a specialist area of study.

Sustained Independent Project

This unit includes the requisite 82 hours of client contact and a written portfolio of 12,000 words.

Therapy Requirements

It is a requirement of the course that you undertake at least 72 sessions of personal therapy during your period of registration as a student. At least 30 sessions need to be individual psychotherapy and at least 30 sessions as a participant in a dramatherapy process group.


The remaining 12 can be completed either in individual or group therapy.

  • A session for individual therapy is considered to be 50 minutes or 1 hour and a session for group dramatherapy is considered 2 hours
  • It is your responsibility to arrange and pay for your therapy
  • It is recommended you begin individual Jungian analysis before the start of the course; the course monitors the number of sessions for both individual and group therapy.
  • Note: Only the hours of therapy undertaken whilst registered as a student count towards the due requirement.

Group Dramatherapy

It is a requirement that you participate in at least 30 sessions of group dramatherapy before qualifying as a practitioner. The course monitors the number of sessions. Your therapist(s) must be a registered dramatherapist with at least three years post-qualifying experience. This dramatherapy group aims to enable you to:

  • be supported in working creatively and reflectively in an experiential group
  • develop insight into dramatherapy through personal experience and group process. Your engagement with the dramatherapy group is not assessed, but in order to pass the course you must be able to evidence completion of the requisite number of group sessions.

Individual psychotherapy

It is a requirement that you undertake at least 30 sessions of personal individual therapy during the course. The course recommends a Jungian Analyst in line with the theoretical orientation of the training. The rationale for individual psychotherapy during the course is to:

  • provide you with necessary ongoing support and care
  • allow you the opportunity to work through personal issues that may be triggered as a consequence of the training
  • provide you with a forum to work in depth on your own psychological and emotional processes.

You are required to complete a form at the beginning of the course confirming you are working with a registered therapist. At the end of the course, your therapist will complete a form confirming you have undertaken the necessary hours.  As with the group dramatherapy, your engagement with your therapist is not assessed, but in order to pass the course you must be able to demonstrate that you have completed the requisite number of individual therapy sessions.


Qualification Awarded: MA Drama and Movement Therapy

Language: All modules are taught in English


Student Exchange Opportunities:

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama does not currently offer student exchange opportunities with ECArTE member universities or clinical placement opportunities for ECArTE member students


Current Research:

Some key publications and ongoing research projects in arts therapies at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama:

Hougham, R. and Jones, B. (2017) Dramatherapy, Reflections and Praxis, Palgrave Macmillan

Pearson, J. (1996) Discovering the Self through Drama and Movement – the Sesame Approach* Jessica Kingsley

Lindkvist, M. Bring White Beads When You Call Upon the Healer* Rivendell, USA

Hougham, R. (2015) ‘Not form, but the marrow of forms’ Reflections on Lorca’s duende in the arts therapies, in ‘Dimensions of Reflection in the Arts Therapies’ (2015), University of Plymouth Press


Research Collaboration:

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are interested in research collaboration with ECArTE Members with particular interest in:

Jungian approaches to arts therapies

Professional Association:

British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth)

Email address:

Professional Body or Ministry:

Students are obliged to register with the professional association in order to practise as an arts therapist.

The course is approved by  HCPC

Code of Ethics:

BADth code of ethics


Contact details:

Contact person: Richard Hougham

Principal Lecturer and Course Leader


Postal address: 64 Eton Avenue, London, NW3 3HY, UK

Telephone number: +44 (0) 207 559 3915

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