Sarah Whitrick - Performing Arts BA (Hons) graduate
Sarah came to DMU very focused on going into teaching. She chose modules from the Applied Arts and Education pathway, including Dance Artists in Education and Community; Promoting Dance; Performance, Interaction and Digital Technologies; Teaching and Leading Dance. She graduated in 2013 with a first class honours degree and won a much sought-after place on a PGCE. She is now qualified as a primary school teacher with a job as a Special Needs Teacher in Telford.
Sarah says: "The Performing Arts degree provided me with a wealth of skills that I can implement into my teaching. Firstly, it has given me the confidence in myself to present myself in front of other people. It has heightened my creative flare and ability to think ‘outside the box’, which I am able to implement into my lessons - being creative is essential to special needs teaching. Furthermore, it has enabled me to excel in teaching dance, drama and music to my pupils. I feel confident in delivering these subjects and using state-of-the-art equipment and digital technologies to do so - I am also hoping to achieve the role of Subject Coordinator for creative arts within the school.
"In terms of opportunities, the Performing Arts course provided me with so many that have really helped me get to where I am today. I worked as an intern with The Mighty Creatives, and Moving Together, visiting schools and helping to deliver the Arts Award through delivering dance workshops. These experiences were valuable examples in my PGCE application and helped me gain a place on the course. All of these experiences and many more during the Performing Arts course have helped shape my future and career into where it is today."