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This course runs from January 2017. Delivered in association with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly, this MA provides a unique opportunity to develop collaborative theatre making skills as relevant to professional level contemporary theatre across Europe, Australia, North America and Asia. Open to students from a range of performance practices including performers, directors, writers, dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians and actors this MA combines intensive practical delivery with research events and online learning. Preparing you for the industry, this course can help you to develop your own skills, practice and profile as an independent practitioner working within contemporary theatre as a performer, maker and/or educator.
The image above is from Frantic Assembly’s production of Othello: photo by Manuel Harlan
In choosing this course you will join an established Performing Arts department known for industry-facing, research-informed and practice-led provision. You will have the opportunity to study with leading professionals and academics in the field, thereby gaining insights, experience and knowledge in order to develop your own collaborative practice, industry skills and networks. You will benefit from intensive practical performance projects with Frantic Assembly and research events and seminars with leading academics and industry professionals involved in production, project management and funding. Embedded digital learning activities will further support your development as a collaborative practitioner and independent artist, helping you to develop additional skills in digital interaction and supporting flexible and innovative approaches to learning.
Photo: Frantic Assembly advanced workshop, by Scott Graham
As a student on this course you will follow a suite of mandatory modules central to collaborative theatre making. They have been designed to simultaneously develop your practical, theoretical and professional practice skills while offering you the opportunity to create your own individual pathway of specialism. For example, the MA Final Project modules enable you to design your own exit route from the course and in to the professional world whether it be performing, collaborative making, facilitation and/or scholarly research. Other key areas of study include: skill acquisition in collaborative theatre making, drawing on the working practices of Frantic Assembly; intensive collaborative performance making periods, culminating in public performances at an established performance venue; contemporary theatre theories and concepts; reflective practice strategies; professional level approaches to project management, design and evaluation; and option modules in research methodologies or education and facilitation.
Blending intensive practical performance projects led by Frantic Assembly together with supporting seminars, research events, master classes, guest speakers, workshops and online provision, this MA offers you a learning environment located at the heart of the contemporary theatre sector. Learning and assessment activities mirror and parallel professional level working methods and approaches, offering you a range of opportunities to develop your practical performance, written, presentation and digital skills.
The practical aspects of the course will be predominately taught in London with research seminars, symposiums and tutorial support taking place in Coventry and online.
Photo: The Believers rehearsals, by Helen Maybanks
Applicants should ideally hold a good honours degree 2.2 or above in a relevant academic discipline. However, applications from candidates with relevant experience will also be considered on an individual basis.
International applicants must also hold a minimum of 6.5 score in the IELTS test for English language.
Entry to this course is by audition and interview with the course team and Frantic Assembly. Applicants from oversea students are welcomed and alternative audition arrangements for non UK based applicants are available.
To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.
Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.
This MA prepares graduates to be innovative and adventurous performers, theatre makers, educators and researchers with a keenly honed aesthetic sensibility, and a practised understanding of collaborative theatre. Providing you with industry relevant experience and skill sets, which enable you to self-initiate and manage projects within the wider arts sector, this course will fully prepare you for a career in the Performing Arts. Working alongside a major UK collaborative theatre company with an international reputation will give you an unprecedented preparation for a career in twenty-first century theatre making. During your MA experience you will be guided to develop your professional profile and own artistic practice, while range of exit routes via the MA Final Collaborative Project module will enable you to specialize in areas of particular interest as relevant to your longer-term career aspirations.
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The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.
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My ambition is that this MA will produce a creative environment where artists are encouraged to think beyond genre and their own areas of expertise in their theatre making. I am always thrilled at what we can all learn from being immersed in the thought processes of our collaborators. This MA provides exciting opportunities for the participant to develop their practice and understanding, to develop a total theatre approach and open up the potential of devising theatre with highly skilled collaborators.
From the perspective of someone working in the industry, it is exciting to see a course structure that so clearly seeks to engage with current theatre making practices.
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