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Collaborative Theatre Making MA 2017/18 entry

Course code:

ADT060

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

January 2018
September 2018

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

Delivered in association with internationally renowned theatre company Frantic Assembly, this Master’s degree provides a unique opportunity to develop collaborative theatre making skills relevant to professional level contemporary theatre across Europe, Australia, North America and Asia.

Teaching is split between the Coventry campus and professional studios and theatres in London. You will get the chance to participate in intensive practical performance projects with Frantic Assembly and study with some of the most talented professionals in the field. This includes Frantic Assembly’s Artistic Director and co-founder Scott Graham whose award-winning career includes an Olivier and Tony Award nomination for Best Choreography. At the same time, research events and seminars with leading academics and industry professionals involved in production, project management and funding will broaden your knowledge. 

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Course information

This course has been designed to prepare you to be innovative and adventurous performers, theatre makers, educators and researchers. It aims to provide you with an advanced understanding and associated skills in performance techniques, improvisational process, composition and performance skills.

Your learning is underpinned by development of the professional, interpersonal and communication skills needed to successfully collaborate in theatre making and work as part of a team to maximise your own and each other’s skills, knowledge and creativity.

The course offers 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, particularly through your choice for the final major project.

Depending on your choice of optional module in the second semester, you can choose to study research methodologies for professional practice in more depth or gain a deeper understanding of arts practice within community and educational settings. If you are interested in developing your collaborative practice with young people, you can explore how to plan and structure a workshop, build trust and create a safe space for young people of all abilities to participate, create and make a piece of theatre.

You will be taught how to critique and use new and existing approaches to contemporary theatre making and performance, gaining a solid foundation in contemporary theatre theories and concepts, reflective practice strategies, professional level approaches to project management, design and evaluation.

Drawing on the working practices of Frantic Assembly, you will expand your own artistic practice and ability to create original and innovative work, culminating in public performances at an established performance venue.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The course culminates with a final major project in which you will conceive and manage a complex research project, enabling you to integrate skills and knowledge already acquired and enhance your skills and expertise in either directing, facilitation, performance, producing or scholarly research.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Introductory Collaborative Theatre Making 
    • Collaborative Theatre Making in Context


    Plus 1 of the following:

    • Research Methodologies for Performance Practice
    • Approaches to Education and Facilitation for Performance
  • Semester 2

    • Advanced Collaborative Theatre Making
    • Professional Studies 
  • Semester 3

    • Final Collaborative Project Proposal
    • Final Collaborative Project

In more detail...

  • Drama and Dance is ranked 22nd by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
  • Ongoing relationship, expert advice, support and potential placement opportunities from Frantic Assembly.
  • Taught by staff with a broad range of experience and expertise with each staff member regularly engaging in professional development activities and continuing to perform, create or contribute to the wider theatre research culture through publications and performances.
  • Access to facilities including a dance performance space with lighting/sound control rooms and comprehensive and up-to-date technical equipment, two dance studios, theatre workshop space, wardrobe facilities and storage with around 3,500 costume items and 1,500 accessories, dressing rooms and box office facilities.
  • The Performing Arts team at Coventry has long standing links with key institutions, networks and individuals within the wider community of contemporary arts practice. These include: Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Motionhouse Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, international performance artist Stelarc, Kindle Theatre Company, Forced Entertainment, Stan’s Café, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham (MAC), Independent Dance, London (ID), Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre,(WAC) and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Dedicated technical support for theatre and dance performance, wardrobe needs and music technology, as well as a range of equipment available on loan, such as video, recording, sound and lighting.

Your main study themes are:

  • Collaborative theatre making: Through practical classes delivered by Frantic Assembly, you will be guided in physical and movement training strategies and contribute to aspects of production and project management. You will be offered approaches to devising text and movement derived from Frantic Assembly’s processes and methods for creating collaborative theatre, leading to a performance in a London theatre. A core feature of your learning will be reflective practice theories and techniques commonly used in contemporary arts practice and you will develop an artist blog to map your own artistic journey.

  • Collaborative theatre making in context: Considers the inter-relation between your own performance practice and the wider performance culture within which contemporary collaborative theatre operates. We aim to develop your knowledge of the different theoretical models and critical frameworks of analysis drawn upon in the performing arts. These theories will be applied primarily to the study of contemporary theatre and ensemble work in the late 20th and early 21st century. You will investigate significant examples of practice from a range of theoretical perspectives, including cultural studies models and address issues of gender, difference and how the body is represented and is used to generate material in contemporary performance. You can also engage critically with current aesthetic trends in contemporary performance and the infrastructure and public policy that shapes, facilitates and responds to these.

  • Professional studies: We aim to develop your professionalism within the performing arts sector and the integration of your skills in creative practice, artistic reflection, project and self-management. You will explore potential career pathways and creative opportunities in the field, while considering the interpersonal and professional skills required. We seek to develop your awareness of and familiarity with creative project devising and management skills, including networking, audience building, arts marketing and fundraising.

The course is studied full-time over one year or part-time, typically taking two years. You can start in January.

Your course will blend intensive practical performance projects, led by Frantic Assembly, with supporting seminars, research events, master classes, guest speakers, workshops and online provision. 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.

Research seminars, symposiums and tutorial support take place in Coventry and online, while the practical aspects of the course will be predominately taught in London, at the heart of the contemporary theatre sector. Therefore the two main practical modules, Introductory Collaborative Theatre Making and Advanced Collaborative Theatre Making, are both delivered in London, though the venues will change year-on-year, whereas all other modules are delivered in Coventry.

Delivered by Frantic Assembly, the practical modules will include masterclass workshops and seminars with associated collaborative artists, which have previously included playwright Simon Stephens, designer Jon Bausor and composer Adrian Sutton. We also benefit from a strong partnership with the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry, which supports our teaching.

In the second semester, you will be guided to devise, rehearse, produce and perform a collaborative theatre show for a public audience. Working with a professional team of artists from Frantic Assembly and their collaborators, you will develop your own practice and collaborative theatre making, devising methods in a supported space to equip you for your own projects later in the course. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with other students, specialising in one area of the collaboration, for example, as director, choreographer, performer, writer or producer.

Throughout the course there will be regular tutorials by staff at Coventry and Frantic Assembly. You will propose a final project in an area of your chosen specialism, be it education and facilitation, performance, directing, producing etc.

Coursework is assessed using a variety of methods including: continuous practical assessment, performances, presentations, essays, reflective logs, e-journals, blogs and displays.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Practical or project work: 70%
  • Coursework, essays: 30%

70% assessed by practical or project work

On completion, you should have knowledge of:

  • Emerging and existing collaborative practices applied to theatre making, performance and education within an intercultural context.
  • A range of compositional approaches and creative processes and their relationship to aesthetic paradigms, genre boundaries and socio-cultural context.
  • Research methods, project initiation, management and evaluation and the existing networks and communities that support this activity.
  • The significant historical, contemporary and intercultural contexts of contemporary theatre performance making, teaching and production.
  • Critical perspectives and relevant theories around notions of innovation, creativity and originality within contemporary theatre making and distribution.
  • Appropriate methods for the critical analysis and documentation of performance practice.


On completion, you should be able to:

  • Synthesise a range of information to create new patterns of thought and apply these skills to complex creative tasks and collaborative working with awareness of socio-cultural context.
  • Evaluate and critique existing bodies of knowledge within the field of contemporary theatre offering new hypothesis, practices and processes where appropriate.
  • Articulate and critique theoretical discourses on contemporary collaborative performance as found in performance studies and contemporary theatre scholarship.
  • Draw on your own resources and skills to perform with an embodied and articulate physicality as appropriate to your artistic practice and requirements of the work.
  • Successfully collaborate with artists from a range of disciplines to generate, devise, create, present and evaluate an inventive and innovative contemporary theatre performance or performance-related project with a clear artistic rationale and awareness of socio-political context.

Modules are generally delivered in intensive blocks, with individual tutorials to support practical and written submissions. You can expect to work with Frantic Assembly for seven hours every day during intense practical modules. Theoretical modules will typically be delivered in a conference style format, for one full day per week over a four-week period.  Personal tutorials will be offered weekly. 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 17 hours of self-directed studying, coursework and revising in your own time.

This course has a variety of international guest artists and speakers in both theory and practical modules.

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In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

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12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

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Entry Requirements

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.

Portfolio

Entry to this course is by audition and interview with the course team and Frantic Assembly. Applications from overseas students are welcomed and alternative audition arrangements for non-UK based applicants are available.

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.

Portfolio

Entry to this course is by audition and interview with the course team and Frantic Assembly. Applications from overseas students are welcomed and alternative audition arrangements for non-UK based applicants are available.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

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.

Portfolio

Entry to this course is by audition and interview with the course team and Frantic Assembly. Applications from overseas students are welcomed and alternative audition arrangements for non-UK based applicants are available.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£15,661 (per year)


September 2018

£15,661 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£15,661 (per year)


September 2018

£15,661 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


January 2018

£17,787 (per year)


September 2018

£17,787 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis within the course on your future career, aimed not only to help you finalise your chosen career path, but also ensure that you have the professional level of artistic and business skills and knowledge to thrive in the demanding and highly competitive world of contemporary theatre.

Working alongside an award-winning collaborative theatre company with an international reputation can give you an unprecedented preparation for a career in 21st century theatre making. We will provide industry relevant experience and the chance to tap into the expertise of pioneering practitioners, which will enable you to self-initiate and manage projects within the wider performing arts sector.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

On graduation, students may want to pursue a career as a theatre maker, performer, producer or practitioner.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

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