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.