What you'll study

The programme focuses specifically on creating an ensemble, performer training, theatre-making and performative writing, informed by critical reflection and practice research.

The uniqueness of the programme lies in its focus on making theatre as a performer, director and writer.

A group outdoor rehearsal for Rose Bruford College's MA Collaborative Theatre Making

Why choose this course?

Expert training

You will have the opportunity to learn and work with world-leading creatives

Professional-experience

This programme is an opportunity to explore your experience as a theatremaker and to develop your existing practice. You can come from any discipline including film, performance, dance, design, live art or writing

Ensemble practice

You will carefully explore creation.
The programme takes a physical approach to making theatre and working with text. It will begin by developing the group to form an ensemble and concentrating on the development of the skills of the company's individual members

Practice-based opportunities

Explore collaborative and interdisciplinary creative processes, work placements at a range of partner organisations both in the UK and abroad, and an opportunity to further develop your personal practice through an individual or collaborative realised lighting design project

Two Collaborative Theatre Making students in a production at Rose Bruford College

Course breakdown

MA Collaborative Theatre Making
There are four modules in the MA over 13 months:

  • Module One: Performance Skills
  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum
  • Module Three: Director, Writer and Performer as Theatre Maker
  • Module Four: Final Research Project

There are five modules in the MFA over two years.
Year One -There are three modules in year one:

  • Module One: Performance Skills
  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum
  • Module Three; Director, Writer and Performer as Theatre Maker

Year Two – There are two modules in year two:

  • Module Four: The Widening Field
  • Module Five: Final Independent Project

MA

  • Module One: Performance Skills

This module is focused around the training of the individual within the ensemble and includes skills in movement, voice, devising, play, comedy and improvisation which are taught through a series of practical workshops, projects, performances, laboratory-based activities, projects, lectures and seminars.

The module takes a physical approach to making theatre and working with text.

This module aims to systemically develop, deepen and challenge your practice, knowledge and understanding of performance and making theatre, through exposure to inter-disciplinary and hybrid forms of performance training and creation.

  • Module Two: Performative Writing/Vade Mecum

This module provides the theoretical and academic underpinning for the developing practice explored across all modules.

The module offers a particular lens through which to enhance, deepen and inform your understanding of theatre as an historical, and contemporary cultural and social phenomenon.

In particular you will explore different modes of research and reflection through; practice as research, the study of subject-specific literature and performance, verbal discourse and developmental and critical modes of writing.

Active research is a fundamental principle engendering the evolution of one’s own practice and professional aesthetic. London offers not only a wealth of international theatre work, but also opportunities to work with and participate in workshops, events, performances, seminars and symposiums in related fields.

  • Module Three: Director, Writer, Performer as Theatre Maker

The first half of this module will focus on performance-making through three different lenses; that of the director, the writer and the performer.

Collaborative work in the second half of the module begins with a process of devising a performance focussing on telling stories through performance, visual image, physical theatre, writing, sound and music. The module culminates in a production devised by the ensemble working with a range of skills and theatre disciplines and so there is collaboration across forms as well as between individuals.

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  • Module Four: Final Independent Project

The final module facilitates the creation of your original creative work. This may be a performance; a conceptual paper; a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that you have developed and will pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of your own practice, or a model and vision for your future organisation.

MFA Year Two

  • Module Four: The Widening Field

This module focuses on processes of research and development aimed at realising individualised specialist practice with the view that it ultimately achieves professional validity and viability. The module is deliberately open and flexible as each student’s journey will develop its own pathway.

The module is based around self-directed study, research into the industry and work-based learning through talks/presentations/ seminars throughout the year prior to the attachment. Students are supported in seeking appropriate work-based learning opportunities either with the College’s creative partners, their own contacts, new initiatives with appropriate organisations or ensemble companies or working within appropriate internal placement opportunities.

There will be four taught weekends that offer the opportunity to test and trial the state of your practice with tutor/mentor/peer feedback and input. Each weekend will be situated in a different location, e.g. London, Edinburgh, Berlin and will be focused to support the progressive development of each student’s emerging project.

  • Module Five: Final Independent Project

The final module facilitates the creation of your original creative work. This may be a performance, a conceptual paper, a multi-dimensional proposition of a project that you have developed, and pitch to professional organisations; it may be the practical articulation of your own practice or a model and vision for your future organisation.

 

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Entry requirments

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.

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Course Summary

Duration

MA 13 months MFA 24 Months

Mode of study

Full time

Start date

October 2022

Course Type

Postgraduate Course

Qualification

MA/MFA

Course Fees (2021 Entry)

MA UK & Republic of Ireland Students

£15000

MA International Students

£18000

MFA UK & Republic of Ireland Students (240 credits)

£23500

MFA International Students (240 credits)

£25000