This programme is designed to be extremely flexible, reflecting the diversity of approaches to making artwork. It can be studied full-time or part-time.
Students are expected to develop two parallel projects: a work-in-progress piece informed by an extensive critical agenda and a major performance event. These projects are underpinned by extensive (written) critical study and the development of a ‘professional (business) portfolio’ that helps define the nature and purpose of the creative projects in an external context.
A key feature of the programme is the ‘Theatre Collective’ strand: we welcome block-applications from groups of artists, who are keen to develop their creative identity as part of a shared collective. Individuals are, of course, welcome, either as solo performers or as individuals looking to share practice in new contexts.
Students will be entering into one of the most vibrant and connected environments and communities for making contemporary theatre and performance. The Department of Theatre at Chichester has an established reputation for working with a wide range of established performance artists who recognise the opportunities of creative research and development within an applied university context.
Much of the work developed by students Department is presented in our ShowRoom Theatre, a key venue in the national touring network, with a reputation for programming innovative and radical work, but we also have firm links with venues and festivals in Brighton, London, Bristol and Edinburgh.
The University of Chichester MA in Theatre & Theatre Collectives is one of the boldest, and most professionally-focused MAs in devised theatre and collaborative practice in the UK. An artist-led masters, open to makers of all styles and disciplines, we provide an unparalleled opportunity for emergent and established artists who want time and space to make high-quality theatre work and establish or refine their creative and professional identity.
This year, we are pleased to be able to offer two opportunities, which are both made to expand the scope of our current cohort and make higher education more accessible for more people.
Working Artist Bursary. This bursary is for students who have maintained an artistic practice for over 5 years. This bursary will cover 1/2 of the fee for Full Time study and is available for any UK resident. There may be 1-2 Working Artist Bursary's available. In addition to the usual application please send an email to Brian Lobel at [email protected] with up to 500 words evidencing your previous practice and your goal in returning to academia. Please also send links to appropriate documentation online. All students who fit the criteria and are accepted via the Application Portal, will be considered. Deadline for consideration for this bursary is 15 May.
Travel Bursary. This bursary is for students for whom travel costs and being on campus 2-3 days a week would prove a barrier to MA study. Travel bursaries up to £200/month will be available for a limited number of students, based on need and budget. In addition to the usual application, please send an email to Brian Lobel at [email protected] with a short paragraph describing cost considerations, and a budget. If accepted via the Application Portal, the budget will then be considered for a travel bursary. Your travel bursary application will NOT be considered in relation to whether you are accepted or not. This travel bursary is available for all students (including those outside of the UK). Deadline for consideration for this bursary is 15 May.
You will be encouraged to think about your own future within theatre along with the help of our academic lecturers, many of who are professional artists with links to hundreds of theatres across the UK.
Your own new work will be stimulated by a continuous programme of professional performances from a wide range of international artists, many of whom support the work of the department through teaching and mentoring.
Every year we offer students the chance to work with the technical, marketing, or outreach departments of our local theatres in art centres and other venues, theatre companies, independent producers, schools/colleges and various other related contexts. These programmes are designed to help get your foot on the ladder on graduating within an established organisation or professional context.
Students are also encouraged to work further afield – across the UK, Europe, or the USA – with the Department’s Cultural Exchange programme. Intensive weekend residencies and summer schools will be arranged in accordance students’ needs: the programme is designed to work around the calendars of working artists.
This programme constitutes 180 Credits and is broken into five compulsory modules:
Production and Developmental Project serve as the year-long core creative projects, supported by external and professional reflection through Professional Portfolio.
These projects are delivered in a rigorous, yet highly flexible, context, with regular masterclasses by professional practitioners, supported by tutorials and seminars with tutors and mentors.
Musical Theatre at Winchester focuses on the academic study of musical theatre, preparing you for a career in teaching, lecturing, research, reviewing, writing or direction. It is also suitable if you are a professional interested in honing your analytical and critical skills, out of a passion for the subject or in order to change career direction. The programme provides you with a firm grounding in the critical theories and dramaturgical structures of musical theatre that are necessary for analysing, critiquing, directing and composing musical theatre texts. You are encouraged to engage with academic literature, case studies and each other by reflecting on your own experiences.
The suite of Masters programmes in the Department of Performing Arts draws together students on courses in Theatre Studies, Musical Theatre and Dance. You work together on modules in Critical Theories and Dramaturgies (Analysis and Composition) and in the optional intensive practical module, benefiting from interdisciplinary interactions, debates and discussions. Over the duration of the course, you develop skills in independent and critical learning, building your confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff.
You specialise through your choice of optional module and through supervision of Research Preparation and Dissertation modules. Optional modules include Theatre Stories, Cultural Entrepreneurship, Performance Now, and British Theatre 1945–2015. The programme can be taken entirely by distance/blended learning, but Intensive Practice, Extending the Voice, and Physical Skills 3 are only available on campus and may be subject to audition.
The course prepares you for a range of careers, including research, teaching in schools or at further and higher education levels, the entertainment industry, the performance sector and production-related work, and outreach and facilitatory roles in community and social care settings.
These courses provide a solid foundation for careers in the performance industry, such as choreography, direction and dramaturgy; the entertainment industry such as criticism, literary management, marketing and education roles; teaching; research or archival-based careers; and social care settings including community outreach and facilitator roles.
*Subject to validation
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