Taking the wealth and diversity of London’s unique artistic culture as its prime focus, this unique programme opens up a variety of pathways to students looking to focus their interests in the broad field of theatre and performance. Shaped around a series of thematic investigations of the city’s unparalleled theatrical and cultural resources, you will be able to pursue a range of projects matched to your professional aspirations.
The programme engages with three basic approaches to study: viewing, making and writing, with students given the freedom to interpret key assessment tasks in line with their developing research and professional interests.
This is a flexible MA with full-time and part-time attendance options and which provides a sound practical and theoretical basis from which to move on to professional practice and training or further study at MPhil/PhD level.
You will join a welcoming and diverse postgraduate community in a well-established UK department of drama, theatre and performance which offers a range of opportunities to work on staff and student-led projects in addition to your own studies.
Viewing is at the heart of the programme, with regular collective attendance at a curated programme of events in London, during the Autumn and Spring terms, selected by the tutor team and provided without charge to students.* Making connections between these events, you will explore a range of themes, genres and contexts that shape the performing arts in the city. This experience is supported by a programme of guided reading and discussion-based seminar sessions.
Making and Writing are the strands of the programme where you develop your own responses to these themed investigations, which act as the springboard for your own projects. You will have the freedom to choose from a variety of formats for your assessed work, which might include live performance, theatre criticism, photographic, video or sound-based work. You can choose to explore a variety of formats and approaches or focus your work on a particular type of practice. In the first term, you will be introduced to a range of creative and analytical research methods that are designed to support the development of your own interests, leading on to a proposal for a major project that you undertake during the second half of the year. Writing offers a pathway for students to explore forms of textual practice, including writing for performance, theatre criticism, performative writing, dramaturgical research and response. This approach also offers the possibility of developing new kinds of conversations between audiences, artists, producers and other constituencies in the performance cultures of the city.
*Students cover the cost of travel to and from each venue
The following are modules currently offered on the course:
Roehampton is situated in south west London, one of the most famous and respected cities for the enjoyment of theatre and performance. Viewing is at the heart of this MA programme, and regular attendance at a curated programme of events is provided without charge.*
Students will visit a variety of theatre and performance venues across London, taking in a range of art-forms and different approaches to theatre-making. As part of the course the 2017/2018 cohort experienced:
Students have also visited the Tate Modern to see Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performance 1980-1981 and enjoyed a tour of the V&A Theatre Archives at Blythe House, Kensington Olympia.
*Students cover the cost of travel to and from each venue
This course develops students towards professional careers in the Arts as well as towards possible PhD or MFA study.
MA Screenwriting London College of Communication is one of the UK’s leading film and TV scripting courses with a strong reputation in the industry.
Graduates of MA Screenwriting have gone on to win numerous UK and international awards, work on major film projects in active development, and are writing for a wide range of programmes currently being screened on UK television.
Leading the field, this industry-focused screenwriting course is aimed at developing writers for film, television and/or radio industries. The course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the abilities, knowledge and skills you will need for a career in scriptwriting.
What can you expect?
MA Screenwriting introduces you to the foundations of contemporary scriptwriting practice in a theoretical context. You will develop research methodologies that will become the basis for future practice and analysis.
The course offers you the opportunity to study feature film, television and radio narrative and the development of a script from a short story and research, which lays the foundation for your Major Project.
You will also complete a Collaborative Unit that reflects your specialist interests in scriptwriting and related topics, whilst engaging with the need to understand and communicate with the industry you wish to work in.
In the final term you will undertake a Major Project that allows you to focus on a specialist area of interest that you identified during your development on the course. You will write several drafts of an original screenplay for film or TV, or a TV pilot episode(s) with format documents. In addition, you will engage in peer-to-peer review and the writing of reader reports.
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What happens when you mix an arts school with a business school? The Central Saint Martins Birkbeck MBA is a different kind of MBA that places creative approaches and social engagement at the heart of future management and leadership. The course challenges the orthodox business school approach to education, and instead focuses on cross-disciplinary collaboration. You will become a new type of business graduate: one who can combine genuinely creative thinking and innovation with core financial and strategic management skills.
- Our MBA’s radical approach lies in its philosophy: deep research and analysis leading to real, root-and-branch, change. This course places tools and concepts in context, combining design thinking and creative problem solving with rigorous academic content.
- Benefit from the combined strengths of two highly regarded institutions, in the central London locations of King’s Cross and Bloomsbury, offering graduates access to an expansive and supportive international network.
- A cross-disciplinary approach to prepare you for complex and ever-changing business environments allowing you to develop critical thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, negotiation and creative cognitive flexibility.
- Embracing the different perspectives of your cohort comprising students from a variety of professional industries and international cultures. Your colleagues will reframe problems and challenge the status quo.
- Enabling you to pursue your studies part-time while continuing in your full-time career.
Unit 1: Provocation and Enquiry (60 credits)
Unit 2: Entrepreneurship in action (20 credits)
Unit 3: Effecting change: Collaboration in practice (40 credits)
Unit 4: Extended Live Project or Dissertation (60 credits)
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- A practice led course underpinned by critical design thinking and exploration
- To be taught by a team of highly experienced postgraduate tutors each with their own personal specialist art / design practice and research
- A ‘creative campus’ environment with a range of workshop facilities, library and special collection resources, shared studio spaces, and professional exhibition spaces.
- To become a dynamic member of postgraduate study groups through active discussion, collaboration and exchange of ideas
- To seek inspiration and knowledge from course tutors, college wide professional lectures, UAL postgraduate community initiatives and events and London’s cultural industries
- To become a reflective learner willing to speculate upon ideas from many perspectives and experiences
- To actively seek ways to frame and reframe personal and professional practice in relation to expanded and developed modes of Communication Design practice
- To be individually supported in order to initiate a project framework involving theoretical and practice based research and design practice leading to the successful completion of a major project
- To develop a rigorous design process, providing the means to employ critical thinking, shape materials and forms, generate and communicate content, develop prototypes and engage with audience testing.