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*New for 2017, subject to final approval. The MA in Sound Design is a forward thinking course, which invites you to explore the creative use of sound within film and other visual media at an advanced level. Read more
*New for 2017, subject to final approval.

The MA in Sound Design is a forward thinking course, which invites you to explore the creative use of sound within film and other visual media at an advanced level. The course focuses on the more creative aspects of sound design and post-production while providing you with the necessary technical skills.

You’ll develop your work within your areas of interest without stylistic boundaries. The content areas include:

• Sound editing (production audio, dialogue/ADR, SFX, music)
• The language and aesthetics of sound design (narrative, dramaturgy)
• Foley
• Field recording
• Sound sculpting and processing
• Working with directors
• Post-production workflows
• Dubbing
• Surround sound
• VR audio
• Industry deliverables

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course delivers a mixture of advanced technical skills related to sound design and audio post production for film and other visual media. It also provides creatively-oriented insights into contemporary sound design practice and encourages students to push the boundaries of the field. Subject areas include:

• Sound sculpting, processing and synthesis
• The language and aesthetics of sound design
• Storytelling and dramaturgy

MA Sound Design is part of a suite of postgraduate courses available across music and sound, operating alongside ‘sister’ pathways in Sound Production and Sound Arts, which allow further specialism in these areas.

For more information on the course structure, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-sound-design/

MODULES

In trimester one, you'll gain the skills you’ll need to fulfil the rest of the course. The Skills Portfolio module is built on the idea that you’ll already have technical skills in this area. It therefore allows you to choose a handful of skills projects from a large number of options – these cover skills right across the Sound Arts, Sound Design and Sound Production pathways and include (optional) elements of multimedia.

The Research Methodology and Context module develops skills in postgraduate-level research and writing.

In trimester two, the core module is the Sound Design Practice module. It explores the creative and practical application of Sound Design within a visual narrative and storytelling context.

Alongside this core module, you’ll be offered a wide range of options. The Post Production module explores an industry-level workflow for Audio Post within film and visual media and covers a wide range of associated skillsets. Intertextuality in Sound Production, from the Sound Production pathway, explores the overlap between Urban Music production and what are considered more experimental genres. The Visual Music module, from the Sound Arts pathway, explores the idea that musical thinking can be extended to the visual, and encourages students to develop multimedia projects that explore this idea.

There are also choices in Composition, Performance, Musicology and Professional Practice.

In trimester three, you'll complete the course with a independent research project, compromising of a large-scale practical project, supported by a reflective account.

For more information on modules please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-sound-design/

TEACHING METHODS

The delivery of the course involves a mixture of teaching and learning activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, online study materials and guest speaker sessions.

The workshop / seminar sessions will include ongoing peer review and tutor support opportunities. Some parts of the course are delivered using a ‘flipped classroom’ model, where students independently work through online study materials and tasks, which are followed up by practical support workshops.

ASSESSMENT

The assessment is majorly based around practical coursework, with the aim to build an extensive portfolio of sound design and post production work. Practical coursework is typically supported by a written commentary or evaluation. The Research Methodology and Context module is assessed through a more substantial written paper.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You can use the course to develop an individually-tailored portfolio of skills. This will equip you for the current employment landscape, where a combination of traditional audio post production roles are required alongside broader practice in sound, music and other media.

Our graduates have range of successful careers in production, composition, music for film and TV, sound design for moving image and games, sound art, software development, engineering, further education, higher education and research.

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In the MA for Sound Arts you will explore sound as a creative medium at an advanced level, and focus on the areas that interest you most. Read more
In the MA for Sound Arts you will explore sound as a creative medium at an advanced level, and focus on the areas that interest you most. We’ll help you develop the technical skills you need, but the course is about sound more than technology, and values lo-tech and no-tech as much as the latest technological developments.

You can work in any music genre, and/or cover areas such as soundscape recording and sound design, interactive audio (for applications such as live performance, gaming, VR, immersive environments and installations), spatial audio, hardware/software (instrument) design and interdisciplinary practice incorporating other media.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course caters for those working in a wide variety of music genres, and at the same time also covers areas of practice such as soundscape recording and sound design, interactive audio, spatial audio, hardware/software design and interdisciplinary practice incorporating other media. Most students won’t cover all of these areas, but will use the course to develop an individually-tailored portfolio of skills, experience and top-level work across them.

Most students won’t cover all of these areas, but will use the course to develop an individually-tailored portfolio of skills, experience and top-level work across them. We believe this to be appropriate to the current employment landscape where many combine traditional roles in music with broader practice in sound and other media. The course also provides the breadth necessary for FE and HE teaching in this field, and provides a basis where required for PhD research and beyond.

MODULES

In trimester one, you'll gain the skills you’ll need to fulfil the rest of the course. The Skills Portfolio module is built on the idea that you’ll already have technical skills in this area. It therefore allows you to choose a handful of skills projects from a large number of options – these cover skills right across the Sound Arts, Sound Design and Sound Production pathways and include (optional) elements of multimedia.

The Research Methodology and Context module develops skills in postgraduate-level research and writing.

In trimester two, you'll study the Sonic Architecture module. This is intended as an expansion of traditional music composition teaching, where the aesthetic aspects of individual work will be examined and developed.

Alongside this core module, you’ll be offered a wide range of options.The Visual Music module explores the idea that musical thinking can be extended to the visual. Intertextuality in Sound Production, from the Sound Production pathway, explores the overlap between Urban Music production. Post Production, from the Sound Design pathway, explores an industry-level workflow for Audio Post for picture.

There are also choices in Composition, Performance, Musicology and Professional Practice.

In trimester three, you'll complete the course with a independent research project, compromising of a large-scale practical project. Allowing you to develop your own individual and original research area.

For detailed information on modules, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-sound-arts/

TEACHING METHODS

Most modules are taught through small-group seminars and workshops, where you’ll benefit from close interaction with tutors and peers. The Major Project and parts of the other modules are taught through individual tutorials where the focus will be entirely on your own practice.

ASSESSMENT MODULES

You’ll be assessed entirely on coursework. The majority of this will be practical and creative work, including the dissertation-equivalent Major Project. Some practical projects are accompanied by short informal written assignments, and for the Research Methodology and Context module you’ll produce a more substantial paper.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates have range of successful careers in production, composition, music for film and TV, sound design for moving image and games, sound art, software development, engineering, further education, higher education and research.

MA Sound is a new course – this is based on MMus Creative Sound and Media Technology, which is its predecessor.

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Bath Spa University College of Liberal Arts
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Transnational Writing sits within the subject area of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and within Bath Spa’s newly formed centre for Transnational Creativity. Read more
Transnational Writing sits within the subject area of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and within Bath Spa’s newly formed centre for Transnational Creativity. We’re a pioneer and leading provider in the teaching of creative writing. We’ve just been recognised by the top consumer body in the UK as ‘the leading course in Creative Writing in the country’ (Which 2016).

This exciting new field of creative inquiry develops the artist’s capacity to respond creatively to the world. The course brings together creative writing, spoken word and creative research. You’ll design your own research plan and produce a portfolio of creative writing or a spoken word performance. We’ll encourage you to conduct extensive fieldwork at home or abroad and you’ll be able to tap into our vibrant network of international partner organisations.

We’ll encourage you to conduct extensive fieldwork at home or abroad and you’ll be able to tap into our vibrant network of international partner organisations.

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The course introduces the concept of transnational research and creativity, exploring its application as a mode of cultural production. It considers engagement with other art forms, approaches to creative writing, fieldwork and a diverse contemporary context of international creative expression as the basis of research.

Activities such as writing exercises, field trips, visiting tutors from our international partners and workshops will form the core of the first half of the programme. In the second part of the programme you’ll undertake an extended period of self-directed creative research, giving you the freedom to develop expertise in your own craft and to attempt the production of a substantial piece of creative work to a publishable standard.

MODULES

In Module 1 you will use your own experience of people, places and environment as a source and inspiration for creative writing. This module sets the foundations for independent study and is designed to give you a real sense of what writing from experience in the field is about.

In Module 2 you will gain an overview of the key ideas and processes associated with transnational writing and research. You’ll prepare further for independent study and work on establishing a research plan for your six-month creative project.

In Module 3 you will carry out a creative project, working closely with your supervisor. You can submit your project in a variety of formats. This includes a novel, a collection of stories, a short film, poetry, a spoken word performance or an action based portfolio.

For more information on modules please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-transnational-writing/

TEACHING METHODS

The course is low residency, with residential periods at Corsham Court campus.

The learning process will involve a variety of forms of interaction, study and experience including master classes, workshops and creative labs. During workshops, tutors and students present core material with the expectation of lively interaction and designated group discussions.

The low-residential aspect of this MRes equally allows you the time and freedom to research your own points of transition, to write from place, between places and people, while fitting the requirements of the course around your life.

ASSESSMENT

You will be required to submit 16,000 - 20,000 word portfolio (or the equivalent) of creative work of a transnational nature, a well as course-specific written and/or spoken-word assignments for chosen modules.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Master of Research in Transnational writing will prepare you for a PhD or career in the creative sector.

For more information please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-transnational-writing/

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Rooted in material investigation, this course allows exploration of ceramics through art, craft and design contexts. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. Read more
Rooted in material investigation, this course allows exploration of ceramics through art, craft and design contexts. You’ll develop skills and knowledge through an exciting combination of material investigation and research. This will allow you to contextualise your practice in relation to current debates in art, craft and design and to develop an individual production strategy.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

You’ll receive specialised ceramics tuition from a dedicated team of academic and technical staff within the ceramics area, as well as from regular part-time lecturers and visiting practitioner/artists.You’ll be part of a lively ceramics community, based around comprehensive workshop provision and studio spaces. As postgraduate students, you’ll have the opportunity to extend and hone making skills in conjunction with developing your understanding of how a ceramics specialisation might relate to production in art, craft or design contexts.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first trimester, you’ll establish the direction of your creative practice through studio and workshop-based making. Research Methodologies will provide you with a strong sense of methodical purpose when thinking through and about your practise.

In the second trimester, you’ll negotiate a proposal for self-directed study. You’ll deepen your knowledge and understanding of debates in ceramics, situating the personal interests and concerns that inform your work within an appropriate contemporary context.

The final trimester comprises an individually negotiated and self-initiated body of work building on the knowledge and skills already acquired. You'll be supervised by tutorial through to completion.

For detailed information on modules and course structure go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-design-ceramics/

DISTANCE LEARNING ROUTE

Students may choose to take some or all of the modules on this course by distance learning. Teaching and tutorial support will be delivered via a combination of computer-based learning and campus visits, with assessment matched to your particular interests and needs.

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll receive specialised ceramics tuition from a dedicated team of academic and technical staff within the ceramics area, as well as from regular part-time lecturers and visiting practitioner/artists. Peer interaction across the school, along with the group dynamic within the course, is seen as critical to your learning experience. Lectures, seminars, group critiques and trips will also be central to your learning experience.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Practice modules are assessed through studio exhibition of work with a supporting statement; theory modules through written assignment and verbal presentation. The final Masters Project is assessed through exhibition and Evaluative Report. There are no written examinations.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Typical career destinations include:
• Exhibiting
• Ceramic design and museum work
• Arts administration
• Public art
• Research
• Teaching

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This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. Read more
This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

Alongside support from your tutors, you’ll benefit from a professional mentor who works in your field of interest.
The course is supported by high profile associate artists and industry specialist who, alongside the university's career specialist, will enhance your study experience.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.

MODULES

In Research Methodologies, you'll develop an understanding of, and the ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. This module concerns itself with interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You’ll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example writing, painting, textiles or soundmaking.

In the Creative 1 module, you'll create live or screen-based performance work. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

In Professional Engagement, you'll develop your professional profile and gain in-depth understand of 'getting your work out there.'

In Creative Practice 2, you'll respond to non-theatre performance locations, and collaborate with other artists to create cross-disciplinary performance work. Work may be submitted live or as a film.

For the Thesis Project modules, you'll negotiate a final project with course tutors and you'll draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. . For example, it might be: a work for the single screen; an interdisciplinary sit-specific work; a written project, or a stage performance.

For more information on course structure and methods please view the module handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/

TEACHING METHODS

Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including: technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University’s production company, provide regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there a regular open lectures covering for example science, videogames, literature and globalisation.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Your work will be assessed through range of methods including: performances/screenings; presentations; written work and journals. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process as well as the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You’ll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We’ll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You’ll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.

For more information on opportunities during the course please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/

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Bath Spa University College of Liberal Arts
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Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Read more
Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

The MA is for students with a thorough grounding in their own specialism who wish to extend and develop their songwriting knowledge and skills at advanced academic level, in a creative environment.

Therefore, the course is aimed at both unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

From day one you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Applying practice-based learning at our world-heritage research centres, through a range of creative strategies and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output.

Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning, and vice versa. You’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.

Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the post-graduate world. You’ll identify the industrial context relevant to your songs; your knowledge of your field will become intensified through primary research, secondary research and contact with guest speakers from industry.

Collaborating with songwriters from near and far will increase your creative and networking range; ahead of your Major Project contextual and collaborative research perform the vital tasks of shaping your song outputs.

MODULES

There are a range of modules which include:
Songwriting Skills: a twelve-week process during which you’ll develop a feel for sensory imagery, metaphor and a facility for narrative tension.

Song Identity and Culture: here you investigate and unravel your personal songwriting ‘DNA’. You’ll look at your own work and that of others, in the context of artistic identity and culture.

Professional Collaboration: you’ll negotiate collaboration with other students within a professional context. For example, songwriters might collaborate in the traditional manner of successful and acclaimed songwriting teams, or may work with choreographers, film makers, poets, composers, arrangers or remixers.

Research Methodologies and Context: a ‘pathfinder’ contextual study into an economic/cultural context for your future song outputs. From folk to hip-hop, indie, metal, etc., each industrial context possesses a uniquely different set of venues, publishers, labels, agents, producers and performers.

Major Project: bring all your research and preparation into focus. You are asked to present a showcase artefact representing the songs developed during your time on the course. Usually this is an album. For some it will be several projects for differing contexts, like a writer’s showcase for a publisher.

For detailed information on the course modules, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/songwriting-distance/

TEACHING METHODS

The Distance Learning option is a blended learning design which combines formal online lectures with regular personal tutorials. Week to week you study a workbook of specific tasks which are reviewed and discussed with your tutor. Peer-based teaching and learning occurs in our regular Songwriter’s Circle webinars in which students from all over the world meet to share and critique their work.

For information about resources and facilities, please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/songwriting-distance/

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Assessments range from simple audio sketches in the early stages to full album productions in the final stages; each of which is assessed for quality and market focus. On the research modules, formal, researched and referenced post-graduate papers express your intellectual and analytical development.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

There is a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:

• Signed artists
• Signed writers
• Lecturers
• Researchers
• Agents
• Performers
• Teachers
• Therapists
• Publishers

The course is also an excellent grounding if you’re interested in further study; a number of our alumni have progressed onto PhD study.

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Bath Spa University College of Liberal Arts
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Our MA Scriptwriting is an intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts. It will take your writing to the highest level, and allow you to develop clear strategies for professional success. Read more
Our MA Scriptwriting is an intensive, practical course designed to produce professional writers and compelling scripts. It will take your writing to the highest level, and allow you to develop clear strategies for professional success. With a combination of expert guidance and peer-group workshopping, we encourage you to develop your unique voice while meeting the demands of a highly competitive industry.

We cover all media, including theatre, radio, film and television, and offer extensive training in professional skills. By the end of the course, you’ll have a comprehensive portfolio of original work, a finished script to professional standards, industry connections and a fully realised showcase presentation.

COURSE STRUCTURE

You’ll hone your writing for performance skills, while also acquiring the necessary professional knowledge needed to negotiate the industry.

Alongside completing a minimum of three polished scripts for theatre, radio and TV/film, you’ll meet scriptwriting agents and industry specialists and learn how best to pitch your work in a highly competitive field.

We recognise the importance of equipping you, as a scriptwriter, with the knowledge of how to produce your work. You’ll have the opportunity to record your own radio plays, stage your theatre pieces and shoot and edit your TV/Film projects within our supportive environment.

MODULES

In Craft, you'll learn the key components of a script, including structure, characterisation, visual storytelling and dialogue.

Writing for Theatre and Radio is a comprehensive guide to writing for these important media. You’ll prepare a script for each.

Develop your professional writing career in Professional Skills. Learn to prepare proposal documents, to pitch ideas, and to make connections in the industry.

Screenwriting is an in-depth course in writing for film and television. You’ll prepare a single script for either medium.

In Showcase Presentation, you'll write and produce a finished 15 minute piece in any narrative media for public presentation.

In Final Script, you'll prepare a calling card script in the medium of your choice, taken to the highest professional standard.

For more information on modules you can view the course handbook via our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-scriptwriting/

TEACHING METHODS

The course is modular and can be undertaken as either full or part-time study. Part-time students take the Dramatic Structure and Writing for the Screen modules in their first year and Theatre and Radio, Professional Skills and Final Script in their second year.

Modules are taught over three weekends of intensive tutor-led workshops.

ASSESSMENT

You’ll be assessed by coursework and practical presentation. In the first two trimesters work will be assessed as work in progress. Your final assessment is based on three assignments: a final script (60%); a practical realisation of your work (30%); and a pitch (10%).

For more information on assessment please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-scriptwriting/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Many of our graduates succeed with their career goals. Some have careers as professional Scriptwriters while others work in script editing, theatre and film criticism or education.

Our students have gone on to have their work produced and some have even managed to do this while still completing their MA. Others have found work within the script departments of TV/film and theatre companies while others work as script readers, theatre/film reviewers and as creative writing tutors.

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This course is for performers interested in live or recorded performance within classical or jazz styles. Throughout you’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. Read more
This course is for performers interested in live or recorded performance within classical or jazz styles. Throughout you’ll receive one-to-one instrumental or vocal tuition from our team of experienced tutors as part of a series of performance modules. The course culminates with a final project, where you’ll prepare a performance, normally a high-profile public recital. Alongside your solo work you’ll develop your research, collaborative, ensemble and publicity skills.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

This course gives you, as a instrumental/vocal performer, the skills and opportunities to develop your individual and ensemble skills to a high level. You’ll undertake four modules over two trimesters and a double module in your third trimester.

You may explore areas of your own interest, which may relate to staff specialisms, such as opera (Garth Bardsley), early music and music of the Georgian period (Dr Matthew Spring), and romantic and early twentieth-century music (Dr Charles Wiffen), piano skills and improvisation (Thomas Whorley).

MODULES

In Performance 1, you’ll develop your performance skills and technique, and extend your repertoire. Alongside this the Research Methodologies and Context module gives you a thorough grounding in research methodology. Your development as a performer is supported by regular one-to-one lessons with a specialist teacher.

The Performance 2 module develops performance skills and repertoire while furthering your understanding of performance history and practice. You’ll also explore strategies for marketing yourself. You’ll have a choice of modules at this stage and the opportunity to work with peers and across subject boundaries.

You’ll have a choice of modules at this stage: Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice, Intercultural Musicology and Opera Studies.

The third trimester involves a Major Project for which you'll prepare a programme for a substantial public performance. The content and structure of this project is to be negotiated with course tutors.

For more information on modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-music-performance/

TEACHING METHODS

Modules are normally taught through one-to-one lessons, seminars and practical workshops. These are supported by individual tutorials and online activity within the Virtual Learning Environment.

The Major Project involves student-directed work, with supporting tutorials and instrumental/vocal lessons. We encourage you to make full use of library and IT resources, and time will be scheduled in studios and workstations labs for independent study, as appropriate.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You’ll complete individual assignments for each module. Performance based modules (Performance 1, Opera Studies and Major Project) are assessed through performance on your instrument or voice, reflective commentaries on your process, or a lecture recital in the case of Performance 2. Intercultural Musicology and Research Methodologies and Context modules will be be assessed on written submissions.

For more information on assessment, please view the course handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-music-performance/

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Previous graduate destinations include:

• Doctoral studies at Durham University
• Freelance repetiteur and keyboard/continuo specialist
• Choir Director and Piano/Vocal Tutor
• Marines Conductor
• Opera Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
• Freelance classical and early music singer

Our graduates work in a wide range of performance-related areas such as:

• Orchestral performance
• Opera
• Conducting
• Choral direction
• Chamber music
• Accompaniment
• Session work
• Music promotion
• Record labels
• Broadcast media
• Instrumental teaching
• Group teaching
• Community music projects
• University lecturing

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Bath Spa University College of Liberal Arts
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Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Read more
Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

The MA is for students with a thorough grounding in their own specialism who wish to extend and develop their songwriting knowledge and skills at advanced academic level, in a creative environment.

Therefore, the course is aimed at both unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level, and published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation while exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience.

COURSE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT

From day one you’ll write songs, using alternative strategies designed to work alongside your current creative approaches. Applying practice-based learning at our world-heritage research centres, through a range of creative strategies and critical perspective on your songs’ relationship with audience and industry, you’ll develop and focus your output.

Lyric-writing, and a fluent command of imagery, metaphor and narrative is nurtured as chords and melody take shape around language’s meaning, and vice versa. You’ll investigate the power and potential of song forms, modes of address, perspectives, time-frames and characters.

Having stretched the range of creative options available to you within your own artistic palette, you’ll turn your hand to research; this is your entry to the post-graduate world. You’ll identify the industrial context relevant to your songs; your knowledge of your field will become intensified through primary research, secondary research and contact with guest speakers from industry.

Collaborating with songwriters from near and far will increase your creative and networking range; ahead of your Major Project contextual and collaborative research perform the vital tasks of shaping your song outputs.

MODULES

There are a range of modules which include:
Songwriting Skills: a twelve-week process during which you’ll develop a feel for sensory imagery, metaphor and a facility for narrative tension.

Song Identity and Culture: here you investigate and unravel your personal songwriting ‘DNA’. You’ll look at your own work and that of others, in the context of artistic identity and culture.

Professional Collaboration: you’ll negotiate collaboration with other students within a professional context. For example, songwriters might collaborate in the traditional manner of successful and acclaimed songwriting teams, or may work with choreographers, film makers, poets, composers, arrangers or remixers.

Research Methodologies and Context: a ‘pathfinder’ contextual study into an economic/cultural context for your future song outputs. From folk to hip-hop, indie, metal, etc., each industrial context possesses a uniquely different set of venues, publishers, labels, agents, producers and performers.

Major Project: bring all your research and preparation into focus. You are asked to present a showcase artefact representing the songs developed during your time on the course. Usually this is an album. For some it will be several projects for differing contexts, like a writer’s showcase for a publisher.

For detailed information on the course modules, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-songwriting/

TEACHING METHODS

There are regular taught sessions running across each of the three trimesters. Lectures, visiting speakers, seminars, workshops, tutorials, presentations and playback sessions work on song material and research outcomes. Students play their songs to one another in a supportive yet dynamic environment facilitating networking and analysis and developing the language of creative critique. This can be in a live capacity or via playback.

For information about resources and facilities, please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-songwriting/

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Assessments range from simple audio sketches in the early stages to full album productions in the final stages; each of which is assessed for quality and market focus. On the research modules, formal, researched and referenced papers express your intellectual and analytical development, and presentation skills bring your work to life.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

There is a broad range of professional outcomes from this course and our graduates now work as:

• Signed artists
• Signed writers
• Lecturers
• Researchers
• Agents
• Performers
• Teachers
• Therapists
• Publishers

The course is also an excellent grounding if you’re interested in further study; a number of our alumni have progressed onto PhD study.

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Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer? Then this course is for you. Read more
Do you enjoy writing about people, places and wildlife? Are you interested in environmental issues in Britain and around the world? Would you like to be published, and make a living as a travel or nature writer? Then this course is for you.

The MA in Travel and Nature Writing focuses on learning to write from your own experience in the field. You’ll develop your writing skills and techniques, learn from established writers, and examine the history, context and genres of travel and nature writing.

By meeting practitioners – writers, editors, agents and publishers – you’ll gain a unique insight into the professional skills you require to get your writing published.

This low-residency course allows you to be based wherever you wish, so you can pursue your academic work while maintaining your current lifestyle. It can be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We aim to give you an understanding of issues and approaches to the representations of peoples, other species, habitats, places, cultures and environments in various kinds of writing. You’ll graduate with the ability to apply what you’ve learnt to your own professional practice.

You’ll study:

• A mix of thematic topics represented by a variety of writers.
• A balance between historical and contemporary writing.
• Issues raised by eco-tourism, conservation and environmentalism.
• Issues related to the experience and representation of people, wildlife and places in specific locations in the UK and elsewhere.
• The genres, and context of contemporary and historical travel and nature writing, and the history of our connections with the environment and the natural world.

MODULES

Writing in the Field is a broad introduction to the skills and techniques required to write from personal experience.whether about people, landscapes, the natural world, or a combination of all three. By using fieldcraft techniques, based on looking, listening, feeling and thinking, we explore ways of writing about the world around us.

Context, History and Genres in Travel and Nature Writing gives an overview, both broad and focused, on the key developments in the travel writing and nature writing genres over time; including analysis of historical trends, specific authors and works, the history and development of both ‘travel’ and ‘nature’ as social pastimes, and the contemporary scene.

In Advanced Travel and Nature Writing, you'll develop new ways of writing about the world: pushing the boundaries of your writing style and content in order to learn what works best for you as a writer.

Professional Skills in Travel and Nature Writing is a practical guide to getting your work published across a range of different media and outlets, including newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, books and on TV and radio. Featuring advice from senior practitioners, editors and publishers. You’ll also learn to plan a trip requiring commissions, and do a pitch and interview of an idea for publication.

In A Portfolio of Travel and Nature Writing, you'll develop a 20,000 words portfolio of your best work, together with a reflective diary of your progress throughout the year.

For more information on modules please view our Course Handbook via our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-travel-and-nature-writing/

TEACHING METHODS

A large part of the course is taught on three residential courses. You’ll undergo an intensive few days of creative writing, discussion, meetings with practitioners and commissioners and firsthand experience in the field. Please note that you’ll have to pay for travel, food and accommodation on the residential courses.

You’ll also learn online. You’ll have internet-based seminars and group discussions on Google Hangouts. You’ll also post your work on our Virtual Learning Environment, where your peers and tutors can critique it in detail.

For more information about teaching methods and how the course will be structured please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-travel-and-nature-writing/

ASSESSMENT

You’ll be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assessments. This will include creative writing pieces, critical and analytical essays, presentations and a broad portfolio of your writing.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The course is designed to introduce students to the workings of various travel and nature writing publishing opportunities and prepare them for the submission of their own work. It will also equip them with the practical and business skills to operate as freelance writers.

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This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production. Read more
This Feature Filmmaking course will give you an industry-focused education in the business and practice of modern, low budget feature film production.

Modern filmmaking is collaborative and we’ve tailored the course for aspiring writers, directors and producers. Throughout the process we’ll help you to develop your skills for a career working on feature length documentaries or fiction. We teach you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects, while offering you practical experience of trying to make them yourself.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We teach you how modern filmmakers make feature length projects, while offering you practical experience of trying to make them yourself.

You should graduate with:

• A range of professional contacts
• A showreel
• A fully developed feature film project
• The knowledge to get ahead in the film business.

This is an industry facing course; you’ll build and develop your creative and associated business skills. We believe filmmakers need a clear understanding of business and financial issues to achieve their full creative potential.

MODULES

This course consists of five modules:

Development introduces and explores practical and creative approaches to low budget feature production. It gives an overview of the issues and challenges, and develops key skills. Each student will refine their project during this module by learning and applying various strategies and techniques of feature film production.

The Finance module focuses on the historical development of business systems, procedures and models that influence the contemporary global film business. This module will also include contemporary analysis of the film funding policies and structures of European nations as well as distribution strategies and mechanisms.

In Pre-Production, students have the ability to further develop/rework/alter their main project in the light of the insights into low budget cinema techniques and how the international film business operates. Industry standard software such as Final Draft and Movie Magic will be taught during this module.

Audience will give students thorough grounding in the theory and practice of contemporary marketing as applied to film. The module will introduce traditional marketing theories and strategies regarding communications, consumer behaviour, direct and customer relations marketing.

In Production, students will turn greenlit projects into a feature length production, building on the insights they have learnt over the course. The projects will normally need to be completed to an ‘off-line’ standard. It is expected that most productions will involve a maximum 18 days for principal photography. The projects will then go into a period of editing of 10–12 weeks to arrive at a version of the film that is suitable for screening to distributors and agencies to seek further completion funding.

For more information on modules please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-feature-filmmaking/

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll be taught through a combination of intensive workshops and seminars. You’ll build on the your previous filmmaking experience and current professional practice.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including scriptwriting, production folders, audience building strategies and a feature film project. You’ll need to demonstrate, through coursework, a detailed understanding of how micro budget features are made. You’ll also submit a portfolio of project work that shows a creative mastery which matches your grasp of the film business. Your final mark for the feature component of the assessment will depend on the creativity of your work, your commitment to the project and demonstrated ability in your role.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This experience may lead some producers and directors into work on other films, TV drama or drama documentaries. Other students may wish to pursue academic work as lecturers or practitioners.

Another potential career route open to graduates will be to use their subsequent project as part of a PhD. Other careers can involve working with arts organisations.

For more information on opportunities please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-feature-filmmaking/

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This is a practical MA course in Visual Communication course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language. Read more
This is a practical MA course in Visual Communication course for photographers, illustrators and graphic designers. We encourage you to work independently and collaboratively, while learning a shared visual language.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Working alongside other students and in consultation with your tutors, you will build a professional and critical context for your practice, in the process of developing each of your projects. Your growing confidence and increased ability, will be clearly evident in the portfolio’s you present when joining the profession, or continuing to study.

You’ll develop your visual communication practice, concentrating on practical, conceptual, historical and contemporary concerns. You’ll enter critical dialogue with other students in related fields and we’ll help you place your practice in an appropriate context. Our view is that by integrating your methods with those in related fields, you’ll become a more effective specialist photographer, graphic designer or illustrator.

MODULE STRUCTURE

In the first two modules, you'll examine practical and conceptual approaches to your work through academic workshops and presentations, identify your strengths and weaknesses and progressively improve and develop your practice.

In the next two modules, you’ll develop exciting collaborative new works, focused first on a geographical location and then toward a niche global audience.

In the final module, you’ll decide on the structure of your Master’s project and develop a collaborative or individual work that reflects your particular approach and specialist interests.

For more information about modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-visual-communication/

TEACHING METHODS

You’ll be taught through practical workshops, seminars, talks and presentations. You’ll work with a largely self-directed focus. We’ll encourage you to collaborate across disciplines; however, in close consultation with your tutor, you’ll decide the best route for your practice.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

You’ll be assessed through practical projects backed up by integrated research work in sketchbooks, related materials, and presentations. Your final project will appear in a public exhibition.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Graduates from this department have become:
• Graphic designers
• Illustrators
• Photographers and photo editors for design agencies
• Architectural and engineering practices
• The M.O.D. and other specialist areas.

Many also work on research projects in conjunction with fine artists, or scientists, or have gone on to become teachers.

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Studying Composition at Bath Spa University will develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally. Read more
Studying Composition at Bath Spa University will develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally.

Through weekly seminars and tutorials, supported by workshops with musicians, you’ll work on your creative and technical skills, commenting critically on your own and others’ work.

For information on interview guidance, please visit the course webpage: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-composition/

OVERVIEW

You’ll graduate as a skilled composer with a deep understanding of contemporary music context. You’ll develop creative and technical skills, throughout the course, alongside the ability to think critically about composition.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers, and theatre practitioners through joint projects and seminar discussion. These developments in your creative practice are supported by practical consideration of your professional and academic skills.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We aim to provide a foundation for your work as a composer. We’ll help you improve the way you promote your work and plan projects, as well as understand the academic disciplines to which it relates.

We’ll meet with you on a one-to-one basis through weekly tutorials to help develop your work. This support focuses on technical and aesthetic development, and we’ll work with you on specific questions arising from your current project and its wider context.

We’ll discuss broader issues with you and the other MMus composers through weekly seminar sessions. These can include case studies of particular composers or approaches, technical work in relation to specific compositional problems, or exploration of professional contexts.

For specific composition projects we organise rehearsals and workshops with visiting professional musicians and fellow students.


For information on modules, please view the course handbook via our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-composition/

TEACHING METHODS

Each module has a weekly seminar which is either specific to the MA Composition or, for core skills, shared with the other courses. You’ll also have a weekly tutorial during teaching weeks. Throughout the year we bring in visitors to talk about their work, and a professional ensemble join us to play one of your compositions.

ASSESSMENT

The majority of the assessment is based on your creative work, including compositions for specified visiting musicians and projects where you decide what to write.You’ll also produce work that assesses your professional and academic skills, including making a website, preparing a funding application, and research into an area of practice that links to your work.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You’ll develop a broad range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. We’ll help you develop a portfolio career built around your creative practice, drawing in other related areas of work such as:
• Teaching
• Editing
• Performing
• Work in other areas of the creative industries

On graduation from the programme, we aim for you to develop core problem-solving, analytical and critical skills to support you in the changeable and unpredictable work environment.

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The MA in Theatre for Young Audiences combines writing, puppetry, scenography, adaptation, facilitation and academic study. We’ll equip you with the practical and analytical skills to enter the burgeoning field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Read more
The MA in Theatre for Young Audiences combines writing, puppetry, scenography, adaptation, facilitation and academic study. We’ll equip you with the practical and analytical skills to enter the burgeoning field of Theatre for Young Audiences.

The course was designed for practitioners and researchers including actors, directors, scriptwriters, producers, scenographers, and others with a relevant background in theatre and performance.

We foster collaborative work, immersing you in the operational life of one of the most innovative Theatre for Young Audiences venues in the country. You’ll graduate with invaluable artistic, academic, and professional contacts.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The MA consists of four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit module delivered over three trimesters. This totals 12-months of full-time study or a 24-months of part-time study.

You’ll gain an understanding of:

• Practical methodologies and processes for creating theatre for young audiences, including writing, puppetry, adaptation and scenography.
• The broader context of theatre for young audiences, grounded in an understanding of the creative capacities of children.
• The performance field, through examination of the work of key companies and playwrights.
• Educational pedagogy in the creative arts for young people, including workshop facilitation and experiential learning techniques.
• The arts industry, including producing and funding strategies alongside the infrastructure of the theatre for young audiences field.

MODULES

In the first trimester, you'll take two modules: Research Methods and Context, and Performance Practice 1 (Writing and Dramaturgy, Puppetry).

In the second trimester, you will take two modules again the first being Performance Practice 2 (Devising, Adaptation, and Scenography), and Professional Engagement.

In the final trimester, you'll take the 60 credit module, the Thesis Project, to complete your course.

For more information on course modules, please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-theatre-for-young-audiences/

TEACHING METHODS

We deliver the course through seminars, practical sessions, workshops, lectures and online. In addition to the rich teaching offered through Bath Spa University resources, we incorporate an ongoing programme of activity at the egg.

ASSESSMENT

You’ll be assessed by written and practical work, such as performances, workshops, demonstrations, scripts, reflective essays, research essays and presentations. Your final thesis project can be practical, written, or a combination of the two.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The MATYA will equip you with the performance, applied, academic and entrepreneurial skills to pursue a career in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences. Particularly invaluable are the industry contacts, experience, and professional platform gained through the course’s partnership with the egg.

Graduates of the course move into work within theatre companies and as writers, directors, producers, or academics.

COMPETITIONS

You’ll have the opportunity to pitch your thesis project to the egg for inclusion in their Incubator showcase for an audience of leading industry professionals.

For more information on opportunities and facilities please go to our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-theatre-for-young-audiences/

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If you’re interested in the performance of Shakespeare and want to study the original and contemporary practices, then this MA is for you. Read more
If you’re interested in the performance of Shakespeare and want to study the original and contemporary practices, then this MA is for you. You’ll take part in actor training and research seminars, leading to presentations and performances using our indoor and outdoor theatres on campus and in Bath city centre.

You’ll develop production and networking skills, building a theatre company and a professional profile. We’ll give you opportunities to take your work to external venues as part of your studies. With opportunities to work with BA Acting and Drama students, you’ll get the experience as an actor to lead workshops and as a researcher who can work in productions.

COURSE STRUCTURE

We place emphasis on practice-based work. You’ll take part in workshops on voice, text, movement and directing in our state-of-the-art studios. In addition, you’ll explore current research methods at Masters level and examine Shakespeare’s theatre through theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts.

MODULES

From the start of the course you’ll be immersed in a practical training, leading to performances of monologues, duologues, and scenes. You’ll also get a grounding in current research methods, completing practical or scholarly research. This leads to a presentation and an essay.

In the second trimester, we’ll give you the opportunity to train at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. You’ll develop your training into a professional portfolio. Alongside this you’ll develop a theatre company with fellow students for public performances.

In the third trimester, you can choose to undertake a more traditional written dissertation, a performance based dissertation or a mixture of the two. Previous students have undertaken productions, workshops, and research into stage and screen productions as part of their dissertation. You can choose to work on your dissertation on-campus or by distance learning. You’ll benefit from one-to-one tutorials which can take place in person or online.

For more information on modules, please go to: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-performing-shakespeare/

TEACHING METHODS

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, master classes, off-site visits, performance and production work, and through the Virtual Learning Environment, Minerva. We get professional actors and directors in to work with you; we have ever-expanding list of lecturers, specialists, artists and guest scholars.

ASSESSMENT

Assessments could include performances, essays, literature reviews, written documentation of work, presentations, portfolios, leading workshops, written evaluations, reviews, rehearsal and practice blogs, written dissertations, practical dissertation projects, and critical play reviews.

For more information on assessment methods, please view our course handbook: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/media/bathspaacuk/course-handbooks/course-handbooks/PG-Performing-Shakespeare-2016-17.pdf

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Our graduates have become producers; actors; teachers; and PhD students. Other students have set up their own theatre companies.

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