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Drama (MA)

Course Description

This course offers you the benefit of working with other creative and like-minded individuals on core elements in the field of drama. It has a high level of practical exploration and focuses on drama and theatre practice in a variety of contexts, with excellent support and supervision.

Whether you are an experienced artist wishing to have the time and space to develop your practice, or starting out in your career as a theatre maker, drama practitioner, story-teller or educator, this course will help you fulfil your potential.

If you choose to study on a creative postgraduate course at the University of South Wales, you will also benefit from being part of a vibrant international student community.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/669-ma-drama

What you will study

The course reflects the contemporary professional world, which calls for flexible, innovative practitioners who are willing and able to work across the full range of theatre and media. These roles might range from mainstream professional organisations to applied and community contexts.

You will study the following modules:
• Professional Practices in Drama
• Reflective Practice 1
• Reflective Practice 2
• Major Production, or Dissertation, or Learning Through Employment Research Project

Common Modules:
The Faculty understands the importance of a strong grounding in research knowledge and skills, enterprise and innovation as part of a balanced postgraduate education.

We also recognise that each student has different requirements of their postgraduate experience.

You can choose to study one of the following three, 20 credit common modules. Each of these has a different focus, enabling you to select the module that will be most beneficial to you.

- Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship
This module aims to develop your knowledge of the methods to identify, develop and manage enterprise and innovation in the creative sector. It will then help you apply this to your own entrepreneurial project.

- Research and Practice in the Creative and Cultural Industries
The focus of this module is on the development of research knowledge and skills, while also encouraging critical engagement with approaches to creative practice. You will also explore ideas, debates and issues in the creative and cultural industries.

- Research Paradigms
This module focuses on research paradigms and their theoretical underpinnings. It also looks at key conceptual tools drawn from a wide range of subject areas relevant to postgraduate research in the creative industries.

PLEASE NOTE: Modules are subject to change.

Module content is broad and flexible, which enables you to take full advantage of the spectrum of staff expertise in the Faculty. There is an opportunity to study related modules from other postgraduate awards such as MA Scriptwriting and MA Film Producing.

Learning and teaching methods

You will study through practical workshops lectures, seminars and individual supervision by an appointed tutor.

You will undertake a series of visits to companies and professional productions of all kinds in order to extend your critical understanding of a variety of professional contexts.

You will also have the opportunity to contribute to a variety of projects, seminar programmes, public productions, conferences and symposia that are part of the life of ATRiuM. Many of these involve professional organisations and some receive support from partners such as Skillset, BAFTA, professional theatre companies or broadcasters.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

USW’s MA Drama course provides an advanced professional development opportunity for those working in or wishing to work in contexts where drama is used. These include individual professional practitioners, teachers and educators, and applied drama specialists in a variety of contexts, as well as those who want to use drama skills in the film and television industries.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed through individual assignments, group work and examinations, as well as the completion of a dissertation or major production.

Visit the Drama (MA) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Einir Sion

"The MA Drama course is fabulous. It gives you the opportunity to learn what you want, the way you want. The reflective practice element of the course is absolutely invaluable. It allows you to look at yourself and your previous practice critically, and explore and develop aspects of it."


Entry Requirements

Admission to this programme is by application, interview and demonstration of appropriate practical experience. You will normally be expected to hold a good Honours degree (2:1 or above). This degree does not necessarily need to be in a drama-related subject, but all applicants will be expected to have a documented advanced interest in key aspects of the broad field of drama.

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