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MA/MFA Creative Producing

Course Description


Central graduates have become successful producers, among them Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a name synonymous with Britain’s global pre-eminence in musical theatre, and David Jubb, whose pioneering work at Battersea Arts Centre characterises the vibrancy and originality of London’s contemporary Fringe, or ‘off West End’ scene. The entrepreneurially skilled and culturally literate producer works in dialogue with artists to create performances and festivals, run venues and companies, manage projects, raise funds and investment and negotiate commissions. These skills are in ever increasing demand in a competitive production environment.

Students will undertake masterclasses in producing with key industry leaders and innovators and take an active role in the organisation of real world events, productions and projects, underpinned by a solid critical understanding of the cultural industries and creative producing, relevant theory and current research in the performance field. While learning, students will also gain a career head start by building a vital network of industry and peer contacts.


Students on the MA and the MFA engage with the same core subject matter. In the first year of the MFA, students will join MA colleagues for most of the year, undertaking professional creative producing projects in areas such as:

> festival curation and organisation
> publicity, fundraising and the use of social media
> conference and celebratory event management
> theatre production and tour management
> producing community performance
> audience development.


This is through formats used in the relevant industries and in academia, e.g. individual and group pitches to industry panels, business plans, online presentations, conference presentations, productions, case studies, reflective essays, reports,
reviews and written submissions, and a personal portfolio or dissertation.

Visit the MA/MFA Creative Producing page on the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama website for more details!

Student Profiles

Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The combined awards add up to a total of £100,000 in available support ranging across both Open Awards and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards. Open Awards will range in value between £2,000 and £5,000 each, and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards will be allocated in the amount of £10,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £2,000 and £5,000 each


Home/EU/Overseas – Open Awards, Home/EU* – Postgraduate Support Scheme (must have been a £9,000 tuition fee payer for an undergraduate degree at a UK institution).

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for an Embassy Postgraduate Scholarship must be holding an offer for an MA/MFA course by the deadline of 27 May 2016. All students holding offers by this date will be invited to apply for the Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.Criteria for the awards are based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.For full information about eligibility criteria for these awards, please contact Central’s admissions office at [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies, for example, but other areas such as economics, politics or business studies are also relevant); applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. Applications for the accreditation of prior experience in lieu of academic entry qualification will also be considered where appropriate. An offer will normally only be made after interview/audition.

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