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MA Collaborative Theatre Production & Design
1 year, full-time
This new one-year Masters programme aims to bring together early-career theatre practitioners, including:
- Sound Designers
- Lighting Designers
- Production Managers
- Stage Managers
- Video Designers
These practitioners work together in creative teams on an exciting and varied array of theatre projects. The programme is not intended to deliver core technical skills, but rather develop your ‘theatre making’ abilities, exploring your potential as a creative artist and enabling you to work with other students on a series of collaborative projects.
The Masters programme is a long academic year (180 credits) with Principal Study for designers, production managers and other creative artists and practitioners. At the start of the year, you will be immersed in a four-week creative project that inducts new students into the Guildhall School environment. You will also be allocated a Principal Study mentor from a pool of professional designers and production managers with whom the Department has strong working relationships.
At the heart of this programme is Collaborative Practice, which aims to develop your ability to apply and integrate your specialist skills within a project. Throughout the year there are four projects, some of which are generated from within the creative teams, while others involve collaborating with students from one of the other Guildhall School Masters programmes, such the new MA in Opera Making and Writing and the Leadership pathway of the Guildhall Artists Masters programme. Options include producing a chamber operatic work (20-25 minutes in duration) which will be rehearsed, produced and premiered at the Milton Court Studio Theatre; or devising works as part of the Curious Festival in venues around East London.
The timing and emphasis of these different projects will reflect the timing and emphasis of the various roles in the creative team. Over the year, the teams on your course will form and re-form, developing a creative vocabulary on a broad variety of projects and forging connections with other artists.
The programme also includes a three-to-four-week residential project, intended to take you into an unfamiliar area of work. The idea is to offer an opportunity for creative collaboration unconstrained by preconceptions or prejudices. In 2016 this culminated in 'Playtime', a devised piece created over three weeks at the Centre de Creation in France as a tribute to physical theatre and circus skills.
Final assessment will include a folio which will illustrate the individual’s contribution to the various projects they have engaged with over the year.
Students will be required to complete a specialist research paper. This allows students to independently develop a specialist area of research under the guidance of the module tutor and in consultation with staff who have expertise in the student's area of interest.
A final substantial self-reflective component will be submitted at the end of the programme followed by a Viva Voce.
Applying for the Programme
Information about applying online and the deadline for applications can be found in our Apply webpages.
Interviews for entry are usually held in London, New York and at USITT. Find out more about interview dates an details on our interviews page.
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