Combining both taught and individual research elements, the course offers you an individualist approach to writing, opportunities to explore personal interests and subjects, whilst offering a firm structure from which to experiment with dramatic form.
The programme has a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice, and following a first semester of lecturer input, a flexible mode of study will develop to enable you to enhance your own learning experience. This may include, depending on your own academic interests, traditional forms of theatre and influences and contemporary trends in staging and research, (verbatim, site specific, multi-media, community), approaches to writing for radio, the finding of the ‘voice’ for recorded performance, and writing for television. The course will develop high levels of research skills and offer frequent opportunities for script development, collaboration and staging.
Applications are welcomed from students with a good first degree in a relevant discipline or related disciplines to the MA. The usual minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent. Evidence must be provided of comparable experience and research in your first degree.
All applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to research, to organise information and to write coherent and creative work. All candidates will usually be interviewed, ensuring that we offer the appropriate academic support for the candidate’s creative development. We may also require submission of a portfolio of creative writing.
For candidates whose first language is not English, we require students to have an IELTS standard of at least 7.0 or its equivalent.
We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can be considered adequately prepared to succeed on the programme. Candidates with non-traditional qualifications may be able to gain entry onto the programme if they have the required communication and learning skills as well as the appropriate knowledge, experience and motivation to succeed.
This course is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills in the field of live and recorded performance. Studio practice will be at the heart of the programme. Taking the premise of David Edgar that performance writing is both an art and a craft; the programme will divide from the start into both exploration of the students´ own work and study of the contemporary and historical canon.
You will take these modules:
Performance Writing: The Art Form
The module provides a grounding in performance writing and introduces you to a range of genres, styles, and approaches. You will map the contemporary writing landscape, focusing on structure and disruptions of typical forms of storytelling, post-dramatic texts, and multimedia writing practices.
Performance Writing: The Craft
The module introduces you to a range of practical skills and exercises that will develop your writing skills and support experimentation. Throughout the module, you will be encouraged to value drafting,redrafting, and experimenting with genres and styles, all of which will support you to find your voice as a writer. Workshop practice will be at the forefront of our teaching, and you will work with lecturers, visiting professional writers, and your peers to hone your craft and discover ways of working that will aid your writing.
Producers and Markets
This module supports your individual interests in the field of writing for performance with special attention given to the wider contexts of audiences, industries, and markets. The key element of this module is situating creative work in the professional world, emphasising the place of writing in relation to entrepreneurship. You are encouraged to become an independent artist, enabling you to consider self-employment, with sessions
on funding applications, pitching work, and developing an effective professional artistic portfolio within a competitive marketplace.
Advanced Workshop Practice
This module will help you develop your writing practice in preparation for your production of a full script for your Creative Project. You will study in a workshop environment, sharing your ideas with your fellow students, and working closely with a tutor to develop your ideas. There will also be opportunities to consider the performance of the written word and the interconnections between script and performance. Throughout, there will be the opportunity to work with fellow writers to explore texts and script ideas as well as experimenting with genre and style.
For this module you will produce a full script in your chose performance genre, with the support of a tutor. There will also be the opportunity to take part in scriptwriting surgeries, and workshops.
Although the focus on the programme is writing for performance, the course will equip you with a range of transferable skills. These included a range of writing skills and careers, e.g., playwriting, brochure writing and planning, marketing and publicity writing, teaching and motivational speaking.
With the emphasis on becoming a freelance writer and artist that is embedded onto the programme, the student will graduate with a skills set and the tools necessary to become employed in the creative and writing landscape. It will provide a grounding in research methodologies for students wishing to progress to MPhil/PhD level, for development in arts careers and broadcasting, and teaching.
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