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Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change (MA)

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    04-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change addresses contemporary practice in applied theatre and socially engaged performance in national and international contexts. This MA is aimed at emerging practitioners with a background in theatre, education, politics or activism, as well as at more established practitioners who want to reflect, refresh and develop their skills.

Course Overview

This MA in Applied Theatre: Arts, Action, Change is a taught postgraduate degree that addresses contemporary practice in applied theatre and socially engaged performance. It invites students to explore, make and interrogate performance practices that are broadly concerned with contributing to social change in a variety of settings (e.g. criminal justice, theatre for development, homelessness, learning disability, schools, the elderly and healthcare). With a strong focus on professional practice and development, the degree addresses the ways in which performance modes can contribute to different applied, community and institutional settings nationally and internationally.

It investigates the claims made about performance and its potential to be transformative and rehabilitative and tests these claims through close consideration of contemporary practices in the field. It also addresses the political and ethical implications that come into play and the importance of constantly questioning what is at stake when working in specific contexts. It explores what it means to be an artist working for change and aims to develop skills of project design, facilitation and evaluation. The programme is aimed at emerging practitioners with a background in theatre, education, politics or activism, as well as at more established practitioners who want to reflect, refresh and develop their skills.

This degree will help you to

  • Understand a range of socially-engaged forms of theatre and performance and how these vary in response to different contexts
  • Develop practical skills specific to applied theatre environments that are responsive to the needs of different types of organisations
  • Understand your own practice, while learning to design, manage and evaluate projects better, demonstrating an awareness of the possibilities and limitations of live performance and digital media in interventionist practices
  • Develop advanced research and practice skills through a supported extended written or practice-based research project in the area of applied or socially-engaged theatre
  • Confidently communicate your creative and critical thinking in well structured, logically developed and carefully prepared ways
  • Further develop group cooperation skills, including the ability to give and receive constructive critical feedback, and improve your communication skills and advanced analytic abilities in discussions

Careers

A person who undertakes this MA programme might pursue the following career trajectories:

  • Applied theatre practitioner/facilitator
  • Community arts organiser
  • Cultural coordinator and partnership manager
  • Theatre in therapeutic contexts (health and care sectors)
  • Theatre in Education or Education Officer in a professional theatre/museums
  • Arts Officer in Local Government
  • Theatre for Development
  • Work in the charitable/NGO sectors
  • Research and Teaching in the FE/HE sectors

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 22,340per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Warwick

  • University League Table

    11th

  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 102 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    162 85%

    6th

    12
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    15th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.06 81%

    41st

    54

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