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MA Professional Practice: Theatre and Drama Facilitation Course Overview MA Professional Practice: Theatre and Drama Facilitation  Course Overview

Starting in January 2023, this innovative MA enables you to maintain your professional practice while reflecting upon and refining the skills and techniques to elevate your career to a more specialised or strategic level.

The blended learning format includes work-based and distance learning with intensive teaching blocks, so you get the benefit of arranging your study schedule and face to face peer engagement. Our course empowers you to:

  • rejuvenate and advance your drama facilitation practice
  • cultivate critical reflection to improve professional decision-making and contribute to your field by finding new solutions to common challenges
  • exploit appropriate analytical and project management tools to enable high-level reporting in a professional context.

What You Will

Study

  • Year 1

TEACHING DELIVERY DATES

* The exact timings and nature of activity in work-based periods of learning will be negotiated with each student.

**A final critical reflection is due in January 2024.

 

Term 1

Intensive Week 1 Date: Wednesday 11th January – Sunday 15th January 2023
Work-based Learning Period 1* Date: Monday 16th January – Friday 17th February 2023
Weekend Seminar 1 Date: Saturday 18th February – Sunday 19th February 2023
Work-based Learning Period 2* Date: Monday 20th February – Friday 31st March 2023
Intensive Week 2 Date: Monday 3rd April – Thursday 6th April 2023

Term 2

Easter Break Date: Friday 7th April – Sunday 23rd April 2023
Work-based Learning Period 3* Date: Monday 24th April – Friday 26th May 2023
Extended Tutorial Weekend (online-by appointment) Date: Saturday 3rd June - Sunday 4th June
Work-based Learning Period 4* Date: Monday 5th June – Friday 21st July 2023
Weekend Seminar 2 Date: Saturday 22nd July - Sunday 23rd July 2023

Term 3

Summer Break Date: Monday 24th July - Sunday 17th September 2023
Work-based Learning Period 5: Practice Dissertation* Date: Monday 18th September - Friday 16th December 2023**

Study scenarios

The course has been carefully constructed so that the content and assessment of each module can be tailored to fit in with working practices. Some example routes through the programme are described below, to help you picture how the course can be adapted to meet the needs of different types of practitioners.

  • Student

    stories

    "The key thing that the course offers is flexibility, which is the reason I was able to study a master's. It allows you to continue with your existing professional work, whilst also developing and refining your skills as a practitioner. Everything I have learnt on the course has been transferrable to my area of work and it has really given me the confidence I needed to elevate my career.   "

    Melissa Ratcliffe - Student (Graduated 2021)

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How You Will

Study

  • Seminars
    Seminars
  • Workshops
    Workshops
  • Independent study
    Independent study
  • Work Based Learning
    Work Based Learning

How You Will Be

Assessed

You will be assessed through practical and written work. You will produce, manage and deliver a range of projects and creative projects. You will provide journals in the form of blogs, digital evidence of your practical work and reflective evaluations.

 

Practical/written work ratio 

70% practical/ 30% written 

Validated By:

Liverpool John Moores University

What Our

Graduates Do

The course is designed to 'hot house' your professional goals – moving you to the next level of your drama facilitation work. This may mean establishing a sustainable portfolio of freelance work or moving from freelance to a salaried role in a subsidised theatre company. For those running companies it may help move the company in a new direction or consolidate identity. At a fundamental level the course aims to help you embed work-based learning into your practice so the learning on the course is not the end but the beginning of ongoing development that can be applied to the ever-changing contexts and challenges of work in theatre/drama facilitation.

Ian Nenna (2021)

Community Poet and creator of The Spoken World, a company that utilises spoken word poetry for literacy and performance. Currently concentrating on Geo-Location performance community walks.

Entry

Requirements

You are expected to have a good degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline or significant practical experience of theatre/drama facilitation.

As the course focuses on reflective practice and work-based learning, students will need to use their existing employment or self-generated work as the means to engage with both skill and career development. As a result of this, a pre-requisite of the course is that students must:

  • Have at least a year’s facilitation or teaching experience (this could be part of an undergraduate course)
  • Be leading at least one educational or community-based drama group (paid or unpaid) for the duration of the programme. 

You are expected to have a good degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline or significant practical experience of theatre/drama facilitation.

You need to meet our English language requirement of 6.5 overall score for IELTS, with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

Other equivalent English language examinations will be considered. You can find out more about English language requirements here.

As the course focuses on reflective practice and work-based learning, students will need to use their existing employment or self-generated work as the means to engage with both skill and career development. As a result of this, a pre-requisite of the course is that students must:

  • Have at least a year’s facilitation or teaching experience (this could be part of
    an undergraduate course)
  • Be leading at least one educational or community-based drama group (paid or
    unpaid) for the duration of the programme.

Educational qualifications are important but limited in what they can tell us about you.

Your natural ability, your fit with what and how we teach, your growth and your potential are also key factors in our admission process. We can’t evaluate these solely on your educational achievements, so no matter which course you are applying for, we look for the following attributes on your application and at the interview stage.

Key

Attributes

1

Knowledge, Ability and Experience

We want to hear about your theatre/drama facilitation experience to date, both in training and/or your professional career. If you do not have a degree in applied theatre/community drama or a related subject, we would like you to demonstrate that you have at least one year’s experience in group facilitation

2

Commitment

We want to know how you have pursued your theatre/drama facilitation career. If you are applying to us directly from an undergraduate course, we are interested in how you have been preparing for your future professional career and any relevant experience outside of your course.

3

Ability To Work Effectively with Others

You’ll be working collaboratively on complex projects, often under pressure. We want to see that you are able to communicate ideas, and can provide critically-informed and considered feedback.

4

Broad Interest and Engagement

We look for evidence that you have a natural curiosity and interest in the world around you and are able to draw from a wide range of experiences and influences in your work. We want to see that you are prepared to embrace all of the opportunities that we offer on this course and more broadly within the Institution.

5

Self-Awareness

We’d like to know why you’re applying to us and how you think this course will support your development as a theatre/drama facilitator and contribute to your specific career goals. We’d like to see that you have a firm understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.

6

A Spirit of Enterprise

We want to see how you have used your own initiative. We would especially like to hear if you have worked on independent creative projects outside of any training you may have undertaken. 

Statement

This course will be subject to revalidation for 2023 entry 

For information on possible changes to course information, see our course changes information