You will study core course units and complete a dissertation.
Core course units:
Playwriting (80 credits)
This unit is taught over three terms and assessed through a portfolio of theatrical and performance texts, accompanied by written analysis of this work. In the first half of this course, you’ll learn the craft skills of playwriting, experience different approaches to structure, scenes, dialogue, character, subtext, plot and action. In the second half, you’ll present a draft of your own play to be read and discussed by your tutor and fellow students.
Making Performance (40 credits)
In the course students will encounter a range of different working practices through a series of practical workshops with leading contemporary theatre makers and performance artists. These workshops will provide students with insight into a variety of performance making processes and consider the discourse, both political and aesthetic, that underpins these working methodologies. Alongside the practical workshops and devising small group projects, students will be expected to pursue independent research into a chosen field offered within the module. The aim is to support rigorous critical writing of sufficient length and substance to allow thoughtful and thought provoking response to the practices encountered.
Dissertation (60 credits)
Students on the MA Playwriting programme write a full-length play with an accompanying substantial essay (6-7000 words). This work is supported by a methodologies course.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- enhanced and applied their skills as reflective playwrights
- worked in a range of different theatrical/dramaturgical contexts
- developed their understanding of contemporary playwriting and its contexts
- explored the scope of theatre studies and its critical and research methodologies
- developed their ability to undertake independent research and analysis.