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If you're looking to build on your undergraduate degree, and want to use the tools of drama to make a positive difference to the world, then this Theatre - Socially Engaged Practice degree from University of Portsmouth, which focuses on Socially Engaged Practice, is the ideal choice for you.

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Overview

Overview

Use theatre and performance as powerful tools for social change, whether it's bringing historic events to life in museums or working with local councils or the NHS to highlight new health initiatives.

If you're looking to build on your undergraduate degree, and want to use the tools of drama to make a positive difference to the world, then this Master's degree in Theatre, which focuses on Socially Engaged Practice, is the ideal choice for you.

You'll explore methods and techniques for using drama in the community, such as in youth groups, mental health support settings, schools, museums, and centres for older people and those with illnesses.

You'll get practical experience in the community, building a portfolio of work you can showcase to employers when you graduate.

By focusing on using drama as a community-building tool, you'll learn how to use your dramatic skillset in a new context, opening  doors in your career, and helping you to make positive changes in society.

Course highlights

  • Implement techniques from applied theatre, forum theatre, theatre for social change, and theatre for development within your own community
  • Learn the ethics of applied theatre and work with different demographics
  • Gain practical experience developing, leading and facilitating drama activities across different communities and groups
  • Use the professional-grade equipment and facilities at White Swan Studios, including lighting equipment, costume and prop facilities, music practice rooms and musical instruments
  • Engage with staff that have established connections to local community and heritage sites – you'll have a wide range of performance venues and audiences to choose from
  • Attend monthly postgraduate seminars in theatre and performance, with invited guests from around the world
  • Utilise digital storytelling equipment such as GoPro cameras and iPads
  • Develop transferable skills and experience that will be invaluable in careers beyond theatre practice and teaching, such as science communication and cultural diplomacy

Careers and opportunitiesCareers this Master's prepares you for

As a successful graduate of this course, you'll have learnt to implement techniques from applied theatre, forum theatre, theatre for social change, and theatre for development within your own community.

You'll also have insight into the ethics of applied theatre and its implications as a community-building tool, as well as practical experience of working with different populations within the community.

Graduates of this course have gone onto roles in::

  • theatre
  • education
  • youth work
  • project management
  • science communication
  • museums and the cultural sector
  • civic engagement
  • applied theatre artist
  • teaching artist
  • creative aging
  • event planning
  • fundraising
  • community organising

Programme Structure

Modules

A Question of Research - 30 credits

Advanced Drama Facilitation - 30 credits

Staging Social Justice: Ethics, Community and Engagement - 30 credits

Performance with Communities - 30 credits

Major Project - 60 credits

During this module, you'll synthesise your research-informed practice and research-informed practice undertaken throughout your project into an independently resolved body of work.

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines

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More details

September

Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS
6.5

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
6.5

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview may be required as part of the selection process.

Tuition Fee

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/masters-and-postgraduate-taught/fees-and-funding

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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