Central graduates have become successful producers, among them Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a name synonymous with Britain’s global pre-eminence in musical theatre, and David Jubb, whose pioneering work at Battersea Arts Centre characterises the vibrancy and originality of London’s contemporary Fringe, or ‘off West End’ scene. The entrepreneurially skilled and culturally literate producer works in dialogue with artists to create performances and festivals, run venues and companies, manage projects, raise funds and investment and negotiate commissions. These skills are in ever increasing demand in a competitive production environment.
Students will undertake masterclasses in producing with key industry leaders and innovators and take an active role in the organisation of real world events, productions and projects, underpinned by a solid critical understanding of the cultural industries and creative producing, relevant theory and current research in the performance field. While learning, students will also gain a career head start by building a vital network of industry and peer contacts.
These courses are suitable for:
- experienced stage managers or production managers who wish to develop as creative producers
- those already engaged in creative producing activities who wish to extend their knowledge in the field
- business graduates with an interest in performance arts applications
- experienced theatre or performance artists or graduates who wish to produce their own work and gain entrepreneurial skills
- arts graduates who wish to instigate or curate the work of others.
The MA is for those with existing arts practice, who wish to develop relevant knowledge and expertise, creative entrepreneurial and project management skills and become part of Central’s extensive network of industry collaborators.
The MA and MFA have a flexible ‘open architecture’ designed to allow learning through a diverse range of practical projects. Central is involved in many external collaborative projects, in addition to its own production activity, and pioneering work in circus and street theatre means excellent connections to a wide range of alternative theatre forms. On both courses you will undertake a sustained independent project, which will be portfolio-based.
Students on the MA and the MFA engage with the same core subject matter. In the first year of the MFA, students will join MA colleagues for most of the year, undertaking professional creative producing projects in areas such as:
- festival curation and organisation
- publicity, fundraising and the use of social media
- conference and celebratory event management
- theatre production and tour management
- producing community performance
- audience development.
The MFA extends into a second year that engages with further specialist subject skills. Students are offered extended and sustained experience in the field, working closely with members of the related industry to establish themselves as professional practitioners. Students are encouraged to specialise in one or more directions building on the learning of the first year. The MFA second year widens the opportunities to practice knowledge within a context and framework where pertinent questions can be asked, protocols tested and new structures suggested. Students will be expected to undertake tutorials and occasional seminars, although these may be by Skype or virtual seminar facilities.
Within the 1200 hours of the MFA second year, students gain a range of experience both through Central’s extensive professional contacts and personal networks developed in the first year. In negotiation with the course team, students may use their own work-based learning on attachment or with organisations in the field. Students will articulate and reflect upon their development as a professional in a substantive portfolio, that normally includes a minimum of two case studies, a two-year personal development plan and an evaluation of the work-based learning or attachment experience.