The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

Introduction

An introduction to Central from the Principal.

Professor Gavin
Henderson, CBE
Principal

Central stands at the forefront of training and research in the Dramatic Arts. Graduate employment statistics are amongst the highest in our sector, and our research has recently been assessed as ‘World Leading’ – and is unique in the realm of drama conservatoires. The ratio of undergraduate applications to places is the highest of any UK university.

Whilst our actors win many of the most coveted awards, worldwide, and frequent accolades in the media, a broad range of industry organisations rank Central as the gold standard in leadership of technical and design work. So too, Central continues as a pioneering force in the application of dramatic skills in many social contexts.

We hope that you will wish to explore the range of courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate, set out on this website. Do visit for an open day, or come to our regular public productions – focused around the historic Embassy Theatre.

Our facilities are widely regarded to be exemplary with further specialised studios and performance spaces to be added as part of a dynamic new development.

A short note by Professor Simon Shepherd, Professor Emeritus of Theatre.

Elsie Fogerty founded The Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art at the Royal Albert Hall in 1906. Fogerty was a specialist in speech training. She also had a firm belief in the social importance of education. The students of her school quickly became famous for their delivery in verse-speaking competitions, their appearance in theatres, and their work with children in the deprived areas of London. While Central developed a name for actor training, its founder was at the same time committed to advancing the study of theatre as an academic discipline.

Long before the founding of the first university drama department in the UK, Fogerty argued that theatre should be studied at university and that theatre training should be awarded degrees.

In 1937 Fogerty was offered space on the site at that time earmarked for the National Theatre building, with the college alongside the theatre. But that scheme, like many of the National Theatre schemes, fell through. In 1957 the School at last moved from the Albert Hall, having acquired the lease of the Embassy Theatre at Swiss Cottage and its associated buildings.

The Embassy had a reputation, from the 1930s, for experimental and politically left-wing theatre. By 1957 this reputation had faded. When Central arrived it was both rescuing an old theatre and weaving it into the fabric of new college buildings. At least that was the plan: inevitably funds had to be raised. On this occasion the champion was Sir John Davis. His work in pursuing endowments established the resources to build a new building. This was opened in 1961 by Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Kent, who was then Central’s Patron.

By 1961 three distinct departments had been established within Central. The Stage department was running its three-year course for actors, with alumni as distinguished as Lord Olivier and Dame Peggy Ashcroft already a part of its history, and a two-year course for stage managers. The Teacher Training department was preparing students for its own Diploma, then a recognised teaching qualification, and for the London University Diploma in Dramatic Art. That qualification had been instituted in 1912 precisely as a result of Fogerty’s campaign for the recognition of drama and drama teaching as subjects worthy of proper academic study. By this time the college was as famous for its Speech Therapy department as for its work in training actors.

Building work continued. In June 1972 a new studio was built on the corner of Buckland Crescent and formally opened by the School’s new patron, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra. Central became grant-aided by the Inner London Education Authority in 1972. In 1989 it was ‘incorporated’ as a higher education college in its own right and funded directly by government. It had been offering degrees since 1986, first of all validated by the Council of National Academic Awards. From 1992 its degrees were validated by the Open University.

From the early 1990s onwards, extensive building work has taken place: a new workshop facility was opened in 1991. In the summer of 1993 an extension was added to the Embassy Theatre – a studio theatre, design studios and wardrobe facilities. In 1997 the college completed a five-storey block to the east of the campus, providing a new library, a learning resources centre and computing facilities, a student common room, student bar and staff offices. A refurbished Embassy Theatre was opened in 2002 and followed in 2005 by the West Block, with its several floors of state-of-the-art performance spaces and rehearsal rooms.

In 2005 the Privy Council granted the college the power to award its own taught degrees. In the same year students from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art transferred to Central, bringing with them the academy’s 100-year history of significant contributions to stage and screen. In that year the School was the only specialist theatre institution to win the award of Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, becoming the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s designated Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre. Its purpose as a Centre for Excellence is to provide a national resource for vocational performing arts training and learning, a focus for theatre research and scholarship, and a site for national and international collaboration.

With effect from September 2005 Central became a College of the University of London and in so doing fulfilled Elsie Fogerty’s original ambitions. And then in 2012 came new recognition... Fogerty used to say that while the Principal of the Academy of Dramatic Art had been seeking royal title for his institution, she had been too busy working with children in the slums to do that sort of thing. But a century later the achievement of the college she founded properly got its recognition when in November 2012 Her Majesty the Queen conferred Royal Title on Central.

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Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Acting

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

A comprehensive classical and contemporary actor training, this demanding course nurtures students through a life-changing journey, in which they are challenged to achieve their full potential as actors and acquire skills for working in the full range of acting contexts. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Acting Overview A comprehensive classical and contemporary actor training, this demanding course nurtures students through a life-changing journey, in which they are challenged to achieve their full potential as actors and acquire skills for working in the full range of acting contexts. About the course The philosophy of the course can be summed up by the words, ‘embodiment’, ‘imagination’ and ‘interaction’. The training develops the actor’s body and voice as strong and effective communicators of thought, emotion and intention, and opens up the imagination so that the actor can create and sustain three-dimensional worlds from the playwright’s text. These processes invariably take place in an interactive context so that the actor is constantly learning to respond to outside stimuli – whether people, objects or atmosphere – in an open and uncensored way. Students are entitled to full Equity status upon graduation. Course Detail Year 1 Freeing and discovering: students start from the uniqueness of self within the group context and the rigour of the training studio, and learn to work with truth and integrity, opening up and releasing the body, voice and imagination, and developing a personal process and craft through which to build character and live truthfully within a fictional world. By learning to live and breathe in the moment, students start to discover the creative potential of the acting space. Year 2 Stretching and growing: building on this experience, students expand their physical and emotional range, developing the art of transformation and working imaginatively from within worlds and characters which are substantially removed from their own. They also learn to transfer skills to television and radio. Towards the end of the year, students start to think about applying their training within industry contexts. Year 3 Applying the craft: through a series of contrasting public productions and recorded media projects, students apply and develop their craft within simulated professional contexts, while at the same time engaging in the process of interfacing with the industry and learning how to survive as a working actor. Professional Focus The Acting course has strong and growing links with the industry. Central employs professional directors from the second year, and invites a range of industry professionals to deliver talks and workshops on subjects from audition technique to rehearsing Shakespeare. Recent guests include acclaimed directors Michael Grandage, Lindsay Posner and Max Stafford-Clark, and well-known actors such as James Purefoy and Kit Harington. Students gain professional work while still on the course and there are regular visits by major theatre companies, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida Theatre and Out of Joint, who give talks and hold workshops. Recent Visiting Staff Directors: Ellis Jones, Richard Beecham, Tim Hardy, Angie Langfield, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, Russell Bolam, Bill Buckhurst. Others: Ian Brener, Paul Harris, Mary Howland, Peta Lily, Mark Street, Jonathan Tafler, Joe Atkins. Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 2 A Levels at C, 3 GCSEs at C, and selection by audition. Normal offers may be higher and depend upon expected grades and audition performance. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement, but demonstrate appropriate potential, may be accepted. Admissions This is an intensive professional training course and must be followed in its entirety. Candidates must be eligible to satisfy the general admissions requirements. Admission will be based on the reasonable expectation that you have the potential to complete and contribute positively to the programme and that you would benefit from honours study. There is no alternative to selection by audition. Selection for audition will normally depend on you meeting, or being predicted to meet, minimum entry requirements, and on written references and demonstration of the following in the UCAS written statement: engagement with theatre and acting at national/local level evidence of a real commitment to acting and a long-standing interest in acting and theatre knowledge of a range of theatrical forms and genres experience gained in post-education contexts, such as the workplace, travel and voluntary settings. In the absence of formal qualifications, an indication of academic potential will be sought in your UCAS statement. Auditions in London Find out more about the audition process for our Acting, BA courses on our website. View the audition speech list, or request a copy by calling +44 (0)20 7722 8183. International Auditions Each year Central hosts a number of auditions outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international auditions are designed to replicate the London-based audition experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming audition locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Lindsey Campbell Graduated 2013, first professional London stage debut in The Harvest at the Soho Theatre. “My time at Central gave me the essential training and knowledge I needed to develop as an actor at the start of my career. The course offers a wide variety of teaching that nurtures and liberates your creativity. I have also gained a huge support network that I know will always be there, inside and outside of Central.” About Central's Acting, BA courses by Geoffrey Colman, Head of Acting Historically, Central actors have always adopted a pragmatic approach to their training, drawing upon multiple performance theories rather than subscribing to a particular doctrine or method. The three specialisms reflect this eclecticism and celebrate the many and varied techniques available to the actor trainer. Students are required to attend auditions held in London and internationally. At audition participants may opt to be considered for one, two or all three courses. If successful, an offer may be made for one or more of the courses, but it will not be possible to transfer between courses once accepted. During their study students will be taught a wide range of acting processes by resident and visiting professional staff. Each of the three specialist courses of the BA (Hons) Acting will help them learn how to become self-determining creative actors eminently capable of working in theatre, television, film and radio and will constantly challenge their understanding of acting. Intensive conservatoire training also requires utter dedication and will demand courage, intelligence, wit and generosity. The three courses exist within a thriving university/conservatoire environment – home to a dynamic range of related performance disciplines at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The training will be contextualised alongside relevant professional advice and is structured in such a way as to gradually equip students with a thorough understanding of the industry. Professional preparation, including meetings with agents, casting directors, producers and directors, as well as mock auditions/castings and a West End showcase, has meant that, in recent years, most students of the BA (Hons) Acting – across all three courses – have secured agent representation by the time they have completed the course. Performances by BA (Hons) Acting alumni have long been recognised by major awards such as the BAFTAs, Oscars, Golden Globes, Olivier Awards, Tony Awards, London Evening Standard Theatre Awards and The Sunday Times/National Theatre Ian Charleson Awards. Most recently alumni have been awarded a British Academy Television Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, MTV Movie Award for Best Hero, British Academy Television Award for Best Supporting Actor, Empire Award for Best Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Ariel Award for Best Actor and Emerging Talent Award at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

This course explores performance that takes place outside of traditional theatre buildings, which can bring about change and transformation with the participants who create it. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Drama, Applied Theatre and Education Overview This course explores performance that takes place outside of traditional theatre buildings, which can bring about change and transformation with the participants who create it. About the course Students on the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education (BA DATE) course learn to make theatre and acquire a practical knowledge and understanding of how theatre-making can be harnessed to change lives and inspire new possibilities. Focusing on a wide range of practices that take place in numerous and diverse settings – such as schools, hospitals, prisons, pupil referral units, refugees camps, community centres, playgrounds, parks, and nursing homes, in the UK and abroad – the course has a long heritage of innovative and cutting-edge research and practice. BA DATE graduates are highly employable and lead the field in applied theatre internationally. The BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education course receives substantial support from The Leverhulme Trust. This unique funding of over £60,000 a year (from September 2016) is specifically to enable both BA and MA applied theatre students to undertake projects and placements in the UK and abroad. Course Detail Year 1 Students study and explore concepts and ideas relating to applied theatre and performance in lecture programmes, using a number of different approaches. They are introduced to drama in a range of community and educational contexts, undertake practical units such as devising, and are also involved in a production. Currently, this production is a major project spread over the entire summer term and is a devised performance. Year 2 Students undertake fully-realised performances in Central’s studio theatres (e.g. Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, Heiner Müller’s Explosion Of A Memory, Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, Genet’s The Balcony, Harold Pinter’s Mountain Language), or playwriting and filmmaking options using Central’s facilities. Further lecture programmes are based around playtexts and the role of drama as a force for change in contemporary society. Students will experience applied theatre contexts through study units and a collaborative outreach project, working as a group creatively in London or beyond, including overseas. Year 3 Students pursue their own specialist interests further. Units include a dissertation, a final student-led practical project and a term-long placement. The degree concludes with a specialist lecture series delivered by artists, academics and researchers, who are pioneering in the field of applied theatre. Professional Focus Collaboration with professional organisations and practitioners is a key part of this course, and BA DATE students have the opportunity to undertake drama projects and to participate in placements and outreach work in a wide range of community, health, education and arts settings within the London area and beyond. In addition, students have the opportunity to acquire skills in areas such as devising, directing, performing, playwriting and filmmaking, and will also develop and produce their own devised projects that will be presented at Central. They will also participate in a fully-realised directed production presented to different audiences. Examples of previous productions include site specific theatre commissioned by the Fuse Medway Festival in Kent, a touring ensemble piece for the under-fives, a touring theatre in education show and open-air performances at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. All students attending placements will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is a mandatory government safeguarding scheme for all those seeking to work in any capacity with minors or vulnerable adults. Recent Visiting Staff Alecky Blythe, Playwright (London Road); Oladipo Agboluaje, Playwright (The Hounding Of David Oluwale, The Christ Of Coldharbour Lane), Performance Artist; Ola Animashawun, Associate Director, Royal Court Theatre; Professor James Thompson, author of Performance Affects; Professor Helen Nicholson, author of Applied Drama: The Gift Of Theatre; Jenny Sealey MBE, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company; Rob Watt, Youth Programme Manager, National Theatre; Pete Higgin, Enrichment Officer, Punchdrunk Theatre Company; Terry O’Leary, Associate Artist, Cardboard Citizens; Bola Agbaje, Playwright (Gone Too Far!, Off The Endz); Vicky Ireland MBE, Director and Founder of Action for Children’s Arts; Karen Tomlin, Director; Vishni Velada-Billson, Director and Assistant Head of Education (Learning) at Clean Break Theatre Company. Learning Experience This degree incorporates a wide range of styles and approaches such as formal lectures, essay writing, drama workshops, movement and voice classes, seminars, performance work, group and individual practice and placement learning. Students benefit from the specialist expertise and resources made available by the course’s unique positioning within a drama school, enabling students to work alongside professional designers, voice tutors, movement and puppetry specialists, and costume and construction students. Partnerships Central works closely with major organisations internationally and in the UK, and has formed excellent partnerships within the applied theatre industry. In the UK, companies include the Royal Court Theatre, National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Unicorn Theatre for Children, Graeae Theatre Company, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Clean Break, BBC Education, Shakespeare’s Globe, English Touring Theatre, London Bubble Theatre Company and a number of smaller, innovative, community focused theatre organisations, such as Little Fish Theatre Company and Apples and Snakes. Some students have the opportunity to travel and explore the use of drama in diverse community settings. In recent years students have undertaken projects in places such as Azerbaijan, Kosovo, Moscow, Kenya, Costa Rica, New York, South Africa and Mumbai. Most of this work is undertaken in partnership with international arts organisations, which work closely with course tutors and students to design, develop and deliver appropriate projects. In order to support project activities, currently students have the opportunity to apply for funds secured by Central from the Leverhulme Trust. These funds are competitively available to help with travel and living expenses for particular outreach projects. Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at B (preferably including English, Drama and Theatre Studies, Performing Arts, Communications or Media Studies), or equivalent, 5 GCSEs at C or above (must include English). Admissions For details of admission with academic credit see Undergraduate Applications. Application Details We look for these qualities in applicants: an interest in theatre and performance in different social and cultural settings (e.g. community theatre and theatre in prisons) good academic abilities in reading, analysis and writing an enquiring mind a collaborative, supportive approach to practical work practical drama skills (e.g. in performance) the ability to reflect constructively a commitment to equality of opportunity in society leadership skills creativity, flexibility, focus and professional conduct. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Segun Olaiya Graduated 2012, currently a Drama Facilitator, recently working with Talawa Theatre Company. As a mature student, I never thought university was for me. If you had asked me a few years ago what I’d be doing, I would not have thought that I would have gone to Central to study. It goes to show that if you have the right support systems and networks around you, anything is possible. For me, the journey was about expecting the unexpected and embracing it with optimism, accepting the challenge. I feel that many doors have opened that were once closed to me. [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Performance Arts

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

By focusing on critical inquiry and experimentation with new methodologies, students develop new and challenging performance forms rooted in a rigorous engagement with the skills, theories and histories of theatre and other performance arts. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Performance Arts Overview Develop your identity as a performance art maker and producer on a course which fosters independent and collaborative creative practice. By focusing on critical inquiry and experimentation with new methodologies, students develop new and challenging performance forms rooted in a rigorous engagement with the skills, theories and histories of theatre and other performance arts. About the course This course’s integration of artistic development with performance and production skills prepares students to become independent practitioners and/or to work in key organisational, administrative and artistic positions across the arts. In the first two years, students take part in a programme that seeks to develop their practice in three key areas: text/theory, body/movement, and materials/technology. In the final year students choose an area of focus, which will be developed and contextualised within independent projects. The course is tailored towards the development of an individual creative identity in the context of collaborative work, where students undertake different roles and positions to challenge their own process and ways of working. Course Detail Year 1 Building on historical, theoretical and practical foundations of theatre and performance arts, students acquire fundamental skills in dramaturgy and writing for and about performance, contemporary movement practices, and working with materials and technologies. They will produce short pieces of work across collaborative projects, involving installation, textual practices, immersive and traditional performance techniques. This is supported by skills sessions in applying research methods, reflective practice, processes of documentation and criticism. Year 2 The focus in this year is on the deconstruction, development and contextualisation of creative practice. Students undertake a creative project to engage and develop strategies for interdisciplinary performance work taught by internationally renowned practitioners; develop skills and knowledge in producing, project management, curation and programming; and organise a festival at a public venue in London, mentored by a range of professional curators and producers. A professional placement with a company or practitioner is undertaken, and optional will work include an interdisciplinary photography project and a module on violence in contemporary culture. There is the opportunity to develop writing practice by taking optional units shared with the BA Drama, Applied Theatre and Education: Writing for Performance pathway. Year 3 Students attend regular seminars, prepare portfolios and undertake an examination. Practice is refined within a range of professional contexts, and specialist skills are applied in creative practice through two major tasks. Some students may be mentored or work in a vocational setting beyond Central, and/or undertake a practice-based, written dissertation on a topic of choice. Placements Students on this course will be involved with collaborative projects with national and international arts practitioners and organisations. Practitioners worked with include: James Dacre, Rachel Warr, Liz McGrath, Simon Stephens, and Dr Ernst Fischer. Organisations worked with include: The Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, English National Opera, ] performance s p a c e [, Dreamthinkspeak, Goat and Monkey, Punchdrunk, New York University and the Royal Albert Hall. Students have taken their work (while studying) to: Los Angeles, New York, Prague, Montenegro, Slovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Brazil, Russia, Singapore, Scotland and Lithuania. Placement hosts have included: Seabright Productions, BBC, Robert Wilson, the Manchester Festival, Artsadmin, Centre for Creative Collaboration, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Soho Theatre. Many students have secured scholarships and grants to develop their work from organisations including: the Fulbright Commission, Arts Council and the British Council. Professional Focus Recent Visiting Staff Dr Julia Bardsley, Felix Barrett, Anne Bogart, Elizabeth LeCompte, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Dr Trish Lyons, Julian Maynard Smith, Simon McBurney, Felix Barrett, Katie Mitchell, Daniel O’Neill, Kira O’Reilly, Orlan, Richard Schechner, Naomi Filmer, Richard Foreman, Edward Bond, Marisa Carnesky, Won Kim, Karla Shacklock, Joel Scott, Rajni Shah, Tristan Sharp, Stelarc, Simon Stevens, Manuel Vason, Michael Walling, Juschka Weigel, Charlie Westenra, Hilary Westlake, Ita O'Brien. Entry Requirements and Admissions Entry to the Performance Arts strand is subject to an interview and participation in a selection day. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio of their work. Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at BBC, BTEC ND: DDM. Offers may vary from this, depending upon expected grades and performance at interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement but demonstrate appropriate potential at interview and via their portfolio may be accepted. Admission with Academic Credit For information on alternative entry requirements please see our website. Application Details See How to Apply section for Undergraduate courses. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Sophie Grodin Graduated 2013, Performer and Director, London. “I chose Performance Arts because it allowed me to experiment. I was challenged, pushed and encouraged to try out the things that might have seemed alien to me in the beginning, only to discover that those were the areas that came to mean the most for my future work. This course teaches you how to make your own work, to think for yourself, to make decisions, to take ownership and collaborate; it was like an adventure that led me down avenues I would have never found myself. I met my current collaborators at Central and that became the root of a network that keeps growing. Since graduating I have been making my own work, including a duet work with Karen Christopher and as the co-creator of the one-audience member experience ROOM, which has been shown at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Tate Britain in 2014.” [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Puppetry: Design and Performance

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

Central pioneered the first UK degree in puppet theatre and continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the training of puppeteers, attracting national and international students. This course embraces the three concepts of design, performance and theatre making. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Puppetry: Design and Performance Overview Central pioneered the first UK degree in puppet theatre and continues to be one of the world’s leading institutions for the training of puppeteers, attracting national and international students. This course embraces the three concepts of design, performance and theatre making. About the course Students develop specific puppetry making, manipulation and performance skills, and also work closely with designers and performance arts students on collaborative projects to explore multi-disciplinary work in which puppets and animated forms perform alongside scenography, new writing, movement and experimental performance practices. Skills in design, sculpture, manipulation, visual performance, animation, movement, voice, devising and collaborative theatre making are developed. The course aims to develop practitioners who are able to initiate and develop their own projects as well as collaborating closely with others within a discipline that requires both technique and creativity. Course Detail Year 1 Make, perform and direct: An introduction to a range of collaborative and course-specific projects in order to explore puppet making and animation processes, principles of movement, writing, design skills, voice work, acting, animation and manipulation, and application of manipulation skills to specific projects. Puppetry students create a performance in response to a text and develop installation, site-specific and immersive theatre in collaboration with students on Central’s other courses. They also research traditional puppetry forms and contemporary puppetry companies of note. Year 2 Write, create: Collaborations with Performance Arts and Design for the Stage students on experimental and speculative performance projects; and development of a major puppetry production which will tour nationally and possibly internationally. Where negotiated, students will collaborate with Applied Theatre students, using puppetry in a community setting such as working with the charity MIND, creating performance for elderly dementia sufferers or assisting with a puppetry production created by prisoners. Students research different styles and practitioners such as Kantor, Meyerhold, Craig, symbolism and Dada. Year 3 Critique: Students negotiate personal development plans and carry out individual work to deepen learning in specific areas of interest. The personal development plan may be a professional placement with puppet theatre companies, working as an assistant director, in-school training in specific complementary areas, preparing solo work for performance, or an apprenticeship with makers. Placements On all years of this course students will develop projects for performance both within and outside Central, and work closely with professional practitioners and internationally recognised puppetry and visual theatre companies, who are all experts in their fields. Students are encouraged to engage with contemporary practice from the outset, to develop strong working relationships with professional practitioners and to forge their own identities as specialists in the field. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to experience puppetry in a variety of contexts, participate in frequent visits to shows, talks and workshops by visiting professionals, and benefit from ongoing collaboration with a number of arts bodies within London and beyond. Puppetry, Design and Performance students also undertake placements with a range of companies such as the National Theatre, Polka Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, Theatre-Rites, Dockteatern Tittut in Stockholm, Edinburgh Puppet Company, Blind Summit, CBeebies and ITV. Professional Focus Central collaborates with a large number of professional companies and practitioners, who visit as lecturers or host students on professional placements. The course works particularly closely with the Little Angel Theatre and students participate in masterclasses at Suspense, the International Festival of Adult Puppet Theatre. There are also talks by internationally recognised practitioners such as Sandglass Theatre, Jane Taylor (Handspring) and Thai puppeteers from Arts on Location. The course has excellent links with other related courses within the UK and with international puppetry courses. Students normally take at least one production each year to a major international festival. Recent productions and performances have been part of festivals such as Tallinn Treff Festival, Bialystok International Puppet Festival, Stuttgart Puppet Festival, Istanbul International Puppet Festival, Indonesia International Puppet Festival, Ghent Street Theatre Festival and the Toy Theatre Festival in New York. Community collaborations undertaken include work with local and national healthcare providers, hospitals, residential centres, schools and community centres. Recent Visiting Staff Stephen Mottram, Sue Dacre, Steve Tiplady, Gren Middleton, Sue Buckmaster, Dr John Bell, Rene Baker, Penny Francis MBE. Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at BBC, BTEC ND: DDM. Offers may vary from this, depending upon expected grades and performance at interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement but demonstrate appropriate potential at interview and via their portfolio may be accepted. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Admission with Academic Credit For information on alternative entry requirements please see our website. Application Details See How to Apply section for Undergraduate courses. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Matt Hutchinson Graduated 2011, recent work has included Animatronic Puppeteer for ABC Bear for TV/ORF Austria, Puppet Maker on several shows for Theatre-Rites, and Puppet Maker and Puppeteer working with surgical teams at Imperial College London to improve surgical training working and helping facilitate puppetry workshops. "Training at Central gave me focus, purpose and preparation for my future career. Puppetry is a vast and ever-developing sector of performance arts practice, and the course encourages students to really define and hone their own interests, ideas and approaches to work in a collaborative, supportive and nurturing environment. I felt I emerged not only as a specialist in my designated area of work, but as a well-rounded creative practitioner with a comprehensive understanding of theatre and performance practice." [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Scenic Construction

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

Learn to plan and build sets, and develop skills such as carpentry, structural design, metal work and mechanical engineering. Training will principally be in theatre, but the skills learnt are easily transferable to many different media environments, including film, television and advertising. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Scenic Construction Overview Learn to plan and build sets, and develop skills such as carpentry, structural design, metal work and mechanical engineering. Training will principally be in theatre, but the skills learnt are easily transferable to many different media environments, including film, television and advertising. About the course Scenic constructers need to be creative problem-solvers who use ideas and solutions that are drawn from all aspects of engineering and industrial practice to aid the creation of sets or staging. Students will learn to be autonomous and resourceful, and to develop specific skills to the high professional level required by industry. From the second year students have the opportunity to work in professional contexts, such as in venues, scenery building companies, or organisations doing events, television or advertising. This course is ideal for those with a strong interest in building with wood and metal, but who also want a creative career. Course Detail Year 1 Learning about a variety of materials, including woodworking tools, hand-held tools and machinery. Students will build specific elements of scenery, working to a professional designer’s specifications and closely with technicians to plan how scenery might be rigged to fit within either a studio or a main-house space. Learning specific carpentry techniques, students work as part of a team, building or adapting scenery. Students will also have an introduction to AutoCAD and learn basic technical drawing. Year 2 Students continue to further develop AutoCAD skills. They will work on welding and building metal work structures, to build a set for a public production, either individually, or as part of a team, as well as working with automated scenery. Students also have the opportunity to work in a professional context within the industry. Year 3 Students undertake the role of Head of Department on a full-scale realised production in Central’s Embassy Theatre or Webber Douglas Studio, manage other students building scenery and coordinate with all members of the creative and production team. They will work on a personal project or placement that is focused on an individual area of expertise. Project work is chosen and negotiated to fit with the students’ understanding of which area/s of the industry they are most keen to make a career in. Students participate in an exhibition to present a portfolio of best work to the industry. Placements From the second year onwards, students have the opportunity to arrange placements. A wide range of professional companies work with Central, allowing access to many performance styles. Through placements in the second and third years, students have worked on productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, English National Opera, Blackfriars Scenery Ltd, Scott Fleary, Shape Construction and East London Furniture Company. Students regularly undertake placements at the Royal Opera House and Watford Palace Theatre. Through the links the course has established with other industries – such as festivals, events and theme parks – students have been able to broaden their scope of skills and expertise by working on a diverse range of projects. Professional Focus Scenic Construction students will meet and work with many professionals and organisations throughout their time at Central. This course has links with established scenic workshops studios such as Scott Fleary, Blackfriars Scenery Ltd, Factory Settings Ltd, Shakespeare’s Globe, K.C. Construction, Object Construction and Freeform Construction. These workshops build sets for theatre, television and corporate events, giving students an opportunity to experience the varied and diverse areas in which they can work upon graduation. Students have also worked on scenery for television shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Red Or Black?, as well as events at Glastonbury Festival, Theatre Materials Conference, Paradise Gardens Festival and London Mela. Many other opportunities come through the network of graduates already well-placed in theatre and contacts made with the professional designers they work with on public productions at Central. Students have also successfully started their own companies, all offering opportunities for graduating students. Recent Visiting Staff Roger Harrison, Lynsey Brown, Rafe Mullarkey, William Floyd-Maclean, Ruari Murchison, Jon Hare, Alexander McPherson, Colin Mander, Nigel Hayne, Philip Engleheart, Gary Thorne, Michael Taylor, Paul Wills. Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at BBC, BTEC ND: DDM. Offers may vary from this, depending upon expected grades and performance at interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement but demonstrate appropriate potential at interview and via their portfolio may be accepted. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Admission with Academic Credit For information on alternative entry requirements please see our website. Application Details See How to Apply section for Undergraduate courses. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Sophie Skelton Graduated 2013, freelance Scenic Constructor in London, has worked with English National Opera, Stage Technologies and as Production Manager on The Wedding Singer at Watford Palace Theatre. "The best part of the course was the hands-on approach to learning. When working on a public production, a typical day was meeting the team and making sure that they were up-to-date and that there weren’t any problems, whilst working on technical drawings, budget, scheduling and liaising with other disciplines within the production team." [-]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Stage Management

Campus Full time 3 years October 2017 United Kingdom London

Learn stage management, and specialist knowledge and skills in all aspects of theatre production. Through close working with students and practitioners of other theatre disciplines, students on this course develop an overall understanding of how each contributes to live performance, making them highly employable upon graduation. [+]

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Stage Management Overview Learn stage management, and specialist knowledge and skills in all aspects of theatre production. Through close working with students and practitioners of other theatre disciplines, students on this course develop an overall understanding of how each contributes to live performance, making them highly employable upon graduation. About the course This course aims to produce stage managers who are able to adapt to any production setting ranging from West End theatre to large-scale outdoor events. Stage managers are a conduit between the director and the production team throughout the rehearsal process and the management of the performance itself, including the acquisition of furniture and props. Stage Managers must have excellent people, communication and negotiation skills to ensure they properly communicate developments through rehearsals and find solutions to production challenges. Students develop practical management skills through working in production teams on a number of realised productions, collaborating with other students and visiting professionals. Course Detail Year 1 Students develop the basic skills necessary for creating live performance, through a series of workshops and realised projects. They undertake classes and workshops, including managing rehearsals and performance, blocking and working with the cast and director, marking-up, show calling, props sourcing and adapting, costume supervision and sewing, lighting, sound, and staging technology. There are workshops focusing on text analysis, group dynamics, communication and current legislation, including health and safety. Students undertake the role of Assistant Stage Manager on a realised production, working with students from the undergraduate Acting and other courses. Year 2 Taught sessions including score-reading, company management, pyrotechnics, firearms, blood effects and event management. Students take on the roles of Assistant and Deputy Stage Managers on a range of realised production projects from main-house, proscenium theatre shows to site responsive fringe work, or on projects outside Central, including community theatre, immersive theatre and event management. Students may also be required to operate sound and lighting on small-scale productions. Students are assigned a professional mentor who will advise and guide them through their second and final years. Year 3 Students undertake at least one role with significant management responsibilities and/or a role on a larger-scale or more challenging production. They will research and organise a suitable placement with a professional company of their choosing in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the areas of work they wish to enter upon graduation. Placements Students are actively encouraged to build on contacts made during the course in order to set up professional placements for their final year. Stage Management students regularly undertake placements with a range of companies, which have included the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Donmar Warehouse, Almeida Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Chickenshed Theatre, Bush Theatre, Complicite, Young Vic, Walk the Plank and Hampstead Theatre, and a range of West End productions. Professional Focus Central has extensive links with the live performance industry on all scales in London and beyond, including the National Theatre, English National Opera (via an annual graduate internship), Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Court Theatre. Through project work, formal visits to theatres and regular close contact with professionals – including recent graduates – students are well prepared to enter the live performance industry. They will work with professional Stage Managers, undertaking their role within Central, or as project supervisors and team mentors. All students are assigned a personal graduate mentor. The course works with companies such as dreamthinkspeak, Shunt, Goat and Monkey and the Old Vic Tunnels on more unconventional immersive work and in non-traditional theatre making areas, such as with Block 9 at Glastonbury Festival and Secret Cinema. It also provides links with street arts and outdoor theatre, working with festivals, such as The London Pleasure Gardens, as well as highly acclaimed companies, for example Walk the Plank, The World Famous, Emergency Exit Arts and Kinetika, providing a range of potential opportunities for students. Recent Visiting Staff Stage Managers: Charlotte Padgham, Joanna MacDonnell, Ian Hawkins, Libby Spencer, Angela Riddell, Jo Miles; Just FX, Rc-Annie, Sophie Acreman (Orange Tree Theatre), Andrew Killian (Company Management) and Jo Holmes (Royal Opera House). Professionals from Other Disciplines: Simon Byford (Event Management), Lisa Westerhout (Score Reading) and John Blunden (Prop Making). Entry Requirements and Admissions Minimum Entry Requirements 3 A Levels at BBC, BTEC ND: DDM. Offers may vary from this, depending upon expected grades and performance at interview. Exceptional applicants who do not meet this requirement but demonstrate appropriate potential at interview and via their portfolio may be accepted. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio. Admission with Academic Credit For information on alternative entry requirements please see our website. Application Details See How to Apply section for Undergraduate courses. Interviews in London Find out more about the interview process for this course. International Interviews Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates. International Students Visit the International Students section to view details of English language requirements for Central's courses. Testimonial Polly Rowe Graduated 2012, Assistant Stage Manager on The Hard Problem, Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre. “I came to Central with little Stage Management experience, but with a real passion for theatre. A combination of the course’s career driven focus, and the encouragement of my tutors inspired me to pursue the companies I’d always admired. Since graduating, I’ve toured with the RSC and I now work for the National Theatre. I’ve worked on productions which have been broadcast live to cinemas worldwide. My time at Central gave me so many contacts and a huge step towards the job I love.” [-]

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