MA Digital Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts explores the boundaries of theatre making and design, focusing on contemporary ideas, innovations and experimentation.  

Facts

Course Director

Douglas O'Connell

Course Location

Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road

 

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length1 year
Home/EU Fee

£8,000

UAL Home / EU alumni receive a £1,000 discount

Course fees may be paid in instalments

 

International Fee

£15,950

Course fees may be paid in instalments

 

Start DateOctober 2015
Autumn Term DatesMonday 5 October - Friday 18 December 2015
Spring Term DatesMonday 4 January - Friday 18 March 2016
Summer Term DatesMonday 4 April - Friday 9 September 2016
Application Route

Direct to the Graduate School

Application DeadlineHome / EU - 1 July 2015
International - no deadline, but you are advised to apply as early as possible

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A practice based examination of digital technologies and their impact on Theatre and Performance practice
  • To examine how theatre design and performance communicates to a contemporary audience
  • To challenge conventional notions of theatre making through contemporary theatre practice and design
  • Established contacts with complementary London-based Director and Choreographic MA courses support the delivery of collaborative study components
  • Direct access to scenographic curatorial practice at a national and international level
  • Direct access to the Jocelyn Herbert Archive and engagement with the college’s theatre design related special exhibitions and conferences
  • Access to the professorial, post doctoral and PhD research community at the Camberwell, Chelsea, Wimbledon Graduate School

To examine a range of visual, digital performance and design concepts, including:

  • Digital culture
  • Gaming
  • Online performance
  • The performance body
  • The inter-relationship of space and spectator
  • Video projection design
  • Web interfaces and interactivity

Structure

Unit One

The first unit involves the student group making a piece of collective performance. The group will work collaboratively, under the guidance of a project leader, to investigate an area of digital performance. Previous projects have included; an interactive audience telematics performance and the use of internet streaming to broadcast a live performance.


Unit Two



The second unit is a series of personal research performances and projects, involving practical and professional enquiry. These will be a facilitated both in small grouping and through independent study. The work is assessed and supported through both peer, independent and tutorial review.

Unit Three



In the final unit, you will have worked towards situating an independent project and will develop your concept towards exhibition. The project is seen as a point of departure that will help to situate you as both a collaborator and independent artist within the your chosen area of performance.

Staff

Douglas O’Connell - Course Director

Douglas is a video and projection designer who has worked with numerous productions and theatres, including The Royal Shakespeare Company, Filter Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lightwork and Bluemouth Inc.

He was the curating lead for New Technology and Performance at the World Stage Design Exhibition 2013 in Cardiff.

He is also part of a team of Wimbledon staff working with University of Hyderabad, India on a comparative study of the impact of new media on contemporary Indian and British performance practice. The project is funded by the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). More information can be found on the project website

Careers

Our graduates develop and define their individual practices to progress within Digital Theatre, which often leads them in different directions within the industry. Recent graduates have continued either as professionals or become leading creative innovators within theatre, while others have continued their studies with research degrees.

Entry Requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art, Theatre, Live Art, Experimental Theatre or Visual Design
  • Study proposal
  • Portfolio of work
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS level 6.5 or above if English isn’t their first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)

Funding

Home / EU and international students

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Home / EU students

Wimbledon College of Arts Trust Bursaries

£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.

International students

ISH / UAL Graduate Scholarship

For more funding information visit study at UAL

Apply

Home / EU applicants

Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at admissions@wimbledon.arts.ac.uk or the address below.

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Admissions
Wimbledon College of Arts
Merton Hall Road
London
SW19 3QA

Please note, completed forms should include your:

  • Study proposal
  • Reference
  • Portfolio

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2015.

International applicants

There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form. You can send this to ccwinternational.documents@arts.ac.uk or our address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.

Download International Postgraduate application form [PDF, 189 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street
London
SW1P 4JU

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

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