MA Digital Theatre at Wimbledon College of Arts explores the boundaries of theatre making and design, focusing on contemporary ideas, innovations and experimentation.
Wimbledon College of Arts, Merton Hall Road
|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||1 year|
|Start Date||October 2015|
|Autumn Term Dates||Monday 5 October - Friday 18 December 2015|
|Spring Term Dates||Monday 4 January - Friday 18 March 2016|
|Summer Term Dates||Monday 4 April - Friday 9 September 2016|
Direct to the Graduate School
|Application Deadline||Home / 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
- Online performance
- The performance body
- The inter-relationship of space and spectator
- Video projection design
- Web interfaces and interactivity
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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)
Home / EU and international students
Home / EU students
£1000 fee discount for University of the Arts London alumni.
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Home / EU applicants
Download and complete our Postgraduate application form, which you can send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or the address below.
Wimbledon College of Arts
Merton Hall Road
Please note, completed forms should include your:
- Study proposal
The deadline for applications is 1 July 2015.
There are two ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Wimbledon College of Arts:
- Through the College
- Through one of our official representatives in your country
To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international postgraduate application form. You can send this to email@example.com or our address below, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents.
Chelsea College of Arts
16 John Islip Street
There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.
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