Summer Study Abroad - Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon

From the historic Globe Theatre and the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to the performances archives at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London offers incredible resources to complement your studies.

Your learning will be enhanced by a three day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, where you will delve further into key texts and gain an in depth understanding into the context which Shakespeare is studied today.

Description

Through lectures, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups and performances, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with modern and contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare in London and Stratford-upon-Avon through an intensive three week programme. 

From the historic Globe Theatre and the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to the performances archives at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London offers incredible resources to complement your studies. 

You will be based at Wimbledon College of Arts, a specialist art college with theatre as one of its key subject areas. Responding to a brief, you will develop a concept and visually communicate your ideas using key Shakespeare texts as a starting point.

You will learn about the creative processes used in staging Shakespeare and how these have evolved over time and attend three theatre performances which will be contextualised in group seminars and form the basis of your research. 

Your learning will be enhanced by a three day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. You will work with experts at the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and see a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company to delve further into key texts and gain an in depth understanding into the context which Shakespeare is studied today.

Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon is an intense course with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self directed study. 

Theatre performances

Students will see 3 theatre performances.  The cost of tickets is included in the course fee.  Performances for summer 2017 will be confirmed in early 2017.  Performances for Summer 2016 were:

  • ‘A Midsummers Night Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the West End
  • ‘Hamlet’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon trip

A three day, tutor-led study trip to Stratford-upon-Avon takes place in week 2 of the course. 

Travel, shared accommodation in a centrally located hotel, breakfast, all entrance fees are included in the programme fee.  

Tutor information

Chris Hill

Chris Hill is a freelance theatre director who trained on the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck. He has worked with a range of companies including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Opera North, Headlong, The National Theatre and the Lowry.

Course handbook

Funding

Wimbledon College of Arts Award for Summer Study Abroad

Wimbledon College of Arts will make two tuition waiver awards to support outstanding students who have been accepted onto ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’ in 2017.

The award will cover all the programme tuition fee, theatre trips and materials.

How to apply

Submit a 250-word blog post and four photos or one video of two minutes explaining why you want to study theatre in London and at Wimbledon College of Arts.
Think about what you hope to achieve on the programme, specific programme activities you are most excited about and how the programme could contribute to your long term goals.
Please send your application as an email attachment or via a file-sharing site to studyabroadoffice@arts.ac.uk by 1 March 2017 with ‘Wimbledon College of Arts Award for Summer Study Abroad’ in the subject line.

Eligibility to apply

Applicants must have been accepted onto either ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’ for 2017.
Winners will be selected on the basis of their blog post and photos or video.
Applicants must be currently enrolled on an undergraduate programme.

Conditions of the award

In accepting the award, successful candidates will be expected to complete three blog entries of 250 words each with a minimum of two high-quality photos per entry, to be featured on our website. The theme of the blog posts will be your experiences on either ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ or ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’

We may also ask successful candidates to feature in a profile for the UAL Study Abroad brochure and/or website.

Entry requirements

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience of theatre design or theatre studies. 



Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.

Details for booking

DateDaysTimeDurationLocationFeeAction
03/07/2017 - 21/07/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.003 weeksMerton Hall Road - SW19£1795

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