We want to admit the most talented, qualified and suitable students. During the admission process, we will assess your potential to cope with the demands of the programme and achieve the high standard required on completion. It is also important that we assess the suitability of the programme for you. The philosophy and content of the programme may not be appropriate for every applicant.
The admission process is therefore designed to allow us to be satisfied that you have:
- the necessary abilities to cope with the demands of the programme
- the skills and understanding needed
- the personal qualities and commitment needed.
You should supply us with the following 3 items, which should be sent together, not separately:
- a completed copy of the relevant online application form
- a copy of your up-to-date CV
- a supporting statement consisting of some reasonably short written answers to the questions supplied below (maximum 500-word response to each question).
Keep a copy of all 3 parts of your application for future reference.
1. The application form
Your online application should be completed as fully as possible. With regard to the section on 'Professional Experience', remember that your CV will supplement the brief summary details you can give here.
At least 1 of your referees must be able to supply adequate information about your experience of theatre and/or live performance. The status or job title of this referee is much less important than her/his ability to testify to this experience, which may or may not include producing –the programme does not stipulate a minimum level of producing experience before admission. Please supply telephone numbers and email addresses for both your referees.
2. The CV
Your CV should include details of all your experience of theatre and/or live performance, not just any producing experience you might have had.
3. The supporting statement
This should consist of your responses to each of the following questions or statements, which are designed to provide additional information about your experience of - and commitment to - producing; and about your aims, interests and concerns as a future professional creative producer. Your responses are significant and will be fully taken into account by the selection panel.
- Describe a theatre or live performance project, large or small, that you want to produce.
- What do you believe is the role of a creative producer when working with actors, performers or other artistic collaborators?
- If you graduate from this course, what do you see yourself doing in 5 years' time?
Each question should be answered in not more than 500 words. Please note that, contrary to what is said on the application form, you are not expected to confine this supporting statement to 1 sheet.
It is very important to remember that there are no 'correct' answers to these questions. We expect our applicants to reveal a wide range of experience, opinions, interests and ambitions. Feel free to be candid. We will be very interested to read your honest opinions and beliefs.
If you have questions about the programme or the application process, please contact us.
After we have considered each written application, those applicants who are considered to be suitably qualified will be invited to participate in the programme selection process. During that process, each candidate's potential to become a professional creative producer will be scrutinised and assessed.
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