• Status: Fully Approved
  • Start date: September 2014
  • Duration:

    1 year full-time

  • Attendance:

    September to mid-June (final submission/presentation in September of final year): you will normally attend teaching sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays (daytime and evening) at Birkbeck in Stratford or Bloomsbury during term-time. The number of sessions varies from week to week. Occasionally classes and sessions may be held at other times but you will always be notified about these well in advance. In addition, you will have to undertake a substantial amount of home study.

  • Location:

    Stratford and Central London

Programme overview

This Master's degree in creative producing is designed to appeal to a diverse range of students. This is reflected in its varied content, teaching and assessment methods. The programme works in association with the established Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing, allowing students on both programmes to interrelate.

The programme is practice-centred and practice-based. It is rooted in the present-day realities of the role of the professional creative producer, and therefore in the essential blend of personal taste and judgement, practical skills, creative team-working and problem-solving needed for that role.

The programme is structured around 3 key areas of study and experience: the creative producer, including developing taste, awareness and judgement, exercising reflection and self-knowledge, and professional development; the producer's key skills and competencies, including presentation and pitching, production finance (raising, budgeting and controlling it), and contracts, rights and legislation; and the producer and people, including working with creative teams, working with artists, relating to/involving audiences and communities.

Get a feel for the course by looking through the most recent graduate yearbook. You can also view previous graduate yearbooks.

Read the programme director's blog about the MA Creative Producing.

Find out more about studying at Birkbeck and what our students say about our courses.

How to apply

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.

Application process

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.

  1. Describe a theatre or live performance project, large or small, that you want to produce.
  2. What do you believe is the role of a creative producer when working with actors, performers or other artistic collaborators?
  3. 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.

Selection process

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.

Need help with your application? Watch videos featuring our academic experts giving advice on applying to Birkbeck and answering some of the most frequently asked questions.

Application deadlines and interviews

You should apply by 31 December for interviews in February/March; thereafter there will be regular deadlines for applications - usually mid-April, late May, late June (details available from the admissions tutor).

Online application

Creative Producing (for Theatre and Live Performance) (MA) (Full-time)

Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Prepare for a professional role as producer in a wide variety of theatre and live performance events, including outdoor performance and street arts.
  • Extensive input by professional practitioners, mentoring relationships between students and committed professional practitioners, and industrial secondment opportunities.
  • The MA Creative Producing is one of a number of collaborations between Birkbeck and the Theatre Royal Stratford East. Birkbeck has a long-standing association with the Theatre Royal. Past and present trainee directors studying on the MFA Theatre Directing have benefited from secondments to the theatre, directing their own productions and adaptations.
  • We offer a range of world-class research resources.
  • Watch videos of our postgraduate students discussing their experience of studying at Birkbeck.

Course structure

Unit 5 - The Producer and Research module - allows you to choose a subject option from a range that varies each year.

You have the option of undertaking a secondment at a theatre, arts venue or similar organisation as part of the Personal Project, which is the final element of the programme.

Find out more about this programme in our yearbooks from 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Entry requirements

Flexible. We take a broad view of previous experience, education and training. Some previous experience of theatre or live performance in its widest sense, for example events, music, outdoor performance, street arts, festivals.

In addition you should have one of the following: directly relevant professional or professional-level work experience (normally 3 years minimum), or a good honours degree from a UK university (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK university), or an undergraduate or postgraduate-level diploma from a recognised UK drama school (or a directly comparable qualification from a non-UK drama school).

We expect you to have basic computer/IT skills, in particular a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.

Qualified applicants are asked to participate in an entry process that is designed to help you to show that you are committed to producing at a professional level.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.5, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests and at least 7.0 in writing.

Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa
Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 7225 pa
Full-time overseas students: £ 14450 pa

Payment and Fees Discounts

Flexible finance: pay your fees in monthly instalments at no extra cost. Enrol early to spread your costs and reduce your monthly payments.

Fees discounts: If you are a Birkbeck alumni or a member of a union that is recognised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), you may apply for a 10% discount off your tuition fees.

Funding and Financial Support

Finishing your undergraduate degree this year? Current Birkbeck students are eligible for a £10,000 scholarship to fund a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015-2016.

The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students.

Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Find out more about funding and financial support at postgraduate level.

Careers and employability

Graduates go on to work professionally in various aspects of production for theatre/performance and other related fields, such as community arts and event planning.

Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

Birkbeck offers a wide range of free careers support and advice for students.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Small-group practical workshops, presentations, discussions, classes and seminars will be held in Stratford and at the main Birkbeck campus in central London. Classes in study skills and presentation are included. There may be teaching or study visits to other places in London, including theatres and studio spaces. You may share some teaching and learning experiences with the Birkbeck MFA Theatre Directing students.

Assessment

A combination of practical exercises, presentations and pitches supported by portfolios and/or written work. Assessors will include experienced industry professionals.

Our research

Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.

Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated ‘world-leading’ or internationally excellent.

Read about Birkbeck research that enriches our experience and understanding of our shared history, culture and art.

Further study opportunities

If you are interested in further research, we offer an MPhil/PhD in English and Humanities.