MA Theatre for Community and Education

Validated by University of East Anglia

MA Theatre for Community and Education
Validated by University of East Anglia

Two years (part-time)

Entry from September 2020.

Mountview’s MA in Theatre for Community and Education is a creative and challenging ensemble experience in the transformational power of theatre and theatre making.

In a society where access to the arts is at risk of being marginalised, this course develops the next generation of interdisciplinary theatre practitioners who will lead the way in providing meaningful arts experiences for all.

The course is aimed at practitioners interested in the potential of theatre arts to address social, political and educational issues in a broad range of settings.

It is a professional training, vocational experience and an education. It welcomes those practicing in youth, community and/or education settings, including actors and performers looking to develop and diversify their career.

Working in a maximum cohort of 12 you will explore some of theatres’ most powerful ideas and practices. Learning and teaching involves thinking, making and doing through workshops, lectures, seminars and independent practice.

Throughout the course you will learn and develop skills in teaching, leading and facilitating creatively and imaginatively.

Teaching takes place one day a week with one long study weekend per term.

Assessments are varied and include essays, research talks, funding applications, education packs, presentations, case studies, performance and dissertation.

The dissertation project is defined by your area of interest and can be practice-based or written and can involve placements within arts organisations.

Course Content

Entry from Autumn 2019.

2019/20 Term Dates
Autumn term 
2 September – 6 December 2019
Spring term 6 January – 3 April 2020
Summer term 6 April – 25 July 2020

Applied Theatre Practice & Pedagogies

This module grounds students in the knowledge and practices of theatre for community and education and its various pedagogies. Students will encounter principles and methodologies of theatre-making and rigorously explore their application. The module is taught through two complementary components: ‘Practices’ and ‘Pedagogies’.

Students will investigate practices in Applied Theatre techniques and approaches, including investigating established practitioners, theoretical and practical pedagogies, and emergent forms, all of which will challenge and develop their own thinking and practice. Throughout, students will be proactive in critically questioning and developing their own work, and in beginning to identify theatrical specialisms in fields related to their own employability and/or further study.

The Theory and Practice of Learning Through Theatre

This module will develop an intellectual and practical understanding of The Theory and Practice of Learning through Theatre. Students will learn through two complementary components: ‘Context and Critique’ and ‘Practices and Applications’.

Context and Critique will engage students in ‘Theatre in Education’ (TIE) history, examining the socio-political circumstances in which it emerged. It will explore various models of education with critical attention being paid to configurations of power. Differences expressed by the terms teacher/facilitator/leader will be explored.

Practices and Applications will develop students’ workshop skills, covering games, exercises, techniques and approaches that practically explore workshop styles and strategies. Students will develop general workshop abilities as well as identify and develop specialist areas of knowledge and skill within the field.

Business and Management

Knowledge of business management, procedures, and compliance can be an important aspect of 21st century cultural practice. Frameworks of funding and administration, leadership and strategy, and operations and logistics can be vital to successful artistic endeavours. Turns towards ethical and sustainable business practice, as well as shifting landscapes of innovation, make understanding the cultural sector increasingly complex.

In this module, students will engage with an overview of normative standards in 21st century cultural organisations. Successful operational outliers will also be considered within and beyond the cultural sector, in order to facilitate students’ work in a variety of contexts. To this end, the module will intellectually and practically explore fundamentals of business and project management and administration, engaging with industry leaders, academic research, and divergent organisations.

Policies and Agendas

The module will examine policies and agendas that shape the theatre and cultural sector. Intellectual explorations will include notions of multiculturalism, pluralism, and liberalism. Content will rigorously investigate notions of inclusion/exclusion, diversity and difference, and dilemmas of identifying groups as underrepresented. Practical inquiry will centre around theatre and culture as tools of social/political activism and resistance.

These modules will be underpinned by the development of a portfolio of case studies that will examine cultural policies and agendas. Special attention will be given to the study of projects that mark significant shifts in thought and practice.

Contemporary Arenas and Praxes of Applied Theatre

Having developed a robust understanding of applied theatre practices and pedagogies in year one, this module will deepen and develop students knowledges in contemporary praxes and arenas of applied theatre. Students will encounter divergent spaces of activity including Education, Rehabilitation, Crisis, Health and Wellbeing, Corporate and Professional Development, and rigorously explore their concomitant praxes including the educative, transformative, therapeutic, rehabilitative possibilities and difficulties of applied theatre.

The module is taught through two complementary components: Contemporary Arenas and Contemporary Praxes. Part of the work for students in this module will be to learn and identify specialist skills and techniques relevant to specific groups and environments. It is expected that this will also engage students in developing an area specialism.

Creative and Cultural Learning

This innovative module aims at challenging students with modes and practices often found outside the applied theatre sector in order to enrich and enliven their own creative work with diverse approaches.

Creative Learning will engage with divergent approaches including: design thinking, ideation, microlearning, gamification, Adaptive learning and divergent thinking amongst others.

Cultural Learning​ will explore various arts and heritage approaches, including the work of museums, libraries, archives, archaeological sites, historic houses and other built environments, and the mediums of literature, storytelling, music, craft, film, spoken word, digital media, and photography amongst others. As with previous modules, the learning will be robust in its research and exploration and seek to identity where/if/how the creative and the cultural converge.

Dissertation Project (Practical or Written)

This 60 credit module will give students the opportunity to create a substantive piece of work. Running throughout the second year it will intensively develop knowledge and understanding of research ethics and methodologies introduced in previous modules. Running across three terms of the programme it ensures students get plenty of time for planning, creative exploration and rehearsal/research time relevant to their specific dissertation project.

The dissertation is the culmination of learning across all modules, and it will challenge students to further develop their practice. This module will support students to graduate as practitioners equipped to work in the field of theatre for community and education in a variety of roles and settings.


  • Application Fee
  • Free
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £4,650
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £8,755
  • Additional Costs (e.g. cultural trips)
  • £100
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Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases. There will be additional costs for cultural trips – allow around £100.

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

Funding and Scholarships

Entry requirements

Admission onto the course is by interview. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

If an applicant’s first language is not English, and they have not been taught in English or studied to A Level standard in the UK, they will need to demonstrate an acceptable minimum level of competence through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Band 6.5).

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Interview information

Candidates are invited to Mountview for an interview with the Head of Programme at which they discuss their previous experience, interests and influences. There is no application fee.

Auditions and Interviews
2020 Prospectus