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) September Entry

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 in applied theatre 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 invites creative reflection into the power of storytelling for social transformation, considering the role of arts in education, migration and exile, health and building communities.

It is a professional training and vocational experience for anyone seeking to establish a career involving social change through arts, including those practicing in youth, community and/or education settings and performers looking to develop and diversify their career.

Working in a maximum cohort of 12 you will explore some of theatre’s 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, which enables students to work alongside their training. The course is taught by a range of highly experienced practitioners and visiting tutors and offers a balance of theory and practice in its learning strategy.

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 Practitioners

Maria Askew
Senior Lecturer
Patrice Naiambana
Visiting Lecturer
Ameera Conrad
Visiting Lecturer
Tom England
Visiting Lecturer
Sara Green
Visiting Lecturer
Saul Hewish
Visiting Lecturer
Ben Osborn
Visiting Lecturer

Course Content

2020/21 Term Dates
Autumn term 14 September – 18 December 2020
Spring term
4 January – 1 April 2021
Summer term
12 April – 25 June 2021

NB There is no teaching on the Easter Weekend (2-5 April) or May Bank Holidays


Applied Theatre Practice & Pedagogies

  • Principles of theatre-making
  • Techniques
  • Pedagogies
  • Methods and approaches
  • Critical thinking
  • Decolonial thought
  • Feminist practices

The Theory and Practice of Learning Through Theatre

  • Socio-political context and history of Theatre In Education
  • Power and the teacher/ facilitator/ leader
  • Practical workshop techniques and skills

Contemporary Arenas and Praxes of Applied Theatre

  • Education
  • Dramatherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Migration and exile
  • Ritual theatre
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing
  • Corporate and professional development
  • Specialist groups and environments

Policies and Agendas

  • Policies that shape the theatre and cultural sector
  • Diversity and difference
  • Practical inquiry into theatre and culture as tools for social transformation
  • Concepts of multiculturalism, pluralism and liberalism
  • Development of a portfolio of case studies of cultural agendas

Business and Management

  • Funding
  • Administration and leadership
  • Ethical Business practice
  • The 21st century cultural sector
  • Project management
  • Industry leaders
  • Practical application of business management

Creative and Cultural Learning

  • The convergence of the creative and cultural
  • Museums, arts and heritage
  • Storytelling, music, film and mixed media
  • Design thinking and ideation
  • Adaptive learning and divergent thinking

Dissertation Project (Practical or Written)

  • Specific dissertation project
  • Research / Rehearsal time
  • Application of previous modules


  • Application Fee
  • Free
  • 2020/21 UK/EU Students Course Fee
  • £4,650 p/a
  • 2020/21 International Students Course Fee
  • £8,755 p/a
  • 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, gender, sexual orientation, 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