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 April 2019.

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 theatre artists interested in the potential of theatre practices to address social, political and educational issues in a broad range of settings.

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

Working in a maximum cohort of 12 you will work with some of theatre’s most powerful pedagogies and practices, and consider ideas and perspectives from various fields of Applied Theatre and beyond. You will investigate barriers to arts engagement and inspiring approaches to widening arts participation while developing a growing awareness of those underrepresented in arts and culture.

Learning and teaching will involve a dynamic relation of practice and theory providing rigour and creativity through workshops, lectures, seminars and independent practice. Throughout the course you will learn and develop skills in teaching, leading and facilitating creatively and imaginatively.

Course Content

Teaching will take place one day a week, with some intensive weekends, allowing practitioners to work alongside learning.

Assessment is comprised of a range of modes including essays, research talk, funding application, education pack, research presentation, portfolio of case studies, performance and dissertation.

Entry from Easter 2019.

Summer term May – July
Autumn term
September – December
Spring term 
January – April   

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. This 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.


  • UK/EU Students
  • £10,150
  • Application Fee
  • Free
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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 has made an application to the Office for Students for this course to be designated for the 208/19 financial year. We are currently awaiting the outcome of this application. For further information please contact

Mountview works with all students to discuss funding options.

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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.

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