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I am delighted to introduce you to the London School of Film, Media & Performance (LSFMP) at Regent’s College London. LSFMP is the College’s newest school and is one of four within the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). This is a vibrant school led by media industry practitioners, academics and recognised specialists in creative media production, all experts in their fields who are working at the heart of this huge and flourishing sector. Regent’s College provides a unique educational experience in the beautiful surroundings of Regent’s Park in the centre of London. We take the established Regent’s College ethos of encouraging internationalism and the highest possible quality learning experience and apply this to the creative industries. LSFMP students are part of a truly stimulating and internationally diverse community of students from more than 140 different countries, and have access to the College’s excellent learning resources. Our location in central London – a world centre for the media and creative industries – is to be envied, and is fully integrated into our programmes. The School offers a platform of innovative, challenging and highly creative media programmes which bring together theoretical understanding and practical, handson experience. There are degrees in creating, writing, producing, directing and acting for film, television and theatre productions, as well as in originating, shaping and managing a wide range of creative ideas and ventures. As technological developments continue to integrate entertainment and the media ever more seamlessly into our lives, the demand for high quality content has never been greater – and employment prospects in these industries are growing rapidly. Television viewers now have hundreds of digital channels at their fingertips, and the latest Hollywood blockbusters can be enjoyed on an iPhone during the morning commute. Shows such as ‘The X-Factor’ and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ have also brought the public’s attention back to the stage, with live performances, theatre and musicals enjoying huge popularity.
More widely, the creative industries are growing at an exponential rate, with new talent in constant demand to create high quality, engaging content for viewers to experience across both traditional and newly developing platforms. Our programmes – ranging from an Acting Foundation through to MA Writing for Screen & Stage, with BA (Hons) degrees in Acting & Global Theatre, Creative Industries, Film, TV & Digital Media Production, and Screenwriting & Producing – open doors for our students in a wide range of different areas in this huge and growing field. The key element is that our programmes foster creativity but also instil in our graduates a strong business sense, ensuring that they are well prepared for employment. They undertake valuable practical work placements – on many of our degrees the placement is a compulsory part of the programme – and in working closely day by day with industry specialists they are fortunate in being able to draw on the unique creative resources of London on both a professional and personal level. So at LSFMP you are supported by dedicated and committed staff, and you benefit from vast professional expertise and diverse industry contacts. Our small class sizes nurture our students’ creative development, and allow for close attention and guidance and a high level of interaction with your peers. If you are a promising and talented individual with the potential to make a mark in an industry which, more than any other, is hungry for new and original thinking, new talent and new people, we would be delighted to hear from you. David Hanson Head of School London School of Film, Media & Performance
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ABOUT We can provide you with the framework to achieve your goals through theoretical learning supported by practical application and the fostering of creative talent.
Award winning instruction LSFMP is led by Head of School David Hanson, who has won BAFTA, Ace and Golden Rose of Montreux awards during a very successful career within the television and film industry. Unique combination of creativity and commercial skills Our programmes will undoubtedly foster your creative development, but will also ensure that you gain the necessary transferable skills to succeed in these fast-paced industries. A positive and supportive learning environment Every student at LSFMP is treated as an individual, and receives personal support including one-to-one access to a dedicated tutor and academic advisor.
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Events and guest speakers LSFMP hosts numerous industryfocused events and guest speakers from the worlds of film and television throughout the year, giving our students every opportunity to network with working professionals. Extensive work placement opportunities LSFMP is ideally situated to provide invaluable practical, hands-on work placements at TV, film and theatre production companies in the heart of London’s media-land. Stunning central London location Our prestigious central London location, within the beauty of Regent’s Park, provides easy and convenient access to the whole of London as well as mainland Europe via the Eurostar.
Immerse yourself in London’s vibrant film, music and theatre culture LSFMP is only minutes away from Soho, the West End and live music hotspot Camden, allowing you to get involved in all that London has to offer. International student body Students at Regent’s College come from more than 140 different countries, providing you with different cultural perspectives and allowing you to develop an international peer network.
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DESIGNING OUR DEGREES Our central ethos is that the modern media degree is no longer a traditional study of culture and society. It must be an intensive hands-on training for a wide, fast-growing and rapidlychanging industry, and it must look to that industry to guide and shape the development of the creative individuals and leaders of tomorrow. All our degrees have been directly guided and overseen in their development by major industry figures who have monitored their progress, advised on the detailed content and formally approved each one. The result is that all LSFMP programmes have been constructed on present and future needs, and are backed by commendations from successful industry leaders and practitioners at the top of their creative fields. Almost all of our three year, fulltime BA (Hons) degrees include a compulsory industry placement at the end of the second year, as well as industry and professional skills modules. In addition, our industry links help facilitate a unique new feature: core areas of some student work is actually commissioned and evaluated by companies looking for new projects and ideas.
For example, our undergraduate students – writers, producers, directors and actors – were recently commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) to create and produce promotional films for the NPG website. This was a professional undertaking for a well-known brand, a real commission with a genuine result at the end of it. So at a stroke, we have achieved what industry has long demanded: training that teaches the skills today’s companies need. Naturally all this is made easier by our unique location in central London, surrounded by theatres, TV and film production companies, new-design projects and creative hubs. We can bring in top specialists to work with our students.
The courses are extremely focused, laying down and building upon a wide range of practical skills via ingenious practical exercises. Linda Aronson Award-winning Writer, Author, Script Consultant and Screenwriting Teacher
LSFMP students enjoy exclusively small-group and one-to-one tuition, so essential in creative fields but sadly missing in most conventional courses. These small group discussions encourage participation from everybody, while interactive workshops test students’ learning in front of experts. Our students have a strong creative work-ethic: their training is intensive and focused, and in return for the huge faith and investment the School places in them they are expected to work extremely hard. They learn a broad range of skills, with key specialisations in their chosen fields. They also learn together. Working individually and in twos and threes, they originate projects and build on the natural group dynamics which are at the heart of the creative industries. Experience has shown that these study methods develop students’ creative skills, expertise and confidence far faster.
I welcome the inclu sion of business an d professional skills in the programmes. A weakness of many gr aduates with degree s in media and the creativ e industries is a lac k of understanding of th e business of the me dia, and how their own creative work will be commissioned, develo ped and marketed.
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AWARD WINNING INSTRUCTION Our academic faculty are excited to share their expertise and passion with you, across wide ranging areas of film, media and performance. David Hanson Head of School David has had a successful career in the creative industries as an award-winning scriptwriter, with projects that he has worked on having won BAFTA, Ace and Golden Rose of Montreux awards. Working in London, New York and Hollywood, his wide experience includes working with acclaimed performers including Lenny Henry, Jasper Carrot and David Walliams, writing for ground-breaking television comedy series such as the BBC’s ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’, scripting US television and film projects at ABC, HBO and Universal Pictures, and co-creating and writing the television character Max Headroom. Tristan Tull Course Leader BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production Tristan has a background in production that includes television, film, community and corporate work. He has taught degree courses in television, scriptwriting and producing and directing. For three years Tristan held the role of Skillset Screen Academy Associate, devising and project managing training in filmmaking. For the past three years he has been closely involved in the running of a European Union film skills programme which mentors teams of scriptwriters, producers and directors in developing first features.
Phil Hughes Course Leader BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing Phil began working in film in the area of development, working as Head of Fiction for an EU funded development programme funding projects across 14 countries. For the past 10 years he has been a freelance writer for film and television with two feature films and a number of TV credits to his name. He has worked with producers in the UK and in Hollywood, and has experience developing scripts for Fox and Paramount. He has also sold spec scripts to Hollywood, developed films for the internet and worked in animation. Over the past five years he has worked with the Script Factory, the ScriptEast programme and the Four Corners script development workshop. Dr Valerie Kaneko-Lucas Programme Director Theatre & Performance Studies Valerie trained at the Sherman Theatre Cardiff and at Theater Die Raben (Germany). She works as a director, scenographer, writer and theatre scholar. Her work has been produced both nationally and internationally, and ranges from site-based performance, new writing for the stage, theatre for specific constituencies and mask performance. Valerie has led a five year British Council project, Shakespeare
Comes to Palestine, in collaboration with the National Theatre of Palestine and universities on the West Bank. Her research focuses upon representations of hybridity and the intercultural in performance. Valerie is Joint Honorary Secretary of the Society for Theatre Research London, and co-convener of the Scenography Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Andy Greenhalgh Visiting Lecturer Andy read English at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge, and works as an actor, teacher and corporate trainer. On stage, he has performed in Shakespeare everywhere from California to Calcutta. On television he has featured in two series of ’Hello Girls’ and two series of ‘The Belfry Witches.’ He has played a recurring character in ‘EastEnders’ and has made guest appearances in about 60 other television shows. Films include ‘Julius Caeser’ (with Richard Harris) and a leading role in the American cult comedy, ‘A Man Called Sarge’. In the 1980s Andy worked as a standup comic. In the corporate field Andy is widely experienced both as actor and facilitator.
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Brian Woolland Visiting Consultant Brian was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at Reading University, before resigning his post to work freelance as a writer and theatre director. He is widely published as an author of educational and academic books. He has also had considerable success as a playwright, with eight stage plays commissioned and produced by professional companies and two published in book form. ‘Double Tongue’ for Border Crossings won an Arts Council New Writing Award; ‘Stand or Fall’ a Koestler Award. His first novel, ‘Dead in the Water’, was published in 2010.
Professor Mark Allinson Associate Dean Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Mark’s research interests are in European and especially Spanish cinema. He has published two books on film: ‘A Spanish Labyrinth: The Films of Pedro Almodóvar’, and ‘Spanish Cinema: A Student Guide’, (co-author Barry Jordan). Other recent publications include chapters on Almodóvar’s ‘All About My Mother’, and on tragedy and melodrama in film. As well as his module ‘Film and the Producer’ on the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing, his current teaching includes modules on British cinema and Spanish cinema.
Anna Sullivan Senior Lecturer Theatre & Performance Studies Anna has taught for several London drama schools, Royal Holloway College, University of Wisconsin, Bucknell University, and a residency as visiting director at Colby College in Maine. She also ran the Colby London Theatre Programme for eight years. Her professional work as an actor has included ‘Macbeth’ (tour, India, China and Nottingham), ‘Master and Margarita’ (Almeida Theatre) and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (UK tour). TV credits include ‘The Bill’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘The Harry Enfield Show’ and ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’.
Peter Verdon Lecturer Peter teaches computer applications and current research methods at Regent’s American College London. Peter is also a professional member of the British Academy of Fencing and specialises in combat/fight choreography for film and stage. He has worked as a freelance fight choreographer for West End stage productions, RADA and the University of London. Dr Mark James Hamilton Senior Lecturer, World Stages Mark trained at the University of Birmingham and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has worked as a directorchoreographer, scriptwriter and creative producer for stage and television and researches the integration
of voice and movement training. Over the past decade, Mark’s career in the Asia Pacific region has ranged from performance of his own solo dance works, to co-creation of a Maori pop opera with a symphony orchestra. He has convened and continues to arrange international gatherings through which scholars and practitioners explore the interface between martial arts and dance drama. Mark is an affiliate of a number of academic and artistic professional bodies, including Asian Performing Arts Network and the New Zealand South Asia Centre. Kwong Loke Visiting Lecturer Kwong trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and studied Balinese mask movements in Bali, after obtaining a Master’s degree in classical Asian and Greek theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is joint artistic director of StoneCrabs, and a founder member of Yellow Earth. Both companies are devoted to international theatre works and theatre training for young people. Kwong’s directing work includes plays by Mishima, Caryl Churchill and Brazil’s foremost playwright, Nelson Rodrigues. He develops new writing at the Birmingham Rep and StoneCrabs, and runs workshops on acting and directing in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
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The BA (Hons) Creative Indust ries provides a clear understanding of all the variables affecting the modern creative producer’s role. Through the fusion of theory and creative and practica l modules we gain an understanding of the crucial importance of teamwork in our careers. This degree allows us to evol ve amongst a variety of different creative industries, opening doors to a world of une xpected and interesting opportunities. Lucila Pereyra Murray BA (Hons) Creative Industries Year 2
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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES NEW TALENT NEEDED These industries, more than any others, positively welcome new, unusual, different and original people and their ideas. Their rapid and continuing growth represents huge opportunities for well educated, creative and market-responsive graduates who are in tune with consumer demands.
What are the creative industries? The creative industries – as defined by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport* – include advertising; architecture; arts and antiques; craft; design; fashion; film; video and photography; software; computer games and electronic publishing; music; the visual and performing arts; print publishing; television and radio. All are industries that demand innovation, artistic skill and adaptability. Leaps forward Leaps forward in broadcasting, high-definition, TV on demand and 360-degree multi-platform media are revolutionising the creative and entertainment industries. These are expanding twice as fast as the rest of the UK economy; recent predictions indicate that they will soon contribute 10% to the national economy. Globally the picture is equally strong: according to the World Bank, the global creative industries account for more than 7% of the world’s economy. Statistics indicate that the creative industries provide around two million jobs in the UK, growing at double the rate of the economy as a whole. A recent report by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries, has predicted growth in demand for creative skills, management and leadership skills, as well as technical skills. The evidence therefore strongly suggests that those graduates entering the workplace need a blend of original creative talent and a strong business sense to succeed in these competitive and fast-paced industries. * Department for Culture, Media and Sport 2008 report ‘Creative Britain: New Talents for the New Economy’
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British contribution to film and television Throughout the history of the screen as a cultural and commercial artistic pursuit, British film and television have been recognised worldwide for their record of continued excellence. In quality and cultural influence the UK has always been and continues to be widely respected as exhibiting the highest standards of creativity, discernment, commercial wisdom and, perhaps most tellingly of all, originality. The UK is now the world’s second-biggest exporter of television programmes. In film also it stands second, with 16% of US sales and 20% of European, and a global market share of 7%. What roles are there in the creative industries? Job opportunities in the creative industries for those possessing the right skills, and with the right training, run into thousands and are more varied than in any other employment sector. Each of the twenty or so areas defined by the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport has diverse roles within it, to suit all kinds of creative minds and skill sets. So within advertising you might be an account manager, a creative director, a copywriter, a marketing executive, or you could have a creative associate role working with any of these individuals in creative, business-related or marketing fields. In architecture also, the roles are diverse, from the creative to the practical, from business to marketing, to project managing and client liaison. Across the art world there are an untold number of opportunities and potential creative and business roles, from contracts and agreements to plans and designs, and from small-team events to large-scale conferences and
exhibitions. The computer software and games industries continue to experience increasing growth and the openings they offer for bright creative minds are many and varied. Similarly, the fashion and product design industries are huge, and constantly hungry for new projects and initiatives, from the individual entrepreneur-originated to those that emerge from periods of research and development and market-testing by creative teams. The output of publishing as a creative sector is vast, and in both its electronic and more traditional forms it carries throughout the world the business, cultural, social, political, scientific and topical material we all receive daily, from the grave and momentous to the frivolous and light-hearted. Talent and training will open doors Across the globe the vast industry of film, television, video, radio, music, theatre, performance and the internet – in short, the world of communication and entertainment – is by far the biggest earner, and its ideas, projects, initiatives and outputs are on people’s lips daily, forming the background to our lives. These global industries employ millions of people and are full of projects which began just a short time ago as simple ideas, dreamed up by individuals, twoor three-person partnerships or by small creative teams, which have then become worldwide success stories. All these doors are open to people with talent and training, and who have the commitment to pursue their goals and succeed in the wide creative fields.
London is a creative and cultural hub: ideas, projects and products that have enjoyed global success have been conceived in this city, often in quite insignificant and unpromising circumstances. In visual and performance art London has a worldwide reputation which is second to none. David Hanson Head of School
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BA (HONS) CREATIVE INDUSTRIES As new platforms and delivery modes develop and converge, creative practitioners and entrepreneurs need to be able to manage ideas and projects with innovation and originality.
Creative individuals who are talented in originating ideas and developing those of others and alert to development opportunities â€“ these people are at the centre of everything we watch, hear and enjoy in the world of the twenty-first century. New ideas and products arrive into our lives daily, and all are conceived, realised, developed and marketed by creative minds. The creative industries are changing rapidly. In terms of multi-media and cross-media delivery, recent developments have opened up exciting career opportunities for talented graduates. How is this degree different? This three year degree will provide you with the transferable skills to help you capitalise on these employment opportunities. It will provide you with the broad training necessary to work at any level in the creative industries, across both creative and decision-making management roles. Who is this course for? If you want to develop as a creative practitioner, to be the person that takes an idea from its inception and brings it to fruition, then this course will provide the broad skills base that you need. You do not need to arrive with specific technical skills in order to be successful; we are looking for people with the potential to harness their passion and enthusiasm for finding innovative ways to develop and promote new ideas and projects and fulfil those possibilities of working within the creative industries.
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I chose this degree as it’s the perfect combination between the creative aspects of the industry and the managerial and business skills needed within this industry in the future. Constantin Brandenburg BA (Hons) Creative Industries Year 3
Creativity in context In this degree you will gain an appreciation of creativity and how original artistic material is originated and developed, and will study the origins and development of the creative industries. You will be educated in the mechanics and practices of the creative industries: video filming, digital sound recording, audio, video and picture editing software and Adobe Creative Suite. You will learn about the effects of politics, economics, law, social and environmental factors on the creative industries, and will also study intellectual property law. You will learn how to work effectively with others across the sector. Gaining hands-on experience You will develop transferable producing skills which can be applied across the creative industries sector, and will be tested to your creative limit, which will give you insights into how to market creative products. Working in groups, you will create and film a script based on a biographical subject.
You will be a creative producer, working for a client who will commission you to assist them in the delivery of their creative product. You will also be a producer in your own right, developing your own creative product to be showcased in ArtSpace (the festival to celebrate creativity at Regent’s College London). This Major Creative Project represents a summation of your entire learning, and is also a test of your skills, enterprise, judgement and maturity. Industry placement You will undertake a work placement that will prepare you for first-hand experience of working in the industry. See page 32 for more information. Level 1 Modules pp Critical Perspectives on Creativity pp Business for the Creative Producer pp Introduction to Study and IT Skills pp Development of the Creative Industries pp Devising and Marketing a New Creative Project pp Media Technology for the Screen Level 2 Modules pp Managing the Creative Group pp The Media and the Law pp Creating the Short Film Production pp Critical Analysis and Application of the Media Work pp Industry Skills Level 3 Modules pp Development of the Major Creative Project pp Creative Industry Commission pp Completion of the Major Creative Project pp Professional Skills For module descriptions, please see page 54.
Learning methods You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops, case studies and tutorials, and will have the opportunity to specialise in preferred media areas. You will work both individually and in groups, replicating industry practice. What skills will I gain? pp Creative development skills; the ability to take a creative idea from conception through to production pp The ability to innovate, design and develop a range of creative projects pp Creative cooperation skills pp The ability to supervise, guide and inspire creative groups pp People management, mediation and interpersonal skills pp An understanding of how the law works in the creative industries ppThe ability to market and promote your own projects and those of others pp Business and entrepreneurial skills pp The ability to assess creative projects and opportunities pp An understanding of negotiation and contract management
I am intrigued by the ‘Major Creative Project’… this is an exciting initiative and should produce students with ideas that are ready for commission! Chris Wensley, Educational Consultant, Skillset (Sector Skills Council for Creative Media)
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BA (HONS) FILM, TV & DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION The modern media landscape is changing faster than any other industry, as it adapts to new methods of communication, new markets and new technology. The next generation of film and TV producers, directors, camera operators, editors and production managers must be prepared to work in a competitive and multi-faceted environment. No-one knows how broadcast media will look in ten or even five years but, with the right training, we can predict or even help shape the future.
How is this degree different? You will study exactly how broadcast media professionals are working and responding to an ever changing landscape, so you will learn about 360-degree multi-platform broadcasting and how it is constantly changing and taking on new forms. You will learn not only how a television studio works but also how to make campaign films, adverts and virals for internet streaming. This degree offers insights into different types of film and programme making and the wealth of drama, documentary and reality TV genres past and present. You will discover which of those genres most excites you and will develop ways that you can shape your own future development within them. As well as learning the traditional skills of directing, producing, sound recording, lighting, camera operating, editing and production management for television and film, you will also use the web to creatively produce material and to communicate ideas to a global audience. You will also be introduced to broadcast history, and leading movements and their social contexts, so that you understand how and why these industries have been created. Alongside the many practical projects are a range of written tasks which exist to develop your intellectual processes and enhance interest in specific areas of your choosing. Who is this course for? This three year degree is designed for students looking for a career in broadcast media, in roles such as film and TV producers, directors, camera operators, editors and production managers.
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the course is very wide. We Whether you’re looking to make your mark in a small, independent company, or a huge organisation like the BBC, this degree provides the training to do so. Industry intelligence This degree was created by industry professionals, and it is taught by them – tutors and supervisors are people working daily in the film and television industry. Media professionals are continuously involved in your learning, from guest lectures to masterclasses, to work placements. Theory and practical tuition go handin-hand, enabling an appreciation of the history and development of television, film and digital media broadcast as well as honing the ability to identifying emerging trends. Industry placement You will undertake a work placement that will prepare you for first-hand experience of working in the industry. See page 32 for more information. Level 1 Modules pp Introduction to Production ppScript Analysis, Development and Presentation pp Introduction to Study and IT Skills pp Documentary Production pp Visual Storytelling in Drama pp Studio Production Level 2 Modules pp Using Emerging Technologies pp Short Film Production pp Evolving Television Formats pp Documentary Research and Production pp Campaign Production pp Studio/OB Production
Level 3 Modules pp Development of Major Production pp Final Year Dissertation pp Genre Production Masterclass pp Completion of Major Production pp Professional Skills For module descriptions, please see page 55. Learning methods You will learn through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and will have the opportunity to specialise in preferred media areas through case studies. You will work both individually and in groups, replicating industry practice.
learn about everything from team work to technical
knowledge. We also have
projects throughout the year, not only during the semesters. I’m really
enjoying making contacts and starting to build my career. Pierre Eldridge Papin BA (Hons) Film, TV and Digital Media Production Year 2
What skills will I gain? pp Creative production skills pp Core competencies in oral, written and multi-media presentation pp IT skills; multi-media skills; techniques of filming and editing pp Time and diary management skills pp Writing skills including narrative writing, essay writing and reasoned analysis pp Research and analytical skills
The course offers a really well-balanced combination of theory and practice and is structured in a way that should offer graduates an impressive portfolio of work to take to potential employers. Students are offered a valuable insight into a wide range of types of production – documentary, drama, short, commercial and TV formats. I like the way students are gradually encouraged to develop increasingly ambitious projects and I like the combination of traditional skills with more modern digital technologies and 360 degree commissioning. The course offers lots of practical training right from the start and encourages collaboration and teamwork. Phil Nodding Scriptwriter (‘Shameless’)
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BA (HONS) SCREENWRITING AND PRODUCING The two roles of writer and producer are central to the realisation of any production but so often falsely separate; the ‘writerproducer’ is increasingly the desired model for a creative individual entering film and television, with double the skillsrange of the standard new entrant into the industry.
The writer and the producer are at the focal point of all television and film production. From conception to realisation, the script forms the spine, structure and design of the final creative project, and all production ideas, decisions and executions emanate from it. As the producer takes over the script and moves it into a fullyfledged production, his work dictates the future success of the project. The trend is that these two roles become one – the writer scripts material with the ‘head’ of the producer, and the producer has the skills and instincts of a writer. It is a trend which has developed in the US and is becoming more common in the UK. How is this degree different? The three year BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing degree will develop the new breed of writer-producers who have the ability to both create work and produce it – individuals who can work on both sides of the film and television industry. In doing so it goes further and encompasses more than a pure creative writing degree – it marries together both creative development and management skills. Who is this course for? If you wish to work in the television or film industry as a writer, this degree will nurture your creative development, but will also sharpen your business acumen and understanding of the production process. If you wish to work in this industry as a producer, you will gain the competencies to do so, but will also gain industrystandard skills in script evaluation and in writing quality, plus the skills to write high-quality scripts yourself.
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The sooner writers have producer skills (and vice versa) the stronger our position as writers will be…it is becoming more and more vital that writers really understand the producing side and have the tools to produce their own work. If I were starting out as a writer now, this is exactly the kind of course I would be looking to undertake.
A career as both screenwriter and producer – operating simultaneously on both sides of what has always been a ‘boundary’ between different skills – will also be possible upon successful completion of this degree. Telling the story You will develop competency in storytelling, narrative structure, characterisation and character function, use of arena and an understanding of the screen as a visual medium; together with dramatic construction, audience empathy, genre and the psychology within stories. This includes screenwriting practice and language, script formatting and terms, the process of script planning and story and plot refinement through script development stages. Throughout the degree, there is a gradual build-up through the script writing process, from shorter scripts to fully formed feature scripts. This culminates in the Major Script Project, in which you will develop your own feature script project. It also leads to the final year module where you write, cast, direct and produce your own work – in other words, you are now the complete ‘writer-producer’. Producing the work You will learn about the structure and mechanics of the screen industry, the criteria by which to judge new ideas and the skills to convert them into screen productions, plus marketing, legal issues, budgeting and financial practices. You will develop the ability to manage one’s own and others’ creativity and to liaise effectively with writers, directors, actors and agents.
Industry placement You will undertake a work placement that will prepare you for first-hand experience of working in the industry. See page 32 for more information. Level 1 Modules pp Script Analysis, Development and Presentation pp Business for the Creative Producer pp Introduction to Study and IT Skills pp Thirty Minute Script pp Development of the Creative Industries pp Media Technology for the Screen Level 2 Modules pp Film and the Producer pp Television and the Producer pp Creating the Short Film Production pp One Hour Dramatic Script pp Industry Skills Level 3 Modules pp Development of the Major Script Project pp Creating and Producing a Five-Minute Short Film pp Completion of the Major Script Project pp Professional Skills For module descriptions, please see page 57.
Adrian Hodges Writer/Producer (‘Survivors’ and ‘Primeval’) Learning methods You will learn by lecture, seminar, workshop and tutorial. You will have the opportunity to work both individually and in groups, replicating industry practice. You will specialise in preferred script and production areas, and will have the opportunity to write and produce your own film in Level 3. What skills will I gain? pp Script planning, creation and development skills pp Multi media technology skills; the ability to film, edit and produce screen projects pp Research skills; the ability to adapt material into dramatic form pp The ability to write industrystandard television and film scripts pp The ability to write, cast, direct and produce your own scripts p pStrong presentation skills and the ability to be part of any industry meeting pp Creative cooperation skills; the ability to manage group dynamics pp People management, mediation and interpersonal skills pp The ability to make key industry judgments – why and how a major screen project will work
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INTERVIEW DAVID HANSON David, how did you become a scriptwriter? After completing a degree in German language and literature and a spell working in Europe, I wrote and performed music for a while in London. I then sent some sketch material to a TV comedy show, ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’, and the producer, John Lloyd, commissioned me as a writer on the series. For three or four years I was a writer on a number of BBC, ITV and Channel 4 comedy series, working on about four or five series a year for some of the comedy performers at that time, including Jasper Carrot and Lenny Henry. Tell us about Max Headroom. Then a new idea came along, a new television character called Max Headroom who ‘appeared’ to be computer-generated (but wasn’t!). We developed it for a year in a very small writer/director/producer team, then auditioned in London and the US and cast the actor Matt Frewer. The character took off in the UK and the US, then elsewhere in the world. We signed with Coca-Cola, and I was then writing commercials, sketches, songs, articles, books and a television series for the character.
In designing each degree here at the School, we asked key industry personnel the same question: “If you were doing your degree course now, what should it contain?” We then built the degrees around the answers to that question.
And that took you to Hollywood, right? Yes, I was now represented by the US agents CAA and I moved to New York to write for HBO, then to Hollywood to work on drama series for the US ABC network and film for Universal. After two or three years of this I returned to London and continued to write a range of material – comedy for people like David Walliams as well as material for the international market including film scripts, documentaries, commercials and television series. How have you seen the industry evolve and how do you see the landscape changing in the future? Opportunities for writers have increased because the number of screen outlets has grown massively. In addition to conventional delivery systems, online dissemination of material and the multiplication of channels have meant that with the right skills, creators of original scripts will always be needed to fill screen time, and the need for good writing will increase. But alongside strong writing skills comes the importance of understanding the medium and how it operates – what it is looking for and how this can be created. In other words, the skills of a producer. You describe the MA Writing for Screen & Stage as ‘an intensive training for a three-pronged career as a TV, film and theatre writer’; can you elaborate on this? The theatre and the screen are closer together than ever. Over the years, thousands of great works started life as plays and later became films, often award-winners and classics
– for example, ‘Amadeus’, ‘A Man for All Seasons’, ‘Equus’. But the reverse is now happening: writers and producers are beginning to realise there’s a whole seam of material ready for conversion from screen to stage by a writer with the skills to understand the power of both, and how to move between them. At this moment a whole bunch of major long-running stage shows in London are adaptations of films – I could name seven or eight. More and more, writers and directors are ‘crossing the line’, just as actors have done for decades. And something else – look at how much staging techniques are being influenced by the screen, not only in pace and editing styles, but also in the sheer ambition and spectacle of some productions. The writer who can move between the two is doubly-empowered and has three careers open to them: television, film and the theatre. One of our current MA students described his experiences of the first residential as ‘infectious learning’. How do you feel the on-campus residential sessions enrich the student experience? Yes, that’s very well put – everyone says something like that about the residentials. They’re intensive and highly rewarding weeks for all involved, students and tutors. We begin around 10:00 in the morning, and each day is a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops, screenings, discussions and tutorials, running to around 18:00 in the evening. After dinner together we either screen a film in the college cinema, or see a play at one of the London theatres. And the first session the following morning is a group analysis where we discuss the production from the night before and use the lessons to
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develop the scripts the writers are working on. We also bring in actors to workshop and help develop the writers’ scripts, so they can see their work performed at first hand. What opportunities and threats do you see for future scriptwriters? I don’t see threats – but plenty of opportunities! For those with highquality script skills the door to the industry is wide open: apart from writing they can be script developers, editors, readers, storyliners on soaps, etc., and I’ve had students become agents, production executives, heads of development, heads of writing teams on series, producers – there’s a long list of what they can do. They’ve even become novelists, and praised their script training for helping them write better stories. The script is the cornerstone of the industry, it’s the key sales document – no actor, director or producer commits to a project, no one books studios, researches locations, employs crews, holds production meetings, without a script. Writers will always be needed. What do you believe it takes to succeed in this industry? In designing each degree here at the School, we asked key industry personnel the same question: “If you were doing your degree course now, what should it contain?” We then built the degrees around the answers to that question. So the answer to your question is high-quality training in the key skills the industry needs right now. Plus strong commitment. Don’t sit back – you have to ‘lean forward’ to succeed. That’s what we make people do.
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MA WRITING FOR SCREEN & STAGE London is one of the world’s major centres of television, film and theatre productions, and the cornerstone and starting point of every one of these productions is the script.
An ability to write imaginatively, an understanding of script culture, an instinct for story quality and potential, and the skills to develop one’s own ideas and those of others into fully fledged production-ready artefacts – all these are at the heart of all film, television and theatrical output. No actor commits to a project, no locations are selected or sets built, no venues or studios are booked, no deals struck and no seats sold without a script. Development of essential writing skills This two year part-time Masters programme will develop the writing skills essential for the screen industry and the theatre, to help you gain paid writing commissions for television, theatre and film. The programme covers storytelling and the Aristotelian origins of drama; narrative structure; character function and creation; exploitation of arena and decisions on location and key narrative tricks and devices.
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If you choose to specialise in Screen, your study will culminate in the creation of a two hour Feature Film Screenplay of around 90-120 pages. If you choose to specialise in Theatre, you will write a full length Play/Performance text. Learning about the practices of the industry Many writers fail because they are unaware of the need to frame their work as a marketable product, and lack the means to address the potential outlets for it. In this degree, you will learn how to convert ideas into a saleable product, how to market and sell the work, how to deal with legal and financial issues and will gain confidence in taking power in relationships with directors, actors and agents.
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How is this degree different? It is in the delivery and structure that this programme is different. The degree is divided into three stages; each stage comprises seven months of study. It is taught by a mixture of five one week residential periods on campus that take place across the three stages. These are combined with periods of off-campus distance learning – at home or in fact anywhere in the world. You will write your scripts at distance but under the continuing guidance of your own personal tutor. You will enjoy the intensity and sense of community of spending up to a week of lectures, workshops, seminars and discussions with other like-minded and enthusiastic writers pursuing the same goals, but can develop your writing in your own time and at your own pace – where and when it suits you. Who is this course for? This programme is designed for people who wish to develop an alternative career as a professional writer, or who already write for pleasure and wish to increase their creative range, or who simply have ideas which they wish to turn into scripts for theatre or screen performance. It is suitable not only for those who have gained a creative undergraduate degree, but also those who have studied or worked in other areas of activity. What skills will I gain? You will develop transferable script skills which can be deployed in all areas of origination and creative analysis and which will enhance employment prospects in a very wide and varied industry – not only as a writer but also as a script editor, reader, developer, producer, director, agent or distributor.
In this stage you will undertake three modules in sequence, to develop your writing skills, with two on-campus residential sessions. Successful completion results in a Postgraduate Certificate should you choose to exit the course here.
Short Scripts 20 credits
Residential Period One
Exit Award Postgraduate Certificate
Analysis of Scripts 20 credits
Now you write more substantial scripts as your written work builds in length and complexity, and again you have two oncampus residentials. Successful completion results in a Postgraduate Diploma, should you choose to exit here.
Observational Research Screenplay 30 credits
Residential Period Three
Thematic Research Play 30 credits
Residential Period Four
Here you specialise in screen or theatre, and have one oncampus residential. This last stage combines the guided creation of your major script and an in-depth case study of a screen or theatre production of your choice.
Production Case Study 20 credits
Residential Period Five
Adapted Scripts 20 credits
Residential Period Two
Exit Award Postgraduate Diploma
Exit Award MA
Option A Feature Film Screenplay 40 credits
Option B Full Length Stageplay 40 credits
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MA CREATIVE LEADERSHIP In today’s world of fast paced change and complex issues we are starting to define ourselves not just by the profession we practice but by the way we do it and the ‘wholeness’ of things we do – across geographical boundaries and professional disciplines.
Creative leadership really gets below the surface to allow participants to change habitual, learned patterns, to expe riment with new ones and to achieve a leadership style suited to them that will be both active and effective. Ian Spiby MA Creative Leadership Program me Team
How is this degree different? The MA Creative Leadership is a part-time transdisciplinary programme that helps professionals to meet the leadership challenges of the twenty-first century. It explores a holistic view of leadership facilitated by the combined knowledge and experience of senior faculty members from business, management, psychology, media and performance. This is a part-time, blended learning course and is approximately 18 months in duration. The course comprises five one week residential workshops that take place on campus, combined with periods of distance learning. Blended learning means the programme can fit around your existing professional and personal commitments while allowing you to apply the learning directly to your workplace. Each residential comprises 40 hours of contact time and will include a range of interactive learning experiences, drawing on group dynamics and the diverse expertise of the programme team. These experiences will include periods of individual work and break out tutorials. Small group sizes comprising a maximum of 15 individuals ensure significant one-to-one time between participants and tutors.
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In the three month periods between residentials participants are back at work to develop and deliver what has been discovered and refined. The one-to-one tutorial support conducted at a distance is designed to be highly responsive to the individual learning needs and learning styles of participants. Who is this course for? This programme has been designed for experienced professionals from diverse backgrounds, including those without formal academic qualifications. It is suitable for those who wish to enhance their confidence and ability to progress in their current career, as well as for those who wish to change career direction. The programme is suitable for participants from all sectors and prepares you to work across different market segments. Participants are required to have a minimum of five yearsâ€™ work experience. The diversity of the cohort allows participants to share skills and develop richer professional understanding through interaction with colleagues from a wide range of industry backgrounds. What skills will I gain? You will develop a new tool kit for leadership built through theoretical and experiential learning, to enable you to lead with vision and creativity. This will include the ability to instigate, facilitate and lead people through change; to design, facilitate and lead team activities, vital in collaborative projects; to motivate, plan and communicate effectively at all levels within the organisation; and to adapt to ever shifting markets with confidence and agility.
Residential One Module 1 Awakening the Leadership Experience Gain awareness, examine change and develop skills for reflection Residential Two Module 2 The Four Leadership Villages Examine leadership theories and your own assumptions about leadership Module 3 Specifying Contexts and Creative Leadership Examine leadership as an entire social system and gain the skills to develop new leadership theories Residential Three Module 4 Sense Making in a Complex World Gain the tools required to lead strategic processes and make sense of challenges in volatile environments Module 5 Mediation and Emotional Intelligence Improve self-reflection skills and the ability to understand others Residential Four Module 6 Testing the Leadership: a Simulation Test theoretical and experiential learning gained in previous modules by taking part in real-world simulations Module 7 Applying Affective Experience Learn from a range of activities including psychodrama, applied theatre and drama for learning Residential Five Module 8 Futures Develop insights, ideas and strategies that reflect leadership goals while developing and gaining confidence in presentation skills Module 9 The Plan! Integrate all of the learning outcomes and exhibit work produced on the programme in a final graduation show
I believe the M A Creative Lead ership will provide a ca talyst to help you make those impo rtant life-chan ging decisions, giving you the confide nce to understand, and believe in, yo ur own strengths and abilities.
Dr Lisa Doodso n MA Creative Lead ership Program me Team
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WORKING IN THEATRE RIGHT FOR ME? Are you passionate about theatre? Are you fascinated with how shows are made? Are you on top of the world when you’re on stage and in the limelight? Then you might be thinking about a career in the performing arts.
Despite the seemingly overnight success of those on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X-Factor’, a career as a performer requires long-term commitment, hard work, selfawareness and a talent for making the most of opportunities. To lay the foundations, many people undertake specialised training to develop their skills and potential. Getting started Foundation course Not sure if this is the right choice for you? Then consider a one year foundation course. You will get a taste of what full-time training requires and explore many performance techniques. Many acting foundation courses will prepare you for the audition process for drama-school entry. There are one year courses in acting, drama, dance and musical theatre, and two year foundation courses in stage management and technical theatre. BA Degree course A three year BA degree course at a university or college of higher education combines performing with academic study. Each programme has its own distinctive approach to performance and the study of theatre; some universities will allow you to combine the study of theatre with another subject, such as modern languages, politics or history. BA programmes are not as narrowly focused as vocational training, and therefore you will gain skills for a variety of careers in theatre and the creative industries.
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Vocational training Vocational training takes place in a drama school or a music conservatory. These courses prepare students exclusively for careers in theatre, television, orchestras, opera, film, radio and allied fields. Competition for entry to the 22 drama schools in the Conference of Drama Schools (CDS) is intense, and the number of places very limited. A one year foundation course can provide you with the stepping stone and additional experience needed to gain a place on these courses.
Production assistant You work alongside a director, producer, or film-maker. You will hone your skills in theatre-making as you learn on the job with seasoned professionals. Your work is enormously varied as you undertake the different tasks to keep the production running smoothly. Production assistants work in film, TV, radio and in theatre; this role is a common entry point for those wishing to progress in the business or to form their own companies. Design assistant Those with a creative flair will enjoy working as part of a design team. In this very hands-on role, you assist the designer in creating the set, costume, sound, or lighting for theatre, film, TV or fashion. Whether a theatre or fine arts graduate, design assistants know how to give a show its sparkle.
What roles are there in the performing arts? Although there are just over 100,000 people employed in the performing arts sector in the UK, only 30% of these are actors. Within the theatre industry, a graduate has many options: Actor You may start your career as an actor in a regional theatre, community arts centre, theatre in an education company or as an independent artist. You may find work in television, independent film, or in voiceover work. An actor’s life is demanding, and work can be very irregular, with long periods of ‘resting’ between jobs. This is not a job for the faint-hearted: if you are disheartened by possible rejection or lack of stability, you may wish to consider your options carefully.
Stage management As a stage manager, you work with the theatre director to record the staging and to liaise between the rehearsal room and the other members of the production team. Graduates often begin as an assistant stage manager. This role is for those who love working with the whole range of creative talent in the show. Arts marketing You develop the publicity campaign to promote your arts event; you can work freelance or for a company. A flair for eye-catching images and text, combined with your personal charisma, make this a job for those who love new challenges and meeting the public.
Casting Those with an eye to the future may find careers in a casting office. Work in a casting office involves scouting new talent and finding good roles for the actors you represent. You’ll be the first to know of the newest shows – and the rising stars. Musician Whether classical, jazz, rock or pop, musicians work as solo artists as well as in groups and orchestras; you may also find work composing or performing for events, films or theatre. In a competitive environment, actormusicians and actors who can sing are in demand.
Competition for jobs in the creative sector is intense. During your time at college or university, build your CV with experiences which will give you that edge and make you stand out from other applicants. Consider volunteering at an arts organisation, getting a part-time job at a theatre or arts centre, an internship or industry placement - these will also give you a taste of what working life in the creative industries is all about. Dr Valerie Kaneko-Lucas Programme Director, Theatre & Performance Studies
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ACTING FOUNDATION COURSE Actors are responsible for the shape of their own careers, and a great deal of any success they have depends on their confidence in performance and the skills they demonstrate when they go to an audition.
London has long been recognised as a world centre for drama, and Britain has produced actors, writers and directors whose international standing has contributed to our theatre industryâ€™s extraordinary reputation. Part of this excellence has been the diversity and high standard of acting training offered in Britain. The UK has drama courses which are sought out not only by home grown talent, but increasingly by students from all over the world. How is this programme different? The Acting Foundation Course is a highly practical two semester programme for those who wish to gain the core physical, vocal and communication skills of the actor. It is designed to equip you with the resources, confidence and the industry know-how to negotiate your way through the transfer to drama school or university. Who is this course for? If you wish to enter a London drama school to take a three year degree, this course will enable you to compete strongly and to your maximum potential, in what is a fiercely competitive market for places. Equally, if you wish to explore acting while you are making decisions about your future education and career, this course will provide an excellent introduction. We welcome mature students and those returning to study, as well as post-secondary students. It is suitable for those with limited practical experience. When can I start? There are two entry points a year for the Acting Foundation Course: January (Intensive) and September. If you commence in January, the course
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is highly intensive with a short break between the two academic semesters. It ends in July, allowing you to start a university or drama school course in the September of the same year. If you commence in September, the course has a longer break between the two semesters and ends in April of the following year. Please note, the course content is the same for both start dates. Semester 1 Modules pp Acting 1: Acting Fundamentals pp Introduction to Voice and Movement pp Audition Preparation: The Modern Monologue pp Improvisation: Creative Collaborations pp Stages and Styles Semester 2 Modules pp Acting 2: Scene Study pp Developing Voice and Movement pp Audition Preparation: The Classical Monologue pp London Masterclasses pp The Theatre Experience For module descriptions, please see page 59. Social and cultural contexts of the theatre experience You will also study an introductory course in Theatre Studies, including theatre history and performance genres, focusing on key texts in the development of world drama and including visits to plays. In addition, a series of masterclasses taught by visiting professionals and highly skilled practitioners will
supplement the core curriculum with sessions on acting for the lens, stage combat and other specialist acting styles and techniques. You will have classes on the practical aspects of the business: audition technique, sight reading, and interviews and Q&A sessions with directors, agents and casting directors. London as your classroom You will use London as your classroom; you will see performances at London theatres, take part in offcampus workshops, and experience backstage theatre tours. These can include visits to Spotlight offices in Leicester Square, the Actor’s Centre in Covent Garden, tours of various London theatres to investigate the backstage world, and London walks to explore the geography and history of London’s theatre district. Preparing to audition You will be guided through the process of applying for drama school or university auditions; this includes learning how to select audition speeches best suited to your potential, and how to develop and refine a polished audition speech. Theatre professionals will review and comment upon your work, giving you the best chance to shine at audition. Learning methods Tutors are experienced professionals from the London theatre community and the course draws upon the wide range of theatrical expertise of professional theatre-makers such as actors, directors, writers and designers. Delivery will be by lecture, seminar, workshop and tutorial; you will have the opportunity to work both individually and in groups.
What skills will I gain? pp The core physical, vocal and communication skills of the actor pp Team-working, communication and interpersonal skills ppTime management and presentation skills pp Creative problem-solving skills and adaptability pp Audition skills and the confidence to tackle the audition process Where next? You will graduate with a personal portfolio reflecting your skills and experience, as well as the confidence and industry know-how to enter this exciting field. Your work will have been showcased to an invited audience, though our unique end-of-programme event. With fully prepared audition pieces, you will be ready to tackle the highly competitive audition process of top London drama schools and universities. In addition, you will be guaranteed a priority audition for our BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre degree (see pages 28-29 for more information).
The course was easily one of the best things I’ve ever done. The teachers are wonderful, very knowledgeable, and help in every way they can with questions or problems. The course really helps to develop you as a performer and prepare you for future auditions. Tim Pearson Acting Foundation Course Graduated 2012
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BA (HONS) ACTING & GLOBAL THEATRE This three year programme aims to produce an articulate theatre-maker, who is able to realise a production from initial idea through to the first night, and who is knowledgeable about theatre from an international perspective.
How is this degree different? This degree offers students training in acting techniques from a range of world theatre cultures. Through its comparative study of world theatres, you will explore your creative potential in acting, voice, movement and theatre-making. Your study abroad semester enables you to savour theatre and performance cultures outside the UK. Who is this course for? If you are looking for a programme to broaden your cultural and international understanding, then this programme will be of interest. We are looking for students who are intellectually curious, passionate about theatre and committed to collaborative work. If your goal is to work in the theatrical or creative industries, this degree will greatly enhance your employability, and will provide you with the opportunity to research and experience a range of possibilities within this sector, prior to graduation. We welcome post-secondary students as well as mature learners who wish to explore an approach to performance in international contexts.
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ous I think the course has tremend ited by it if I were scope and I would be very exc is also refreshingly looking for acting training. It on offer. different from other degrees Theory and practice In the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre, we make no division between ‘theory’ and ‘practice’: both are vital tools for the actor. To create a role, you will engage in reading and research about the societies and cultures which have shaped world theatre. You will explore theatre theory through exercises and workshops in the studio. Each year, students engage in the research and creation of a performance project, working closely with theatre professionals. As you progress through the programme, you and your classmates will create more complex and sophisticated performance work. You will learn about the roles of the director, designer and creative team, and will explore the stages of production planning and rehearsal strategies. In the exciting Level 3 module, Major Performance Project, students create a production which is shown at a London theatre and forms part of ArtSpace, the Regent’s College Festival to celebrate creativity. Make the world your stage At the core of the degree are the three World Stages modules, where you will discover performance and theatre from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. A special feature of the programme is an annual Artist Residency, where a professional practitioner works with students to create a short project. Your voice, movement, and acting classes draw upon the richness of world theatre.
As you develop your craft as an actor and a theatre-maker, you will gain a wide portfolio of skills in Western and non-Western performance techniques, voice and movement, acting for the camera and the uses of scenography and theatre technology as performing partners for the actor. Study abroad You will experience cultures beyond the UK through a Study Period Abroad (SPA) semester. This semester takes place in Year 2 (Level 2) and replaces Semester 4 of your LSFMP degree. For more information on the Study Period Abroad, including destinations, please see pages 30-31. Level 1 Modules pp World Stages 1 pp The Body as Material pp The Voice as Material pp The Actor as Instrument pp Actor, Image and Stage pp Media Technology for the Screen pp Introduction to Study and IT Skills Level 2 Modules pp World Stages 2 pp Creating a Character pp Creating a Performance pp Study Abroad Semester pp Study Abroad Essay Level 3 Modules pp World Stages 3 pp Acting for the Camera pp Major Performance Project pp Development of the Major Performance Project pp Shakespeare in International Performance For module descriptions, please see page 60.
Learning methods Our tutors are experienced professionals from the London theatre community. We work closely with students to foster each individual’s potential, and to inspire a passion for world theatre. There is a high level of practical and experiential learning, both on and off campus. Training as a performer is demanding, and the course requires integrity, discipline and teamwork. You will find it both challenging and richly rewarding to see your skills and potential develop. Living and studying in London gives you access to theatre from across the world. LSFMP enjoys active partnerships with the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Yellow Earth Theatre (Britain’s leading East Asian company), the Young Directors’ Scheme (Albany Empire) and StoneCrabs Theatre Company. Talks and masterclasses allow students to learn from established theatre-makers. Each semester, students go on field trips and theatre visits linked to their course of study and to experience the vast range of London’s theatre scene. What skills will I gain? pp A portfolio of acting and theatremaking skills, drawn from world theatres pp The ability to create, produce and perform your own work pp Awareness of how to market your creative work pp Enhanced cultural understanding and global awareness, vital to today’s fast-changing workplace pp Skills in video filming and editing, and digital sound recording pp Team-working and creative problem-solving skills pp Project management skills
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STUDY ABROAD BA (HONS) ACTING & GLOBAL THEATRE Where can I go? Regent’s College London has a strong global network of established study abroad partners. These partners have been carefully selected on the basis of academic standing, international outlook and compatibility of their degree modules. We offer the following study abroad destinations:
Exploration of global trends in performance will be greatly enhanced by your study period abroad. You will return to London with invaluable insight and industry connections. LSFMP offers you the opportunity to study abroad as part of your three year BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre degree, at an internationally renowned institution. We believe that this is an exciting opportunity for you to travel and experience new cultures whilst gaining additional insight into performance in different cultural contexts. Who is this programme for? All students enrolled on the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre degree spend a compulsory semester abroad at one of our partner institutions. The Study Period Abroad (SPA) semester replaces Semester 4 of your LSFMP degree. During your study period abroad you will take classes that relate to your degree. You will receive personal support and guidance from the International Partnerships Office (IPO) in preparation for your study period abroad.
Australia Queensland University of Technology A highly successful Australian university based in Brisbane, it has 40,000 students, including 6,000 from overseas. Courses available in the university’s Creative Industries Faculty include acting, dance, performance and drama. Chile La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile One of Chile’s oldest universities and one of the most recognised educational institutions in Latin America. Its Faculty of Arts offers you numerous programmes to complement your studies. Czech Republic DAMU A modern, university-level school in Prague, the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) includes a Department of Dramatic Theatre, and a Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre. USA Monmouth University A private university in New Jersey, Monmouth University offers you the opportunity to take classes from its renowned Department of Music and Theatre Arts. Monmouth University is situated within an hour’s travel time to New York City.
New School A university in New York City, the New School comprises seven specialist schools including the New School for Drama, a rigorous, collaborative conservatory programme for theatre artists. Pace University A private metropolitan university with a campus in New York City, the theatre capital of the USA, Pace University offers a wide variety of creative programmes available at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Suffolk University The College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University, Boston, offers you the opportunity to study arts management; directing; dramatic literature; musical theatre and dance; performance; playwriting and technical theatre and design. Please note, all study abroad programmes for LSFMP students are taught in English.
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How will I benefit? pp Enhanced cultural awareness and sensitivity pp Improved communication skills pp Additional self confidence, resilience and determination pp Exposure to different teaching and creative practices pp Expansion of your personal network of peer, academic and industry contacts pp Opportunity to research post-education opportunities (employment, postgraduate study) in a different country
Study abroad essay You will complete a study abroad essay during your SPA semester. Within the essay you will reflect upon your learning and experiences during your SPA, and how these have contributed to your personal and creative development. You will be allocated a tutor from Regentâ€™s College who will provide you with support and guidance. Please note that the SPA does not incur any additional tuition fees as these are exchange programmes; all tuition fees are paid to Regentâ€™s College London as standard. All travel and flight costs, however, will be borne by the participant, as well as accommodation fees, travel and health insurance and administration costs. Please note, this information is correct at the time of going to print but is subject to change. For up to date information, please consult the website or contact the International Partnerships Office: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are currently a student at another university or college, who would like to study at LSFMP for one or two academic semesters of study abroad, please contact the International Partnerships Office for more information: email@example.com
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INDUSTRY PLACEMENTS Industry placements provide you with an invaluable opportunity to gain additional insight into the creative industries, and to build your own personal network of industry contacts.
Who is this programme for? If you are studying on one of the following BA (Hons) degrees, you will be required to undertake an industry placement as part of your course: pp BA (Hons) Creative Industries pp BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production pp BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing This placement will be for a minimum of four weeks, and will usually take place in the summer holiday between Level 2 and Level 3 (Year 2 and Year 3). This will be assisted and overseen by the Careers and Business Relations department, and will be designed to help you meet your personal academic and career objectives. You will learn how to select an industry relevant to your skills, interests and abilities, understand its current working practices, develop your organisation and research skills and handle people and teams. Such experience is invaluable, and will help you to build a network of strong industry links. You will receive support before, during and after placement completion.
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MA Writing for Screen & Stage Students on the MA Writing for Screen & Stage have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement, preferably during the latter part of the two year degree. Again, this will be assisted and overseen by the Careers and Business Relations department. Acting Foundation Course / BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre Students on the Acting Foundation Course and the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre degree are encouraged to arrange relevant work experience, to take place in holiday periods, in conjunction with the Careers and Business Relations department. How will I benefit? pp Further develop and refine your creative skills, through the practical application of theoretical knowledge across the creative industries pp Gain additional insight into creative industries worldwide and their graduate employment prospects pp Further enhance your understanding of how creative practices are influenced by cultural and linguistic context; use and develop your foreign language skills pp Develop your professional networking skills; build a valuable personal network of industry contacts pp Gain increased self knowledge â€“ of your personal strengths, skills and marketability in the rapidly changing environment of graduate employment pp Further enhance and diversify your skill set, allowing you to stand out from the crowd
In addition to providing support and guidance on coordinating your industry placement, the Careers and Business Relations department can help with the following: Needs analysis You will initially be invited to complete an online needs analysis form to help determine how best we can support you with your career development. Employability skills workshops Current workshops include job search strategies, CV writing, cover letters and application forms and interview and assessment centre preparation. Personalised careers guidance Regular meetings with your Careers Advisor will enable you to make genuine progress towards the achievement of a suitable role in your chosen field.
Career coaching sessions These will challenge your thinking regarding career direction and provide tips and suggestions to build your own network, secure your first position or even start your own business. Careers events On-campus sector specific workshops, seminars and networking events are attended by many international companies and organisations and offer an invaluable opportunity to develop your professional network. Vacancies board The department offers access to an online vacancies board advertising internships, part-time work, volunteering, graduate and post graduate opportunities, in the UK and globally. For more information, please contact the Careers and Business Relations team: Email email@example.com
London is not only recognised as a creative and cultural hub, but is at the heart of the worldâ€™s fastest growing general media and specific screen disciplines. The city offers work experience opportunities which you could never have elsewhere with the same quality of provision and experience. Take advantage of all that the city has to offer. David Hanson, Head of School
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EVENTS AT LSFMP LSFMP is fast becoming a national centre for screenwriting and related events, allowing our students to get involved, showcase their talent and make valuable industry contacts. ArtSpace The Regent’s College ArtSpace festival, held annually in April, showcases the creativity of students and staff at the College, with a high level of representation from students at LSFMP. A wide range of art forms are displayed, including photography, film, theatre, music and dance. In addition to attending performances, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and film screenings, visitors can get also involved in a variety of interactive workshops hosted by college faculty members. London Screenwriters’ Festival LSFMP is proud to be the official host of the annual London Screenwriters’ Festival. Held in October, the three day festival comprises more than 90 different events including talks;
interviews; panels; workshops; screenings; debates; competitions; pitching sessions and other activities. The festival attracts more than 400 people and presents an excellent opportunity for LSFMP students to directly network with leading film industry figures. LSFMP students on the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing and the MA Writing for Screen & Stage are eligible for heavily discounted and sometimes free tickets; depending on the need, all LSFMP students can volunteer to work at the event, and thereby secure free attendance. Comedy Writers’ Festival The School is also the host of the annual Comedy Writers’ Festival, held in April. Designed for those who work in or are moving towards writing comedy for television and film, the two day festival brings together up to 300 writers, directors and actors who have established reputations in the comedy writing field, and those who aspire to write comic sketches, TV sitcoms, stand-up material and comedy films for the cinema. The festival consists of talks, seminars, screenings and workshops, plus sketches written
ls held at LSFMP The events and festiva and provide a augment our studies stretch ourselves further incentive to rtunity to network as writers. The oppo ted people and with similarly interes makes these events expand our contacts to our course. a very useful addition Meg Jefferies d 2012 n & Stage, Graduate MA Writing for Scree
either before or during the festival and performed by LSFMP acting students. LSFMP students on the BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing programme and the MA Writing for Screen & Stage gain free entry to the festival; all other current Regent’s College students are offered a discounted rate. Four Corners Four Corners is an annual Europewide script development programme that helps students to develop, finance and produce new films that will thrive and prosper in the European and international marketplaces. Four week-long writing and producing workshops are held in Bulgaria, UK, Greece and Spain, and are all taught in English; the selected programme participants attend all four events. LSFMP hosts the UK event with masterclasses and workshops open to all our students, and also sends a selected group of BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing students to the workshops in Sofia, Bulgaria and near Barcelona, Spain. Interviews and discussions with key industry figures In addition, LSFMP has played host to discussions and interviews with key industry figures, including Hollywood film director Mike Newell (‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’; ‘Donnie Brasco’; ‘Dance with a Stranger’; ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’), Garth Unwin, producer of ‘The King’s Speech’, and former Senior Executive of the UK Film Council and Consultant Producer of award winning films, Himesh Kar (‘Man on Wire’; ‘Brick Lane’; ’The Wind that Shakes the Barley’).
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EVENING LANGUAGE CLASSES All students can benefit from part-time, evening foreign language classes taught by highlyskilled professionals experienced in teaching both general and business language courses.
The courses are taught by highlyskilled professionals. All language tutors are native speakers, and use the latest multimedia resources and teaching methods. Group sizes are kept small, typically between 6-15 students per class. This ensures a high level of interaction between student and tutor, and contributes to an excellent learning environment. Classes take place on campus, in the evening, allowing you to fit your foreign language study around your studies. LSFMP students benefit from a 50% discount on the full cost of a language course. We offer classes at the following levels: Beginners 1 This course is for students with no or very little previous knowledge of the language. After successful completion of this course you will have grasped the basics of how the language operates. You will be able to have simple interactions and exchange basic personal information, including your likes and dislikes.
Courses are available for those starting a new foreign language or improving a language already studied. We offer evening classes in the following languages: pp Arabic pp Chinese pp French pp German pp Italian pp Japanese pp Portuguese pp Russian pp Spanish
Beginners 2 This course is for students with about 25-30 hours of previous language learning. After successful completion of this course you will be able to engage in simple conversations on frequent and familiar topics, exchange information about yourself and your routine, your interests and plans, travel and shopping.
Intermediate This course is for students who have a good knowledge of the basics of the language. At the end of this course you will be able to communicate with increased fluency and accuracy, talk about past experiences and future events, make suggestions and requests, and operate successfully in personal, social and some routine professional situations. Upper intermediate This course is for students with a good grounding in the language and a varied lexical register. At the end of this course you will be able to express yourself with fluency and flexibility, and will be able to express opinions on a variety of topics, participate in discussions and communicate successfully in any situation, including a professional setting. Advanced Students who join this course will have a very good command of the language and its grammatical structures as well as a wide lexical range. At the end of the course students will be able to communicate successfully with native speakers, engage in complex debates, give presentations using more sophisticated structures, and understand virtually everything they hear or read. Please note that not all levels may be offered for every language. For more information about evening language courses please email: email@example.com
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ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS Our decision to offer you a place on your chosen programme is guided by our mission to educate talented, ambitious students looking to make their mark in these exciting and fast-paced industries. Entry requirements for BA (Hons) degrees Our students come from many backgrounds, but they all share a combination of academic ability with an enthusiasm for new challenges. We invite applications from students who can demonstrate that they have the motivation and potential to succeed in a career in the creative industries, and a level of personal maturity and selfdirection consistent with the demands of a competitive programme. We require a minimum of two passes at GCE A Level at grade C or above, and five passes at GCSE/IGCSE level at grade C or above, including Maths and English. We also accept equivalent qualifications, for example:
pp Four good passes at AS Level pp Five Scottish Highers pp Five Irish Leaving Certificates pp International Baccalaureate Full Diploma pp French Baccalaureate pp German Abitur pp Italian Maturita pp US High School Diploma with 3 APs at grade 3 or 2 APs at grade 4 pp Swedish Slutbetyg Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will be accepted; please contact us for further information.
BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre In addition to meeting the above academic requirements, applicants for the BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre degree are required to undertake and successfully pass an acting audition. Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents, and we have assessed your academic eligibility, successful candidates will be contacted with an invitation to attend audition along with a detailed audition pack. Auditions are held on campus on the first Tuesday of every month, from 12:45-17:00. Each candidate will be assigned a time for their individual audition and interview. The audition pack will include speeches from which you may select and further guidelines as to how to prepare for your audition. If you are unable to come to London you will be required to produce and submit a DVD portfolio in replacement of your audition. Acting Foundation Course We require five passes at GCSE/ IGCSE level at grade C or above, including Maths and English. Other international qualifications, as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) will be accepted. Please note, applicants are not subject to audition. MA Writing for Screen & Stage Our admissions requirements is a minimum of a lower second class UK Honours undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline, from a recognised institution. In addition, we require all candidates to submit a sample of their creative writing and to undertake an interview.
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Samples of creative writing may be any length, ranging from short excerpts to full length screen/stageplays, to finished portfolios of work. These may be sent electronically, or presented as hard copies. We are looking for evidence of potential that will then be developed throughout the duration of the two year course. Please note that it is not necessary to have already completed a portfolio of work in order to be eligible for entry to the MA Writing for Screen & Stage. Exceptional entry We offer exceptional entry to the MA Writing for Screen & Stage for candidates who either do not meet the formal academic requirements, or whose qualifications were obtained a significantly long time ago and cannot provide formal evidence of these qualifications. We recognise and value life experience and personal motivation, as demonstrated in a candidate’s CV, sample of creative writing, personal statement and interview. All exceptional entry decisions are made on a case-bycase basis, at the discretion of the Course Leader. MA Creative Leadership We require a minimum of 5 years’, full-time, relevant work experience. In addition, applicants are required to undertake an interview. Formal academic qualifications, including undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, are welcome but are not a requirement for admission.
English language requirements* Acting Foundation Course ppCambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C pp EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, grade pre 1 pp GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C ppIB Diploma English Higher Level, grade 5 ppIELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 5.5 ppTOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 535 (paper-based test), 203 (computer-based test) or 74 (internet-based test) BA (Hons) degrees ppCambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C pp EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, grade pre 1 pp GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C pp IB Diploma English Higher Level, grade 5 ppIELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.0 ppTOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) MA Writing for Screen & Stage / MA Creative Leadership pp Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, grade C pp EIKEN Test in Practical English Proficiency, grade pre 1 pp GCSE/IGCSE English, grade C ppIELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of 6.5 ppTOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of
577 (paper-based test), 233 (computer-based test) or 90 (internet-based test) On-campus IELTS diagnostic test If you live in London, or are able to visit us, we can offer you a free Cambridge IELTS diagnostic test. This test is offered through Internexus English Language School (see page 50) and should be arranged in advance. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s College London only. For more information, or to arrange a test, please contact us: email@example.com *Please note, at the time of going to print (July 2012), students who require an international student visa to study in the UK may be required to pass a formal English language test and will have to meet specific grade requirements and conditions of study as stipulated by the UK Border Agency (UKBA). Please check our website for up to date information: www.regents.ac.uk/lsfmp.
Laura Shafer Admissions and Marketing Officer
If you’re in any doubt as to whether you’re eligible to study on your chosen programme, don’t hesitate to contact us directly so we can advise you. We’re here to help, and aim to provide a personalised service and a quick response to your questions.
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HOW TO APPLY Applying to study at LSFMP is a quick and easy process. We accept direct applications, have no formal application deadlines and have no application fee.
Start dates We offer the following start dates; you can apply at any time, for any future start date: Acting Foundation Course pp January pp September BA (Hons) degrees pp September MA Writing for Screen & Stage pp June MA Creative Leadership pp October
Once you have completed the application form, you should send us the following supporting documents; these can be sent to us via post/email/fax: ppCopies of transcripts and certificates from all previous studies, i.e. secondary school and /or university certificates pp2 letters of reference, one of which must be academic, the second can be academic or personal (cannot be from a family member or a peer)* ppA 300-500 word personal statement giving the reasons for applying to the chosen course (1,500 for the MA Creative Leadership) ppA copy of the photograph (ID) page of your passport pp1 recent passport sized, colour photograph (this must be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org) ppA sample of your creative writing (MA Writing for Screen & Stage only) ppCV/Resume (MA degrees only) * Please note, if applying for either MA degree, the academic reference may be replaced by a professional reference.
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Step 1: Apply Please complete an application form. You can apply in the following ways: ppApply directly to us online via our website: www.regents.ac.uk/ lsfmp/apply pp Apply directly to us using the hard copy application form (inserted in the back of this prospectus) ppApply through UCAS at: www.ucas.com (not available for MA degrees) If applying via UCAS, The LSFMP UCAS code is R18. A full list of the LSFMP UCAS course codes is available on the UCAS website. Step 2: Making an offer We will assess whether you meet our minimum entry requirements and will make you an offer by both email and post, or notify you that you have been unsuccessful. UCAS applicants will also receive official notification via the UCAS system. If you have completed your education and have met all the entry requirements, you will be sent an unconditional offer. If you still have to finish your exams, or have yet to submit supporting documentation, you will be issued a conditional offer. You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.
Step 3: Accepting the offer If you wish to accept the offer you must: pp Confirm your acceptance via email/post/telephone/in person pp Pay the non-refundable registration fee of £350 pp Pay the non-EU advance tuition fee deposit of £700 (if applicable) Please note, while there is no formal deadline to pay your registration fee or non-EU advance deposit, if you need to apply for an international student visa to study in the UK, then we recommend that you pay these as soon as possible. Step 4: Full acceptance and visa On receipt of your acceptance LSFMP will issue the final set of documentation, and where needed the relevant visa support documentation. To find out if you need a student visa please consult the section titled ‘Studying in the United Kingdom’ on the UK Border Agency website (please note it is your own responsibility to arrange the appropriate visa): www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk Please be aware, both offer and acceptance of a place at LSFMP are subject to the rules and regulations relating to LSFMP and its courses. These rules and regulations are set out in the student handbook, a copy of which is available from the Admissions Office upon request.
Transfer of credits (BA (Hons) applicants only) If you have already participated in degree level education, you may be able to transfer some of your credits towards one of our BA (Hons) degrees. Any applicant being considered for Advanced Prior Learning (APL) will be required to have equivalent qualifications from another university that meet the learning outcomes of the undergraduate degree programme. To apply for transfer of credit, you must provide detailed descriptions (certified translations where necessary) of any courses taken, and transcripts of relevant grades. Transfer of credit will only be assessed before entry and is at the discretion of LSFMP. Please note, students may only transfer into Level 1 or Level 2 (Year 1 or Year 2) due to the structure of the programme, and transfer into the final year of the degree programme is not possible.
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OPEN DAYS AND VISITS Come and see our beautiful campus and extensive facilities at one of our informative Undergraduate Open Days. Alternatively, we would be delighted to welcome you to the campus for a personal consultation and guided tour.
Open Days are held on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the year (excluding January and September), as well as three Saturdays a year, and provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about what LSFMP has to offer. Each Open Day consists of: pp Talks by senior staff outlining our undergraduate courses pp A campus tour pp An informal buffet lunch pp An opportunity to meet and chat with Regentâ€™s College students and academic staff International visits Alternatively, if you do not live in the UK, why not contact us to find out if we will be visiting your country or school this year? LSFMP regularly takes part in education fairs all over the world, giving you the chance to find out more about our courses and talk to a member of staff about studying in London. Personal visits If you are unable to attend an Open Day, or wish to find out more about our postgraduate courses, we welcome visitors to our campus. We are available Monday-Friday, 09:00-17:00 to see you for a personal academic consultation and guided tour of the campus. Please contact us in advance to arrange an appointment. If you wish to attend an Open Day or to arrange a personal visit, please contact our External Relations Department.
Disability information If you have any special requirements for your visit, please notify the External Relations Department in advance, so that necessary arrangements can be made. Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7505 Fax +44 (0)20 7487 7425 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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VALIDATION LSFMP, as part of Regent’s College London, is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards.
For further details regarding the University and its validation provision, please log on to www.open.ac.uk/validate.
The Open University The Open University (OU) was established by Royal Charter in 1969 and currently offers almost 600 courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Over 260,000 people study with the OU, including more than 20,000 students studying overseas. Since its creation, the OU has taught more than 1.7 million students and is consistently one of the highest ranked UK universities in the National Student Survey. Open University approval and validation OU approval and validation is a stamp of quality that guarantees the international currency of your qualification. OU validated awards have parity of esteem with the awards offered throughout UK higher education. A validated award is exactly the same as an OU direct award in terms of employment or application for postgraduate study.
Programmes validated by The Open University LSFMP, as part of Regent’s College London, is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University validated awards. The BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre; BA (Hons) Creative Industries; BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production; BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing and MA Writing for Screen & Stage have been developed and will be delivered by the London School of Film, Media & Performance. They have been validated through a process of external peer review by The Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to The Open University validated award of BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre; BA (Hons) Creative Industries; BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production; BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing and MA Writing for Screen & Stage. The MA Creative Leadership has been developed and will be delivered by Regent’s College London. It has been validated through a process of external peer review by The Open University as being of an appropriate standard and quality to lead to The Open University validated award of MA Creative Leadership.
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TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS Sept 2012
Total programme cost
BA (Hons) Degrees
Tuition fees per year (3 year degree)
MA Writing for Screen & Stage1
Total programme cost
MA Creative Leadership1
Total programme cost
Initial (once only) non-refundable registration fee
Non-EU Advance Deposit3
Non-refundable deposit towards tuition fees for non-EU students
Covers services provided by the alumni department upon graduation (charged once)
Inbound Study Abroad BA (Hons) Degrees
Tuition fee per semester
Acting Foundation Course
All fees are quoted in GBP (pound sterling). As the London School of Film, Media & Performance is a private institution, all students pay the same fees regardless of nationality. Fees are updated each academic year and will be subject to a 4% or inflationary linked increase. Fees are also reviewed from time to time and may change from those listed. LSFMP reserves the right to make such alterations or amendments as necessary. Please consult the website for up to date information.
Tuition fees include a monetary value towards the cost of core text books available at the campus bookshop. You will be provided with a pre-loaded account card with which to purchase the required books. This does not apply to students on the MA degrees or to incoming study abroad students.
Tuition fees for the MA Writing for Screen & Stage and the MA Creative Leadership do not include any accommodation costs for students who need to stay in London during the five on-campus residential periods. 1
If you accept an unconditional offer and fail, for any reason, to take up your place, you will forfeit your registration fee. If you accept a conditional offer and fail to meet the academic conditions of this offer, you will forfeit £200 of the registration 2
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fee. If you are refused an international student visa for the UK, then you will receive a full refund (you must supply us with a copy of the official visa refusal letter). Failure to take up a conditional offer on any other grounds will forfeit the entire registration fee. Non-EU students are required to pay an advance deposit of £700 towards their tuition fees. This deposit is deducted from the tuition fees on registration day. The deposit is non-refundable except for visa refusal. This deposit is, however, transferrable to an alternate period of study within 12 months. 3
The alumni fee is not charged to Acting Foundation Course students. 4
How to Pay Please note that tuition fees must be paid at least one week before the start date of the programme. Tuition fees are invoiced by the semester. You may not enrol and start classes until full payment of your first semester’s fees has been received. Tuition and services may be withdrawn in the case of non-payment. Tuition fees for the MA Writing for Screen & Stage, and the MA Creative Leadership, are payable in five instalments, in line with the five on-campus residentials. Please note, each instalment in payable in advance of the applicable residential. Payment may be made by cheque, bank transfer, credit card, online or in person. All fees for tuition, registration and alumni services must be made payable to Regent’s College. Cheques should be in pounds sterling. An amount of GBP £15.00 to cover bank charges should be added to the invoice total where
payment is made by sterling cheques from a non-UK bank. If you wish to pay in person, the Finance Office is open Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00. If you wish to pay by credit card, please note that a 3% surcharge will be added to the cost of tuition fees. There is no surcharge for any other fees, or for payment by debit card. To pay by credit card, please contact the Finance Office: Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7473 Fax +44 (0)20 7477 2991 Email email@example.com Refund Policy Students who begin a course and then wish to withdraw must advise the Registry, and officially withdraw in writing. Once a student has officially withdrawn from the School, they may claim a refund of tuition fees. Requests for refunds of tuition fees must be made in writing, and must be made within two weeks of their official withdrawal date. For full information regarding the Refund Policy, please consult the website: www.regents.ac.uk/lsfmp. LSFMP Merit-Based Scholarships These scholarships offer students up to 50% of their tuition fees in the form of a scholarship. To be considered for an award, you will first need to apply to the School. It is important to be aware that the awards do not cover the full tuition fees. Open to degree seeking students at LSFMP, these merit awards are awarded to students with strong academic achievements and potential.
How to apply for an LSFMP Scholarship 1 First you must apply to LSFMP. This can be done online. You can also apply using the application form inserted in the back of this prospectus. 2 Along with your application form you must send a 300-500 word statement for the attention of the Scholarship Committee, stating why you should be considered for the award and what contribution you feel you will make to the School. The Scholarship Committee will want to see evidence of academic strength and/or potential. If you are applying for a scholarship for the MA Creative Leadership, please include the above information in your 1,500 word personal statement. 3 Once you have been accepted to the School, your scholarship application will be forwarded for consideration at the next meeting. Please note that all awards are subject to the holder fulfilling the conditions of the award.
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REGENT’S COLLEGE LONDON A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT Regent’s College London is situated in the heart of Regent’s Park, central London. Built in 1913, the main quadrangle of classrooms is surrounded by halls of residence, lawns and tennis courts and, beyond these, the extensive gardens and lakes of Regent’s Park. Our tranquil campus environment is only minutes away from the financial centre of London, the West End, and the many attractions of this exciting European city. Regent’s College London comprises seven specialist schools, including LSFMP. All students are members of their own school, as well as members of the larger student community of Regent’s College, and benefit from our extensive campus facilities and student support.
The European Business School London (EBSL) is the UK’s oldest private business school, established in 1979. The school offers BA (Hons) degrees in International Business and International Events Management, as well as an Integrated Foundation. EBSL also offers specialist postgraduate programmes including an MA Luxury Brand Management, MA Management with pathways in International Marketing, International Business, Human Resources and Entrepreneurial Management, MSc Global Banking & Finance and an MBA International Business. www.regents.ac.uk/ebsl
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The Regentâ€™s American College London (RACL) offers four year American BA degrees awarded by Webster University, USA. Majors available are: European Studies; Film Studies; History; International Relations; Management; Management (with Emphasis in International Business); Management (with Emphasis in Marketing); Media Communications; Political Science; Public Relations and Psychology. www.regents.ac.uk/racl Regentâ€™s Business School London (RBSL) offers a BA (Hons) degree in Global Management with pathways in Global Business Management; Global Business & Design Management; Global Business & Sustainability Management; Global Financial Management and Global Marketing Management, as well as an Integrated Foundation. The school also offers an MA in Global Management with pathways in People Management & Leadership; Marketing & Communications; Finance & Business Development and Family Business, alongside an innovative, post-experience qualification taught via a combination of distance-learning and on-campus study, the MA Business Management in International Travel & Tourism. www.regents.ac.uk/rbsl
Webster Graduate School London (WGSL) offers the longest-running American MBA programme in London, as well as the following American postgraduate qualifications: MS Finance, and MAs in International Business; International Non-Governmental Organisations; International Relations; Management and Leadership; Marketing and Media Communications. It also offers an MBA with Emphasis (available in all related MS and MA areas of study), as well as a flexible, part-time evening MBA. All programmes lead to the award of a degree from Webster University, USA. www.regents.ac.uk/wgsl Internexus English Language School offers English language classes and support to students throughout the academic year, including pre-college courses/ pre-sessional English courses; IELTS examination preparation; business English courses; general English courses and internship programmes. www.regents.ac.uk/internexus
The School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology (SPCP) offers certificate programmes, preprofessional programmes (MA and Postgraduate Diplomas), professional programmes (Advanced Diplomas) and MPhil/PhD programmes, together with short courses aimed at the business community in subjects including Alternative Dispute Resolution. It also offers a Foundation Course in Psychology, BSc (Hons) Psychology and a BSc (Hons) Psychology with Integrated Foundation. www.regents.ac.uk/spcp More details on these schools are available from our External Relations Office: Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7505 Email email@example.com
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SOCIALISING AND SUPPORT Our superb campus facilities, social activities and extensive student support ensure that all students can make the most of their time at the London School of Film, Media & Performance.
Student dining We offer a range of excellent catering facilities for breakfast, lunch and evening meals. A substantial range of snacks, drinks and confectionery is also available throughout the day. The Regent’s College Refectory, our main dining hall, offers a wide selection of dishes from around the world. The menu changes every day and caters for a variety of diets, including vegetarian. Open from early in the morning until evening, the Refectory is a popular choice for meals and as a meeting point for students. The Deli, open at lunchtime and in the afternoon, offers baguettes and panini as well as soups, salads, soft drinks and warm snacks. With its attractive feature fireplaces, marble columns and wood-panelled walls, the Regent’s College Brasserie has quickly established itself as a favourite student meeting place. The Brasserie includes a popular restaurant with an impressive Italian-inspired menu, as well as a more informal café offering an extensive range of coffees, wine, beer and soft drinks, sandwiches, cakes and pastries.
The Regent’s College Students’ Bar offers lunch during term-time, with a different menu each week. It is open every evening and is a popular place to socialise, with large flat screen televisions, a pool table and games, ‘happy hour’ and an evening menu of burgers and snacks. Our two coffee shops offer a chance to quickly grab a coffee and snack between classes. The Student Centre The Student Centre provides all kinds of non-academic information and assistance to all students on campus, to help you make the most of being a student in London. It offers you the opportunity to relax, socialise, be creative and exercise. It organises a variety of social activities ranging from day trips to Stonehenge and Bath, weekend trips to Paris, Edinburgh or pony trekking in Wales, to parties, karaoke nights and quiz nights. It contains a vast collection of guidebooks, maps and similar material on London and the UK, as well as most European countries and major cities. Camping equipment can be hired from the Centre. The Centre also handles Student Discount Travel Card applications; issues International Student Identity Cards (ISIC) and NUS Cards; organises greatly discounted subscriptions to the Financial Times (FT); offers free Wall Street Journals; offers a fax service and generally can help with most non-academic queries. The Student Common Room is furnished with sofas, PCs and a large flat-screen TV, as well as wireless internet access. It is designed for students to interact and socialise between classes and is open from 06:00-23:00 every day.
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A music room, equipped with guitars, a drum kit, keyboards, as well as PA system, microphones and amplifiers, provides an ideal environment for students with creative ambitions. Please note that amplified music and drums are to be played only after close of official college business. The piano room, however, can be used during the day. Sports A full equipped gym, with 22 stations including 14 cardiovascular machines (equipped with cardio theatre), seven resistance machines and a free weights section, as well as changing and shower facilities, provides the ideal surroundings for keep-fit enthusiasts. The drama studio is used for dance, circuits, aerobics, fencing, abdominal exercises, Pilates and martial arts classes. We offer a varied programme of evening fitness classes. Surrounding the campus are tennis and basketball courts, and a fivea-side football pitch. Sports teams include football, rugby, basketball, netball and polo teams. There are also opportunities to play tennis and table tennis on campus.
Health care All students are entitled to free healthcare under the UK National Health Service, and are entitled to free accident and emergency hospital care whilst in the UK (six months or more). However, to be entitled to healthcare under the NHS, it is important for all students to register with a local NHS doctor. The Student Centre can assist you with this process.
English language support classes Regentâ€™s College has its own English language school (Internexus) which offers English Language support throughout the academic year. This is available for all students but primarily for those who need help with academic writing and reading texts. Pre-sessional English courses are also available with business options in the summer and academic options throughout the year.
Regentâ€™s College Student Union The aim of the Regentâ€™s College Student Union is to enrich student life by creating a social environment on campus, where students can network, interact and make the most of their student years.
Study skills Lunchtime sessions for students, advertised on the student e-bulletin, are run during the semester.
The Student Union supports a number of clubs and welcomes the creation of new societies and clubs on campus. The Student Union also organises several campus-wide social events each semester, including barbecues, parties and networking events. As a new student you are encouraged to join the Student Union and get involved. Student support and personal counselling In addition to the academic support provided by your tutor, students also have access to one-to-one confidential counselling offered on-campus by Student Services.
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LEARNING RESOURCES Learning Resources comprises the staff and services provided by the Library, Media Services and College VLE: Blackboard, which together support students and staff with their learning and research activities both on and off campus.
The Tate Library The Tate Library contains 40,000 books in its main collection and subscribes to over 200 hard copy journals, many of which are also available in electronic format. There is a growing collection of online information resources relating to film and media. The Library also holds a wide range of DVDs from film classics to key television series. International newspapers and periodicals covering film and media are also available. In addition to books, journals and audio-visual materials, the library provides access to databases and electronic journals. For film students there is a wide range of online
resources including the AFI Catalogue, FIAF Index to Periodicals Plus and Film Index International. The Library Team liaises closely with academic staff to ensure that the resources support and enhance current curricula. All students are offered a Library induction and information skills session. These can cover a basic introduction to resources or can involve one-toone sessions focussed on in-depth individual research. Following the initial induction, students are encouraged to request individual or group sessions with the academic liaison librarians. Students can contact their programme academic liaison librarian at any time for specific enquiries or individual support. The Tate Library offers dedicated spaces for laptop use and for group work, as well as a silent study area for independent learning. The bookable Group Study Room in the Library is available for collaborative activities such as presentation preparation, or screening of audio-visual materials. Open-access computer rooms may be used for online and database training, and laptops are available to borrow from the Library, which is fully Wi-Fi enabled. The Library is open during the evening and weekends as well as 24/7 during exam periods. Blackboard The Collegeâ€™s Virtual Learning Environment is Blackboard. Every course module has an area within Blackboard. This supports learning by providing access to course material and other information provided by tutors. Students are able to submit work remotely and receive feedback from their tutors via Blackboard. In addition, Blackboard contains a wide range of study skills information.
Media Services The Media Services department offers a variety of loan equipment, including camera kits ranging from a simple flip camera and digital SLRs to professional HD cameras. Location filming kits including lighting and sound recording and edit laptops are also available. There is a professional HD standard TV studio and control room, as well as a mobile TV studio which can be booked. In addition, Apple Mac edit suites with the latest Final Cut Pro Studio and Adobe Master Collection software are available. Classrooms are equipped with multimedia presentation systems and are connected to the internet and computer network. Information Technology Centre The Information Technology Centre contains around 200 networked PCs, running Microsoft Office and providing internet access and other networked resources. Of these, 50 PCs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staff members are available to provide support. Postgraduate Centre The Postgraduate Centre in Jebb Basement contains additional computer space, a reprographics area and an informal seating area. A member of the Library Team is time-tabled to provide an additional enquiry point in this area.
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INFORMATION FOR DISABLED STUDENTS Regent’s College seeks to ensure that all students can participate fully as equal members of the learning community. The College will make every reasonable effort to support students with a disability, including specific learning difficulties and mental health conditions.
Disclosure on application Students are encouraged to disclose any disability on application. Disabled applicants are also advised to check the disability information pages on the website for further information. Following disclosure, the Disability Officer should make contact with the student to discuss any support needs. If you have not disclosed on application and require specific support for your studies, you should contact the Disability Officer on arrival. Students with a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, are required to provide a diagnostic report from a suitably qualified professional, in order to enable the College to assess their needs appropriately and provide any necessary adjustments. The assessment should have been carried out when the student was aged 16 or older. If it is in a foreign language, an English translation must be provided. The Disability Officer offers a free screening service for students who suspect that they may have a specific learning difficulty. Any data collected regarding students’ disabilities is stored on the College’s student record system, which may only be accessed by authorised personnel.
Improving access to college facilities Regent’s College London is currently undertaking an extensive refurbishment and building programme to improve access to and within its buildings. This is a continuing programme to facilitate and improve access to almost any part of the college via ramps, lifts and automatic doors. Some classes, however, are delivered in teaching rooms accessed via stairs. If you have a condition that affects your mobility and you require ground floor rooms or rooms with lift access, you should contact the Registry and the Disability Officer. Funding Most home (UK) students are entitled to the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). Details on what the allowance can be used for and how to apply can be found on the website. The Disability Officer is available to assist students with their applications. Please note that the Acting Foundation Course is not DSA eligible. Student Disability Policy More information on the support available and a complete copy of the Student Disability Policy can be found on the College website. You can also contact Philippa Goldsmith, Disability Officer: Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7863 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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INTERNEXUS ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL Regentâ€™s College London has its own English language school on campus, which offers language classes and support to students throughout the academic year.
Pre-college courses / Pre-sessional English courses If you need to improve your English skills in order to study at LSFMP, we have an English language school on campus that can help you. We offer pre-sessional English courses that you can take before you start a course at LSFMP â€“ for example, over the summer months. Internexus English Language School uses the Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS); we have excellent success rates and are able to provide you with the English language skills you need for higher education study in the UK. The Cambridge IELTS exam course combines general English with specific language skills needed for academic study. This can be taken as an eight week intensive course or as a 12 week intensive course, depending on your level. You will have 27 hours of classes per week. This course focuses on: pp Writing essays pp Understanding academic texts pp Increasing vocabulary pp Exam techniques pp Listening skills for lectures pp Discussing, debating and presenting
Business English courses We also offer a programme of short business courses. These two week courses are aimed at students who have not previously studied business. Each course combines morning classes of business English taught by Internexus, with afternoon lectures introducing business subjects. This course is only available in the summer; you will have 25 hours of classes per week. We offer the following business English courses: pp Business & Management Operations pp Introduction to Economics pp Introduction to Accounting and Finance pp Principles of Marketing Internship programmes Students first take a full-time English course followed by a fulltime unpaid work placement. Work placements are allocated on arrival and can be arranged in almost any sector, including administration, finance and marketing. Students are able to improve their English and gain important international work experience. Certificates are given from both the English course and the placement. Please note, this programme is currently only available for students from within the EU. For more information on Internexus English Language School, and the above courses please contact: email@example.com
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ACCOMMODATION We know how important it is to secure comfortable, affordable and conveniently located housing. We offer personalised support to all students seeking accommodation in London both on and off campus.
The Accommodation Office offers the following services: pp Manages all on- and off-campus college accommodation bookings pp Provides advice on all aspects of housing pp Holds a list of landlords, flat shares and homestays pp Holds a list of estate agents pp Holds a list of residence halls in London ppHolds a list of local hotels and guesthouses pp Provides automatic housing updates by email pp Offers preferential rates for certain residence halls when booked through Regent’s College London
College-managed accommodation Regent’s College London offers oncampus housing for approximately 250 students, and rents off-campus accommodation subject to demand. College-managed housing is offered on a semester basis, and priority is always given to students who are starting their first semester. Reid Hall Housing 220 students, Reid Hall looks out over the lake and park surrounding the campus. A college representative is on duty at the front desk 24 hours a day and a member of the Student Services team also lives in the Hall. Students have swipe card access to the building and get a key to their individual room. Rooms are available as singles, twins or triples. Single sex bathrooms are located on the corridors of each floor, and a small kitchen area (kettle, sink and microwave) is available on each floor. Fresh linen is provided every two weeks and a coin-operated laundrette is situated in Reid Hall. Eight rooms in Reid Hall have wheelchair access and are located on a corridor which has a wheelchair accessible bathroom. Oliver Hall Oliver Hall houses 24 students in twin rooms similar to those in Reid Hall. Four of the rooms have their own bathrooms; the others share showers that are located in the corridor. Residents have swipe card access to the building and get a key for their room. They have full access to Reid Hall and all of its facilities. Oliver Flats Oliver Flats comprise four rooms, located in a corner of the campus separate from Reid and Oliver Halls. Three of the rooms are singles
and one is a twin room. They all have their own bathrooms and internet access. Residents have full use of Reid Hall services. Accommodation fees (per person) Reid Hall / Oliver Hall 12/13 Single Room £320 Twin Room £261 Triple Room £244
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pp Weekly rates for one person including bills and a meal plan pp Damage Deposit for all on-campus accommodation £200 pp All fees are reviewed annually and may be subject to change Meal plan All on-campus accommodation fees include a meal plan. The meal plan is a declining debit card system: a set amount per semester is stored on a swipe card, which is then used in the refectory to buy food and drinks. Contact the accommodation officer To apply for on-campus housing, or to enquire about any other service, please contact James Barnes, the Accommodation Officer. The oncampus housing application form is also available to download from the accommodation section of the website. Tel +44 (0)20 7487 7483 Email email@example.com
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ALUMNI RELATIONS Regent’s College Alumni Association is an exclusive club with a diverse and vibrant membership.
Once you have graduated from LSFMP you automatically become a member of Regent’s College Alumni Association. With over 9,500 members worldwide, graduated from all of the College’s constituent schools, the group includes some of the most accomplished professionals in international business as well as practitioners in fields such as counselling, film production and international relations. Membership offers many benefits including networking opportunities, careers guidance, regular events and access to the library and our IT Support Centre; it also keeps you up to date with the latest news from LSFMP and Regent’s College London. As a former student of LSFMP you will be invited to regular reunions and events with other LSFMP alumni and teaching staff as well as members of the wider College community of alumni and students. If you move away from the UK after graduation we hope you will join one of the growing number of Regent’s Clubs based in cities all over the world. You may even like to co-ordinate one yourself in your hometown.
With regular e-communications and a dedicated magazine, you will be kept fully up to date with College and alumni news and be able to read about new alumni benefits and opportunities as they are launched. We will also publish your news regularly and include indepth features on alumni. There are also opportunities for you to put your post-LSFMP experience to work helping current and prospective students as an alumni volunteer or mentor. All you have to do is keep us informed of your contact details and email address after graduation. For more information please contact the Alumni Relations team: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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HOW TO FIND US We look forward to welcoming you to the London School of Film, Media & Performance. Located in Regent’s Park, central London, we are easily accessible by public and private transportation.
By Underground: Take the London Underground (Tube) to Baker Street station. To help you plan your journey, check the Journey Planner on the Transport for London website: www.tfl.gov.uk. From Baker Street Station: Take the Marylebone Road exit. Walk past Madame Tussauds and take the first road on your left, York Gate. Follow the road into Regent’s Park and over the bridge; you will see the main entrance to the College on your left-hand side. This walk will take approximately 10 minutes. Shoreditch
By Road: When arriving in central London, take the A501 (Marylebone Road) and turn into York Gate. Cross York Bridge and you will find Regent’s College on your lefthand side.
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From London Gatwick Airport: Gatwick Express train service to Victoria station. London Underground from Victoria to Baker Street station. Total journey time approximately 60 minutes. From London City Airport: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Canning Town station. London Underground from Canning Town to Baker Street station. Total journey time approximately 45 minutes. From St Pancras International, home to the Eurostar: London Underground from King’s Cross St Pancras to Baker Street station. Total journey time approximately 10 minutes. London School of Film, Media & Performance Regent’s College London Inner Circle Regent’s Park London NW1 4NS, UK Tel Fax Email Web
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COURSE MODULES BA (Hons) Creative Industries Critical Perspectives on Creativity (20 Credits) In this module students will develop their understanding of creativity and how original artistic material is originated and developed. This is done by exploring ‘image’ and ‘representation’ and through examining the creative processes of a range of art forms. This module encourages an appreciation and understanding of creativity, which will assist students in assessing and treating the creative work they will encounter and produce during their own working lives. Business for the Creative Producer (20 Credits) Here students learn the basic functions and structures of businesses and the global environment, as well as the effects of politics, economics, the law, and social and environmental factors on the media industry. Introduction to Study and IT Skills (20 Credits) This module is designed to provide the student with highly developed skills in note taking, computer applications appropriate to a graduate entering the world of screen production, and guides also techniques of presentation, organisation and management of the work process in high-pressure situations. Importantly, it explores the potential of a range of presentation techniques, and focuses on the student’s ability to present material in a convincing and professional manner. The module is designed as a consolidation of any previously acquired study skills and an introduction to more advanced techniques required on a BA programme of study and in a creative industry environment. Devising and Marketing a New Creative Project (20 Credits) Here students are introduced to a range of entrepreneurial skills and how they are applied in a working career. This is done through the development of a number of creative industry projects as case studies, and by examining the working practices of key figures and organisations in the field. Module assignments require students to work in groups under the guidance of a tutor to conceive, research and develop marketable products in any genre. These will then be presented in a simulated ‘pitch meeting’. Development of the Creative Industries (20 Credits) This module thoroughly studies the origins and development of the creative industries and the factors that have influenced their progress and refinement
over the years. The module offers a broad overview of the history of creativity and its manifestation, expression and exploitation, exploring shifts in perceptions of artists and creators through time and location. Media Technology for the Screen (20 Credits) Today’s creative world is built around the use and exploitation of media technology in the form of video filming, digital sound recording and audio, video and picture editing software. This module will build upon skills gained in using these technologies during the Introduction to Study and IT Skills module. Managing the Creative Group (20 Credits) Managing people within the creative industries is key to success, and as such this module focuses on teaching how to manage and foster entrepreneurism, individualism, innovation and collaboration. The module uses concepts drawn from the fields of organisational behaviour and human resources that are widely used in the workplace. The Media and the Law (20 Credits) This module teaches the importance of intellectual property law and basic knowledge of the principles which protect rights in creative activity. This module is not intended to be a substitute for a legal qualification or for consulting a lawyer when needed; however it will enable students to find their bearings in a complex field and to feel empowered when dealing with ideas and their creators. Creating the Short Film Production (20 Credits) This module follows on from learning gained in the Media Technology for the Screen module, and develops the preparation, writing and production of a short screenplay. Students work in groups under the guidance of a tutor, and discuss, devise and create a script based on a biographical subject from current life or from recent or past history. This requires substantial subject research; adaptation of biographical material into dramatic form; production of a short drama script; teamwork; allocation of roles; and creative activities such as camera operation, sound recording, lighting and editing. In summary, this module provides valuable hands-on experience for any student who aims to work in a modern creative field and engages students with all aspects of media production.
Critical Analysis and Application of the Media Work (40 Credits) This module helps students to look at the origin, development, theory, practice and production of their own selected creative work. Students choose the piece of work, then carry out an in-depth analysis of how this project came about, where possible interviewing the creator and/or those involved in the creation, tracking its path from idea to final product. This enables them to consider the decisions taken, the roads not taken, and the successes and failings of the work. Study focuses on the link between creative talent and business skills. Industry Skills (20 Credits) This is an introduction and exposure to the practical world of work. It prepares students for a first-hand experience of working in the media industry on an intensive four to six week placement to be achieved between the end of the module and the assessment of the Level 3 Professional Skills module. Skills taught include selecting an industry relevant to skills, interests and abilities; how to gain an understanding of current working practices; organisational and research skills; and how to handle people and teams. At the end of this module, each student will go on an industry placement, assisted and overseen by the Careers and Business Relations Department. Development of the Major Creative Project (20 Credits) This is the first part of a major project which is completed during the final semester in the Completion of the Major Creative Project module. It allows the student to create a media or performance project of their own choice to be showcased in ArtSpace, the Regent’s College London festival to celebrate creativity. Each stage of the process, from artistic conception and creative use of technology to business planning and marketing, show how ideas can be turned into successful enterprises, and draws on the principles and strategies learned in previous modules. Put simply, this is the student’s chance to show the public what they can do if given close tutoring support and guidance and a completely free rein to their imagination. Creative Industry Commission (40 Credits) This module is a test of the student’s learning to date, and of the industry insight gained from their placement in the summer after the end of Level 2. Students will work in groups and be tasked to develop a
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new product which withstands the test of industry standards. This module exercises every task that has been set up to this point, and the assignment, along with the others in Level 3, is the perfect preparation for working in the creative industries.
techniques, to create a short silent drama and a short factual piece, and to understand and practice the roles therein. Key to this module will be an understanding of how one develops one’s potential, as well as effective teamwork skills.
Completion of the Major Creative Project (40 Credits) This final semester module is linked to the Development of a Major Media Project module in Semester 1, and is a summation of the student’s entire learning in every module up to this point. It is also a test of the student’s skills, enterprise, judgement and maturity. The task is the completion of the media or performance project begun in the previous semester, and requires that the production process is also documented in a written paper or multi-media presentation that sets out the development route, with an honest, self-reflective analysis of what has been learned. In this module, students have a final opportunity to refine and prove their skills in conception, planning, analysis, documentation, realisation and presentation; it represents the highest achievement any student can produce on a creative or media degree.
Script Analysis, Development and Presentation (20 credits) This module includes learning of essential script craft, and an introduction to basic screenwriting practice. This incorporates script layout, formatting and key terms, and develops an understanding of the process of story and script planning and development from conception of idea through logline, outline, treatment and scene breakdown into early part-drafting and refinement of the work. It approaches the arenas of theme, intent and expression, and covers the oral and written pitch and presentation. The module also examines the nature of story conception and the potential of the idea as genesis of a project and includes the creation of a screenplay for a short five-minute script.
Professional Skills (20 Credits) This module explores the future of the industry and reflects on the skills which will be in demand over the next 20 years. The remit is to test the student to their creative limit, using their skills, experiences, knowledge and research gained over the preceding semesters to predict new avenues of growth in the industry. This last module, alongside Completion of the Major Creative Project, is the appropriate point to examine and evaluate the future of the industry, and students are expected to display imagination, foresight and realism in projecting and predicting the future and their role. BA (Hons) Film, TV & Digital Media Production Introduction to Production (20 credits) This module is an introduction to the essential basic skills of narrative film production in the areas of camera, sound, lighting, directing, producing and editing alongside effective journal keeping, academic analysis and teamwork skills. The creation of short group projects will provide students with the ability to create narratives in both drama and factual production, whilst an online journal will introduce the ethos of using digital media wherever possible. The aims are to develop a sound basis in production
Introduction to Study and IT Skills (20 credits) This module is designed to provide the necessary study skills required in higher education and in the creative industries. The objective of this module is to provide the student with an extensive range of advanced skills in note taking, computer applications (especially word processing, digital referencing, spreadsheet & financial processes, digital presentations, web design and building, and both scriptwriting and budgeting software) and current methods of research. The module will also focus on other skills such as presentation techniques, organisational skills and how to work under pressure. Documentary Production (20 credits) This module aims to provide students with an ability to understand documentary, its most prominent movements and their impact, from its inception to modern day reality TV. Students will be examining the major themes that have shaped the genre around the world examining how documentary developed across different cultures. Strong emphasis is placed on the theoretical treatment of documentary including national movements and their historical and social contexts. Alongside the theoretical study will be an examination of documentary production, especially with regard to short documentary.
Visual Storytelling in Drama (20 credits) This module engages the student in a study of the way in which digital video production presents narrative and the many ways in which drama story-telling is achieved using all elements of production including edit, colour, dialogue, soundtrack, camera language, and mise-en-scène. Students will be expected to be able to optimise the use and application of digital video cameras, sound recording and editing equipment as well as understand how different forms of film-making require different skills and approaches. Students will need to understand how different genres approach story-telling and especially how the same themes are expressed within different styles of film expression. Studio Production (20 credits) This module will develop a theoretical understanding of studio based production, the necessary practical skills required to create a multicamera studio production and the team working skills which students will employ within other modules and in their future careers. The key aims are to develop an understanding of the techniques and processes involved in studio production, to develop an understanding of working within a multi camera team and to understand the professional roles involved in a multi camera studio. Students should also develop an understanding of genres of studio production and format television, as well as develop a thorough practical understanding of health and safety in the studio. Using Emerging Technologies (20 credits) This module builds on evolving convergent digital technologies which affect all elements of the media industry. It allows students to develop their digital skills, adapting to and exploiting the evolving digital landscape around them and expanding their understanding of how traditional entertainment and storytelling can cross platforms and traverse converging technologies. This module provides students with the skills and competencies to understand how current emerging technologies can expand their creative and commercial potential and empowers them with the vision to identify common social trends in submersive digital media. Ethical issues within new media products will be discussed and analysed using real-life examples.
COURSE MODULES Short Film Production (20 credits) The short film module teaches students how to apply film and video production techniques such as writing for screen, directing, camera, sound and editing to effectively tell a story which will engage a wide audience. Students examine the effectiveness of narrative as a means to communicate a message in a short film, which is often used as a tool to further one’s career. For that reason it includes ‘industry intelligence’; students learn the role of the producer in establishing the financing of short films, exhibition and methods of progression beyond short films. The required skills of professional self management, including tax, liability and communication skills, will be an essential part of the student’s development in this module. Evolving Television Formats (20 credits) This module allows students to develop a greater understanding of the leading developments in worldwide television industries and expand on their studio production, documentary and drama theory understanding. It develops understanding of creating commercially viable global formats, from conception through development to pitch level; there is also an emphasis on studying the history of television, genre, intellectual property rights and creative culture. The module aims to develop students’ conversancy with the world of television development and pitching, so that going forward they can understand how to create, pitch and sell original television concepts and have an appreciation of structured development and industry expectations. Documentary Research and Production (20 credits) This module is the refinement of the preceding documentary module, going further in developing workplace skills within the context of documentary practice. Students will develop an informed interest in documentary as well as acquire a confidence in understanding practice and theory in a range of sub-genres. The module also develops ‘journalist skills’, i.e., the researcher’s skills of fact finding and the interrogation of ideas central to the documentary maker. The academic and professional research skills gained in this module will prepare the student for their industry placement, to take place at an organisation which suits the student’s work ambitions during the summer holiday between Levels 2 and 3. These skills will also assist the student in undertaking the
Final Year Dissertation and will enhance eventual employment. Campaign Production (20 credits) Campaign film production is a module which harnesses modern digital film production and distribution methods, whilst encouraging students to engage in current social, political, economic, environmental and/or cultural issues in order to produce, shoot and edit a short film which champions a cause, charity or organisation. Students will also be expected to research the issues surrounding their campaign to ensure the outcome fulfils the brief and is of genuine use as a ‘real world’ campaign. Each student will present a project outline to the year group, who then vote on the best five. Five groups of four students will then develop practical film/documentary production skills to execute and deliver the final campaign film. Studio and Outside Broadcast Production (20 credits) This module will provide the students with the technical and logistical skills required in Outside Broadcast (OB), building on the practices taught in studio production. Students will need to understand the principles and techniques of working within an outside broadcasting unit; specifying and rigging equipment, working with multiple cameras and multiple microphones in a live setting. Students will study, practice and understand the processes of linking OB with live studio broadcast, from idea conception to production management. The different types of OB will be taught, including sports, news, cultural/musical, nature and conference, giving students the chance to develop an appropriate and original production in a niche area. Development of Major Production (20 credits) This module exists to support and prepare for the final semester project, the Major Production. Students develop ideas for the Major Production into useful pre-production materials, through individual and group tutorial discussion and via the visual mood piece to provide evidence of references and thought around style and mise-en-scène. One of the main objectives of the module is to simultaneously develop specialist technical skills, specialist knowledge and organisational skills through workshops and critical forum lectures which will be monitored and aided by tutor support and tutor presentations on the processes and practice of setting up a lecture and involving guest speakers. Further one-off themed lectures will include refreshers on preproduction and producing and directing.
Final Year Dissertation (20 credits) The Final Year Dissertation is a formal research project to be presented in the form of a 5000-word essay. Students will be expected to critically evaluate an in-depth aspect of television, film or new media of their own choosing, with extra recognition given to the study of an area outside of the student’s own culture. There will be a necessity to locate, select and use critically information from a number of sources, including the use of IT based information sources and to complete and report on research conducted. Within the module the individual will have to communicate ideas accurately, persuasively and succinctly in writing. Genre Production Masterclass (20 credits) This module contains guest lectures from industry practitioners and is aimed to consolidate the direct link with those directors, producers and crew who create genre drama. The input from the guest lectures is to inform best practice and stimulate further interest in specific genre, which in turn will enable students to create an informed genre piece. The ability to work to brief as well as to explore genre-specific conventions is central to this module, as are the continued professional skills of production, the last before the major project. In studying the form, students will have to develop and understand how different forms of genre drama require different skills and approaches, as well as understand how different genre dramas approach story-telling. Completion of Major Production (40 credits) The Major Production is the culmination of the practical, research and creative learning undertaken on the degree and this 40-credit unit is arguably the most important both for the degree and also as a showcase of skills upon graduation. The Major Production is a film in any genre or format which develops a suitable level of specialist accomplishment in a primary and secondary area. Students will need to work on a set number of fellow students’ projects within specialist roles. Professional Skills (20 credits) This module has a twofold design. It reviews the learning that has taken place throughout the degree, and examines the student’s prospects in the workplace. It demands a level of honesty on the part of the student, encouraging them to analyse their individual skills and experiences and gauge how they best fit within identified emerging
trends. Students will draw and expand on the issues encountered over the entire degree. To that end the module will test the analytical, research and forward thinking abilities of the student. In addition there is a personal self reflective element which will allow students to enhance and test their ability to critically analyse their individual qualitative skills and strengths. BA (Hons) Screenwriting & Producing Script Analysis, Development and Presentation (20 credits) This module develops the understanding of script craft, screenwriting practice and language. It includes script formatting and terms, the process of script planning and story and plot refinement through script development stages. It covers story expression, oral and written pitching and the function of the treatment. It also analyses the idea as a blueprint for the screenplay, and guides the development of the idea into a short screenplay suitable for development into production. Business for the Creative Producer (20 credits) This module guides students into the basic functions and structures of businesses and the global environment, and deals with the effects of politics, economics, the law, social and cultural factors and changing technology on businesses and management decisions in an international arena. It will assist students in planning and developing products in the context of the screen as a creative industry, and guide the development of a production strategy for a short screenplay. Introduction to Study and IT Skills (20 credits) This module is designed to provide the student with highly developed skills in note taking, computer applications appropriate to a graduate entering the world of screen production, and also guides techniques of presentation, organisation and management of the work process in high-pressure situations. Importantly, it explores the potential of a range of presentation techniques, and focuses on the studentâ€™s ability to present material in a convincing and professional manner. The module is designed as a consolidation of any previously acquired study skills and introduction to more advanced techniques required on a BA programme of study and in a creative industry environment.
Thirty Minute Script (20 credits) This module develops the learning of script craft which has commenced in the Script Analysis, Development and Presentation module in Semester 1, and moves towards the conceiving and writing of a half-hour script. This further refines the script development process, with skills in crafting an original and individually produced work for the screen which demonstrates an understanding and application of narrative structure, plots and subplots, characterisation, uses of arena and genre. Development of the Creative Industries (20 credits) This module is a study of the origins and development of the creative industries, and of the factors which have influenced their progress and refinement. The module offers a broad overview of the history of creativity and the creative industries, and explores shifts in perception of the artist and creator through time and continents, and examines revolutions in style across the artistic fields. Thus the module is a bedrock and foundation for an understanding and contextualisation of the screen industry within the wider creative arena. Media Technology for the Screen (20 credits) Video filming, digital sound recording, and audio, video and picture editing software are a fundamental part of the screen production of today. Students of screenwriting and producing, and future writer-producers who wish to enhance the range of their potential, need to acquire production skills in filming and editing, plus the ability to understand and direct production of screen projects. This module provides the students with the skills and competencies of multi-media technology, together with an understanding of the background and coming developments of the multi-media industry. Film and the Producer (20 credits) This module examines film as both a creative and a commercial product. It explores cinema as an art, and alongside this surveys modes of finance, production, distribution, marketing and selling. Thus the module has the double function of a film studies aspect and a film market remit; students who wish to work in and with film, in any capacity, need to appreciate it as an artistic expression and gain an awareness of the specialist language used to describe film by academics and critics. Such awareness enhances the writer-producerâ€™s ability to contextualise and promote their own work and that of
others. In addition, the future of film, like the wider media industry, is on the cusp of huge changes in terms of delivery platforms and funding possibilities, and this module will look at cinema as an entity rich with development potential. Television and the Producer (20 credits) This module examines the history and power of the television series and its international sales potential, and of the genres that dominate contemporary television. It will explore the rise of new and globally popular forms of television entertainment, and compare genres and markets. A substantial part of this understanding is an examination of the production and distribution of television material, and of television production, co-production and acquired programming, national and international popularity and varied forms of television funding. In addition the module will look at the rise of new media business models, of subscription-based television as an originator, producer and distributor of original programming, and at the role of the independent producer and the commissioning editor in producing product. Creating the Short Film Production (20 credits) This module develops the preparation, writing and production of a short screenplay. It requires that the students work in groups, as in the Media Technology for the Screen module, and the script is based on a biographical subject from recent or past history. Thus the module requires substantial subject-research, the adaptation of biographical material into effective dramatic form, and the production of short drama. It also requires teamwork and strong group interaction and role-sharing, skills required in the wider screen industry workplace, together with skills in film-writing, filmmaking and the role of the camera, lighting and sound. The module is designed to offer each student a part in the creation of their film; writing, directing, acting if possible, using camera, lighting, and editing. In summary, it provides a valuable hands-on experience and engages students with all aspects of production from script to screen. One Hour Dramatic Script (40 credits) This module requires students to develop their exploitation of story structuring, characterisation and other understandings gained in the Level 1 script-based modules, and to refine their work through more advanced use of plots, character functions and exploration of arena, dialogue, montage, timeframe
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COURSE MODULES and other developments in their writing expertise. The module is designed particularly to encourage students to develop their writer’s voice. It is perfectly possible for a student to direct their writing towards television in terms of scope, length, mise-en-scène, subject matter and potential time-slot, or to use the opportunity to develop work which is more appropriate to the demands and expectations of cinema. It forms an excellent preparation for writing in the longer form, and for the challenging modules leading up to the Major Script Project in Level 3. Industry Skills (20 credits) This is an introduction and exposure to the practical world of work. It prepares students for a first-hand experience of working in the media industry on an intensive 4-6 week placement to be undertaken at the end of the second year of the degree, at a point between the end of the module and the assessment of the Level 3 Professional Skills module. Skills taught include selecting an industry relevant to skills, interests and abilities; how to gain an understanding of current working practices; organisational and research skills; and how to handle people and teams. At the end of this module, each student will go on an industry placement, assisted and overseen by the Careers and Business Relations department. Development of the Major Script Project (20 credits) This module is linked to the Completion of the Major Script Project module which follows in Semester 2, with its dual requirements of creative writing skills and fully executed production strategy. The double-module structure and the combined 60-credit weighting reflect the status and significance of the two modules and the creative and industryoriented tasks they contain. This first module requires students to develop their feature script project, and to demonstrate advanced expertise in the key areas of script planning: story selection, narrative construction, and the handling of genre and the sense of grand scheme required at feature script level. Reflecting the wide remit of the degree, the student also begins development of a professional production strategy, indicating the early planning essential to placing a script in the screen marketplace.
Creating and Producing a Five Minute Short Film (40 credits) This module offers the student the opportunity to act in a genuine decision-making and commissioning writer-producer capacity, with an additional role as director. It offers the student a modest budget with which to realise a personally envisioned short film. So the student takes responsibility for the entire creative enterprise, from conception to completion, experiencing the complete gamut of screen development creativity. This module draws from every module in the programme to date, and forms a body of work and experience in Level 3 which is a summation of the wide remit of the degree and which furnishes the student with a broad and transferable skill set to take into the employment marketplace. Completion of the Major Script Project (40 credits) This final-semester module is linked to the preceding Development of the Major Script Project of Semester 1 and carries a similar dual requirement of the full execution of the feature film script with advanced industry-standard creative writing skills, and a professionally crafted full production strategy. This module is therefore the summation of all preceding modules and assignments. In terms of its writing requirements, the student must demonstrate advanced expertise, of industry-standard and beyond, in story development; cast design; narrative structure; plotting; characterisation and character function; use of arena; dialogue; visual exposition and narration; and the exploitation of advanced scriptwriting skills in creating a feature film script to a high commercial standard. Reflecting the remit of the degree, the student must also complete a detailed professional production strategy to an industry standard, which places the work in a marketing and commercial arena, indicating the feasibility and practicalities of its production. Professional Skills (20 credits) This module explores the future of the industry and reflects on the skills which will be in demand over the next 20 years. The remit is to test the student to their creative limit, using their skills, experiences, knowledge and research gained over the preceding semesters to predict new avenues of growth in the industry. This last module, alongside Completion of a Major Script Project, is an appropriate point to examine and evaluate the future
of the industry; students are expected to display imagination, foresight and realism in predicting this future and their role in it. MA Writing for Screen & Stage Short Scripts (20 credits) This module develops a fundamental understanding of script craft, screen and theatre writing practice and script language. It teaches professional script formatting and screenplay terms, the processes of script planning, and story, plot and character refinement through script development stages. It covers screenplay structure and basic stage writing craft, oral and written pitching and the functions of script development stages. It also evaluates ideas as blueprints for scripts, exemplifying the techniques of story and subject selection, exposition and character deployment, guiding the development of two strong ideas, created by the student with tutor guidance, and their development into two short works: one a 10-15 minute screenplay encompassing techniques of screen exposition, character building and effective screen narrative devices, the other a 10-15 minute theatre piece evidencing effective use of scene design, dialogue and dramatic characterisation. In addition students write a reflective essay in which they express their learning from the exercise of developing and writing the two scripts. Adapted Scripts (20 credits) Adaptation of a short prose work is a standard and highly commercial theatre and screen form. Sometimes the original is the writer’s own work – many writers work in more than one form, and this MA stresses the values of this – and sometimes it is an admired short story or novel, historical or documentary material, or perhaps a biography or life-writing. This module takes scriptwriters through the process of adaptation, surveying the pitfalls and identifying the devices and storytelling skills writers use when turning work from one form into another. The module will examine scene structure, character, plots and subplots and variation and exploitation of arena, and compare these on screen and on stage, setting out the key challenges facing the adaptor. The module assignment is two-fold and is guided by a personal tutor. It requires taking the same short story and adapting it into two 20-30 minute plays, one for the screen and one for the stage. In addition, in this module students write a reflective essay in which they
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express their learning from the exercise of developing and writing the two scripts. Analysis of Scripts (20 credits) There is work available in the television, film and theatre industries reading and critiquing plays and screen scripts for production companies, directors, actors, theatre groups and agents who require a professional script analysis. This module trains the writer to deliver this service, assessing scripts and writing evaluations to a high industry standard. It takes examples of work produced and scripts unseen, and compares the strong and promising with flawed examples which must be critically rejected or returned with comments and notes for further development. Writers learn enormously from reading the work of others, and this module helps them gain insights into story and plot development, character creation, scene setting and the other key elements of creating work for performance. In addition this module, and the experience it gives, increases writers’ confidence: they see others’ writing in relief, learn to identify strengths and weaknesses, and discover essentially what makes a play or a screen script stand out. And of course, since the programme contains an optional theatre or screen industry placement, this module prepares students to work as script readers and editors, a valuable role for production companies. Observational Research Screenplay (30 credits) This module develops further the student’s understanding of scriptcraft, and it applies particularly to writing for the screen, though it is also a valuable development tool in the hands of the playwright or indeed any creative writer. In films the use of arena is highly important, and often undervalued by the writer. This module deals specifically with this issue. It requires the student to spend a short period in a location of their choice as an observer. Then with their tutor’s supervision and help they create a 45-minute screenplay in which their chosen arena is the key central factor in the story, influencing events and characters. This kind of writing has been rarely done on scriptwriting courses, and it is extremely effective in developing a writer’s sense of how to use arena as a ‘character’ in the film. In addition, students submit an account of the observation experience, and reflect upon its contribution to the challenge of writing the observational research script.
Thematic Research Play (30 credits) This is a similarly valuable exercise to the Observational Research Screenplay, with a similar reliance on research, but here the background work to the script is less observation and more focused on research of a specific subject for its dramatic potential. From their research, the writer will decide on a theme for their play – child abuse, gun control, abortion, infidelity, etc. This research may take them to a specific incident or set of circumstances, to a historic event or even a particular individual. Then, with close guidance from their tutor, they create a one-act play based on this material; the play/performance text will be in a genre of the student’s choice, but nevertheless has the necessary audience connection. Students may want to use the work to pose a question, or direct the audience to a particular conclusion. As in its partner module, Observational Research Screenplay, here too students write an account of the experience of researching the theme chosen for the module, and reflect upon its contribution to the challenge of writing the thematic research script. Production Case Study (20 credits) At this level, students are expected to be working in effect as a professional writer, conceiving, developing and refining a high-quality screenplay which must arrive at a productionready status by its final submission. As an insight into the process of refining such a work, in parallel to the above module students will engage in a case study of a previous film production. This will be an artistic and commercial analysis of how a particular film or theatre production came into being, from its conception to its realisation and exploitation. The choice is made by the student, in discussion with their tutor, and in order to achieve some distance of view and so that the study has the advantage of hindsight, the choice should avoid existing works in favour of a film from the past, albeit the recent past if the student so wishes. Students who want to write screenplays and develop film projects are generally driven by examples they have admired and been inspired by. This is an opportunity for the student to draw that inspiration into their own writing by studying a work in close detail, interviewing key personnel if this is possible, and through this process applying a critical framework with which they can identify the key decisions in the development of the work and their outcomes.
Option A: Feature Film Screenplay (40 credits) If students choose the area of cinema and television, they will create and write a feature-length screenplay of their own choosing. This can be any genre: for example, comedy, thriller, science fiction, love story or biopic. Students will be assisted and guided throughout by their personal tutor in a series of distance tutorials by telephone or email, with face-to-face tutorials taking place when the project is selected at the fourth residential, and when it is discussed again mid-development at the fifth and last residential. The screenplay is a major work. It should be between 90 and 120 pages, and will be honed and polished through the final seven months to a point at the end of the programme where it can be sent to production companies as a professional submission. It will also be accompanied by a reflective essay which analyses in retrospect the process of creating this major work, and the learning and personal development experienced within the project. Option B: Full Length Stageplay (40 credits) If students choose theatre, they will write a play or a stage performance text. This is a major work, normally 90 minutes to two hours long, on a subject and in a genre of the student’s choice. It should be 90-120 pages, and will also be developed and refined over the final seven months to a point at the end of the programme where it can be sent to theatre companies as a professional submission. The theatre script will also be accompanied by the submission of a reflective essay, analysing and considering the process of creating this major work, and the learning and personal development gained from it. Acting Foundation Course Acting 1: Acting Fundamentals (20 credits) An introduction to techniques suitable for acting in the realist tradition and for the creation of character. These will include psychological truth, subtext, and researching and developing a theatrical character. Students will engage in scene study and techniques practice. Introduction to Voice and Movement (10 credits) A systematic and practical investigation of basic vocal and physical skills for
COURSE MODULES performance. Students develop core competencies in vocal production, physical awareness and expressivity. Audition Preparation: The Modern Monologue (10 credits) This module focuses on the selection, preparation, and performance of modern monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions. Working closely with the tutor, students develop the skills to explore and develop a unique personal portrait of their skills as a performer. The course will conclude with a mock audition. Improvisation: Creative Collaborations (10 credits) Workshop-based explorations in the building blocks of theatre-making: spontaneity, imagination, blocking and accepting, status games, narrative, characterisation and situation. Games and exercises will help to build an ensemble, and give students the basic tools to create their own performance work. Stages and Styles (10 credits) This module extends and develops the student’s understanding of theatre. Looking at key periods in theatrical history, it explores a range of plays, their writers, and the contexts which have formed their work. In addition, students will see plays which complement the curriculum, and examine the texts through workshops and seminars. Acting 2: Scene Study (20 credits) Building on the previous term’s work on contemporary realism, this module enables students to develop scene work skills including rehearsal techniques, creating and staging a character and principles of staging and blocking. Developing Voice and Movement (10 credits) Building upon the voice and movement skills from the previous semester, this module focuses upon the application of vocal and physical skills for differing types of theatrical forms, including Shakespeare and classical text. Audition Preparation: The Classical Monologue (10 credits) An introduction to techniques for performing classical text, such as verse-speaking, scansion, scene analysis of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. This will include the selection, preparation, and performance of classical monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions.
London Masterclasses (10 credits) A series of workshops complementing the core curriculum, including masterclasses, field trips, and presentations by casting directors, agents, writers, designers and other theatre practitioners. Students will be guided through the process of applying for drama school or university auditions through a personal action plan. The Theatre Experience (10 credits) This seminar explores how theatre is made and the roles of directors, actors, designers, and other creatives. It examines the production process from script to stage and considers theatre’s place as a creative industry. Theatre visits and experiential learning augment the taught curriculum. BA (Hons) Acting & Global Theatre World Stages 1 (20 credits) In order to make informed choices as a theatre-maker, the actor must be aware of the wide range of dramatic literature and theatrical practices, as well as their social, cultural and political contexts. This module, the first of a trio, offers students an orientation to the origins of theatre and its development within selected world cultures, genres and historical periods. An Artist Residency by a visiting theatre-maker offers students an intensive study of a related theme or topic. The Body as Material (10 credits) Actors need to develop a sense of the significance and value of the expressive power of the body. Beginning with an exploration of the student’s own physicality, it introduces principles and techniques to encourage dynamic use of the body. Techniques explored are drawn from a variety of sources and relate to other areas of the module, including the Artist’s Residency section of World Stages 1. Practical explorations in movement form the spine of the module, and encourage the student to develop a basic repertoire of techniques for performance. The Voice as Material (10 credits) Actors need to access the expressive potential of their other key instrument: the voice. This module complements The Body as Material. Beginning with an exploration of the student’s own voice, it introduces principles and techniques to build core competencies in vocal production and oral interpretation of dramatic texts. Classes in the opening weeks will
concentrate on developing good vocal health, and how to warm up, protect and nurture the voice as an instrument. Techniques explored are drawn from a variety of sources and relate to other areas of the module, including the Artist’s Residency section of World Stages 1. Practical explorations form the spine of the module, and encourage the student to develop a basic repertoire of vocal techniques for performance. The Actor as Instrument (20 Credits) Central to the actor’s craft is an awareness of the interdependency of the body and the voice in creating memorable performances. This module provides a systematic and developmental training which encourages the holistic development of the actor. Students will explore vocal expressivity, resonance and range in tandem with physical techniques for exploring character and dramatic roles. Workshops, practical exercises, scene work, and tutorials develop enhanced performance skills. Emphasis is placed upon working closely upon individual development. Actor, Image and Stage (20 credits) The imaginary worlds created by designers are performing partners for the actor. This module offers an introduction to the history, development, and practices of stage design and theatre technology. Through the study of key scenographic practitioners, students gain skills in analysing performance and the function of design elements. Practical explorations encourage students to explore the dynamic interaction between actor and stage in creating an exciting visual and aural text. Through a combination of lecture-demonstrations, workshops, guest practitioners and field trips, students examine the design process from concept to performance. Media Technology for the Screen (20 credits) Today’s creative world is built around the use and exploitation of media technology in the form of video filming, digital sound recording, and audio, video and picture editing software. Pictures and images are often more powerful and effective than words, and the best and most effective visual pitches are almost always those presented via a screen with skilled use of filming and editing techniques. This module will develop these skills and this confidence further. Students with their eyes on a future in the creative field will find their opportunities hugely enhanced by this training in using multi-media technology.
Introduction to Study and IT Skills (20 credits) Note-taking, the assimilation of new information, adaptation to study, critical thinking, the mastering of new computer applications – all are desirable skills for those entering the world of creative production. Importantly, the module explores the potential of a range of presentation techniques, and develops the ability and confidence to present material in a convincing and professional manner. In addition, the module teaches techniques of organisation and management of the work process in high pressure situations, all key to the successful and highly employable graduate. World Stages 2 (20 credits) This module, the second of a trio, expands the student’s understanding of world stages through a comparative study of theatre traditions, theories and practices, analysing the influence of different theatrical cultures upon each other. It introduces attendant critical concepts such as genre, form, performance conventions and theatrical styles. Lectures are enhanced by exploratory workshops. An Artist Residency by a visiting theatremaker offers students an intensive study of a related theme or topic. Creating a Character (20 credits) A skilled actor knows how essential it is to be versatile and adept in responding to the requirements of script, director, and designer. This module enables the actor to acquire a range of strategies for researching and creating a dramatic role. It is comparative in its approach to the creation of character, taking into account the theatrical function of character and representation in different theatrical cultures. Where appropriate, techniques explored relate to the Artist’s Residency section of World Stages 2. Students are encouraged to explore a selected character in depth and to build a repertoire of character-creation skills for more advanced production work. Creating a Performance (20 credits) In the second year, students consolidate the skills thus far acquired through working on a fully realised, small-scale production for a public audience. The module is designed to apply and refine the student’s skills in acting, theatremaking, and post-production reflection. Working under the guidance of a director, students will explore how a play is structured, issues of potential audience and intended communication, rehearsal strategies, and, above all, creative collaboration between actors, designers and director.
Study Abroad Semester (50 credits) In the second semester, students will broaden their international understanding of theatre and performance during a study abroad semester at one of the partner universities affiliated with Regent’s College. Students will receive guidance in selecting a campus whose programme of study complements their own acting and performance interests. Study Abroad Essay (20 credits) Through the writing of a critically and analytically informed essay, students reflect upon their study abroad experience and its contribution to their personal and creative development. World Stages 3 (20 credits) This module expands the student’s understanding of theatre as an international phenomenon through examining the inter-relationship between global and local. At its heart is a comparative and intercultural approach, which recognises theatre can be a specific and localised practice as well as a global and multinational phenomenon. Through case studies and practical exploration, students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of how hybridity, postcolonialism, transnationalism, and postmodernism have promoted ‘theatre beyond borders.’ An Artist Residency by a visiting theatre-maker offers students an intensive study of a related theme or topic. Acting for the Camera (20 credits) Film, television and time-based media offer different acting challenges from the theatre. This module introduces students to specific concepts and techniques for acting for the camera, such as film script analysis in preparing for a role, studio protocols, working with the camera and in studio. Students will gain a basic understanding of acting for the camera through lectures, exercises and projects in a film studio environment. This module builds on the acting, voice and movement skills developed in earlier modules, and augments the skills and techniques acquired in Media Technology for the Screen. Development of the Major Performance Project (20 credits) This module is linked to the Major Performance Project in Semester 2, and is a summation of the student’s entire learning in every module up to this point. It is also a test of the student’s skills. Students will receive career guidance, with a view of defining their skills and aspirations for the workplace. As preparation for their Major Project, they will engage in
all aspects of the pre-rehearsal process: such as script analysis, contextual study, considerations of audience reception, development of the production concept, production planning, casting, publicity and marketing. Each stage of the process will build upon the critical and analytical skills gained in previous modules. Shakespeare in International Performance (20 credits) One of the greatest challenges – and joys – for the modern actor is the work of Shakespeare. This module affords the opportunity to develop the discipline and focus to approach these complex texts with confidence and spontaneity. Students will explore the original British cultural contexts for Shakespeare’s plays, as well as subsequent revisions by directors and theatre companies from across the world. Students will acquire core skills in verse speaking, understanding of poetic text and approaches to character specific to classical text. The module emphasises practical exploration of the concepts and techniques studied. Major Performance Project (40 credits) This module is linked to the Development of the Major Performance Project and is a summation of the student’s entire learning in every module up to this point. It is also a test of the student’s skills, enterprise, judgment and maturity. Students will work together as a theatre company and realise a full-length work under the assistance and guidance of a director and professional team. Students will each have an acting role as well as production role to fulfil. The rehearsal process will test and refine the initial production concept via rehearsal and workshops, culminating in the public performance at a London theatre. The Major Performance Project is part of ArtSpace, the Regent’s College London festival to celebrate creativity, a largescale event featuring the creative work of students of the London School of Film, Media & Performance. This module represents the highest achievement the student can produce on a creative degree, and the results will be a testament to and a permanent record of the student’s success.
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