Case study

Masters student — Aisha Kent

Aisha studied drama and multimedia at the University of Kent before pursuing the MA Collaborative Theatre Making at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

Why did you decide to pursue a postgraduate course?

After graduating from the University of Kent, I moved to London to pursue my performing dreams. I managed to find work in a variety of creative roles including performing Shakespeare, stand up and devising theatre. I also found positions facilitating workshops about sexual violence with the National Health Service (NHS).

However, I wanted to return to full-time study to have the freedom to explore my creative potential and rediscover myself as an artist.

As creatives we should always be training and deepening our knowledge. After several years in the industry I wanted to completely immerse myself in learning and take the next step in my career.

Why did you choose this course and institution?

I applied to Rose Bruford College because of its reputation and high standard of teaching. I was keen on the course because it offered training in a range of skills that would increase my potential as a creator of theatre.

Drama school had been a dream since childhood, but when I stepped onto the campus for the first time, to be interviewed for the course, I completely fell in love with the place.

How are you funding your postgraduate study?

I have a student loan and I saved up for several years before applying to the college.

What is the course teaching you that your first degree did not?

At undergraduate level there was a balance between academic and practical work, but there were often strict parameters on the areas of both study and creation. In several modules I did manage to get extensive academic and creative freedom.

In my time at Bruford, I've had the opportunity to experience guest lecturers, events and performances from current high-level industry professionals - in addition to our high quality teaching staff.

What does the course involve?

The collaborative theatre making course involves a full-time commitment to being in a workroom, creating and exploring theatre from multiple angles. We have gained a wide range of skills, including performing, directing, dramaturgy and creative writing.

The course is about working collectively to create performance. Often in different projects we've been given the opportunity to explore a wide range of roles in the creative theatre industry.

How does postgraduate life differ to that of an undergraduate?

The main difference has been the amount of freedom and independence required. You have to be self-motivated and dedicated to get the most out of a year's intense learning.

The main advantage of further study for me has been choosing to learn a specialist subject that I was particularly passionate about.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?

I'm planning on launching my own company Spinneret Productions, with the work focusing on the voice of the marginalised.

What areas of work could you go into?

I can embark on a career in performing arts, but I'm also keen to explore other academic pathways including a PhD and possible teaching opportunities.

What tips would you give to others choosing a Masters?

Pick a subject you're keen to pursue professionally, research the course content and if possible visit the campus and meet with course leaders.

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