Taught course

Movement: Directing and Teaching

Institution
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Qualifications
MAMFA

Entry requirements

You will normally have a degree or equivalent in a subject that includes an element of movement or dance. Graduates of other disciplines will be considered if they can provide evidence of previous training and experience in movement or dance. If you have a strong movement background and professional experience of working with movement for at least two years, you will be considered for non-standard entry. Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to gain an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Pioneering programmes aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement directing and teaching. Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify, people who work with actors, or practitioners from sport or holistic practice who want to enhance their understanding of practical/theoretical interfaces regarding movement in contemporary performance.

These courses offer specialist, vocational teaching in the field of movement for actors and production practice for movement directors. Bespoke movement placements at Central and in other professional theatre settings, such as other conservatoires, or theatre, opera or film organisations (both in Britain and internationally), are a key part of the course.

There are opportunities for the development of individual movement specialisms and their application to the work of actors. Tradition, experience, eclecticism and innovation epitomise Central’s understanding of movement training for the theatre, and these unique courses have been created in that spirit.

In the first year students of the MA and MFA combine for terms one to three. The MFA extends into a second year that involves workplace attachments, mentorship and practice.

These courses capitalise on Central’s resources, innovations and history in the field of actor movement, both at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Students will belong to the fine history of movement at Central from Litz Pisk to the present.

Student are provided with a rich and diverse landscape within which to address movement practices in relation to a wide range of established theatre processes and innovations in the field. Practical movement teaching and movement directing on selected projects offers a range of potential applications in the fields of theatre production, puppetry, animation, classical theatre, film acting, and contemporary and devised work.

There are opportunities for students to develop their own practice as movement specialists according to their interests in this growing and innovative field, and they will undertake potentially ground-breaking research into movement. The courses are taught by tutors who are current professional practitioners in their field of movement pedagogy, movement direction and movement research.

Students undergo a formalised and systematic actor movement education that coincides with the emergence of a widespread social interest in all aspects of physicality and the body. There is a firm emphasis on Laban’s movement philosophy and Lecoq’s spatial and physical techniques, but the overall approach is eclectic and celebrates a variety of methods. Students may expect to encounter the work of movement practitioners, such as Feldenkrais, Bogart, Roth, Suzuki, Alexander, Pisk, Humphries, Barba and Grotowski. Teaching methods place equal emphasis on individual and group development, through individual tutorials, group seminars and workshops. Practical sessions are designed to enhance skills as a movement teacher or movement director.

MFA students will work independently in a second year of specialist study aimed at widening and deepening practice within a professional context. They are expected to undertake one or two attachments that are supported with tutorials throughout the year, as part of an ongoing process of reflection, analysis and growth that will lead to a final dissertation submission.

Assessment

For both MFA students in the first year and MA students, assessment is through a range of methods, including work on practical projects, written assignments and teaching/directing practice placements.

In the last term of the MA, students work independently to complete their specialist enquiry, arising from work undertaken during the course.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews in New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Bogota. Please see Central’s website for details. To book an place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, you may be offered the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MFA

full time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Professional practice40
portfolio30

Course contact details

Name
Admissions and Student Recruitment Office
Email
enquiries@cssd.ac.uk
Phone
02077228183