Taught course

Playwriting & Dramaturgy

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative Arts
Qualifications
MLitt

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry

September

Course content

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/funded/

The Masters in Playwriting & Dramaturgy gives you a practical and theoretical engagement with the many forms of writing and production for theatre. The programme is designed for those wishing to develop playwriting skills and knowledge of script development and support, opening the way to many theatre roles, including dramaturgy.

Why Glasgow

  • Theatre Studies at Glasgow is one of the longest-established theatre programmes in the UK. Our internationally renowned reputation for research, practice and teaching ensures an ideal environment for the pursuit of Masters study.
  • A significant part of the programme is delivered by professional writers and dramaturges, ensuring you engage with a wide variety of practices and ensuring the programme content is relevant and up to date with the latest trends in theatre.

  • The MLitt Playwriting and Dramaturgy includes the opportunity for playwrights to develop a major script, through workshops and staged readings with actors and directors.
  • In addition to masterclasses and workshops with external specialists, the work placement or internship builds on our long-term links and collaborations with an extensive number of theatre practitioners and arts organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Playwrights’ Studio, The Arches, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, The Tron and the Citizens’ Theatre.
  • The city of Glasgow provides an unbeatable location for the programme. Glasgow is home to a huge variety of theatres and nationally significant theatre organisations that produce and show a range from the experimental and risky to the traditional and repertory, from canonical and new writing to devised and physical performance.

Programme Structure

Our programme is the only one in Scotland that combines playwriting with dramaturgy. You will undertake core practical playwriting courses and core dramaturgy courses before choosing to specialise in one pathway. A significant part of the programme is delivered by professional writers and dramaturges. This programme also includes the opportunity for playwrights to develop a major script, through workshops and staged readings with actors and directors.

Core teaching is delivered in two semesters, followed by an independent desk- or practice-based project.

Our core courses introduce you to the foundations of both playwriting as a craft, and dramaturgy as a historical and contemporary practice.

In addition, core courses develop other skills useful to the role of the dramaturg and the practitioner, including critical reading, writing and reflection, independent research skills (such as archival and audience research), and presentation skills.

These courses will also prepare you to pursue doctoral study in the future.

Courses include

  • Playwriting
  • Dramaturgy: histories and practices
  • Reading and interpreting performance
  • Dramaturgical work placement
  • Research methods
  • Independent project.

The programme is designed in two pathways, with students taking shared, core courses alongside options. Core teaching is delivered in Semesters 1 and 2, with Term 3 dedicated to an independent project.

  • Core courses are: Playwriting 1, Debating Dramaturgy 1, Debating Dramaturgy 2 and Research Methods.
  • Optional courses – you can select to undertake either Reading and Interpreting Performance or Contemporary Devising Practices.
  • Pathway courses are: Playwriting 2 OR Dramaturgy Placement.
  • An independent project is completed during the final phase of the course, from April to September.

Core courses

Our core courses introduce you to the foundations of both playwriting as a craft, and dramaturgy as a historical and contemporary practice. In addition, core courses develop other skills useful to the role of the dramaturg and the practitioner, including critical reading, writing and reflection, independent research skills (such as archival and audience research), and presentation skills. These courses also prepare students who may wish to pursue doctoral study in the future. As a good working knowledge of plays (texts and productions) is essential for both the practicing playwright and dramaturg, courses engage with a diverse range of dramatic texts and their stagings.

Assessment
For Playwriting 1, you write a short play as well as a script report. For Debating Dramaturgy 1 you deliver an oral presentation and produce an essay on a selected topic relating to the history or contemporary practice of dramaturgy in the UK, Europe or the USA. Assessment for Reading and Interpreting Performance comprises an oral presentation and an essay that uses close reading of play texts or production histories. For Debating Dramaturgy 2, you engage in a number of workshop events and complete a research journal mapping your learning, alongside an essay on a question that can be devised by you. Research Methods provides an opportunity for you to scope out a research project, which you may then seek to complete in your independent research project.

Pathways

The Playwriting and Dramaturgy Programme is designed to allow you to engage with both playwriting and dramaturgy as practices. All students complete the Playwriting 1 course in Semester 1. In Semester 2, you then decide whether to undertake advanced playwriting or an applied dramaturgical project, via a work placement.

  • Playwriting 2 is an advanced playwriting course. Students are mentored one-to-one by a professional playwright, working towards developing a full-length play for the stage. At a mid-point in the development process, plays are given a reading by professional actors, facilitated by a professional director.
  • Dramaturgy Placement allows students to develop and apply their dramaturgical skills within a real context. The focus of the work placement is determined, as far as possible, by the interests of the student. Previous work placements have included working as a Production Dramaturg for the Director of the Citizens’ Theatre (Hamlet); archiving and organising a database of plays written by writers resident in Scotland (for the Playwrights’ Studio); working with a group of young people to develop a new play (Ankur Productions). The experience of the placement is captured in a reflective portfolio.


Independent Research Project
The IRP offers you a range of opportunities to explore something of interest to you, applying an appropriate methodology. For example, you may choose to produce a 15,000 word dissertation, undertaking primary and secondary research in the pursuit of new knowledge that relates to the fields of playwriting and dramaturgy; or you may choose to undertake a more applied project, for example, producing a Teacher’s Pack to accompany a touring production of Peter Pan; or you may choose to further practice you playwriting skills.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods are determined by the different needs of the courses and include seminars, one-to-one tutorials, placements and workshops. They are delivered by staff in Theatre Studies, alongside professional practitioners. The playwriting courses are both delivered by professional practitioners, whilst other practitioners are invited to contribute workshops to Debating Dramaturgy 2. Other occasional workshops, seminars and events are organised throughout the year by both staff and students. Students also have the opportunity to audit other courses, as appropriate. Students are encouraged to create opportunities for informal peer support outside teaching hours.

Information for international students

IELTS: overall score 6.5; no sub-test less than 6.5. ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23 CAE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. CPE: 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176. PTE Academic: 64; minimum 62 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
£6800
International students
£14500

http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/playwritingdramaturgy/

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Victoria Price
Email
Victoria.Price@glasgow.ac.uk