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MA Applied Drama: Theatre in Social, Educational & Community Contexts

"The on-campus events and lectures were a great source of current theory and practice. The Drama Department is a thriving laboratory for developing contemporary practice."

I had been working in community theatre and educational theatre for several years, dreaming of further study. I was looking for career development possibilities, and decided to come to the UK as an international student. I had been working in a drama department, and my Head of Department recommended Goldsmiths to me as an excellent choice. I was thrilled from the first moment I had contact with my tutor, who was supportive and stimulating during my interview, and the decision to study Applied Drama at Goldsmiths was easy.

The university has such a creative fun atmosphere and I was impressed by the many options in the humanities. I especially enjoyed making use of the wide variety of texts in different disciplines to mine in the library. The on-campus events and lectures were a great source of current theory and practice. The Drama Department is a thriving laboratory for developing contemporary practice, and their programming of special events and residential guest artists and tutors serves the students' desire to learn from the best and to locate themselves within the profession. There are also exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

The MA Applied Drama course was particularly effective in locating the subject within the industry, with a whole term devoted to a placement with a relevant theatre company or arts organization. For me, the placement was an invaluable opportunity to network within my field and learn more about how arts organizations work in this country. I worked at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), and have since been involved in three freelance projects with them.

My MA from Goldsmiths has undoubtedly set me up for my career in the arts, and the warm and supportive staff made for a year of fun, debate, stimulation, and loads of learning. At present, I work as a writer in residence in prison, am learning manager for a dance education project, and have been working as an artist facilitator for Contacting the World which is an international youth theatre festival which runs biannually. I have worked in New York, Rio, Zambia, Gdansk, Manchester and London. My only regret was that the course is only one year. I still attend events, and have remained a member of the library so that I can continue to enjoy the atmosphere of Goldsmiths

Alice

"The course helped me to develop an awareness and apreciation of myself as an artist and a teacher."

I took a sabbatical year out from teaching so that I could fully immerse myself on the MA Artist Teacher programme. In this way I felt part of the Goldsmiths community. Having the use of a studio on campus allowed for greater investigations into my own work as an artist, and I had access to the wonderful library facility, as well as many other campus based facilities. The course helped me to develop an awareness and apreciation of myself as an artist and a teacher. As well as teaching me to value myself as both that allowing both a platform in my classroom environment could enhance and improve my students and my own experience of learning. I was introduced to educational philosophies that will stay with me as I go forward in my teaching and artistic career.

The people I met who were with me on the MA were all instrumental in the way I learnt through the course. As well as enhancing the experience by creating a community of friends, colleagues and professionals that enables each member to work to the best of their ability. The tutors on the course were a part of the process of learning, pushing and creating experiences both within and outside of the classroom experience. Overall my experience at Goldsmiths has enriched my life both personally and professionally.

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