MA courses relating to performing arts seem to be getting ever more specialised and focused as providers hone in on the minutiae of what high-end vocational training students really need. And many of them are working in partnerships and collaborations to build in real industry involvement alongside the academic stuff. I wrote recently, for instance, about Rose Bruford’s new MA in Theatre for Young Audiences taught at and through Unicorn Theatre.
Now I see that the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is launching an interesting post-grad degree too. It’s an MA in Event Production and it’s a partnership between the College and event production company, Production 78.
The course involves one year of full time study and a second year of part-time work, consisting of building up a projects portfolio by working on assignments in the field.
The link between RWCMD and Production 78 is already pretty well established. Director of Production 78, Stephen Burkitt-Harrington is a former RWCMD student and his company - launched in 2001 with fellow RWCMD graduate Duncan Thompson - collaborated with the College on a recent, very successful, Royal Gala event at Buckingham Palace to celebrate RWCMD’s 60th birthday.
The new course is due to start in February. The aim is to combine the industry know-how of a thriving events management company with the academic pedigree of the College’s specialist staff.
RWCMD’s Head of Stage Management, David Roxburgh said: ‘This is the first course of its kind available within a drama school environment. We’re thrilled with this collaboration which gives our new course a genuine and targeted industry focus, allowing students valuable practical experience throughout the duration of their studies.’
‘We’re delighted that there is finally a course that is industry-specific and that will give students the skills that we, as an events company, want to be employing,’ added Burkitt-Harrington.
Prospective production managers, technical managers, site managers and stage managers can apply now to the Royal Welsh College for this Event Production MA. It is meant for individuals who already have some experience in event production.
Photo shows (L to R) Stephen Burkitt-Harrington pushing his old class mate, Torchwood actor Eve Myles, helped out by Head of Stage Management and Eve’s old teacher, David Roxburgh, at this year’s Graduation ceremony where Eve was made a Fellow of the College.