Theatre and Media as Development integrates community theatre and media practices with aspects of development studies. It offers a variety of frameworks for communication though which specific groups and communities can further their self-development and transform their social realities.Programme ContentStudy provides students with an advanced practical and theoretical forum where social and cultural change are debated and practised. They participate in a dialogue about how the arts processes of theatre and media can support the aspirations and dreams of specific local communities. The aim is to promote understanding of the part that creative processes can play, not only in improving the quality and clarity of development communications, but also in enabling communities to address barriers to their self-development.
The Major Project is a 12 to 14 week group project and it may take place anywhere in the world. In some cases students activate connections from their own previous experiences to set up their projects.ModulesIntegrated Workshop in Theatre and Media as Development
Issues in Globalisation
Major ProjectLearning and TeachingAn intensive taught set of modules is delivered through workshops and seminars. Students are taught by academics who are experienced in the field and specialist guest expertise from academic and development organisations.AssessmentThe taught modules involve essay writing and giving presentations. The Major Project is followed by an examined presentation in Winchester and a viva voce examination. The programme culminates with the completion of a dissertation or consultancy.Dissertation/consultancyStudents write a dissertation of 20,000 words or undertake a consultancy for a commissioning agency. For the latter case, students are expected to undertake a period of action research, which results in a professional standard report being submitted to the agency and the programme, as well as an additional annex covering the learning journey of the student.