MA / MFA Creative Producing
Immersive theatre, choreographed construction cranes, and streetlights that interact with passersby. Over the last decade a new kind of creative experience has emerged from Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio fusing a variety of traditional artforms with emerging technology. Innovative projects like these require a new kind of creative producer. The Creative Producing MA/MFA is designed to equip you to lead and support projects like these a skillset in increasing demand in the ever-changing creative and cultural landscape.
What is a creative producer?
Are you involved in arts, cultural or creative technology production? Are you the person who is drawn to instigate or organise the project? Do you think you have creative leadership potential?
A creative producer makes things happen; they sit between the creative process and the operational process in a project, orchestrating ideas, resources, people and participants to turn the seed of an idea into reality.
Creative producers shape the way that meaning is taken from the work. They combine attention to detail with an ability to see the big picture and can make connections between the two. More than project managers, they realise the vision of a project and make it possible for a creative team to achieve their best. Our creative community is especially interested in innovation, creative technology and collaboration between artists, researchers, engineers, designers, and makers. These sectors often use different terms and have different ways of working so creative producers need excellent communication and translation skills.
The cultural sector need producers who are familiar with the demands of creative technology and are able to lead multidisciplinary teams. The producer is able to create work that resonates with a contemporary audience. They will be the future leaders of venues, festivals, creative tech companies and producing houses. As our creatives are coming from ever more diverse backgrounds and disciplines – our producers will be able to match that ambition, and drive it forward.
Two 50% subsidised placements for BAME students are available to applicants, supported by the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.
The programme has been developed and will be delivered in a partnership with Watershed and will draw on the expertise and network of the Pervasive Media Studio, taught by both Watershed Producers and UWE staff. The programme will have a strong focus on personal development, supporting students in developing those qualities that we believe make great producers, risk taking, generosity, inclusion, passion, resilience, taste and bravery. To support this, the programme includes a number of work placements which we will help you to arrange with our course partners (below).
The course will run over one calendar year, beginning late September with the final major project submitted at the start of the following September. The programme is also available as a part time route over two years. Students can qualify with either an MA or MFA, a choice made in semester two where the MA is a more practice oriented route and MFA requires a longer written component in the final project.
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