Guildhall School of Music and Drama B.A

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama B.A

Guildhall School of Music and Drama B.A

BA (Hons) Performance & Creative Enterprise

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About the course

  • Three years full-time
  • 27 applications / 10 places*

*based on 2015/16 data

The Performance and Creative Enterprise degree is aimed at artists from a range of music and theatre backgrounds. Open to musicians, composers, theatre makers, devisors, spoken word artists, beatboxers and poets, it is intended for those who want to develop their performance, production, collaboration and leadership skills for employment in the arts industry.

This degree course is all about participation in cross-artform projects. Enabling you to collaborate, communicate and lead in a range of cultural and socially-engaged contexts, the programme will develop your curiosity, stimulate your imagination and help you to generate original work. It will also prepare you for life in the professional arts industry, with a strong focus on developing entrepreneurship and employability.

The programme focuses on:

  • Developing your own individual artistic craft through bespoke training (one-to-one lessons and mentoring)
  • Working collaboratively as part of a cross-arts company, creating new work which is live, recorded and digital
  • Collaborating with people in a range of community settings (e.g. schools, hospitals and healthcare centres, criminal justice institutions), creating participatory and socially-engaged artistic work
  • Cultivating employability by developing creative enterprise skills, including project management, fundraising and budgeting, pitching proposals, marketing and online resources

The programme is taught through on-site specialist training and mentoring, and through real world off-site projects and placements. Delivered in association with the Barbican Centre, it features tutors and guest artists from across the Barbican and Guildhall School’s roster such as: musicians Eugene Skeef, Soweto Kinch, and MOBO award-winning singer Zara McFarlane; poets Jacob Sam-La Rose and Paula Varjack; theatre director Ned Glasier, actors Chetna Pandya and Endy Mckay, playwright Luke Barnes, voice coach Tom Morrison, and movement specialist Niamh McKernan. Collaborators from other artforms have included choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy (Boy Blue) and filmmaker Eelyn Lee.

Course structure

Year 1: Experiments and explorations

The first year gives you space to experiment and create new work, while learning about being part of a company, working collaboratively, and helping to deliver socially-engaged work. Modules include: