Elena moved to London in order to study for the MA Theatre Studies (Performance and the City) at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. Below she tells us why she chose to study in London and how she has found the experience
Why did you choose this course and institution?
After completing an undergraduate degree in the US, I was interested in pursuing a course that incorporated theatre research and economics. I also wanted to study in London, and the MA Theatre Studies course at Central was the only course I found offering a true mix of what I was looking for.
Tell us a bit about the content of the course…
The course explores London’s theatre scene and covers theatre criticism, Shakespeare in London, structures of production and funding, and a research project. We also have the opportunity to visit prestigious London venues including Shakespeare’s Globe and the Barbican Centre, and will soon be traveling to Paris.
Did you manage to secure funding for your studies?
I was fortunate enough to secure a loan that covered my tuition fees and my visa allows me to work part-time whilst studying, to cover living expenses.
What are the main differences between undergraduate and postgraduate life?
There is more focus on independent learning with emphasis on contemplating and reflecting. As an undergraduate student, I was reiterating what I was learning but as a postgraduate student, I create an original argument.
How has the course helped you prepare for employment?
Alongside my course I gained a placement in the development team at a London theatre. This has taught me the necessary elements of working in theatre research and administration.
What advice would you give to other students considering taking the programme?
Read about performance studies, London and the theatre world. There are many hidden facets to performance and cultural studies relating to theatre; every day I’m uncovering something new.
What are your plans for after you graduate?
I’m currently researching theatre development and I’m interested in getting more involved in development or arts advocacy.
The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama is one of the oldest established drama schools in the UK. Read more about the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, take a look at the courses on offer and contact the university directly with any questions you might have about studying there.
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