FdA in Theatre Production Arts (1 year) - Foundation Degree
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Ralph Richardson Memorial Studios, Clarendon Road, Wood Green, London, N22 6XF
Tel: 020 8881 2201
Principal: Sue Robertson
Director of Production Arts: Andy Franks
by Middlesex University
Accredited by the National Council for Drama training
This course is rather different in that it offers students the opportunity of gaining an honours degree in two years instead of the usual three. This degree has exactly the same amount of weeks as a three-year degree. However, a three-year degree is comprised of two semesters a year, whereas this degree course has three semesters.
It is hard work, especially as the holiday periods are shorter to accommodate the third semester. But it has lots of advantages. Many of students want a faster route into employment and so the two years is very attractive to them. Others are interested in taking a masters degree when they leave which means potentially two degrees can be fitted into the time it normally takes to complete one. This course also attracts people either returning to work or deciding to change careers but cannot afford to study for more than two years.
The first year is devoted to giving students the theory, skills and knowledge, which will enable them to work effectively on productions. For the first two semesters, all students study five main areas, which are Construction, Lighting, Design, Sound and Stage Management, and then in semester three students follow the area, which interests them most. The third semester provides everyone with a range of exciting and interesting projects and also involves some production work.
In the second year, students work solely on the public productions. Mountview has a very busy production schedule which is a mix of drama and musicals. Productions are performed in theatres around the London area. This gives students invaluable experience as each venue presents its own challenges. It is also an ideal way to network.
Theatre is a collaborative art form and it is important to have an understanding of how all the different departments work. Although students usually have some knowledge in one or two areas, there are many skills that you will never have tried before. Also, the theatre and the related industries like multi-skilled individuals, it makes you so much more employable.