Subject to validation.
The MA Creative Producing programme is unfortunately not taking applications for 2020. We hope to introduce the programme for 2021 entry, if you would like to keep in touch please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This MA Creative Producing (MACP) will enhance your academic portfolio, offer a contemporary and exciting MA product within a Conservatoire context and enable students on the programme to contextualize their learning throughout their studies. We hope to attract visionary and ambitious applicants to the programme who understand the transformational role the producer can inhabit in a range of contemporary contexts such as engendering a protected environment for new work to be gestated; supporting work through time, talent, and fostering the emergence of ideas.
Creative Producers are so titled to remind those who may be unsure that this is a creative role and part of the creative process of collaboration towards success. The course will seek to offer a perspective for all students of the whole “producing spectrum” from managing someone else’s project, through the roles of General Management and in-house Executive Producing, through to inventing and bringing their own very personal vision to life. Each student will come with very different pre-considered paths, the course will seek to open their eyes to the multiple paths of producing and encourage them to go down many in what will be, most likely, a portfolio career, at least in the early years.
Producers are “employers” and creators of opportunities. It is the ambition for the programme that new creative projects, new companies, and new employment possibilities will be realised on many scales, across many nations, and with true collaboration between the graduates and the wider creative and cultural sector.
Subject to validation
MA Creative Producing is a one year, full-time degree programme. The taught content will be focused on the professional skills of the producer through an exploration of the commercial, creative and contemporary issues of making work. The delivery will comprise a mix of critical evaluation, horizon-scanning, analysis of good practice all underpinned with the theoretical teaching of core content relating to business and promotional skills.
Each student will develop their own individual creative approaches to producing within the context of their own disciplinary expertise. We will encourage inter and transdisciplinary exploration through individual and group project work.
The award focuses on three main areas of study:
- Core business, administration and management skills
- Leadership, collaboration and implementation
Through completion of this course, learners will develop knowledge of:
- Deploying skills learnt within the context of their creative outputs
- Effective leadership and collaborative soft skills
- The creative and cultural economy and how to deploy their skills within the sector
The programme is designed in a modular form to focus on the rigorous disciplines which make up the role of a Creative Producer in the contemporary environment nationally and internationally. Students will take time to study the past, understand the present, in order to inform the future – their future and that of the industry in which they may choose to work. The modules seek to simulate real-world challenges with the aim of allowing students to test and challenge their preconceptions.
Modules for the MA Creative Producing degree are:
- The Role of the Producer
- Arts Leadership and Management
- Budgeting Finance and Fundraising
- Professional Project
Tuition fees for academic year 2020-21
- UK/EU Students – £13,764
- International (non EU) – £21,612
From the next academic year (21/22) all EU students commencing study in Scotland will pay fees at the International rate.
New Scottish domiciled students may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan. All eligible students will be able to apply directly to Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a non-means-tested loan of up to £3,400. See the SAAS website for further details of the PSAS scheme.
Scottish domiciled postgraduate students on eligible courses can also apply for a Postgraduate Living Cost Loan up to £4,500 towards living expenses. This is in addition to the existing loan available towards the cost of their tuition fees.
Postgraduate students from England can benefit from a postgraduate loan of up to £11,222 (in 2020/2021) to be used towards tuition fees and/or living costs.
From 1 August 2019, students ordinarily resident in Wales (and those from the EU studying at a Welsh institution) may be entitled to a combination of loan and grant as a contribution to costs while studying a postgraduate Master’s degree course. The total amount of support available is non-means-tested and is paid directly to the student. The total support available to an eligible student is £17,000. A grant of up to £6,885 is available, depending upon household income. The balance of support is a loan.
Support comprises of the following elements:
- A non-means-tested contribution to costs base grant of £1,000 is available to all eligible students. ï‚·
- An additional means-tested contribution to costs grant of £5,885 is available to eligible students with a household income of up to £18,370 per annum. For every £6.937 of household income per annum above this threshold, the amount of additional means-tested grant will be reduced by £1.
- A non-means-tested contribution to costs loan is available to all eligible students. The amount of loan available will be equal to the level of total support (£17,000 in 2019/20) less the total grant (base grant plus additional grant) a student is eligible for.
For part-time study, support is allocated over the number of years the course is studied. Support is capped in each academic year; for example, £17,000 for a one year course, £8,500 per year for a course lasting two years and £4,250 per year for a course lasting four years. Full-time courses between one and two years are eligible for support. Part-time courses of up to four years are eligible for support.
The Royal Conservatoire is resolutely international in outlook and we celebrate and are enriched by the diversity of our community of students and staff. Students from across the globe are -welcome and valued members of the RCS community and we continue to welcome applicants from across the EU and throughout the world.
Q: What is the fee situation for EU students?
A: On July 9 2020 Scotland’s Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Richard Lochhead announced changes to the fee regime for EU students studying in Scotland. From next academic year (21/22) all EU students commencing study in Scotland will pay fees at the International rate.
Q: I’m an EU student looking to start my studies in 2021-22. How does this impact me?
A: From the next academic year (21/22) all EU students commencing study in Scotland will pay fees at the International rate.
Only EU nationals who are ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ in the UK will remain eligible to apply for home tuition fees providing they meet the residency conditions.
Other EU nationals and associated groups, starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later, are not eligible to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support.
Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available on our Fees and Funding page.
Sources of external funding
For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit our Fees and Funding page.
The Conservatoire’s International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at the Conservatoire. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.
Candidates for the MA are normally expected to hold a good honours (at least 2:2) degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the demands of the programme. Non-standard entries and/or contextualised admissions are warmly welcomed.
The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 7.0 (with a minimum score of 6 in each component) is required of applicants to the School of DDPF
Applicants will be interested in producing new work, pushing boundaries, challenging existing practice, working collaboratively and finding the best and most effective methods to bring a creative concept and/or new idea into fruition. Applicants will be interested in contextualizing their practice through utilizing the facilities and networks of expertise the RCS and partners offer.
The minimum and maximum numbers for the MA programme are given below. These targets represent the total cohort in any particular year.
Category Minimum Intake Maximum Intake Scottish/ EU 2 4 RUK 2 4 International 2 4
Audition for MA Creative Producing
Each applicant is invited to provide RCS with a reflection/proposal which is personal, practical, professional, and provoking us to know that you are the right person to be one of the initial cohort for this course.
This can be delivered as a written (up to 2000 words) document, a video or audio piece (3-5 minutes)
To help we have broken this down into a series of statements, which you can use in any order and in any way to give us your proposal.
- “interested in producing new work” (this might be a new production of a Greek tragedy, re-interpretations of classic musicals, new commissions, commercial or subsidized, small or large scale. By new work we mean that it hasn’t existed in this form before, and it has your stamp on it.)
- “pushing boundaries, challenging existing practice” (what do you want to change that is in your power to make a difference now, 5 years, 10 years from now)
- “working collaboratively” (and understanding the joys and challenges of this process – given this is a collaborative course)
- “bring a creative concept and/or new idea into fruition” (what do you want to realise, very specifically, either during your year at RCS or immediately following as a result of the course)
- “utilizing the facilities and networks of expertise the RCS” (why RCS, why now, why you, why here and what do you need/want to learn?)
- “partners” (and who would you like to encounter, shadow, work in, work with, have a placement with, learn from whilst at RCS and why)
During the year you will gain experience on divergent and convergent thinking – the art of researching far and wide and then bringing it together into a cogent argument. You will practice presentation – because so much of a Producers’ life is making proposals, applications for funding, and elevator pitches. This assignment allows you to stretch some of these muscles and see what happens…