UWE Bristol and Watershed launch Creative Producer MA/MFA

Issue date: 13 March 2017

Studio Panorama

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and Watershed have a new MA course in Creative Producing starting in September 2017 that is inspired by the work of the Pervasive Media Studio.

The rationale for developing this exciting new course is in response to the significant growth of the role of Creative Producer in the creative industries that now encompasses the overlap between film, theatre, music, digital, visual art, installation and publishing.

UWE Bristol Professor Jon Dovey said, “We are excited by the opportunity that our new MA will offer. Designed by UWE Bristol and Watershed, the MA will offer students access to the brightest and most ambitious producers in the South West. For those with their eye on a possible career as a producer this will provide a valuable springboard. We will support new producers to make the most of Bristol's creative industries which are overflowing with ideas and talent, and now needs people with the drive and know-how to take the sector forward.”

Clare Reddington, Creative Director of Watershed, said, “I am delighted that the Pervasive Media Studio is collaborating with UWE Bristol's practical and critically focused Creative Producer MA. The Creative Producer is an increasingly sought after role. The course has been designed and taught by leading figures in the field, and will introduce students to the many and varied facets of the subject, as well as providing much-needed training in the skills required to bring bold, new, ambitious projects to life.”

A unique feature of the course will be working placements with key arts, digital and tech producers in the South West, and an opportunity to produce a creative project. The course will cover all aspects of the creative journey from formulating the idea with creative teams, to funding, project management and evaluation.

Aimed at emerging producers with a professional interest in traditional art forms and digital technology, the programme provides a pathway to a career in innovation in the cultural and creative sectors or a step towards further postgraduate research.

There will be ten places on the course, with two 50 per cent subsidised placements for BAME students supported by Stephen Lawrence Trust.

The new MA is designed to be flexible, and can be run over one year, or part-time over two years. The course is split equally between class time and placements with established producing organisations.

UWE Bristol and Arts Council England recently made a commitment to developing the creative economy, finding and encouraging new talent, and working together to establish Bristol as a national Centre for Arts Technology.

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