New theatre courses launched
Launching the Aberystwyth University Work Based Learning Programme are (Left to Right) Tony Orme, Enterprise Manager, Richard Cheshire, Work Based Learning Programme Project Leader, Professor April McMahon, Vice-Chancellor, and Dr Sarah Prescott, Director of the Institute of Literature, Languages and Creative Arts.
28 March 2013
Aberystwyth University is offering individuals in the theatre industry the chance of gaining a free Higher Education qualification through the Work Based Learning Programme (WBL) funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
The WBL Programme provides concise, bite sized University accredited courses that are designed to be completed while an employee or employer continues to work and will allow a person to gain a maximum of 60 University credits, the equivalent of a University diploma.
Richard Cheshire, the WBL project leader at Aberystwyth University, explains: “We are offering two courses which aim to extend and improve their knowledge and understanding of theatre-making processes and practices.
“People who apply may be eligible for full or part funding for the courses. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a higher education qualification because the job market is getting more and more competitive and it will no doubt improve the skills and knowledge of the individuals.”
The University’s Vice Chancellor, April McMahon, adds: “One of our objectives is to create more opportunities for people who study here through developing their skills and maximising their potential.
“The wonderful thing about the Work Based Learning Programme is that an individual can gain a University qualification whilst still working which could greatly improve an individual’s personal and career development.”
To qualify for funding you will need to be employed in the private sector and living or working in the Convergence Region of Wales which contains 15 local authorities in Wales and includes Ceredigion, Gwynedd, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire.
Aberystwyth will offer two courses, the first being a Mentoring Theatre Practitioners course which aims to improve an individual’s critical and creative skills in the areas of acting, theatre directing, designing and technical and stage management.
The second is a Creative Company Development course, which will provide employees engaged in the performing arts industry the opportunity of developing and extending their creative and subject specific skills.
With courses starting in May 2013 and expected to take three months to complete on a part-time basis, those with an interest in perusing these courses should call Rebecca Edwards at the Department of Theatre Film & Television Studies (TFTS) at Aberystwyth University on 01970 621651.
Work Based Learning
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