MA Course Leader


Department School of Acting
Reports to: Director of the School of Acting
Responsible for: Freelance Practitioners, Tutors and Directors
Working Pattern: Full Time (could potentially be a job share – 3 days week)
Hours: Approx. 40 hours per week
Salary: £38,000

Summary of the role:

The MA Course Leader will work alongside the second post-holder to lead and direct the MA course within the School of Acting whilst ensuring that the diverse cohort of students fulfil their maximum potential. You will be innovative, able to use initiative and manage time effectively through your interactions with, and support of the MA students.

The current MA intake is around 30 students per year. The course focuses on students mastering the skills and techniques needed for professional acting today.

Training on the course focuses on psycho-physical approaches, you will be an active practitioner with excellent understanding and skill in those areas.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Designing appropriate MA course content and projects.
  • Ensuring that the delivery of the curriculum is organised in such a way as to be appropriate to the resources available and to the learning styles of the students.
  • Organising an effective timetable for the MA course.
  • Reviewing the delivery and standards of the MA course and student outcome and implementing further improvements where needed.
  • Assessing students with rigour and integrity.
  • Liaising and managing the relationship with External Examiners.
  • Actively contributing to Assessment Boards and Board of Studies.
  • Employing appropriately qualified, experienced temporary visiting professionals including practitioners, tutors and directors, and monitoring their performance.
  • Ensuring the safety and welfare of students through the appointment of suitable practitioners
  • Undertaking teaching specific to your expertise.
  • Undertaking pastoral duties for MA students.
  • Directing projects on the MA course.
  • Participating in MA audition panels.
  • Actively engaging in student marketing and recruitment activities.
  • Registering students effectively and maintaining up-to-date employment records.
  • Monitoring and assessing the progress of students.
  • Representing the programme at Graduation ceremonies.
  • Working with the Director of the School of Acting to manage delegated budgets.
  • Liaising with the Director of the School of Acting and Deputy Principal on written course materials for accreditation and for future quality assurance demands.
  • Supporting the work of the Industry Liaison co-ordinator, and Marketing Team to ensure the promotion of MA students and MA productions.
  • Representing the School of Acting to outside bodies and maintaining good contacts with agents, casting directors etc.
  • Contributing to discussions on the progress and development of the School of Acting.
  • Undertaking any other responsibilities as required by the Director of the School of Acting.
  • Participating in appropriate staff development activities within ArtsEd.
  • Promoting a collegiate culture that encourages difference and respects diversity.
  • Making a positive contribution to the team, supporting colleagues in their day-to-day activities.
  • Demonstrating flexibility and the ability to reprioritise objectives in line with the school’s changing needs.
  • Fostering a future-focused and open-minded ethos; seeking evolving and innovative ways to add value to the business.
  • Maintaining, through scholarship and participation in external subject-specific discourses, up-to-date expertise in a specialist field.

Secondary Duties

  • All staff must promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
  • All staff must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to all ArtsEd policies and procedures, ensuring inclusivity, equality of opportunity, and compliance with Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • All staff must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with the Data Protection Act.
  • All staff must adhere to the staff Code of Conduct.
  • All staff are required to regularly undertake Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education, Prevent, and GDPR training and to maintain their own professionalism and job-related knowledge through ongoing CPD.
  • All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative, and flexible in line with the needs of the post and the school.
  • All Job Descriptions are reviewed annually and will change to reflect the needs of the School and the post.
  • ArtsEd is committed to the safety, wellbeing and safeguarding of all pupils and students and expects all staff to share this commitment. Staff in all posts are required to hold a clear, enhanced DBS.

You may also be required to undertake such other comparable duties as your line manager requires from time to time.

Person Specification Essential/Desirable Assessment Method
Qualified to MA level in relevant subject or related discipline Essential Application
A detailed knowledge and deep understanding of contemporary national and international practices in the field of Acting and/Actor Training Essential Interview & Interview Task
Day to day course management including delivery and development of academic provision. Essential Application
Significant professional and industry experience Essential Application & Interview
Experience in training professional actors Essential Application & Interview
Experience of leading and managing a successful team Essential Application & Interview
Experience of pastoral care Essential Application & Interview
Experience of developing an actor training curriculum Essential Application & Interview
Skills and abilities
Ability to communicate complex information in an effective, concise and tactful manner, both orally and in writing with excellent attention to detail Essential Application & Interview
Contributes to advancing professional practice through an inclusive and equitable approach Essential Application, Interview & Exercise
Strong commitment to the development of artistic practice Essential Application & Interview
Enthusiastic, approachable and flexible Essential Application & Interview
Excellent written and verbal communication skills Essential Application & Interview
Ability to work to professional standards with integrity, honesty and confidentiality. Essential Application & Interview
Ability to manage staff Essential Application & Interview
Ability to work collaboratively alongside second MA Course Leader Essential Application & Interview

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