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IAB Professional Diploma
Physical Theatre
(Making and Performance)

1 Year Full-Time

This is a unique one-year programme and will run for the first time from September 2019 at a low introductory price. Its aim is to develop your skills and understanding of this field of performance, and as with all IAB courses you will learn through doing. You will receive more than just training – the course also offers you the business and professional knowledge you will need to step into a professional career with genuine confidence. 

Who is the Professional Diploma for?
The Diploma is designed for new or experienced theatre practitioners who wish to develop new skills and understanding of physical performance, and for Physical Theatre practitioners whose purpose is to bring focus to their knowledge and add to it in order to develop a more empowered approach to performance and performance making. 

What will I learn?
An essential element of successful Physical Theatre is the mastery of using movement to communicate with an audience, and the diploma’s chief reference points are corporeal mime, Lecoq method, Commedia dell´arte and Laban technique.

The IAB Diploma teaches and strengthens practical Physical Theatre skills, so you will study movement, conceptually and practically, and you will explore and practice ways to apply your physical knowledge to many different theatre styles - experimental, contemporary and traditional. Your classes will also include devising and improvisation.

In addition, this diploma runs in partnership with the IAB’s Diploma in Aerial Arts and Performance. Some of the classes are shared, and this offers you a broader range of skills, expertise and performance opportunities.

Through your course productions, your tutors and visiting lecturers, you will gain a genuine understanding of how the Physical Theatre business works, alongside the entrepreneurial knowledge you will need to operate day to day as a successful, well organised professional in this important creative industry

Core Studies
Physical training
Movement and space analysis
Circus, theatre clowns and buffoons
Theatre of objects
Improvisation tools
Devising methods

How will I be taught?
Teaching is project based, and you will be working both individually and collaboratively on a range of developmental performance projects through the year.

Normally you will be working with IAB tutors or external artists for at least 15 hours a week, and you will also be expected to work for the same amount of time on set or negotiated projects.

Although the diploma is practice led, and much of what you learn will be through personal and creative experimentation, your practice will always be discussed in relation to theories surrounding Physical Theatre.

 After qualification?
Graduates will have the techniques and professional understanding to confidently begin making their own work or join existing companies developing Physical Theatre. Those aiming towards more traditional theatre forms will have developed a range of physical performance skills that will significantly raise their creative and artistic potential. 


Tuition Fees for Courses Starting September 2019

The Tuition Fee category to select is normally determined by the country of your residence. To be eligible you must have had full residency status in that country for a minimum of six months prior to submission of your application to the IAB. We will ask you to provide proof of residency. 

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