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The MA Performing Arts: Creative Practice and Leadership develops your capacity to create and lead projects in the performing arts.

From Shakespeare to hip hop theatre and dance, you are encouraged to engage with and reconceptualise classical, avant-garde, contemporary and global practices into distinct and innovative practical work.

You will enhance your understanding of the exciting and varied approaches to work in this key sector of the creative industries, while also considering the specific challenges that face emerging leaders in this field.

Reflecting upon your own artistic viewpoint you will explore the role of the arts in today’s complex societies and the implications from your practise.

You will be encouraged to develop as an agent of innovation in professional and/or community contexts, fostering your capacity to both lead performing arts projects and to work collaboratively.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/performing-arts-creative-practice-and-leadership#entry

Course detail

• Study with the University’s team of performing arts professionals, visiting artists and facilities that include a professionally theatre.
• Engage with lecturers who draw on their research into, and experience of, creative practices to facilitate your reflections upon the role of performing arts today to refine your own artistic vision.
• Develop as an agent of innovation in professional and/or community contexts, fostering your capacity to both lead performing arts projects and to work collaboratively.
• Explore a unique approach that places the emphasis on practice as the focus for critical reflection and development.
• Benefit from our links with professional networks locally, nationally and internationally as you work towards your final project where you present the culmination of your studies in the manner that best represents your approach to performing arts.
• Benefit from the expertise of performing arts professionals
• Gain from opportunities to present your choreographic or theatre based explorations in our professionally equipped theatres
• Explore practices at the boundaries of theatre making and choreography
• Learn how to engage people in your work and to access new opportunities
• Develop your skills in leadership, networking, project management and collaboration


• Researching Performance
• Performing Arts Research Project
• Performing Artists and Communities
• Project Planning and Leadership for Performing Artists
• Inter-professional Working Project
• Choreographic Research or Contemporary Theatre Making
• Somatic Practices or The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology or
• Performance for Inclusion and Diversity


Assessment of practice mirrors professional working environments and expectations as far as possible, and tests skills and abilities as a means of enhancing and preparing you for the demands of future employment.

Assessments are designed to help you acquire professionally equivalent skills and abilities, while also promoting and testing your independent critical thinking to develop you as a reflective and articulate artist and researcher as well as an independent and confident future leader.Methods of assessment typify expectations of postgraduate study in advanced performance and include: public and in-studio performances, presentations, oral examinations, literature reviews, essays, and portfolio.

This range and diversity of testing offers opportunities for you, and for the staff team, to explore your relative strengths and weaknesses, and to respond positively to individual challenges through a supportive and personalised learning environment.


You will be equipped to develop and promote projects and to apply for opportunities in the performing arts suited to your particular skills and abilities. Depending upon your choice of electives these may include:

• Performer: independent/freelance performer Interdisciplinary Performance Practitioner: collaborative and interdisciplinary performance work, self-generated performance-based practice

• Choreographer: independent dance maker/artist, choreographer to specific brief and/or group/project, collaborative artist in interdisciplinary projects

• Director/Theatre maker: independent theatre director and theatre maker

• Educator: lecturer/teacher/leader in a range of formal HE, FE and schools context, in addition to freelance work in wider community and professional environments

• Independent Portfolio Worker in the Creative Industries: consultant and researcher

Previous graduates from the University of Bedfordshire courses currenl work as directors of their own companies, entertaininers, workshop leaders and lecturers.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the MA Performing Arts: Creative Practice and Leadership page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!





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