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Theatre and Performance - MA


Course Description

Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the MA Theatre and Performance offers a unique bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition.

You will have the opportunity to develop your own practice within the NPA (Northumbria Performing Arts) hub. NPA provides a base for your developing practice, incorporating a range of resources including specialist spaces and equipment, as well as access to a dedicated staff team of distinguished, internationally recognised and award winning practitioners and researchers. In addition, your journey through the MA will be supported by leading cultural and artistic organisations of national and international significance.

Your course in brief

This year long course will offer you the opportunity to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner, and support you in the transition of moving those skills out of the classroom and into the professional world.

At the heart of your course will be the delivery of a major practice-based project or equivalent portfolio which will either arise from your engagement with industry partners, or from your own independent/ensemble practice. This project will be the culmination of the degree and will potentially act as a stepping stone to professional practice or further research. Through liaison with regional partner arts organisations, students will have the choice of working within an existing project being developed with our partner organisations or to create their own project. The MA in Theatre and Performance incorporates a range of modules which are designed to contextualise your practice and research interests and support your journey through the programme.

The MA Theatre and Performance sits within a wider culture of postgraduate research in the arts at Northumbria, incorporating a range of programmes such as the Master of Fine Art (MFA), the Fine Art and Education MA, and the Arts MRes. One of the modules you will undertake is led by Cultural Management, providing you with the opportunity to network amongst peers, and acquire skills that will set you up for industry. As a student on this programme you would form part of a wider interdisciplinary community of artistic research and practice incorporating specialist resources beyond those bespoke to Performing Arts, offering ongoing opportunities to share work and collaborate with a range of artists from other disciplines.

Module Overview
EF0126 - E.S.A.P. in FADSS Level 7 (Optional, 0 Credits)
PA0700 - Researching Theatre and Performance (Core, 30 Credits)
PA0701 - Theatre and Performance: Skills and Applications (Core, 30 Credits)
PA0702 - Theatre and Performance Practice (Core, 30 Credits)
PA0703 - Theatre and Performance Project (Core, 60 Credits)
VA0792 - The Cultural Manager (Core, 30 Credits)

Visit the Theatre and Performance - MA page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2.2 or better honours degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications. Applicants will be required to submit a 500 word statement explaining the proposed focus of their study in terms of specialism (e.g. applied theatre, scriptwriting, contemporary performance practice) and outlining how that might build towards a final project. Applicants will then be invited to interview and or audition as appropriate to their application Overseas applicants may have an interview via Skype, and the decision to offer a place will be based on this interview along with the completed application form, and where relevant a videoed audition.

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