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Course content

This Masters programme engages with a wide variety of histories and practices attached to the study of theatre. It is designed to enable you to become proficient in the techniques of historical, sociological and theoretical analysis of the theatrical process, past and present. A key strength of this programme is its flexibility, which enables you to create a portfolio of courses based on your individual needs and interests. You will be taught by leading academics as well as external professional practitioners.

Why this programme

◾Our facilities include a studio theatre and large flexible-seat theatre seating over 200 spectators.
◾Glasgow is the base for a number of nationally significant theatre organisations, including the National Theatre of Scotland, the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Ankur Arts, Vanishing Point and Theatre Cryptic.
◾The city of Glasgow provides an unbeatable location for the programme. Glasgow is home to a huge variety of theatres that produce and show a range from the experimental and risky, to the traditional and repertory, from canonical and new writing, to devised and physical performance. World leading venues include the Citizens Theatre, Tramway, Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) and the Glue Factory.

Programme structure

The programme is mostly comprised of optional courses, enabling you to create your own Masters programme. It also allows you to work in an interdisciplinary capacity, selecting courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests. The programme convenor will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives.

Core teaching is delivered in two semesters, followed by an independent desk- or practice-based project. The Independent Research Project provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical exploration of this.

Core courses
◾Research Methods
◾Independent Research Project.

Optional courses

You will undertake five optional courses which you will select from a pool of courses. Optional courses are updated each year, but may include:
◾Applied Theatre
◾Arts Criticism
◾Contemporary Devising Practices
◾Debating Dramaturgy
◾Directing
◾Documentary Drama
◾Exhibiting Cultures
◾Festivals
◾Interwar cultures
◾Performance Theory and Analysis
◾Playwriting
◾Shakesperean Adaptations
◾Space, Place and Performance
◾Theatre Archive Placement
◾Work placement

By the end of this programme you will have developed knowledge of a range of issues pertinent to the study of theatre, including historical, contemporary, theoretical and practical. This programme will allow you to develop a wide range of subject knowledge combined with confidence in utilising different research methodologies.

Career prospects

This programme examines the nature and function of the theatrical event and theatre culture from a range of critical, historical and practical perspectives. It prepares you for a wide range of careers closely connected to theatre provision and production.

The programme's critical components also provide a good foundation for those wishing to progress to doctoral study.

Visit the Theatre Studies - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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