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Masters degrees in Performance and Live Arts offer advanced study of (and training in) the production of dramatic works, typically for stage and theatre shows.
Taught MA and MFA courses are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Drama or Theatre Studies.
Courses in this field offer an interdisciplinary approach to performance study, combining principals, theory and practise in dance, drama and acting. You will explore topics such as audiences, narrative and the body in relation to digital technologies, collaboration and adaptation.
You will gain a holistic skill set in performance production, exploring practical techniques such as voice training and choreography alongside scriptwriting, set design, lighting and costume.
In scrutinising different performances, you will develop a sensitivity to cultural the cultural and historical influences from across the globe on the development of live performance. Consideration is also given to site-specific performance, from theatres to museums and art galleries.
Careers in this field are highly varied, ranging from performance work within actors’ guilds and theatre companies, to specialist technical roles such as lighting and sound technicians.
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