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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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The Masters of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories explores today’s creative practices and works produced since 1970. Read more
The MA Contemporary Performance Practice is a practical, interdisciplinary course that will introduce you to a range of approaches and concepts, which are vital to the making of live performance in and in response to the world today. Read more
Are you a maker? An artist? An activist? Do you feel you need to do something in reaction to a deep crisis in the future of humanity, to roll up your sleeves… Read more
This research masters programme will enable you to become an innovative, confident and well-prepared researcher in an area of 20th century or contemporary theatre, live art, popular or interdisciplinary performance. Read more
This highly distinctive MA Text and Performance, run as a partnership between Birkbeck and RADA , brings together cutting-edge practice and scholarship in theatre and performance. Read more
Are you an emergent theatre and performance maker wishing to advance your career as a practitioner, instructor or critic? Hone your performance skills and enhance your knowledge of performance training processes. Read more
Explore the creative application of design elements, including light, space, and costume, discovering how to shape live performance and generate meaning for contemporary audiences. Read more
This MA programme offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective in contemporary performance practice and research. Read more
This unique international laboratory programme brings diverse individuals into collaborative research, acknowledging the challenges of creating original, performer-driven theatre in today's complex, globalised culture. Read more
Study theatre and performance studies in a dynamic environment in the heart of London. From avant-garde drama to political action, queer performance, live art, dance, cultural tourism and the spectacles of the West End, you will be introduced to a range of theatre and performance theories and practices. Read more
This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making performance, drawing on devising, physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work and live art. Read more
Postgraduate study in Performing Arts covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on interdisciplinary work. Members of the Performing Arts team have a particular interest in practice as research. Read more
This postgraduate degree explores the key disciplines of performance and cultural industries in a global context. You’ll examine live and digital performing arts that are produced with international audiences in mind. Read more
Are you looking to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner? Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this programme offers a bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition, all within the Northumbria Performing Arts hub. Read more