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Masters degrees in Theatre Studies offer advanced training in the technical and contextual aspects of theatre performance, including its history and modes of production.
Taught MA and MFA courses are typical for the field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a revenant subject such as Performance Studies or Drama.
Courses in this field explore dramaturgy (roles and technologies) for theatre performance, from scriptwriters to choreographers and designers, and their historical development.
You will examine a variety of theatre types, from classical theatre and comedy, to physical theatre and musicals. This includes exploring the development of performance through history, from periods such as the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages, to contemporary practices.
Practical methodologies include techniques for acting, devising, performance art, playwriting, lighting, and audio visual techniques. You will also examine theatre in relation to its sociocultural and sociohistorical context, including theory such as aesthetics, semiotics, cross-culturalism and social politics.
Careers are highly varied, but could include roles such as directing, marketing or communications for any number of theatre companies. Graduates also explore roles in stage management, or careers in film, radio and TV.
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Our interdisciplinary MA Theatre Practice provides an opportunity for you to develop advanced knowledge of different processes of theatre-making, international performance traditions, approaches to practice-as-research (PaR), and methods of writing, directing and devising in professional contexts. Read more
Develop as a scriptwriter by learning with professional and award-winning dramatists. On our MA Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media) you produce a varied portfolio of dramatic works, culminating in a full-length original play, which will enable you to hone and develop your own unique voice. Read more
This course allows you to investigate current issues, debates and theories around applied theatre in the diverse contexts of education, health and mental health, community work, and the criminal justice system. Read more
Applied Theatre. Arts, Action, Change addresses contemporary practice in applied theatre and socially engaged performance in national and international contexts. Read more
You will attend a curated series of performances and cultural events at leading venues across London. Content driven by the varied research specialisms of staff and current developments in the field, e.g. Read more
This Masters 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. 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 taught Master's explores physical training for actors and performance practice. Based on an intensive, sustained and sophisticated engagement with this specialist aspect of theatre practice, the programme gives you the opportunity to work as individual practitioners and as an ensemble. Read more
The MFA Drama program offers graduate students the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to theatre production and performance including traditional theatre disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary artistic projects. Read more
The Musical Theatre programme is an intensive 1 year postgraduate programme which offers practical training that will equip participants in the ‘triple-threat’ disciplines of acting, singing, dancing. Read more
This taught masters focuses on theatre and performance in Irish, European, and international contexts, and is designed to strengthen the analytic, critical, and practical approaches of theatre students. Read more
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a world leading drama school based in the heart of London and a stone’s throw away from the West End.