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.