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Theatre and Performance (MA)

Course Description

About this course

Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the MA Theatre and Performance offers a unique bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition. You will have the opportunity to develop your own practice within the NPA (Northumbria Performing Arts) hub. NPA provides a base for your developing practice, incorporating a range of resources including specialist spaces and equipment, as well as access to a dedicated staff team of distinguished, internationally recognised and award winning practitioners and researchers. In addition, your journey through the MA will be supported by leading cultural and artistic organisations of national and international significance.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/theatre-and-performance-dtftap6/

Note: As part of this application students will be required to submit a 500 word statement explaining the proposed focus of their study in terms of specialism (e.g. applied theatre, scriptwriting, contemporary performance practice) and outlining how that might build towards a final project. Applicants will then be invited to interview and or audition as appropriate to their application Applicants not based in the UK are not required to attend an interview. However, we may conduct an interview via Skype, and the decision to offer a place will be based on this interview along with the completed application form, and where relevant a videoed audition.

Your Course in Brief

This year long course will offer you the opportunity to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner, and support you in the transition of moving those skills out of the classroom and into the professional world.

At the heart of your course will be the delivery of a major practice-based project or equivalent portfolio which will either arise from your engagement with industry partners, or from your own independent/ensemble practice. This project will be the culmination of the degree and will potentially act as a stepping stone to professional practice or further research. Through liaison with regional partner arts organisations, students will have the choice of working within an existing project being developed with our partner organisations or to create their own project. The MA in Theatre and Performance incorporates a range of modules which are designed to contextualise your practice and research interests and support your journey through the programme.

The MA Theatre and Performance sits within a wider culture of postgraduate research in the arts at Northumbria, incorporating a range of programmes such as the Master of Fine Art (MFA), the Fine Art and Education MA, and the Arts MRes. One of the modules you will undertake is led by Cultural Management, providing you with the opportunity to network amongst peers, and acquire skills that will set you up for industry. As a student on this programme you would form part of a wider interdisciplinary community of artistic research and practice incorporating specialist resources beyond those bespoke to Performing Arts, offering ongoing opportunities to share work and collaborate with a range of artists from other disciplines.

Who would this Course suit?

This course would suit those who want to develop their practice, their creative, analytical and professional skills, and also to develop industry networks and to gain experience of operating in a range of potential industry contexts. The programme is designed to give students access to staff research expertise, which includes specialisms in solo performance, experimental practice, auto/biographical and documentary theatre and performance, new writing, directing, performance & philosophy, intercultural performance, collaborative, community and participatory projects.

This course would be suitable for those wishing to advance their careers as theatre-makers of various kinds and who are seeking an opportunity to seed or launch their own company within an expert creatively supportive context. Opportunities available through our partner organisations would also be suitable for those who wish to specialise in writing for the theatre or applied theatre practice. The MA Theatre and Performance would also suit prospective students wishing to prepare for doctoral research or to pursue research or teaching careers

Visit the Theatre and Performance (MA) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally hold a 2.2 or better honours degree in Drama, Performance, Applied Theatre, Scriptwriting or other relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications.

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