Theatre and Performance MA
This MA aims to integrate performance practice with the study of performance theory, criticism and history. Theory and practice are mutually enriching forms of intellectual and aesthetic enquiry. Performance is itself a rigorous mode of research, not merely a `topic` of research. The course combines seminar modules with practical performance options but without conceding the distinct strategies, techniques and requirements of either artistry or scholarship. Course leaders are both theatre scholars and theatre artists. Course content The MA encompasses seminars and studiobased practical courses that encourage you to explore performance through a variety of intellectual and aesthetic processes. You will take the following five courses: Performance Theory and Historiography (seminar, semester 1) Performance Research (research methods seminar, semester 1) Group Practical Project (semester 1) Contemporary Performance (seminar, semester 2) Independent Practical Project (semester 2). Upon completion of the coursework, you will prepare a dissertation that includes an element of practice-based research. You will then present your research at the Performance Research Colloquium, held annually in May. Assessment You will complete a 4,000-word essay for each module and a final performance for each practical module. The 12,000-15,000-word dissertation will incorporate the results of practice-based research (for example acting, directing, design, playwriting, or dramaturgy). Entry requirements First or upper-second class honours degree, or the equivalent, in Drama, English, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, or a related field. Professional theatre experience is desirable, though not required. Applicants with relevant experience who do not meet the academic criteria and can demonstrate the ability to work at Masters level will be considered on a caseby- case basis. Mature and non-traditional applicants are especially encouraged.
MA Award
September Start
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

The MA Theatre and Performance welcomes applicants from scholarly as well as artistic backgrounds. Normally, the principle requirement is a first or upper second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant field. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should normally have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3.

Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their potential to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. As part of the admissions process, we may call for examples of written and artistic work and/or interview candidates.

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