Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Musical Theatre

The MA in Musical Theatre at LJMU has been designed for actors, directors, choreographers, MDs, composers, lyricists, librettist and teachers, to develop mastery of personal craft, by exploring creativity and advancing scholarship in musical theatre. ?Join a passionate community of musical theatre scholars and artists; Participate in an annual festival of performance and scholarship titled "Adventures In Musical Theatre"; Benefit from a highly flexible, student-centred curriculum and delivery structure, with an emphasis on learning through creative risk and play; Take advantage of opportunities to include current work-based activity or undertake a placement; A wide network of local, regional, national and international partners. This MA is an 'adventure in musical theatre', which will enhance the mastery of theatrical craft by helping you to define a personal methodology, style and approach to the relevant disciplines of Musical Theatre. ?You will have the confidence to apply knowledge and understanding with originality and creativity for the re-interpretation of received assumptions regarding dominant traditions and practices of Musical Theatre performance. You will also gain the confidence to work creatively, collaboratively and collectively with musical theatre makers who possess varying levels of experience and styles. This degree ultimately aims to develop students into adaptive and flexible musical theatre professionals. ?In order to develop your own creative practice as a Musical Theatre artist, you will learn how to effectively and appropriately employ a range of research methodologies and critical perspectives, including the ability to interrogate, evaluate and explore Musical Theatre 'texts' and processes. For students who wish to develop an entrepreneurial approach and set up their own theatre company, this MA will enable you to explore performance and event creation utilising organisational and managerial skills and industry knowledge.

Course modules

Please see guidance below on core modules for further information on what you will study. Research Methodology and Proposal You will explore the usefulness of different research methods in analysing and developing your understanding of popular theatres/performance and practice-as-research Critical Perspectives and Repertoire Explore key critical perspectives relating to popular theatres/performances, semiotics, historiography, phenomenology, and approaches to performance theory relevant to popular theatres/performances Musical Theatre Laboratory 1 (crafts) This module has two components; the first examines the range of principles and criteria for artistic selection, and how they convert into subsidiary working practices for librettist, lyricist, composer, director, choreographer, musical director, performer or teacher. The second aspect fosters individual practice and development of personal craft through exploration of collaborative practice crucial to this most complex of forms Specialist Craft You will undertake a series of directed creative exercises, aimed at further developing your technical skills and processes. This will be supported by the study of the properties and expressive modes available in a specific discipline and extended specialist study of artists or material connected to your chosen specialism Musical Theatre Laboratory 2 (ensemble) You will create and explore musical theatre material in a workshop and rehearsal context leading to public performance/presentation as part of a mini-festival produced by the group Dissertation and Project You will plan and deliver a linked final creative/practical project and written dissertation which will demonstrate an advanced level of mastery of your specific craft and the ability to articulate your own and others working practice in your field employing an appropriate critical perspective ?Further guidance on modules The information listed in the section entitled 'What you will study' is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. It should be noted that option modules will be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

Assessment methods

Assessments are a mixture of practical and written, with summative assessments being kept to a minimum. ?Following completion of each module, you will be assessed either by a written piece of work, a performance or practical. Your progress on the MA will be fed back to you via regular one-to-ones with course tutors and other formative assessment in class and rehearsal.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,250 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,250 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Liverpool John Moores University L2 2QP North West

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