Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Theatre and Performance

This course offers students the opportunity to develop and hone their skills as an independent creative practitioner, and provides support in the transition of moving those skills out of the classroom and into the professional world. At the heart of the course will be the delivery of a major practice-based project or equivalent portfolio which will either arise from engagement with industry partners, or from 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 partner organisations or to create their own project. The programme incorporates a range of modules which are designed to contextualise practice and research interests.

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. 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, the University 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. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: E.S.A.P in FADSS level 7; researching theatre and performance; theatre and performance: skills and applications; theatre and performance practice; theatre and performance project; the cultural manager.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

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