University of Derby

Writing for Performance

This course is designed for students who wish to develop their writing skills in the field of live and recorded performance. Studio practice will be at the heart of the programme. Taking the premise of David Edgar that performance writing is both an art and a craft; the programme will divide from the start into both exploration of the students' own work and study of the contemporary and historical canon.

Our unique Learning Theatre provides a stimulating learning environment, in a professional arena with vital industry contacts. You will be warmly welcomed into a vibrant community of artists and makers across a range of creative fields. You will have access to screenings, performances, speakers, exhibitions, and events in the city and at University. These are excellent opportunities to be inspired, to network and meet friends and future collaborators.

Entry requirements

A good 1st degree in a relevant discipline or related disciplines to the MA. The usual minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent. Evidence must be provided of comparable experience and research in the 1st degree. All applicants must be able to demonstrate ability to research, to organise information and to write coherent and creative work. All candidates will usually be interviewed and may be required to submit a portfolio of creative writing. For candidates whose 1st language is not English, an IELTS standard of at least 7.0 or its equivalent is required.

Course modules

You'll study modules such as writing: the art form; performance writing: the craft; producers and markets; advanced workshop practice; creative project.

Assessment methods

Assessment types utilised, include critical based essays, project proposals, reflective essays and extended research projects. Together these form components of the research process and enable students to develop their research project to reflect their individual cultural and academic research interests.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 640 per Module (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,240 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 640 per Module (Home/EU) 3 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 12,240 per Whole course (International) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Kedleston Road Campus Derby DE22 1GB East Midlands

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