MA Applied Theatre is an exciting taught
postgraduate degree that offers the opportunity to explore key
concepts and methodologies in applied theatre and performance. It
is a practice-focused programme that places your own work as a
thinking practitioner at the heart of investigations into processes
and techniques. It provides you with the opportunity to develop
advanced skills and knowledge in the use of theatre and performance
in participatory, community and social contexts.
Applied theatre is an umbrella term, embracing
participatory performance and workshop activity that often have
social, political or developmental objectives. This developing
field is sited across a range of contexts including education,
health, with local communities or other interest groups.
MA Applied Theatre is part of a vibrant suite of
practice-based taught postgraduate programmes in the creative arts,
also including fine arts, theatre and music. Each of these Masters
programmes are designed for practitioner orientated study and
research, providing you with the opportunity to develop your
creative practice and reflective thinking within a supportive
community of artists and robust culture of enquiry. Whilst your
focus will be on Applied Theatre, there will also be opportunities
for exciting cross-disciplinary study across these two
The programme is aimed at both recent graduates
and those already with a work profile in drama, theatre or
performance. MA Applied Theatre offers you opportunities to
professionalise your own practice in the wider community, explore
established techniques and enhance theoretical knowledge and
What qualifications will I need?
Candidates for the MA programme are considered on
the combination of all elements of their application, including
existing arts practice, evidence of critical and reflective
engagement and academic qualifications.
For all candidates there will be an interview and
consideration of a portfolio of work; this is a central element of
our consideration of applications and also an opportunity for you
to find out more about the programme. In interviews, all candidates
will be asked to give a presentation. The criteria for this are as
- Demonstration of readiness for graduate level
- Evidence of engagement with critical
We are happy to arrange interviews by skype for
Candidates for entry to the MA programme must
normally posses one of the following:
- Graduates with an honours degree at 2ii or
above in a related subject (e.g. Drama, Theatre, Live Art,
Place/Space/Time Based Art) will normally register for the MA.
- Graduates with an honours degree from another
discipline and working in a professional arts environment or with
extensive experience of arts practice. Academic tutors will
consider such applications on an individual basis.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria
may be considered for initial registration on the
Postgraduate Certificate. If successful in work at postgraduate
level, the student may be permitted to enrol for the Masters’
International students will need to demonstrate
that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home
students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first
language is not English they must show evidence of English Language
competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or
For certain activities within the MA Applied
Theatre programme a Disclosure & Barring
Service (DBS) check may be required (for instance if working
in schools or with young people). It is the responsibility of the
student to obtain DBS checks as appropriate.
Applications from candidates with disabilities
are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs
are undertaken sensitively. The safety of the potential
student and our ability to fulfil his/her learning needs and
experiences are important in the decision to offer a place on the
does it cost?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study.
How do I
Applications should be made direct to York St
John and will be considered throughout the year. T: 01904 876598 E:
For further information please contact Kay
Hepplewhite, Senior Lecturer in Theatre (Community) E: email@example.com
or Dr Matthew Reason, Head of MA Studies in
Creative Practice E:firstname.lastname@example.org