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Postgraduate course

Theatre & Performance MA, PgDip, PgCert

Investigate the interrelationships between your own arts practice and questions arising about knowledge, research, studio practice and performance.

Drama student performing

Throughout this programme we put your unique theatre practice at the centre of your learning and give you the tools to develop your individual approach and professional profile. Offering the ideal opportunity for you to create in-depth and professional performances that you will articulate through presentation, documentation and performance.

  • Location – York campus
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Performance & Media Production

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in Theatre or another related subject

    Interview and give a brief presentation

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500

    International 2020-21 £12,750

Course overview

Our experienced tutors and guest artists will encourage and equip you to create performances for festivals, city centre venues, site-specific projects and the touring studio.

You will develop strategies to reflect, theorise and document your practice and be given a platform to share your thinking.

With a fluid interrelationship between theory and practice, you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the workshop, studio, seminar and virtual environments the University has to offer.

We will encourage you to engage in collaborative practice with others and consider the implications of working in particular contexts or in response to specific commissions. This course offers great opportunities for cross-disciplinary work, allowing you to engage with other students on the Applied Theatre, Music and Fine Arts programmes.

Course structure

Level 1 

Modules

20 credits

Through this module you will become an articulate practitioner, able to communicate the research within your practice and place it within appropriate contexts. You will explore, test and model approaches to the theory/practice nexus. You will also interrogate the possibilities for the generation and communication of knowledge in and through practice, and by doing so will deepen and broaden your understanding of the interrelationship between arts practice, knowledge and research.

40 credits

This practice-based module is intended to enhance your ability to practice a variety of theatre making strategies and reflect upon the dramaturgical aspects inherent in the creative process. You will use a variety of contemporary approaches to composition. Working through specific practices such as improvisation, performance writing and devised work you will have opportunities to produce solo work and collaborative practice, but as a creator/author or co-creator/ co- author of the material produced.

120 credits

On this module you will engage with the production of a significant work or body of works that represent the culmination of your skills, knowledge and creativity. Along with this body of practice you will develop reflective, critical and contextual work that articulates and communicates an understanding of your practice.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 in Theatre or another related subject

    Interview and give a brief presentation

Qualifications

Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience of arts practice, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Interview and portfolio

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current theatre and performance practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £3,250 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £12,750 for international students.

For international students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,375 per year.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £6,500 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

Alumni Scholarships

If you are continuing to postgraduate study directly after studying at undergraduate level with us, we offer a reduction in fees depending on the classification of degree you achieve.

If you are graduating from an undergraduate degree at York St John University this year you could be entitled to:

  • a 50% reduction in course fees if you achieve a 1st
  • a 35% reduction if you achieve a 2:1
  • a 20% reduction if you achieve a 2:2

These reductions apply to all York and London-based taught MA, MBA, MSc and MRes courses, except for Physiotherapy (Pre-registration) MSc, Occupational Therapy (Pre-registration) MSc and all PCGE courses.

All York St John University alumni are eligible for a 10% reduction on their postgraduate course fees regardless of when you graduated. The 10% alumni discount will not be added on top of these reductions.

Additional costs and financial support

COURSE-RELATED COSTS

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

ACCOMMODATION AND LIVING COSTS

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Applications for September 2019 are open now.

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