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Postgraduate Course

Theatre and Performance MA

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

Performance in the Quad

On this course you will address dynamic interrelationships between theory and practice. 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. This offers the ideal opportunity for you to create in-depth and professional performances that you will articulate through presentation, documentation and performance.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years part time
  • Start date – September 2022
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview and a brief presentation

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

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Course overview

Our experienced tutors and guest artists will equip you to create performances for:

  • Festivals
  • City centre venues
  • Site-specific projects
  • 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.

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

Our magazine, Theatre Pages, is produced by staff and students on our drama and theatre courses. Launched in 2011, it provides an insight into the work of our staff and students.

Theatre Pages

Course structure

How you will study

You can study this postgraduate course full time or part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

If you choose to study full time the course will take 1 year to complete. You will study:

  • 3 compulsory modules (1 of which is the year long Independent Project module)

If you choose to study part time the course will take 2 years to complete and the modules will be split across both years.

The Independent Project module is carried across the whole of the course for both modes of study.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Explore and test the connections between theory and practice. On this module you will investigate concepts and methods of practice-based research through lectures, critical discussion and reflective engagement with your own practice. You will consider how knowledge can be generated, questioned and communicated.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop the skills to practice a variety of theatre making strategies and reflect upon the dramaturgical aspects inherent in the creative process. You will engage with a variety of contemporary approaches to composition. Working through specific practices such as improvisation, performance writing and dramaturgy, you will have opportunities to produce solo work and collaborative practice as a creator, author or co-creator or co- author of the material produced.

Credits: 120

Compulsory module

The weight of the award lies firmly in 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.

Theatre and Performance Independent Project Examples:

  • Multi-media performance and the state of liveness
  • Hill walking as performance
  • The self as myth and multiple in performance identities
  • Interspecies performance and becoming animal

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching will consist of a mixture of group seminars and individual tutorials. The additional tutorial hours attached to each module will be used flexibly, including a wider range of staff input from tutors not timetabled to deliver taught contact.

As a graduate student, independent learning will be central to your study. We place a significant emphasis on independent learning. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your role in managing your own learning and its outcomes. Our Academic Support Team are able to provide help regarding written English, study, research and technology skills if required.

We keep our group sizes small so we can get to know your creative personality and support your aspirations. We deliver your modules through:

  • Lectures and demonstrations
  • Seminars and visiting speakers
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Group critiques
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Visits to appropriate arts venues and performances

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

There are no formal examinations on this course. You will be assessed through live events and coursework, which will include:

  • Creative work presented for assessment
  • Essay
  • Presentation
  • Workshop
  • Annotated reflective document
  • Extended dissertation

You will receive continuous informal feedback on works in progress through a combination of performances, discussions and written proposals.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    Interview and a brief presentation

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

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.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission. 

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our admissions page.

Fees and Funding

UK 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £7,000 for full time study
  • £3,500 per year for part time study

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

Funding opportunities

International 2022 - 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £13,000 for 1 year of full time study
  • £6,500 per year for part time study

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022-23 £7,000 full time

    International 2022-23 £13,000 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While 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.

Career outcomes

Where could Theatre and Performance take you?

This postgraduate degree could lead you to a career directly related to working in the community music industry, or it could take you in a completely different direction, using the many transferrable skills you will develop.

This will give you an advantage in careers such as:

  • Actor
  • Community arts worker
  • Choreographer
  • Dancer
  • Drama/music therapist
  • Theatre director

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £7,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2020)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you will need to fill out for this specific course.

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Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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