Arts, Humanities & Performance

Arts, Humanities & Performance courses

American Studies MA

This programme is one of the few one-year taught MA American Studies programmes in the country. We offer a range of modules designed to develop your understanding of the United States through a range of historical, literary and cultural perspectives.


Applied Theatre MA

MA Applied Theatre is an exciting practice-based programme that offers students the opportunity to develop advanced skills and knowledge in the use of theatre in participatory, community and social contexts. Through workshops, studio practice and community-based projects, this MA provides students with compositional, reflective and research strategies through which to develop their portfolio of practice as thinking & doing practitioners.  


Community Music MA

Our MA in Community Music is designed for those students who have a strong sense of themselves as practitioners. The programme is directly linked to our International Centre for Community Music and as such promotes a global perspective of the field. This MA is designed for those that want to deepen their understanding by exploring practice-led research through a variety of theoretical frameworks. 


Contemporary Literature MA

Our Contemporary Literature MA encourages you to discover some exciting new authors, as well as exploring new approaches to contemporary writing and theory.


Creative Writing MA

Our MA in Creative Writing offers a distinctive and flexible pattern of study which will meet the needs of a wide range of students wishing to extend or develop their interests in Creative Writing.


Creative Writing MFA

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Take your writing to the next level. Complete a book-length work: The next exciting step for those who have already completed a taught Masters.  


Fine Art MA

The Fine Art MA at York St John University focuses on progressing and professionalising your practice. The aim is for you to produce a body of rigorous creative practice that is underpinned by a theoretical understanding.  Its emphasis is on practice, supported by theoretical knowledge and framed through the application of clear research methodologies. 


History MA

Our MA in History will offer you an exciting and challenging curriculum. It will be led by our team of internationally recognised scholars, who combine research excellence with cutting edge teaching practice. You will be taught in small groups and in a stimulating environment. You will be joining a programme with an established record of high levels of student satisfaction. The programme will offer you a distinctive and flexible opportunity to develop expertise in the areas of history which interest you.


Illustration MA

Our MA Illustration programme invites illustrators to develop their professional practice through a sustained engagement with the subject. You will expand your illustration practice and develop your expertise by researching a diverse range of contemporary illustration practices and by consolidating your creative practice through a practice-led examination of your visual interests. 


International History MA

Our MA in International History invites you to immerse yourself in a dynamic, varied and challenging field of academic study, with the emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. Beyond the intrinsic interest of its subject matter, the programme presents a distinctive and flexible opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the processes shaping the contemporary world.


Music Composition MA

The MA Music Composition degree programme offers you the opportunity to investigate the interrelationships between your own practice and questions arising about knowledge in and through art, composition, and dissemination in performance. Aimed at graduates and practitioners in music composition, this MA will allow you to build a strong and increasingly confident practice through awareness and interaction with current contexts of professional practice and research.


Music Production MA

Our MA Music Production programme provides a stimulating vehicle for the expansion of your music production practice in the context of academic study at postgraduate level. The course is designed to help you to develop a sound understanding of concepts of practice-based research in reference to emerging knowledge within the music production discipline and will culminate in the development of a portfolio of work reflecting the application of these ideas within your own creative practice.


Photography MA

Our MA Photography programme invites photographers to develop their practice through a sustained engagement with the medium. Our holistic approach to photography will enable your aesthetic decision making through digital and/or traditional photography, both expanding and consolidating your interests. 


Theatre & Performance MA, PgDip, PgCert

This exciting taught postgraduate degree will allow you to focus on developing your own arts practice. Your practice will be supported by experienced tutors and guest artists and you will be encouraged to create performances for festivals, city centre venues and site specific projects or for the touring studio. We will encourage you to develop strategies on how to reflect, theorise and document your practice and offer you a platform to share your thinking for public dissemination.


Virtual and Augmented Reality MA*

The MA Virtual and Augmented Reality is a new and exciting programme that provides the opportunity to creatively express ideas using digital applications in both VR and AR technologies. The rapidly growing industry allows creative practitioners from a variety of fields (animation, filmmaking, art, computer science, games) to become key innovators in designing new Virtual and Augmented experiences. This course introduces you to bespoke methods for designing digital experiences with the support of our industry partners. York Business School will deliver bespoke modules in order for you to understand how to set up a start-up company. You will develop both analytical and practical skills in digital design to enable you to explore and articulate your creative thinking for new innovative outcomes.


Visual Communication MA*

This MA programme in Visual Communication is designed to help you develop your creative, imaginative and technical skills as a creative professional. By exploring a broad range of different media in the field of graphic design, branding, illustration, moving imagery, this programme allows you to have creatively express your own ideas through culminating a substantial body of work informed by critically informed research-led practice.   This course introduces you to bespoke methods for designing digital experiences with the support of our industry partners. The York Business School will deliver bespoke modules in order for you to understand how to set up a start-up company. You will develop both analytical and practical skills in digital design to enable you to explore and articulate your creative thinking for new innovative outcomes.


3D Design & Technologies MSc*

The MSc programme in 3D Design and Technologies provides opportunities for creative practitioners to design and make through a variety of both real and virtual processes.   It allows exploration through medium such as digital craft, 3D modelling, materials and physical interactions to take place, analysing how smart technologies are changing the way we behave and interact in our surroundings This course introduces you to bespoke methods for designing digital experiences with the support of our industry partners. The YSJ Business School will deliver bespoke modules in order for you to understand how to set up a start-up company. You will develop both analytical and practical skills to enable you to explore and articulate your creative thinking for new innovative outcomes.  


Cyber Security MSc*

Developed in consultation with employers, this part-time Cyber Security MSc has been created for professionals looking to study alongside employment. If you would like to deepen and broaden your skills in the field of cyber security through exploring fields such as forensics and wireless networking, our programme is suitable for those coming from a vast array of backgrounds. Maybe you’re a software or networks engineer who wishes to move more into the security aspects of your field? Perhaps you’re a lawyer, asset manager or healthcare professional who recognises the impact of cyber security on your existing field and you wish to specialise your knowledge through accredited study. Then again you may be a security or intelligence professional or someone who wishes to enhance their opportunities for employment in these fields.


Software Engineering* MSc

This part-time MSc Software Engineering course will provide you with the means to improve your existing skills and develop new ones through exposure to emerging fields such as artificial intelligence, cloud-computing and data science. The programme has been designed entirely with part-time students in mind, with an intensive modular approach which offers the perfect opportunity for those looking to make a transition between careers, develop specialised subject knowledge or gain the qualification needed to land that dream job.  


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