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Are you looking to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner? Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this programme offers a bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition, all within the Northumbria Performing Arts hub.

You will benefit from research groups combining academic innovation with critical exploration, engaging with the creative and cultural industries through established partnerships recognised for their excellence, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Northern Stage and Live TheatreGallery North and GIFT, the Gateshead International Festival of Theatre will provide exciting opportunities to showcase your work.

You can also follow the Theatre and Performance Facebook page here. This page will give you up to date information on what students on the MA Theatre and Performance course at Northumbria University are up to.

Are you looking to develop and hone your skills as an independent creative practitioner? Located at the heart of the artistically vibrant city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this programme offers a bespoke industry experience tailored to your own specialism and professional ambition, all within the Northumbria Performing Arts hub.

You will benefit from research groups combining academic innovation with critical exploration, engaging with the creative and cultural industries through established partnerships recognised for their excellence, including BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Northern Stage and Live TheatreGallery North and GIFT, the Gateshead International Festival of Theatre will provide exciting opportunities to showcase your work.

You can also follow the Theatre and Performance Facebook page here. This page will give you up to date information on what students on the MA Theatre and Performance course at Northumbria University are up to.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year full-time

Department
Arts

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

Remarkable students / MA Theatre and Performance

Discover more about the course by watching our students at their first scratch night, and looking through a selection of stills from their first semester solo shows.

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Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

The programme sits within a wider culture of postgraduate research in the arts, incorporating a range of programmes such as the Master of Fine Art (MFA) and the Arts MRes. You will be part of a sustainable and burgeoning postgraduate community, crucial to the development of community practice which is embodied in the vision of the NPA.

As a student on this programme you will form part of a wider interdisciplinary community of artistic research and practice, incorporating specialist resources beyond those tailored to Performing Arts, offering ongoing opportunities to share work and collaborate with a range of artists from other disciplines. Your learning journey will be bespoke offering you an opportunity to identify and explore in depth an area of particular interest to you. You will be encouraged to network amongst peers and acquire skills that will set you up for industry.

NEWS / New talent takes to the stage

MA Theatre and Performance alumni Jake Jarratt and Cameron Sharp are performing their new play as part of Live Theatre's 2019 Elevator Festival.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

The programme is designed to give you access to staff research expertise, including specialisms in solo performance, experimental practice, auto/biographical and documentary theatre and performance, new writing, directing, performance and philosophy, intercultural performance, collaborative, community and participatory projects.

The Northumbria Performing Arts team are frequently involved in creating performance work regionally, nationally and internationally and the collaborative nature of our practice is such that it already benefits from the interrelationship with our undergraduate programmes. You will benefit directly from our commitment to the integration of theory and practice and the production of contemporary performance work that is responsive to its practical, theoretical and social context.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

NPA provides a base for your developing practice, incorporating a range of resources including specialist spaces and equipment, as well as access to a dedicated team of distinguished, internationally recognised and award-winning practitioners and researchers.

Based in the Department of Arts, you will be immersed in a vibrant culture, where performance work is produced and presented by staff and undergraduate students. You will have access to our seven studio spaces where performance work can be rehearsed and developed, and four spaces suitable for performances of different scales.

City campus has open access computer facilities, which are available to students during non-teaching hours. The Hylife project provides students with 24-hour access to library catalogues, electronic databases and periodicals. Students will use the learning portal PebblePad and will create their own personal website, to help build an electronic portfolio of their learning.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Our programme builds on the excellent partnerships within NPA to provide a course rich in professional opportunity and research-led teaching.

Our researchers promote the global reach of the region through projects including the Neues Schloss curatorial initiative at Gallery North and GIFT, the Gateshead International Festival of Theatre. Key partners such as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Live Theatre help us create stimulating environments for collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

You will benefit from research groups combining academic innovation with critical exploration, engaging with the creative and cultural industries through established partnerships recognised for their excellence. Our academics are experts in physical performance practices, narrative identity, gender performance and cultural studies and dialogic exchange.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

A principal objective of this course is to facilitate the planning, management and review of your own learning so that you will function more efficiently and effectively in your future career. You will demonstrate a capacity for self-directed learning necessary for all independent creative practitioners.

The central pillar of the programme is the Performance Project module in which you will deliver a substantial performance project exploring a specific aspect of practice within a proto-professional environment. This project provides a unique opportunity for you to explore your specific interests and skillsets, while developing working relationships with professionals and organisations within the field.

Final Show / 2018

Watch our 2018 graduates showcase their talents at Live Theatre.

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

You will graduate from this programme with transferable skills including: self-motivation, innovation and independent thinking; the ability to think laterally and multi-task; effective organisational skills including project planning and time management; the ability to work creatively in individual and group situations; and the development of effective interpersonal skills through communication with specialist and non-specialist audiences.

You will also develop various practical professional skills, in particular the ability to produce a substantial performance project appropriate to the pursuance of a professional career, and the ability to work independently and manage projects to a professional standard.

Our graduates go on to advanced careers as theatre-makers of various kinds, or to seed or launch their own companies.

Alumni

Our graduates are really making an impact on the cultural scene in the North East and beyond. Here are a selection of theatre makers who have studied MA Theatre and Performance at Northumbria.

Bonnie and the Bonnettes

A trio of MA Theatre and Performance alumni

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Holly Gallagher

"Doing this course allowed me to step into the world of theatre making and solo practice for the first time."

Book an Open Day / Experience Theatre and Performance MA

Visit an Open Day to really get an inside view of what it's like to study Theatre and Performance MA at Northumbria. Speak to staff and students from the course and discover your funding options.

Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree in drama, performance, applied theatre, scriptwriting or a related discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification.

Applicants may also be required to attend an audition and provide examples of work.

International qualifications:

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English language requirements:

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

 *The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,170

Full EU Fee: £7,170

Full International Fee: £15,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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