Immersive encounters... solo performance... scenographic arts... physical theatres... play(ful) writing...
Our MA in Theatre Arts will give you the opportunity to collaborate, specialise and push the boundaries of your chosen discipline whatever your artistic background. Whether you are looking to design, devise, direct, critique, curate, manage, perform, write or teach, this flexibly-designed course will enable you to investigate and evolve your practice to a professional standard
At Middlesex we prepare the next generation of Theatre Arts professionals to be pioneering and innovative practitioners with advanced skills and contemporary knowledge of their chosen industry. Through a combination of practice-based assignments, theoretical inquiry and independent research in your field, you will develop the skills to locate and advance your work in both national and international professional contexts.
Based in our Media and Performing Arts School, you will be taught by some of the UK's leading academic-practitioners and associate artists with opportunities to explore the diverse world of Theatre Arts through high-profile guest lecturers, industry visits and professional placements while you study. Armed with these invaluable skills, experiences and professional contacts, you will graduate with the confidence to navigate an exciting career path in today's competitive arts industries.
Taught by a diverse range of academics, practitioners, specialists and associate artists, this course is divided into five modules taken over three terms (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own Theatre Arts interests and projects to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current practice through self-reflection, research, analysis, and creative exploration.
Collaborative Project: Connecting Practices (30 credits)
This studio-based module explores and enhances the existing performance skills of each student with opportunities to experiment with new approaches and evolve your current techniques. As part of this highly practical module you will share your practice with your fellow students, opening yourself up to a critical analysis and deeper understanding of your own work while developing workshop techniques on a collaborative performance project.
Research Methods in the Arts: Reflecting Practices (30 credits)
This module examines research theories and methodologies that are of relevance to the Theatre Arts with particular focus on how to relate these methods and findings to your own practice. Through research seminars you will explore innovative movements within your field and examine the ways in which these can influence your own approaches to performance practice.
Specialist Investigation: Exploring Practices(30 credits)
This module is flexibly designed to enable you to explore your individual practice in a range of academic and professional contexts. Through a combination of studio-based exploratory workshop sessions and independent research into your field, you will develop and evolve your practice to an advanced standard.
Professional Contexts & Placements: Managing Practices (30 credits)
This module explores crucial contexts for developing and managing practical, work-related skills. With expert support from a wide range of career specialists and industry experts you will engage in national and/or international networking opportunities with the chance to set up work placements at various stages of your studies.
Independent Project: Extending Practices (60 credits)
This final module is an opportunity for you to take all the knowledge, research and skills you have acquired in the preceding modules and apply them to an independent project which extends the boundaries of your practice, challenges your working methods, and allows you to test your ambitions. As part of this project you will develop and deliver an artistic presentation in an externally facing context, providing a bridge between academic and professional practice that will dramatically enhance your career prospects and future education opportunities.
This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in Theatre Arts.
Our teaching team is hugely diverse with practitioners, academics, and industry professionals from a range of creative industries and professional backgrounds. With a growing reputation for world-leading research in media and the arts, you will benefit from the networks and connections our teaching staff have within the industry, with regular guest-lectures from high-profile performers, curators, business professionals, and specialists from across the UK.
As part of your learning, you will be required to participate in advanced practice and engage with your fellow students, both individually and collaboratively, working and learning independently and as part of a group. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country with access to state-of-the-art studios, performance spaces and workshops throughout the School of Media and Performing Arts.
You will bring with you a desire to investigate the possibilities available to you in your area of theatre arts, with a strong understanding of how specific forms and disciplines sit within interdisciplinary performance contexts. You will be keen to engage critically and collaboratively with creative forms that are new to you as you nurture your individual artistic practice.
The programme is designed to appeal particularly to:
UK-based and international practitioners and scholars engaged in any theatre arts practice who want to develop their creative and reflective skills alongside their own unique signature; actors, composers, designers, directors, illusionists, live artists, musicians, physical-theatre practitioners, scenographers, sound artists, video artists, writers and so on.
UK-based and international arts-world individuals such as curators, producers, arts managers, arts/humanities theorists who wish to develop approaches to investigating practice as key contributors to the creative process.
UK-based and international graduates who are keen to explore the scope of their own emerging practice and/or who wish to test the potential of contemporary interdisciplinary performance.
Those who would be eligible for the programme include:
UK graduates (or those nearing completion of undergraduate programmes) in related specialisms including theatre, dance, performing arts, theatre design, acting, directing, dramaturgy etc. applicants will normally have an upper second honours degree or above. However, exemption can be made (at the Programme Leader's discretion) for those with significant relevant experience and/or who can demonstrate innovative approaches to thinking and practicing in theatre arts.
Professional practitioners who may or may not hold a first degree in a relevant field and who may be admitted on the basis of alternative qualifications or satisfactory training in their field and extensive experience in a performance related profession.
International students with appropriate qualifications and/or training.
The programme places significant demands on students speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. Applicants whose first language is not English should have a recent overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. Where applicants have attained less than 6.0 in any component part of the test, they will be guided to attend the pre-sessional English courses offered at Middlesex.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Applicants will normally be invited to attend an interview.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
While this is a brand new course, we expect our graduates to pursue successful careers or to enhance existing careers in Theatre Arts including as performers, artistic directors, theatre managers, drama coaches, dramaturge, designers, producers, stage managers, technicians, physical theatre choreographers, critics, consultants, educators, stage crew and more.
London is an international centre for Theatre Arts and the programme has been designed to provide an academic framework that places you in an excellent position for employment as well as self-managed careers.
Work placements are proven to increase your success in the job market, as well as being a fantastic experience and we encourage as many students as possible to grasp this opportunity with the opportunity to carry out a short placement during your course. This will provide you with first-hand experience of an arts or performance organisation, with guidance and support from one of our dedicated Placement Officers throughout the process.
"This course draws on a range of extraordinary practitioners and innovative resources to enable our students to fully explore their practice and the professional opportunities that await them."
Dr. Josephine Machon, Programme Leader
Dr. Josephine Machon is the programme leader for MA Theatre Arts.
The facilities on our North London campus, including those in the £80 million state of the art Grove Building, are recognised as among the best in country. With a wide range of performance spaces featuring digital media workshops, industry standard equipment, innovative software and library facilities, you will benefit from unique levels of access to both the latest forms of technology and traditional tools with expert support to help you develop your work.
These facilities include: