• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

This MA provides a unique opportunity to develop collaborative theatre making skills informed by leading practitioners working in the field of contemporary performance.  The course will appeal to recent graduates from a range of performance practices including performers, directors, writers, dancers, choreographers, composers, musicians and actors as well as to people already working in the performing arts industry who need to increase or consolidate their knowledge. This could include school teachers and tutors at FE delivering GCSE and A-level performing arts, as well as to people already working in the performing arts industry.

This course is also offered on a full-time basis.

What will this course cover?

On this course you will explore how the boundaries between drama and screen studies are increasingly changing and interrogate current industry practices through a comprehensive study of the contexts, philosophies, aesthetics and policies of the performing arts. Modules studies include:

  • Research Skills and Professional Contexts - An introduction to research methodologies and to current industry contexts
  • Residency and Project Management - The chance to work with a professional company over an intensive week-long period coupled with initial development of project ideas
  • Company Practise - Students study emerging theatre / performance forms including Immersive theatre, intermedia theatre, interactive theatre, installation.
  • Approaches to Screen - This module interrogates film, moving image and hybrid visual media forms that raise particular theoretical concerns through practise.
  • Approaches to Performance - A theoretical and practical approach to performance looking at synthesising and contrasting artistic performance forms culminating in an essay and a short performance
  • Practical Dissertation or Written Dissertation - This module aims to promote and support the development of an area of independent, original research and / or performance / film making.

You will see that the course provides a unique opportunity to explore creatively how the performing arts is currently practised and how it may be developed as a discipline by, for example, exploring synergies of screen media, film and live performance through theory and practice.

The course begins with a week-long residency with a leading theatre company culminating with a scratch performance.

You will be guided in your studies by skilled academic practitioners and lecturer input increasingly moves towards independent study, encouraging you to adopt the role of performer / director / maker as well as academic.

The course will conclude with a project led by you, in which you develop either an artistic concept or use ideas explored during the course in a wider social context.

MA Performing Arts

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

Students typically require a degree in a particular aspect of the performing arts, normally at 2:1 or higher, and based on audition/interview and portfolio review.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Year 1 Modules

  • Professional Workshops
  • Research Skills and Professional Contexts
  • Residency and Project Development

Year 2 Modules

  • Approaches to Performance
  • Investigating Creativity
  • Placement and Creative Challenge
  • Practical Dissertation/Project (optional)
  • Written Dissertation/Project (optional)


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £5,050

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

On this programme, you will develop practical skills and research methodologies that will enhance your prospects for employment. You will develop insights to making work informed by current industry practitioners and develop approaches to interdisciplinary practices, including ways in which performance is extended and enhanced by screen media.

You will explore a range of performance styles such as immersive, intermedial theatre and also devised and physical theatre. In particular, the course provides a unique opportunity to explore creatively how the performing arts can be developed as a discipline and applied to the world at large, as a way of thinking and conceptualising business, as an educational tool and as pure artistic endeavour.

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