Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have a first degree in a related subjected. This course suits individuals who have professional or semi- professional experience, either as a circus-artist performer who is interested in moving into directing or, as a theatre-based director who is interested in moving into circus-based work. You’ll ideally have a background in circus, physical theatre or directing, or a related subject area.

For more information please contact our admissions team or telephone 01225 876180.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Work with professionals and stay up-to-date with the most recent developments within the industry.
  • Foster creative practices for directing circus-based performance work.
  • Explore circus direction through a variety of research methods.
On this course you’ll study the roles, strategies and practical skills of circus directing, alongside a range of research methodologies. Our MA covers two areas – the director as author and the director as facilitator. During the course you might: share your work with specialist educators and student peers; study other subject areas; and work with youth circus groups.
You’ll use a variety of research methods and promote autonomous and collaborative learning to explore circus direction. You’ll engage with industry professionals on current debates and discourses of the discipline.

Information for international students

International: For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding please refer to our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

01225 876180