Taught course

Queer Performance

Rose Bruford College

Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good Honours Degree (usually a 2.1) in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of extensive professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Course content

An internationally unique course which trains you to create, explore, examine and expand queer performance practice.

What you'll study

The first and only MA of its kind to focus on queer performance, this course offers broad training in a range of queer performance practice, delivered by renowned queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers.

Fiercely socially engaged, political, experimental, and interdisciplinary, the course provides an in-depth, comprehensive examination of queer performance practice, studying its themes, methodologies, and untapped possibilities.

By collaborating closely with other queers in a supportive context, the course develops and expands your individual practice by offering opportunities to contextualise your work while collaborating with others.

We welcome all students with an interest in engaging with queer performance, whether primarily as maker (in theatre, live art, drag, cabaret, writing, video and moving image, sound art, digital arts), researcher, critic, facilitator or producer.

Why choose this course?
  • Experimentation and innovation: Be part of the world's first postgraduate training in queer performance practice, building on important histories you will innovate approaches to making theatre, live art, cabaret, digital work and new writing for contemporary audiences.
  • Unique approach: Through in-depth training and study in both intensive in-person residencies and online sessions, you will develop your artistic and academic expertise within established contexts alongside dynamic opportunities for making solo and collaborative performance work.
  • Expert training: You will be taught, guided and mentored by experienced world-leading staff with international reputations in queer performance as you explore different processes and develop new skills.
  • Research: This course creates a pedagogical culture dedicated to providing advanced, rigorous and challenging learning and development opportunities. Develop key skills in researching and thinking through queer methodologies and articulate how queer approaches inform the creation and reception of performance.
  • Sharing work: You will be encouraged to share work with audiences beyond Rose Bruford, including online, in club spaces, galleries, theatres and festivals. You will create and share an original work in any form, supported by a professional mentor.
  • Industry contacts and networking: Development of a professional network of creative relationships.
More about the course

This hybrid course is designed to take place in person and online over 13 months. As a cohort, you will have four intensive in-person residencies together, three in the UK and normally one abroad.

Seminars, discussions, tutorials and mentorship will be delivered online, weekly throughout term time. As such, students can live anywhere globally, but are required to travel to be in attendance for the residencies.

You can study this course full time (over 15 months) or part time (over 28 months).

Accessibility and learning styles: The course is designed with accessibility considerations across all aspects, although we will always strive to improve and collaborate on improving our access provisions.

All written assessments have optionality for alternative spoken/performed components.

Module 1 : Thinking Queerly
Module 2 : Creatures of the Night
Module 3 : Queer Dramaturgies
Module 4 : Independent Research Project
The tuition fees listed here are for October 2023 entry, 2024 entry tuition fees have not been published yet.

Information for international students

Visas for international students

Please note that due to the delivery methods of the Queer Performance MA course, with a combination of distance learning and in-person residencies, international students on this course are not eligible to apply for a student visa. International students wishing to undertake their studies predominantly from their home country should ensure they’re able to travel to the UK during specific periods during the course, in order to undertake in-person residencies. For more information on visitor visas when planning travel to the UK visit gov.uk/standard-visitor, or for further guidance please contact our Admissions team on admissions@bruford.ac.uk

Please click here to read our International Student Guide.

We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, please click here to register for one.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    26 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    13 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Phoebe Patey-Ferguson