Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Advanced Theatre Practice

Staffordshire University · Creative Arts and Engineering

Entry requirements

Honours degree of 2:1 or above, or relevant professional experience, in a related area.

Entry to the programme is open to both National and International Drama and Theatre graduates with a proven aptitude and ability in their specialist area i.e. as scenographers, technicians and/or stage and production managers or to actors and directors who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience.

We welcome applications from students from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds. These include working theatre professionals, teachers, performers and other creative industry practitioners who are interested in upskilling and advancing their personal and professional development.

Months of entry


Course content

Advance your theatre skills and learn how to work as a collaborative practitioner on a series of production- based projects with the support and guidance of professional creative industry practitioners.

This practice - based MA, offers emerging and established set and costume designers, theatre scenographers, technicians and stage and production managers, real world opportunities to extend and develop their understanding and experience of realising text for performance.

You will be expected to develop your specific theatre skills and processes and practices: working imaginatively, creatively, collaboratively and responsibly on specified theatre projects. In the first instance these will normally be through negotiated roles on undergraduate productions of a contemporary play, classical play and/ or a musical.

Then you will be required to negotiate your own professional creative industry placement, offering you valuable entrepreneurial and career enhancement experience and opportunities.

You will be required to work with your fellow students to create and develop your own unique theatre company. Once established you will work collaboratively on an agreed theatre project of your choice and tour your work to venues you negotiate and arrange.

Throughout the programme you will be taught, mentored and supported by experienced theatre practitioners and established creative industry experts.

Whilst this MA will not concentrate specifically on teaching acting or directing, students may ‘negotiate’ opportunities to work in these areas for their placements and/or when allocating roles for the MA Company. Therefore, it may be of interest to directors and actors who want to increase their knowledge, understanding and awareness of the interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of theatre making.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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