Taught course

Theatre: Socially Engaged Practice

University of Portsmouth · School of Art, Design and Performance

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Months of entry


Course content

Theatre and performance can be powerful tools for social change, whether it's bringing historic events to life in museums or working with local councils or the NHS to highlight new health initiatives.

If you're looking to build on your undergraduate degree, and want to use the tools of drama to make a positive difference to the world, then this Master's degree in Theatre, which focuses on Socially Engaged Practice, is the ideal choice for you.

You'll explore methods and techniques for using drama in the community, such as in youth groups, mental health support settings, schools, museums, and centres for older people and those with illnesses. You'll get practical experience in the community, building a portfolio of work you can showcase to employers when you graduate.

By focussing on using drama as a community-building tool, you'll learn how to use your dramatic skillset in a new context, opening doors in your career, and helping you to make positive changes in society.

Course highlights
  • Implement techniques from applied theatre, forum theatre, theatre for social change, and theatre for development within your own community
  • Learn the ethics of applied theatre and work with different demographics
  • Gain practical experience developing, leading and facilitating drama activities across different communities and groups
  • Use the professional-grade equipment and facilities at White Swan Studios, including lighting equipment, costume and prop facilities, music practice rooms and musical instruments
  • Engage with staff that have established connections to local community and heritage sites – you'll have a wide range of performance venues and audiences to choose from
  • Attend monthly postgraduate seminars in theatre and performance, with invited guests from around the world
  • Utilise digital storytelling equipment such as GoPro cameras and iPads
  • Develop transferable skills and experience that will be invaluable in careers beyond theatre practice and teaching, such as science communication and cultural diplomacy
Careers and opportunities
As a successful graduate of this course, you'll have learnt to implement techniques from applied theatre, forum theatre, theatre for social change, and theatre for development within your own community.
You'll also have insight into the ethics of applied theatre and its implications as a community-building tool, as well as practical experience of working with different populations within the community.
Graduates of this course have gone onto roles in::
  • theatre
  • education
  • youth work
  • project management
  • science communication
  • museums and the cultural sector
  • civic engagement
  • applied theatre artist
  • teaching artist
  • creative aging
  • event planning
  • fundraising
  • community organising

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
023 9284 5566