Taught course

Theatre and Performance

York St John University · School of Performance and Media Production

Entry requirements

Candidates are considered on the combination of all elements of their application, including existing arts practice, evidence of critical and reflective engagement and academic qualifications.

For all candidates there will be an interview and consideration of a portfolio of work. This is a central element of our consideration of applications and also an opportunity for you to find out more about the programme. At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:
  • demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.
We are happy to arrange interviews by skype for overseas students.

You must normally possess one of the following:

  • An honours degree at 2:1 or above in a related subject (eg Drama, Theatre, Live Art, Place/Space/Time Based Art). You will normally register for the MA.
  • An honours degree from another discipline plus you will be working in a professional arts environment or have extensive experience of arts practice. Academic tutors will consider such applications on an individual basis.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria may be considered for the Postgraduate Certificate. If you are successful at postgraduate level, you may be permitted to enrol for the Masters’ degree. In particular applicants with a 2:2 degree may be considered according to relevant practice based or professional experience.
Applications from candidates with disabilities are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs are undertaken sensitively. The safety of the potential student and our ability to fulfil his/her learning needs and experiences are important in the decision to offer a place.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting taught postgraduate degree will allow you to focus on developing your own arts practice. Your practice will be supported by experienced tutors and guest artists and you will be encouraged to create performances for festivals, city centre venues and site specific projects or for the touring studio. We will encourage you to develop strategies on how to reflect, theorise and document your practice and offer you a platform to share your thinking for public dissemination.

Why study Theatre and Performance at York St John University?

  • Your own practice is at the centre of the programme - You will take practice-based modules throughout the degree, whether you are enrolled full-time or part-time.
  • Fluid interrelationship between theory and practice - Delivery of the programme will make use of workshop, studio, seminar and virtual environments, providing an opportunity to explore the interrelationships between practice, reflection and knowledge.
  • Opportunities for cross-disciplinary work - The existence of parallel MA Applied Theatre and MA Fine Arts programmes will provide you with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary awareness and practices.
  • Engagement with collaboration and context - The programme will invite you to engage in collaborative practice with others and to consider the implications of working in particular contexts or in response to particular commissions.

Information for international students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

Due to immigration laws, International Students on a Tier 4 visa must be studying full-time. For more information about Visa requirements and Short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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