MA Programs in Performing Arts

Compare 69 Masters of Arts in Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Being successful in today’s job industry is beginning to take more than a bachelor’s degree. Graduates are discovering that earning their Master of Arts can lead them to jobs they only dreamed of as well as opportunities to work in industries around the world.

One popular Master of Arts degree is in Performing Arts. Many prospective students, such as you, may be wondering what is an MA in Performing Arts? Simply stated, it is a degree earned as a postgraduate that encompasses the fields of dance, drama, music, and film. Courses taken to earn this degree include classroom work and training in dancing, acting, costume and set design, vocal performance, and script writing. The acting classes range from theater training to film acting, while the script classes can range from creating your own to analyzing other pieces.

Earning your Master in Performing Arts can be very helpful in jumpstarting your career. The training you receive will prepare you for various job opportunities and give you a rich background of knowledge and credentials. If you are looking to work in the theater or film industry, this degree can help you network, build professional relationships and lead you towards working in a creative and innovative field.

The cost of attending classes to earn this degree will change depending on what school you choose. Anything from location to the number of credits will affect the price. To have a clear understanding of your tuition costs, it is best to contact the school you wish to attend.

Once you have received your MA in Performing Arts you will be able to find work in the industries of music, film, theater, and dance. You may find yourself managing a local theater company or acting on stage. You can also work as a director for film, television or plays, as well as teach students of any age at local colleges, schools or summer camps.

 

If you are interested in pursuing this degree, you can search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA in Dance

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom Bath

This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. Explore, create and reflect in this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests. Explore and create choreography for live performance and film. Develop skills as a dance maker with other students from around the world. Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional. This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. We offer a range of creative opportunities to enhance your dance studies, including the University’s careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, the dance programme has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who’ll enhance your study experience. Overview The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work. Course structure This MA will take one full year, or two if you choose to study part time. As a full-time student you’ll take two 30 credit modules in term one, two 30 credit modules in term 2, and one... [-]

Bachelor of Music: Emphasis in Vocal Performance

Los Angeles College of Music
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Pasadena

The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each students and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. [+]

The Bachelor of Music (BM) program is a 12 quarter full-time program. Three majors are available for the BM degree, Music Performance, Music Production and Composition. The Music Performance major offers emphases in Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Vocal. The Music Production major offers an emphasis in Music Producing & Recording, and the Composition Major offers an emphasis in Songwriting. The Vocal Performance major focuses on giving vocalists the tools to ‘get to the music’ as full partners with great instrumentalists and producers. The program is form-fitted to the passions of each students and presents them with opportunities to gain feedback from professionals in A&R, recording, film & television and live touring. Courses are specially sequenced to maximize learning potential throughout the program. Each course meets for the number of credits specified each quarter. Please note that Ensemble Workshop (EW) credits may vary based on enrollment per class. Each program encompasses a different amount of intensive study: Bachelor Program (12 quarters), A.A. Program (6 quarters), and Diploma Program (4 quarters). [-]

MA in Music Business Management

University of Westminster - Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years United Kingdom London

This course is recognised highly in music business management education and will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. This course is recognised highly in music business management education and will prepare you to become one of the next generation of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines. Course content Working with music industry leaders and organisations, the course has developed a unique curriculum. You will be able to combine a strong underpinning of key business skills (finance, leadership, organisational management, marketing and entrepreneurialism), with essential music industry management knowledge (strategic innovation and technology, intellectual property and copyright, and a focus on the live industry and digital content exploitation). Teaching is mainly through lectures In each module there is a minimum of two assignments. The final project is a report of a minimum of 12,000 words. Modules The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Core modules A&R Music Development This module will critically explore the primary relationship with the music industry of artist and repertoire development, commonly referred to as A&R. The A&R department of any music company is where the process of music creativity and production start; it is the research and development department. This module seeks to critically evaluate the... [-]

Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal

The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership and musical management skills through the leading of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire. [+]

Course Overview The course will encourage you to develop the highest levels of instrumental skill through individual lessons and personalised learning. You will also develop your leadership and musical management skills through the leading of an ensemble, culminating in a performance of challenging original and existing repertoire. On the course, you may select from options that include an investigation of a performance tradition, the use of music in health and wellbeing, and the cultural aspects of music. You will also produce a significant body of work for recital, together with supporting research that underpins and informs your final project. The ICMP’s MMus is aimed primarily at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having distinguished themselves on a degree-level course, or who have acquired comparable industry experience and are committed to attaining even greater mastery of their respective instruments. Course Details You will further the development of your instrumental skills, focusing on your personal relationship to your instrument and the extension of your technical ability, as well as your role as a performer within the context of live and studio environments. This element of the programme is delivered using a variety of modes of study, including one-to-one lessons, ensemble classes and lectures, as well as private and group tutorials; this combination enables a personalised approach to study. Academic and Research Skills You will undertake a significant research project that will lead to the production of a substantial performance and dissertation. You will be challenged to develop a variety of... [-]

Theatre

International Accelerator
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Boston

Whether you have a passion for being on stage or are more interested in working behind the scenes, the School of Theatre offers you the opportunity to realize your dreams. It’s one of only a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate professional theatre, Swine Palace, which enables you to work alongside leading professionals while earning your degree. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. Theatre You thrive on creativity and expression, and believe the world is your stage. About Theatre Whether you have a passion for being on stage or are more interested in working behind the scenes, the School of Theatre offers you the opportunity to realize your dreams. It’s one of only a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate professional theatre, Swine Palace, which enables you to work alongside leading professionals while earning your degree. Film and Television The film and television concentration provides you with the essential skills and knowledge not only to create and collaborate onstage and offstage, but on and off camera as well. The program is directly tied to the growing film industry in Louisiana and its need for highly skilled artists, technicians, and administrative personnel. Possible Careers Actor Arts administrator Choreographer Designer Director Producer Stage manager Technician Program Requirements Once you're an student at our university, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major. 24 hours in 1000-level courses or higher 2.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 GPA for transfer) [-]

Master in Music (MA)

University of Central Missouri
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time September 2017 USA Warrensburg

This program has a minimum graduate credit hour total of 32 hours. You must have completed, or be in the act of completing, a bachelors degree from an accredited institution before you can apply for entrance into UCM’s graduate program. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music... [+]

Master in Music (MA) In this program, you’ll have access to current music technology, well-equipped classrooms and recording studios to enhance your learning. UCM offers the traditional Master of Arts in music degree, with emphases in: Conducting History and Literature Kodaly Music Education Performance Piano Pedagogy Theory and Composition Students may also complete an MA degree during three summer sessions (with additional online course work), with emphases in: Music Education (conducting emphasis for music educators) Kodaly About this program This program has a minimum graduate credit hour total of 32 hours. You must have completed, or be in the act of completing, a bachelors degree from an accredited institution before you can apply for entrance into UCM’s graduate program. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Assistantships

 Graduate students in music may apply for assistantships in both the music department and in those areas of the university where assistantships do not require specialized knowledge. The student may request an application for an assistantship from the Graduate Office. Assistantships include both a fee waiver for graduate courses taken for credit and a stipend of $7,500 for the academic year. Students should submit their application for an assistantship in music by March 1 if they intend to begin graduate study the following August. Assistantships are announced by April 15 for the coming academic year. There are numerous scholarship and financial assistance opportunities available in this program. [-]

MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy

Middlesex University London
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 United Kingdom London UK Online + 1 more

The MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for newly qualified or experienced dance teachers working in and beyond schools. This is a low residency programme using on-line / distance learning, with the opportunity to visit Middlesex University's London campus. The programme has been developed especially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional expertise with academic learning. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. Why study MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex? As one of the top universities in the UK for dance, we are recognised worldwide for our high calibre of teaching and innovative research. Our department's student satisfaction rating is one of the best in the UK at 94% (NSS, 2013), with academics who are renowned experts in their fields. It is this level of excellence and pioneering approach to the subject of dance that led us to develop the MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy, the first course of its kind in the UK. Designed to allow you to explore your teaching practice in depth, our course takes dance professionals in the early, middle or later stages of their career and harnesses their experience so that they can evolve their teaching practice with expert guidance from some of the UK's leading dance academics and practitioners. Developed in collaboration with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), our course begins by reflecting on your prior learning before supporting you to explore a chosen area of dance technique teaching in more depth leading to the development of a major work-based learning project. Delivered part-time through distance learning, we ensure that you are able to develop as a practitioner and maintain your work commitments while you study. Course highlights: - Flexibility to shape your studies around your work commitments, individual needs and interests, so you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners... [-]

MA in Music in Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This unique programme has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice. Students will build critical understanding of how music’s agentive and imaginative capacities act in different contexts - e.g. human rights, forced migration, health, and environmental justice - to communicate needs and interests, and to mobilize action. [+]

MA Music in Development Duration: Duration: One calendar year (full time). Two or three years (part time, daytime only). We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. Minimum Entry Requirements: Students with a demonstrably strong background in music performance and evidence of a serious and sustained interest in development and creative communication. An undergraduate training in ethnomusicology, music psychology or music sociology would be an advantage, although a 2.1 pass in any social science degree would be acceptable. Under exceptional circumstances, significant fieldwork experience may off-set the absence of formal academic qualifications in this area. Start of programme: September intake only Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time This unique programme has been designed for students wishing to combine an interest in music and related cultural performance with advocacy and social development practice. Students will build critical understanding of how music’s agentive and imaginative capacities act in different contexts - e.g. human rights, forced migration, health, and environmental justice - to communicate needs and interests, and to mobilize action. Students will have the opportunity to build the programme around their specific interests by drawing on optional courses from a range of disciplines, while also developing an understanding of the musical practices of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The programme is particularly suitable for students wishing to deepen their understanding of social and cultural theory and to develop applied research skills. It appeals... [-]

MA in Acting – Drama Centre London

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Acting is an intensive 45 week conservatoire Actor training course. Eight weeks of the course are spent studying in Moscow. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. MA Acting is an intensive 45 week conservatoire Actor training course. Eight weeks of the course are spent studying in Moscow. Skills classes in Voice, Movement, Neutral Mask, Ballet, Period Dance, Speech and Acting underpin a programme embracing the Greeks to Contemporary drama, with particular emphasis on Shakespeare and Chekhov. 5 great reasons to apply You’ll spend 8 weeks at the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, known as the Vakhtangov Institute, in Moscow - one of the foremost conservatoire Drama schools in Russia. You’ll benefit from the Drama Centre’s distinctive approach, exploring the Stanislavsky system, German Expressionism and the legacy of Rudolph Laban, and improvisation. You’ll engage in active research into the social background of the dramatic text and political awareness will be at the forefront of your work, with emphasis on applying these techniques to the recorded media as well as the stage. You’ll participate in physically and emotionally demanding and intensive programme of classes covering Voice, Movement, Ballet, Speech, Period Dance, Neutral Mask, Acting Technique and Rehearsal. An impressive list of famous performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at the Drama Centre London including Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James and many more. Content and Structure All applicants considered for September 2017 entry will be applying for the newly revalidated version of the course. Further detailed information will be published as it becomes available however the focus of the course remains... [-]

Master in Musicology

Utrecht University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht

Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. [+]

STUDYING MUSIC IN DEPTH Our Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music. WESTERN MUSIC FROM THE MIDDLE AGES TO THE PRESENT The Musicology programme at Utrecht University focuses on Western music from the Middle Ages to the present. Although the emphasis of our teaching and research activity is on historical musicology, there are also courses which bring together both historical and systematic approaches. Interdisciplinary work is central to the programme, and there are particularly strong links with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, Gender Studies, postcolonial studies, and Computational Humanities. This programme aims to innovate, while at the same time retaining its links to the traditional musicological research fostered at the University over the past 85 years. HALLMARKS OF RESEARCH Our current research focuses on topics such as late medieval music from the 13th to the early 15th centuries, Dutch song culture from the Middle Ages to the present, Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphony, Dutch music since the 17th century, music and its epistemologies from the late 18th century to the present, 20th-and 21st-century art and popular music, the evolution of music within colonial and post-colonial settings, and the interaction between music and media. This research is firmly imbedded within the taught components of this programme, which are further enhanced by guest lectures and... [-]

MA in Communication, Media & Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years September 2017 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Communication, Media and Theatre provides an in-depth study of the principles and practices of communication, media, and theatre. The program is designed for students interested in advanced corporate positions, those preparing for positions in higher education or further graduate study, and teachers at the elementary or secondary level. The CMT Graduate Program only admits students for the fall semester; we do not admit in the spring semester. Minimum Requirements for Admission to the Program Students must fulfill the requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research before admission into the CMT graduate program can be considered. Applicants are required to have completed 15 undergraduate credit hours (a minimum of 9 credit hours at the advanced [300 or above] undergraduate level) in Communication, Media or Theatre at an accredited institution of higher education with a B average. Applicants will also be asked to submit a writing sample. Students must satisfy these requirements prior to being admitted into the program. All final admission decisions rest with the CMT faculty. Students at large will only be authorized to enroll in graduate-level courses with approval of the graduate advisor and the course instructor. Requirements for the Degree: 30 credit hours are required in consultation with the graduate advisor. A maximum of six hours in cognate areas may be included in the program with the approval of the graduate faculty committee of the Department of Communication, Media and Theatre. Required... [-]

MA Performance

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Bring your performance ideas to life and create new theatre, dance, live art or stand-up comedy. The stage is yours! [+]

Designed by performance makers for performance makers, this course will give you the opportunity to make new theatre, dance, digital and live performance work. You will be guided by of our team of research active, internationally-acclaimed staff who are committed to making performance matter. Whether you are a recent theatre or performance graduate, a professional arts worker, an emerging artist, or work in education, your course will see you learn among a diverse range of performance communities. You will be immersed in an artist-centred learning environment and you will connect with other like-minded people interested in creating performance work. We will give you the skills to expand and reframe your current practices within a supportive community that values practice as research, while giving you the platform to perform your work at national and international festivals. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment of arts or cultural industries. All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview, during which they will be required to present their current interests and practices in the subject area. Candidates based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional. IELTS: IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses. Mature Applicants Our University welcomes... [-]

MM in Music, Performance Programme – Interpretation Diploma

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Sweden Lund

The Master's Programme in Music - Performence Programme, Interpretation Diploma, aims to educate instrumentalists and soloists possessing a superior artistic and profession ability. [+]

Programme overview

The Master's Programme in Music - Performance programme, Interpretation Diploma, aims to educate instrumentalists and soloists possessing a superior artistic and profession ability. On completion of the programme, the student must have advanced knowledge and skills in the practice and interpretation of music in order to work with qualified assignments as a soloist or chamber musician at a superior artistic level. The student must also have developed the ability to work independently concerning the production of a good concert programme, and in regards to all personal exercises, rehearsals and other preparatory work required in the production of public recitals. In addition, on completion of the programme, the student must have acquired well-developed entrepreneurial skills and the initiative necessary to be able to work independently in the music world.... [-]


Master of Arts in Music

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Belgium Ghent

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. [+]

English master The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master ‘soloist contemporary music’. Orientation tests for the master and bridging programmes For access to the master programmes there is an annual selection procedure in spring, and one in summer. Below you will find the information brochure with an application form for the orientation tests. Read through this brochure carefully; you will find descriptions and practical information there as well as the deadlines to observe. Candidates for a master or bridging programme must register first. Upon registration candidates will receive the application form to complete. Each December the information relating to the orientation tests for the next year will also appear here. The learning path coaches will be glad to provide you with... [-]

Master in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 2 - 3  September 2017 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Students will conceive and complete an original MFA thesis which represents an advanced level of achievement in the field of music creation or sound design for visual media. Music Composition Advanced understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Soundtrack for Visual Media Create music or sound which supports or heightens the emotional impacts of visual images (or visual material). Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate expert-level proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques. Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs. Collaborate effectively with a creative team on a given project, such as a film,... [-]