MA Programs in Performing Arts

Compare 64 Master of Art Programs 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... [-]

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 Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) - The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Germany Berlin United Kingdom Scotland + 2 more

The MA degrees in Cultural Diplomacy and International Sport/Music/Events are one year programs offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. One Year MA Program in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Sport & Cultural Diplomacy One Year MA Program in International Events & Cultural Diplomacy The Degree Programs are offered by the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy About The MA Degree in in International Music & Cultural Diplomacy The opportunity exists to create a programme to educate professionals who intend to become involved in international diplomatic relations which function using the “soft power” of music. These individuals may be involved in planning and co-coordinating the staging of international live events (International music festivals, opening ceremonies for international sports events), recording or broadcast of international music projects (War Child charity, Eurovision Song Contest) or managing long-running cross-border / cross-cultural initiatives (Nerve Centre in Derry, British Council music events). These projects often work across boundaries where trade and political diplomacy have failed, hence retaining communication channels and inter-cultural connections. The emerging professional requires not just an understanding of music and diplomacy but also entrepreneurship, the global music industries, social media communication and distribution platforms, project management, negotiation skills, language skills and team management abilities. In addition to this they may find themselves working with local and national governments. They should therefore also be able to communicate clearly and effectively and understand the language of policy and exchange. The work may be focused on raising national prestige on a global stage, social re-generation, multi-culturalism... [-]

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. [+]

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, television show, animation, game, multimedia... [-]

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. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. 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... [-]

Master in Music

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

The study route Classical Music is aimed at students who are ambitious, have a high level of playing, are curious and who want to work hard to become a top musician. Every year you take part in big projects such as the Hanze Symphony Orchestra, the string orchestra or any kind of ensemble. [+]

Music: www.hanzegroningen.eu/mastermusic The Prince Claus Conservatoire of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen feels a strong connection to the northern part of the Netherlands. We are an internationally renowned institute with high standards regarding quality and atmosphere. Our mission is to train inspiring musicians who can make a difference in our society. We live up to our motto “Share your talent. Move the world” by challenging you to share your talent and passion for music with the world around you. As a future musician or music teacher you will move the world; by inspiring, motivating and touching people’s hearts. Studying at the Prince Claus Conservatoire means that you will be immersed in an inspiring international environment. We are known internationally for our innovative ideas on studying music. We are convinced that having close contact with our students is of great importance, you are not anonymous when you choose to study with us. We have gained the title Best Conservatoire of the Netherlands a number of times. Welcome to Groningen! Master of Music ​​​​​​​​​​Are you a professional musician with a goal? Do you have a specific vision of your future? Then the Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire could be the suitable study to achieve your personal goals. The Prince Claus Conservatoire is internationally known as an innovative institute of high quality with a large regional and international network. The Master of Music at the Prince Claus Conservatoire is there for ambitious musicians who want to develop... [-]

Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 Italy Milan

NABA’s two-year MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is the only program in Europe that combines a solid education in visual arts production with highly specialized curatorial training. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. 5 SCHOLARSHIPS UP FOR GRABS SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION VISUAL ARTS AND CURATORIAL STUDIES. DEadline: 12 May NABA’s two-year MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is the only program in Europe that combines a solid education in visual arts production with highly specialized curatorial training. You’ll explore visual culture, visual arts and performance, exhibition design, contemporary art management, curatorial studies, and art criticism, as well as arts writing and communication. You’ll participate in a wide range of laboratory projects that allow you to engage directly with artists and curators of international standing. You’ll have the opportunity to: Learn a visual and aesthetic vocabulary for working with images Deepen your knowledge of research and theoretical methodologies relevant to contemporary art Advance your knowledge of art history, the art economy, and the contemporary art system Develop advanced techniques in painting, drawing, graphic design, video, photography, sound design, and other media Produce and display professional artistic works and curatorial projects Develop professional-level skills in organizing and curating exhibitions and cultural activities Learn to write about art from a place of deep understanding The MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs). First Year Visual Arts I, Curatorial Studies I, Exhibition Design I, Publishing I, Photography I, Phenomenology of Contemporary Art, Theory and Methodology of Mass Media, and History of Exhibition econd Year Visual Arts II, Curatorial Studies II, History of... [-]

MA 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... [-]

M.F.A in Performance and Interactive Media Arts

Brooklyn College CUNY
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Brooklyn

The graduate program in performance and interactive media arts (PIMA) will help you to develop into a performance artist with a reputation for innovation and creative success. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. The graduate program in performance and interactive media arts (PIMA) will help you to develop into a performance artist with a reputation for innovation and creative success. Our program will give you the tools to conceive and execute collaborative, multidisciplinary theatrical pieces. PIMA will teach you to explore ways to use technology in artistic collaborations with various creative disciplines. You will study with students from diverse backgrounds who may already have an established career in an art field, and who bring with them a wealth of influences and contacts. Another important component of the program is the intense mentoring you will receive from successful alumni and faculty from four departments — Art, Computer and Information Science, Television and Radio, and Theater — as well as the Conservatory of Music. Even before you graduate, you will have realized your artistic vision. A leading cutting-edge graduate program in ensemble, experimental, interdisciplinary performing arts production. Students collaboratively create performances that draw upon and hybridize theater, performance art, dance, music, puppetry, and various other experimental forms. Bringing together experienced artists from a wide range of backgrounds, this intensive two-year program teaches interdisciplinary collaboration as a skill in itself, and multimedia computer programming as a tool for both practical production and collaboration. Students in the program share an interest in digital media and use of technology in performance, and multimedia work is encouraged and supported. Following an initial term of intensive collaborative creation on campus, students have opportunities and are... [-]

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. [+]

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 evolution of A&R within the... [-]

Theatre

International University Alliance
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 of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Theatre Studies

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. It is therefore important to study theatre in the broadest sense... [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Arts and Culture: Theatre Studies

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: September

Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. It is therefore important to study theatre in the broadest sense of the word, not only as part of the national (Dutch) culture but also as a cultural phenomenon currently undergoing a process of globalisation. The Master's programme Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam provides a wide range of opportunities for acquiring insight into processes of theatrical creation and perception, as well as aspects of theatricality both within and across cultures. The courses are organised around five themes: Theatre and Globalization, Theatre and History, Theatre and Society, Theatre Analysis, and Performance and Performativity.... [-]


MA Sound Arts

Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Oxford + 1 more

MA Sound Arts is a creative, interdisciplinary course that enables you to investigate exploratory and innovative Sound Arts practices including experimental composition, sound installation, field recording, site-specific practice, sonic art and improvisation. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. MA Sound Arts MA Sound Arts is a creative, interdisciplinary course that enables you to investigate exploratory and innovative Sound Arts practices including experimental composition, sound installation, field recording, site-specific practice, sonic art and improvisation. This programme is enhanced by a group of internationally active sound artists, composers and field recordists who curate and participate in the activities of the SARU (Sonic Art Research Unit) and the annual festival Audiograft. The weekly Listening Group complements the core provision and introduces you to the vibrant research culture around Sound Arts. You will develop individual and collaborative practice-based work in a stimulating environment that encourages dialogue and growth as part of a reflective community. This is a good basis for the intensive, fascinating and challenging work that thrives in this supportive, innovative and creative context. Why choose this course? The School of Arts offers state-of-the-art technical facilities for Sound Arts and 24-hour studio access. This course is taught by leading Sound Arts practitioners creating ‘world-leading’ research as defined by the REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework). You will have access to expertise in sound art, field recording, electroacoustic composition, site-based practice, experimental composition and improvisation. Sound Arts is situated in an interdisicplinary context and you will work with students from Art & Design and Music. The Sonic Art research Unit (SARU) and the annual ACE funded audiograft festival provide a stimulating environment for innovation and experimentation in your creative practice. Many of our Arts MA students progress to PhD... [-]

MA Screen: Acting – Drama Centre London

University of the Arts London
Campus Full time 15 months August 2017 United Kingdom London

MA Screen Acting course specializes in giving the actor a rigorous and intense conservatoire training focused on delivering performance for the screen. [+]

MA Screen Acting course specializes in giving the actor a rigorous and intense conservatoire training focused on delivering performance for the screen. Whether on film or television or other recorded media such radio. The student will be involved in many filmed projects including a final short film professionally produced as well as professionally shot show reel material. The course also gives the student a full programme of professional preparation with current industry professionals, including casting directors, agents, producers. Reasons to Apply This course has produced many successful alumni including a Welsh Bafta winner and a number of feature film leads. This course is unique, a film course in a drama school with visceral pathways, whilst remaining actor-oriented in the conservatoire tradition. You’ll engage with industry professionals. Our Visiting Professor is Stephen Frears, the internationally acclaimed screen director, and Visiting practitioners have included the experienced screen directors Moira Armstrong and Richard Standeven, the producers Bernard Krichefski, Tony Dennis, David Collier and Greg Boardman, cinematographers Paul Bond and Zillah Bowes, Anne Henderson, Casting Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, screenwriters John Wilsher and Danny Stack and many others. With good time-management, a number of students also carry out extra-curricular activities. Current student Mirin Barr won Best Actress at the Campus Moviefest Awards for her part in 'One Beautiful Day', directed by fellow student Rudina Hatipi. One Beautiful Day has also been selected for the Campus Movie Fest Wildcard Challenge. You’ll collaborate closely with MA Screen: Directing, Writing students on numerous camera... [-]

Master of Arts in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Costume Design

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Helsinki Espoo Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries. [+]

MA Degrees in Performing Arts. Would you like to study Costume Design at the forefront of the field? Are you interested in exploring costume from a practice-based perspective that stimulates the mind towards new concepts and ideas? Do you want to be part of international events for the field of costume? The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television aims at creating the future professionals for the field of costume design, supporting the development of a dynamic artistic vision and a research-oriented approach for the performing arts and the film and media creative industries. Goal of education The Costume Design Major of the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television focuses on the students’ personal development in artistic practice, through creative enquiry and collaboration, theoretical and critical thinking, and aims at their professional competence as costume designers in projects for screen and the performing arts. The studies are continuously enriched and updated by new design practices, new technologies and cutting-edge research in the field. A student who graduates from the Master’s Degree Programme is able to: Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of costume within contemporary creative practice in live and media-related performance. Take an active role as costume designer in artistic productions in diverse fields of the performing arts, in film, television and other camera- and media-based projects, as well as in creative projects within a broader performance context. Experiment on new concepts for the creation of costumes, initiate... [-]