Master of Arts (MA) in Performing Arts in Europe

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Performing Arts

Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.

Studies in performing arts encompass both the academic and practical fields of music, theater and dance. From theater history to advanced choreography, the field of performing arts lends a wide lens of study for a variety of students.

Europe is the sixth largest continent and includes 47 countries and assorted dependencies, islands and territories. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the south, Asia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the West.

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Master in Applied Musicology

Utrecht University
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

The program Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within an international musical practice. [+]

The program Applied Musicology focuses on the musical infrastructure and offers the specific knowledge and skills required for a musicologist to operate successfully within an international musical practice. The program is a reflective training in both current and innovative approaches in musicology, whereas at the same time academic musicological skills are ‘translated’ into the day-to-day challenges in a musical life. The program is designed in a direct dialogue with top-of-the-bill institutions within the musical infrastructure in the Netherlands and beyond; it does not discriminate between classical and popular music. The curriculum augments the knowledge and skills gained through the Utrecht Bachelor program in Musicology, with its accents on both historical musicology and the relation of music with other media. Students are accompanied intensively while developing research and reflective skills relevant to questions in contemporary music production, programming, financing, and participation. Required skills (for example journalistic writing skills) are trained extensively in classroom labs, coached by professors and professionals.... [-]


MA in Songwriting

Bath Spa University
Campus or Online Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Bath

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field. [+]

World-leading course. Professionalise your songwriting and facilitate your personal artistic ‘voice’.

A pioneering curriculum – the world’s first Songwriting Masters. Prepares you for a range of internationalised, professional futures in music and its wider industries. Taught by professional, published songwriters and performers.

Songwriting remains one of the UK’s biggest exports, with UK music stronger than ever. Popular song is the heart of the industry; global demand for new songs is high. Focusing your portfolio through research prepares you to contribute to this field.

The course is aimed at:

unpublished songwriters wishing to develop their craft to professional level; published songwriters wishing to achieve academic accreditation whilst exploring their creativity and formalising their prior experience. ... [-]

Music

Hanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen, the Netherlands
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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. [+]

Study a Master's in Music in the Netherlands

Developed by a core team of educators and successful professionals, the Master of Music aims to provide socially relevant contributions to the remodelling and development of today’s musical world. Opt for one of the following study routes: Classical Music, New York Jazz, New Audiences and Innovative Practice, Instrumental Learning & Teaching or Wind Band Conducting.

Admission Requirements Bachelor's degree in either Classical Music or Jazz or an equivalent level for all required competencies; A certificate of proof of a sufficient proficiency in the English language: either IELTS with an overall result of 6.0 or a TOEFL total of 550; First selection round based on a YouTube recording, study plan, motivation letter and curriculum vitae submitted by the candidate; Second selection round based on a live or Skype audition and interview about the study plan. www.hanzegroningen.eu/mastermusic [-]

MA in Directing Film and Television

Bournemouth University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Poole

The Director is central to the creative process in media production and this course has been designed to build and develop your knowledge of the industry, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering winning productions. [+]

The Director is central to the creative process in media production and this course has been designed to build and develop your knowledge of the industry, enabling you to step up to the challenge of delivering winning productions. This hands-on course provides many opportunities for practical production across platforms and genres. It will enhance your storytelling skills and build your technical understanding of film, television and transmedia production, developing advanced skills as a director in line with current industry practice.

The Faculty of Media & Communication encourages dynamic collaborations between students across courses. Working with the producing, scriptwriting, cinematography, sound and editing students you will create a showcase of your skills as a visual, creative storyteller. Many of these collaborations have continued beyond the course as students set up their own production companies. This comprehensive course will equip you with the skills to understand and manage the entire production process, from effective planning and pre-visualisation to overseeing creative post-production work alongside our editing students.... [-]


Film Directing - MA/MFA

University of Edinburgh – Edinburgh College of Art
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 21 months September 2018 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Film Directing at the University of Edinburgh takes a project-led, practice-based approach, which integrates practical filmmaking with analysis of contemporary film practice. Students choose to make a creative documentary or a non-fiction film which defies genre definition and pushes the boundaries of narrative. [+]

Programme description

This programme takes a project-led, practice-based approach to studying for an MA in Film Directing (Documentary) which integrates practical film making with analysis of contemporary film practice. Students choose to make a creative documentary or a non -fiction film which defies genre definition and pushes the boundaries of narrative. We develop these through workshops and tutorials. Our students work within an integrated framework that helps them question the form of their films and enables them to find the right language for their storytelling.

The programme encourages ways of working as a film community that foster the important exchange of ideas, with inspiration from international visiting film makers through the Scottish Documentary Institute and support from our team of documentary practitioners. All tutors are top professionals currently working within the industry as directors, producers, editors, cinematographers or sound designers. A newly built Avid edit teaching space, and a new screening space helps us encourage a fresh approach to emerging technologies.... [-]


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).... [-]


MA in Musical Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre. [+]

This unique MA will enhance your critical understanding of the musical theatre as a popular entertainment genre.

It will help you to sharpen your practical skills as a creative artist. On a practical level, it will assist you in working as a freelance writer, composer or producer of musical theatre.

The MA focuses on the dramaturgy of the musical as a key factor in the future development of the genre.

Expert professionals are regularly employed as visiting tutors, to maintain direct links with the industry.

You follow one of the two pathways as either:

producer, writer, or composer.

You undertake an analytic case study of a musical or production, a placement project and dissertation (producers), and a creative project involving either book and lyrics or music for a short original musical (writers and composers). Producers share some classes with students on the MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy.... [-]


Master in Choreography

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Campus Part time 24 months September 2018 Netherlands Tilburg

This part-time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. The program is designed to support experienced movement makers from a variety of fields while they carry out research into questions initiating from their current practice. [+]

This part-time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. The program is designed to support experienced movement makers from a variety of fields while they carry out research into questions initiating from their current practice.

What to expect from us?

Year 1 has an internally directed focus as students are guided by teachers, coaches and guest teachers in developing their skills.

Year 2 has an externally directed focus and students test the acquired knowledge while learning about, and creating generative responses to, alternative working contexts.... [-]


Master of Arts (MA) in Stage Design & Fashion Design

University of Arts in Poznań
Campus Full time October 2018 Poland Poznań

Department of Scenography at the Faculty of Architecture and Design consists of five design studios, which conduct an interdisciplinary design and artistic educational work directed at the conscious and responsible shaping of the visual identity of the ‘stage’-the nearest environment. Stage Design and Fashion Design as specializations refer to creating ‘occasional space’ (theatre, TV studio, exhibitions, shows, spectacles, parades etc.). [+]

Master of Arts (MA) in Stage Design & Fashion Design

Department of Scenography at the Faculty of Architecture and Design consists of five design studios, which conduct an interdisciplinary design and artistic educational work directed at the conscious and responsible shaping of the visual identity of the ‘stage’-the nearest environment. Stage Design and Fashion Design as specializations refer to creating ‘occasional space’ (theatre, TV studio, exhibitions, shows, spectacles, parades etc.).

Program Stage Design (Scenography)

Department of Scenography at the Faculty of Architecture and Design consists of five design studios which conduct an interdisciplinary design and artistic educational work directed atthe conscious and responsible shaping of the visual identity of the ‘stage’-the nearest environment.... [-]


Master of Arts in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2018 Germany Frankfurt am Main

The Master’s programme Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research is organised by five European universities and aims at students with a high interest in cross-cultural work and international networks, such as festivals, co-productions, exchange programmes and co-operation. [+]

The Master’s programme Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research is organised by five European universities and aims at students with a high interest in cross-cultural work and international networks, such as festivals, co-productions, exchange programmes and co-operation.

Students conduct an internship and two semesters abroad at one of the partner universities in Brussels, Paris or Helsinki and graduate with a double degree.

The semesters abroad allow an in-depth examination of theatre practices and studies in diverse cultural settings. The internship provides an acute and valuable insight into a variety of production methods and production processes in different countries.... [-]


MA Arts and Culture: International Dramaturgy

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 Netherlands Amsterdam

The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's program International Dramaturgy aims to train future generations of dramaturges who can work across cultural, linguistic, social or national boundaries. [+]

The one-and-a-half-year Dual Master's program International Dramaturgy aims to train future generations of dramaturges who can work across cultural, linguistic, social or national boundaries.

Working in an international cultural and artistic sphere

Today, theatre and performance practice has increasingly moved towards international and intercultural collaborations, with festivals and performance venues hosting artists and groups from across the world. Dramaturges are therefore required to historize, interpret and translate across a broad range of cultural and artistic spheres. They are expected to demonstrate practical as well as theoretical skills to critically engage the potentials of encounters within cross-cultural performance production contexts.... [-]


Master of Arts in Music

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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’.... [-]


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 the 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.... [-]


MA Music in Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 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: 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.

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 offset the absence of formal academic qualifications in this area.... [-]


MA in Shakespeare Studies

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Birmingham + 1 more

This programme, delivered by and taught at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, offers an unrivalled opportunity for the study of Shakespeare. [+]

This programme, delivered by and taught at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, offers an unrivalled opportunity for the study of Shakespeare.

It develops a critical but appreciative understanding of Shakespeare’s contribution to literary and theatrical history, and the place his works occupy in today’s cultural landscape. It provides you with a rigorous and wide-ranging knowledge of approaches to the study of Shakespeare, with emphasis on criticism, textual studies, the plays in performance, and the history of Shakespeare's reception. It has proved invaluable for students heading towards a variety of careers, and it provides a solid foundation for research at a higher level.... [-]