Master of Art Programs in Theater studies

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Theater studies

The MA, or Master of Arts, program is typically a two-year course of study that follows completion of the bachelor’s program. In some cases, the program can be compressed into one year. This advanced degree allows students to further hone their talents and skills, leading them to greater professional opportunities and success.

What is an MA in Theatre? Students in this field of study may find that their program focuses on contemporary theory, practical experiences, and exposure to artists with their own successful careers. Courses typically involve opportunities to perform, direct, observe, and learn through small seminars or personal tutorials. Courses may focus on dramaturgy, advanced acting, advanced directing, theoretical perspectives, historiography, and theatre research.

Students in the MA of Theatre program often find that their course of study is tailored to fit their specific goals. They have access to talented professionals in all areas of theatre, including set design, directing, and acting itself. Graduates enjoy putting these benefits to use as they compete for the most desired jobs.

The cost of completing the MA of Theatre program will vary from one school to another. This is especially true as prospective students recognize the availability of schools all around the world. Individual students should seek specific information from the schools that they are considering.

With plenty of experience in all areas of the theatre, graduates are prepared to find employment as directors, actors, playwrights, producers, designers, and teachers. They have the option to continue with their studies as they pursue either a Ph.D. or an M.F.A. in theatre. Some students will find jobs working with private theatre groups, and others may go on to work in movies or television. The master’s degree opens up many possibilities for graduates that they would not have accessed without an advanced course of study.

 

In order to find the program that is the best fit for your situation, review the information provided in our extensive program listings. 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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Master in Performance Studies

NYU | Tisch
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 USA New York

What does it mean 'to perform', and what does performance do? Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant art scene, Performance Studies at NYU is dedicated to the analysis and study of cultural enactments of all kinds, and to understand how they can produce meaningful change. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies and other intersectional modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, Performance Studies offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and think critically about the world-making power of performance in theater, performance art, dance, sound/music, visual and installation art, activism, and online, as well as in the performance of 'everyday life'. [+]

Overview

What does it mean 'to perform', and what does performance do? Located in the heart of New York City's vibrant art scene, Performance Studies at NYU is dedicated to the analysis and study of cultural enactments of all kinds, and to understand how they can produce meaningful change. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches including feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, cultural studies and other intersectional modes of analysis, with an equally diverse range of research methods, Performance Studies offers graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to explore and think critically about the world-making power of performance in theater, performance art, dance, sound/music, visual and installation art, activism, and online, as well as in the performance of 'everyday life'.... [-]


Master of Arts in Set Design

Rome University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
Campus 2 years October 2019 Italy Rome

You will further refine your training to a high degree of technical and design specialization. Throughout your entire course of study, you will be supported by a well-structured, constantly updated cycle of joint efforts, internships and work placements with leading proponents in the world of Italian set design. [+]

About

You will further refine your training to a high degree of technical and design specialization. Throughout your entire course of study, you will be supported by a well-structured, constantly updated cycle of joint efforts, internships and work placements with leading proponents in the world of Italian set design.

A course to manage space, depth, and movement.

The MA Degree Program in Set Design is an opportunity for students with an artistic and creative personality, in search of a professional environment, to express their vision and design talent, and to receive highly specialized training.

Being able to imagine the space used to narrate as a three-dimensional space means having a mind that is flexible and practical, able to compose and recreate depth and beauty.... [-]


MA in Dramaturgy and Writing for Performance

Goldsmiths, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This highly successful programme offers specialist pathways in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. We concentrate on the process of writing for live performance, together with an ongoing evaluation of the work in process. [+]

A unique programme for dramaturgs and playwrights.

This highly successful programme offers specialist pathways in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. We concentrate on the process of writing for live performance, together with an ongoing evaluation of the work in process. Through practice and reflection, we enable you to establish a distinctive, individual approach as both a writer and dramaturge. Projects include site-specific work, writing for a specific audience, verbatim theatre and interdisciplinary collaboration.

We support the development of texts for performance, alongside the intellectual understanding of the diverse forms and contexts in which live performance can be made and the writer/dramaturge’s role in this. We examine texts from a wide range of periods and cultures. We engage with work that is innovative, or which challenges established notions of practice.... [-]


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

University of Arts in Poznań
Campus Full time October 2019 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.... [-]


Theatre

International Accelerator
Campus Full time Part time September 2019 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. [+]

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.... [-]


MA in Directing Animation

National Film and Television School
Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 United Kingdom Beaconsfield

This unique two-year course is designed to equip you with the skills to write, direct and animate award-winning films. [+]

Overview This unique two-year course is designed to equip you with the skills to write, direct and animate award-winning films. The first year is packed full of inspiring workshops led by talented filmmakers and industry professionals. These include improving your animation skills, writing better narratives and developing fresh approaches to design and techniques. In the second year, you will direct a full production team to bring your vision to life, using the school's state-of-the-art production facilities. We encourage all forms of visual storytelling; including drawn and stop-motion animation, life-size pixelation, and even puppeteering. Students are inspired to push the boundaries; to find interesting new animated techniques and fresh approaches to storytelling. Learning to work with a team is central to the course. Collaborative workshops with other filmmaking disciplines, help animation directors understand the role of each crew member and the skills they bring to the filmmaking process. All production costs covered by the school, making NFTS Animation one of the best value courses in the country. Being the only animation course situated in a film studio, we can cater for big ideas. Students have their own workspaces and equipment to make their graduation film. Films are finished in professional sound stages and post-production facilities. Production team members become invaluable colleagues when you leave and work on future projects. A Creative Skillset-Accredited Directing Animation MA course. ... [-]

MA in Theatre Education

Emerson College
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 2.5 years September 2019 USA Boston + 1 more

Learn the art of teaching—and the teaching of art—with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education. As one of the largest programs in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in the arts, and the practices of applied drama and theatre. [+]

About the Program

Learn the art of teaching—and the teaching of art—with our Master of Arts in Theatre Education. As one of the largest programs in the country, we’ll prepare you to create both theatre and learning experiences that transform lives and communities. With two tracks of study, Theatre Teacher Education or Theatre and Community, our courses integrate theory and reflective practice and give you the opportunity to develop skills and expand your knowledge in the art of theatre, the principles of teaching and learning in the arts, and the practices of applied drama and theatre. As a part of the program, any student can earn initial licensure in Massachusetts as a theatre teacher for Pre-K through Grade 12. Graduates of our MA in Theatre Education go on to:... [-]


MA in Communication, Media & Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 6 years August 2019 USA Chicago Grayslake + 2 more

The Master of Arts (M.A.) 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 Master of Arts (M.A.) 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.

This graduate program is designed to provide advanced study of communication research and the principles and practices of communication, media and theatre, for teachers of communication at the secondary level, elementary school teachers, candidates for teaching positions in higher education, students interested in positions in business and industry, and as a preparation for further graduate study. All newly admitted students begin coursework in the fall semester.... [-]


Master in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Utrecht University
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives. [+]

Dive into expanding theatre and dance and interdisciplinary dramaturgy

What can theatre tell us about everyday life in a digital culture? How does dance inform and shape society? How can we analyse, interpret and respond to this - as critical thinkers? In this program, you will learn how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This program welcomes both Dutch and international students who are interested in dramaturgy, programming and curating, critical writing and art criticism, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research. The unique characteristic of the program in Utrecht is the focus on contemporary, hybrid practices and the possibility to focus on dance and dance dramaturgy.... [-]


Master in Theatre

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Boston + 1 more

MA Theatre offers graduates in Drama, Literature, Dance, Fine Arts and other related areas of study, opportunities to further develop their knowledge and skills in Theatre and Performance, with a view to pursuing careers in the theatrical professions or other creative industries. The course also can serve as a foundation for academic research at MPhil or Ph.D. level. [+]

The Course

MA Theatre offers graduates in Drama, Literature, Dance, Fine Arts and other related areas of study, opportunities to further develop their knowledge and skills in Theatre and Performance, with a view to pursuing careers in the theatrical professions or other creative industries. The course also can serve as a foundation for academic research at MPhil or Ph.D. level.

The emphasis of MA Theatre is on the vast range of recent developments in drama, theatre and performance practice and research. The programme makes full use of the expertise of staff across the Lincoln School of Fine and Performing Arts, which embodies in-depth knowledge of contemporary theatre-making.

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MA in Shakespeare and Creativity

University of Birmingham - College of Arts and Law
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Birmingham

This programme offers a unique approach to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work, fusing traditional scholarly approaches with the thrill of being involved in new creative work. It is delivered by and taught at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. [+]

This programme offers a unique approach to the study of Shakespeare’s life and work, fusing traditional scholarly approaches with the thrill of being involved in new creative work. It is delivered by and taught at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

It makes the most of the unrivalled resources of Shakespeare’s Stratford and involves expert tuition from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Library of Birmingham. The programme is particularly enhanced by the Institute's collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), offering unique and extensive opportunities to work on its premises with RSC artists.

This programme will attract aspiring academics, actors, writers, directors, arts administrators, as well as anyone with a lively interest in Shakespeare.... [-]


Theatre Arts (MA)

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

Our MA in Theatre Arts will give you the opportunity to collaborate, specialise and push the boundaries of your chosen discipline whatever your artistic background. Whether you are looking to design, devise, direct, critique, curate, manage, perform, write or teach, this flexibly-designed course will enable you to investigate and evolve your practice to a professional standard. [+]

Why study MA Theatre Arts at Middlesex?

At Middlesex, we prepare the next generation of Theatre Arts professionals to be pioneering and innovative practitioners with advanced skills and contemporary knowledge of their chosen industry. Through a combination of practice-based assignments, theoretical inquiry and independent research in your field, you will develop the skills to locate and advance your work in both national and international professional contexts.

Based in our Media and Performing Arts School, you will be taught by some of the UK's leading academic-practitioners and associate artists with opportunities to explore the diverse world of Theatre Arts through high-profile guest lecturers, industry visits and professional placements while you study. Armed with these invaluable skills, experiences and professional contacts, you will graduate with the confidence to navigate an exciting career path in today's competitive arts industries.... [-]


Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (Theatre Studies)

University of Amsterdam
Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The Master's programme in Theatre Studies offers you an opportunity to specialise in theatre and performance in one of the world’s most vibrant theatre cities. [+]

The Master's programme in Theatre Studies offers you an opportunity to specialise in theatre and performance in one of the world’s most vibrant theatre cities.

Researching the Performing Arts

The Theatre Studies programme engages with theatre and performance in terms of their rich histories and legacies, as well as their entanglements with contemporary social, political and cultural debates. It teaches methods of research to equip you with the capacity to critically and persuasively reflect on the performing arts.

Why study Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam? The UvA has the only dedicated Theatre Studies department in the Netherlands with undergraduate and graduate programmes, and strong ties with cultural venues and practitioners in the city. The opportunity to study in Amsterdam, a vibrant and creative cultural hub and the hotspot for theatre and performing arts in the Netherlands. You benefit from faculty expertise in four main areas: theatre history and historiography, theatre in education and sociology, applied and community arts research, and performance theory. Preparation for a wide range of careers in theatre and performance: from scholarly research, arts administration or theatre in education to archival work, cultural programming and more. A programme committed to heightening sensitivities in the discipline with questions about colonialism, race, gender and sexuality, as well as inequalities on a global scale. Rigorous mentorship and sustained guidance in all stages of your dissertation research. Student profile ... [-]

MA in Creative Performance Practice

London South Bank University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making a performance, including physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work, and live art. [+]

This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making a performance, drawing on devising, physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work, and live art.

The MA will be delivered in partnership with major London cultural institutions, including the Lyric Hammersmith, where you'll take part in a low-residency intensive program of work at their impressive facilities.

The course is offered through a low residency model that makes it unique in the country, and particularly attractive if you wish to further your studies and enhance your career opportunities but cannot commit to a traditional full-time offering.

The course entails:... [-]


Master of Arts in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research

Goethe University Frankfurt
Campus Full time 4 semesters October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

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.... [-]