MSc Programs in Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

A Master of Science degree allows students to become experts in their chosen field of study. An MSc opens up a variety of advanced career opportunities within a particular discipline and can result in significant increases in long-term earning potential. If a career in academia is desired, this degree can serve as a prerequisite for entry into a doctoral program.

What is an MSc in Performing Arts? This program offers an intensive interdisciplinary education for individuals seeking mastery in one or more aspects of creative performance. The curriculum encompasses a variety of artistic fields of study, including music, dance, theater, film, songwriting and arts management. There is no “one-size-fits-all” course of study. Rather, students are typically able to customize their degrees to specialize in a particular performing art while also taking courses in other subjects in the field. Many MSc programs require students to design and complete their own performance-based project before graduation. This hands-on experience allows students to improve their technical craftsmanship while graduating with a work product they can use to advance their creative careers.

A master’s program in performing arts gives students the opportunity to realize their creative potential while also arming them with practical tools such as arts management and career advancement techniques. Students can immerse themselves in their craft within a nurturing community of like-minded peers while preparing the portfolio necessary to foster a successful career in the arts.

Though creative exploration is priceless, the cost of financing an education in the performing arts will vary across institutions and programs. Some factors that affect pricing include the length of the program, number of courses, and geographic location. It is recommended that potential students thoroughly research the financing options offered by the schools of their choice before making any decisions about enrollment.

Graduates of performing arts programs are well placed to succeed in a variety of careers ranging from acting to arts administration. Common occupations for degree holders include actor, dancer, theater director, choreographer, songwriter, broadcaster, curator and artistic manager. Degree programs help students hone the skills they need to stand out from other performing arts professionals. By honing the ever-important communication skills of its graduates, the MSc also paves the way for countless opportunities in diverse fields such as public relations and education.

For maximum flexibility, you may wish to sign up for online courses. Many universities offer distance-learning options for both full- and part-time students. To find the right school for you, 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 of Arts in Design for Theatre, Film and Television - Production Design

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Espoo

The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. [+]

MSc Degrees in Performing Arts. Goal of education The major in production design involves training artistic designers who are responsible for the visual, operational and production entity of a film production. The aim of the education is to find and enhance the student’s personal artistic vision, to extend his/her professional competence and/or specialisation and to provide skills needed for doctoral studies. Along with broad-ranging professional skills, the goal is to obtain the ability to develop the student’s own field in a creative and independent manner. Master’s degree students are expected to work independently and to play an active role in planning their studies. A key objective of master’s degree studies in production design is to support the student’s personal goals and reinforce the competence of students with different backgrounds in the field of production design as well as direct them in their choice of specialisation. Another aim is to encourage the student to boldly bring forth his/her perspective on artistic collaboration as a whole. A graduate of the Master’s Degree Programme in Production Design will be able to work as a production designer in demanding film and television productions manage broad artistic entities guide and motivate the working group implementing the designs deepen his/her artistic expression expand his/her skills through developments in the field and new demands, (for example, digital production design, new narrative forms for film and television) develop new work methods by means of experimental and investigative work renew the field in collaboration with other people responsible for artistic content in film/TV productions continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree More about the language of instruction The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television is Finnish. However, in the major of Production Design, a large part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English. Education content Master’s degree studies include delving into the special areas of production design, research related studies to develop conceptual thinking relating to design for theatre, film and television, and productions that realise artistic expression. The students can take research-oriented and theoretical studies that are an introduction to doctoral studies in the Master's Programmes of both Film and Television and Design for Theatre, Film and Television. Career opportunities In particular, the training prepares students to be production designers in film and television. Through the skills provided by the programme and their further adaptation, it is also possible to work in digital production design. In addition, a production designer also has the possibility to apply their skills in other work related to graphic design and the use of space, such as in the production of different kinds of performing arts, as a concept designer, or as a designer for exhibitions and fairs. The degree includes 30 credits of elective studies. They allow the student to complement his/her degree according to personal orientation or deepen his/her competence in a desired area. The student can also apply for doctoral studies towards a Doctor of Arts degree. Titles Graduates of the programme can work in many positions: set designer, production designer, Art Director, Production Designer, concept designer, exhibition designer, interior designer, researcher, teacher. Internationalisation Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies in international exchange programmes or internships and participate in international teaching events. International visiting teachers and students enrich the reaching and help students network. A significant amount of master’s studies are completed in English. Admission procedure Applicants for the Master’s Degree Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television; Production Design apply in the master’s level admissions in the field of Art and Design. Key selection criteria for students in design for theatre, film and television are artistic talent and personality, the capacity for illustrative and spatial understanding, readiness to work in a group and the ability to express oneself. The main requirement is a bachelor’s degree completed in the field or equivalent knowledge and skills. Student selection takes place by means of a two-stage entrance exam. Some applicants are eliminated between the two stages. Selection is based on application documents, a work portfolio, motivation letter, CV, interview and possible additional samples of work. Artistic level of work samples Motivation regarding advanced studies [-]

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

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2017 Finland Espoo

The scenographer’s work involves constant recreation of the world and making things visible. The scenographer is an artist who works with the meanings, visual nature, functionality and dramatic properties of physical spaces. The work involves design focused of the time and space of the performance, in which material and conceptual methods are used to create a place, environment and/or conditions for the performance. [+]

The scenographer’s work involves constant recreation of the world and making things visible. The scenographer is an artist who works with the meanings, visual nature, functionality and dramatic properties of physical spaces. The work involves design focused of the time and space of the performance, in which material and conceptual methods are used to create a place, environment and/or conditions for the performance. Scenography both constructs the world of the performance and opens up the physical space as a whole, and the work is carried out together with those responsible for other areas of production such as lighting and sound and with the performers themselves. The field of performing arts is composed of theatre, opera, performance art, dance and circus, as well as new forms of performance that are still being developed. Alongside the performing arts, scenography is also expanding into museum and exhibition design, different kinds of events and games, and also environmental and community art. Goal of education The programme provides the skills needed for challenging scenographic work in the performing arts field and applies these skills in a diverse way to new interdisciplinary art fields. The field of performing arts is composed of theatre, opera, performance art, dance and circus, as well as new forms of performance that are still being developed. Alongside the different types of performing art, scenography is also expanding into museum and exhibition design, different kinds of events and games, and also environmental and community art. The goal is to deepen the artistic vision acquired during bachelor studies and to both broaden the skills acquired as well as to further their specialisation. In addition, a further goal is that the students become familiar with the history, current schools of thought and central theories within the art field and that they acquire the skills needed for post-graduate studies. Master’s students are expected to be able to independently plan their own studies. A graduate of the major in Design for the performin arts will be able to work as a scenographer in challenging performing arts productions handle the specialist areas of scenography deepen his/her artistic expression update his/her skills in line with developments in the field bring renewal and fresh expressions to the field through his/her own work carry out experimental and research-focused work continue his/her studies in a programme leading to a doctoral degree More about the language of instruction The language of instruction in the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television is Finnish. However, in the major of Design for the performing arts, part of the courses are taught in English. The degree can be completed in English. Education content The master’s studies are based on a personal study plan. The studies are comprised of both the advanced studies for one’s own major as well as the common advanced studies shared with the Major in Production Design and the Major in Costume Design. Some of the studies are organised together with the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. Career opportunities A graduate of the master’s programme can work as a scenographer in the field of performing arts or apply for post-graduate studies. Internationalisation Students are encouraged to complete part of their studies in international exchange programmes or internships. International visiting teachers and exchange students enrich the teaching and help students network. Admission procedure Applicants for the Master’s Programme in Design for Theatre, Film and Television (Design for the performing arts) may apply through master’s level admissions in the field of art and design. The key selection criteria for the Major in Design for the performing arts are the artistic level of the work presented, the grasp of skills required for different types of scenographic work, and the motivation to undertake advanced studies. The main requirement is a bachelor’s degree completed in the field or equivalent knowledge and skills as well as experience of work in the field of performing arts. Student selection takes place by means of a two-stage entrance exam. A selection process is carried out in each stage. Applicants must submit the required application documents, work portfolio, letter of motivation and CV. Selection is based on these submissions as well as an interview and possible additional samples of work. [-]

MSc in Music Technology

Staffordshire University
Campus Full time 12 - 32 months August 2017 United Kingdom Stoke

Develop a deep understanding of the technologies and principles behind modern music production and distribution. Learn advanced recording techniques, acoustics, mastering, digital sound synthesis, music software development and sound design... [+]

MSc Degrees in Performing Arts. MSc in Music Technology Develop a deep understanding of the technologies and principles behind modern music production and distribution. Learn advanced recording techniques, acoustics, mastering, digital sound synthesis, music software development and sound design. Course outline MSc Music Technology students benefit from superb resources including flagship recording and mixing studio with SSL AWS 900. We are also an Avid Learning Partner, so students have an opportunity to take Pro Tools Accreditation up to Avid 210M. Taught modules include: Audio Recording Mastering and Signal processing Acoustics Modern Composition Advanced Pro Tools Techniques Electronics Electroacoustic Composition Graduate destinations Excellent destinations for graduates. Just some of the routes taken by our students after graduating: Software engineering (SSL) Environmental acoustics (RPS Group Acoustic Consultants, Hann Tucker Associates) Education Live sound Film sound Entry requirements Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work. If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required. Our facilities Students have access to seven recording studios, finishing and mastering facilities, all kitted out with industry standard technology. There are also five live rooms with backline, PA, keyboards and drums. A suite of forty iMac and PC platforms run Logic, ProTools, Live, Max/MSP. [-]

MSc Sound Design

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

Imagine a sound and you can make it happen - from special effects for TV, to creating your own sonic art, the possibilities are endless! [+]

Explore the creative and technical aspects of location, studio sound production and sound design.There are increasing numbers of freelancers and sole traders in sound design, and our course has been created to ensure that training opportunities remain within the industry, to keep skills current, while developing and encouraging new talent. The course builds on our successful undergraduate teaching in this area and complements our wider masters programme enabling you to produce collaborative work in the field of sound design. Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including in music, drama, dance and performing arts. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music Production, Film Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link. 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 applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements. [-]

MSc Sound and Music for Interactive Games

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

From the suffocating sounds of Deadspace to the militaristic percussion of God of War, music score experts are vital in the games industry. [+]

MSc Degrees in Performing Arts. With the next generation of games consoles upon us, the demands for a 'Hollywood' quality soundtrack to match the increasingly impressive visuals in games has never been greater. If you're a sound designer or composer, our course gives you the opportunity to explore the issues and opportunities that interactivity presents. Our course has been designed by a teaching team who have close links to, and professional experience of, the games industry, helping to ensure the latest developments in games audio are reflected in your study. We will ensure your skills are up to date in sound design and interactive composition, look at what we can learn from the use of sound and music in other media, and develop your expertise using real world game engines, middleware, and prototyping tools to implement sound and music into games. Take a look at Landing Party 2012 a festival of music, film and performance produced by students from our school. You may also want to take a look at the BAFTA Scholarship Programme - a scheme to financially support a selection of talented UK students who are looking to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games. January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. 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 applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements. Benefits You will have access to a suite of high quality, professional music studios - approved by JAMES, the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Studios - and you will also benefit from our links with local and national music, arts and festival organisations. Our music facilities include five recording studios, each with a control room and live area with instruments and amps. [-]

MSc Music Technology

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Experience the thrill of producing your own custom software and hardware for live music performances with the latest cutting edge technology. [+]

Contemporary electronic music and sonic art is making increasing use of innovative audio software and interface possibilities to produce exciting and engaging productions, installations and performances. We will give you the skills to meet both the technical and creative challenges of producing custom software and hardware solutions for electronic music and sonic art applications. If you are interested in developing cutting-edge technologies used in the production and performance of electronic music and sonic art then our course has been designed for you. You will create interactive systems in Max/MSP, explore sensor-based interfaces and develop your skills in sound creation, manipulation and composition. January entrants please note: in order to complete 12 months of academic study delivered in University term time, the total length of your programme will be 18 months to include recognised University vacation periods. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Music, Music Production or Audio Technology, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. 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 applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements. Benefits You will have access to a suite of high quality, professional music studios, approved by JAMES - the accrediting body of the Music Producers' Guild and the Association of Professional Recording Services. This, combined with visiting speakers from the music industry and our links to local and national music, arts and festival organisations, ensures that you get the most from your course. [-]

MSc Audio Engineering

Leeds Beckett University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

Tailor our course to match your ambitions - whether you're looking for a career in sound, venue design, studio design, or as a sonic artist. [+]

MSc Degrees in Performing Arts. From the science and maths that goes into ensuring thousands of fans enjoy the same experience at a gig, to public speeches and designing studios - audio engineering plays a major role in the delivery of music and sound. Our course is unique in that it combines the study of acoustics, audio system design and software engineering. In fact, you'll develop an understanding of everything in which audio plays a part and the science behind it. Your will study advanced audio engineering - such as loud speaker design and how to position them in space to give the best coverage - interface and interactivity, theoretical and applied acoustics, advanced audio engineering and audio software engineering. We'll teach you about digital signal processing, how we generate audio effects, research on psychoacoustics, analogue modelled effects and music information retrieval - analysing music to pull out meaningful information like drum beats and rhythm. You'll also examine new research areas to develop better audio effects. If you have an inquiring mind about audio and want to know more about how things work and the impact this has on the way we use them, this course is a great opportunity to pursue your passion. We'll give you the chance to tailor your studies on any of the key areas within our course that interest you most. Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Audio Technology or Engineering, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. 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 applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements. Benefits Our facilities are what make us stand out from the crowd - you will have access to a phenomenal array of the latest equipment. You'll have the opportunity to use our reverberation chamber - in which you can move panels to control reverberation time and accurately create spaces - while our anechoic chamber will provide you with experience of measuring audio equipment. We also offer a suite of high-quality professional music studios and the latest computer resources for software engineering. Thanks to our strong links with live sound industries and audio plug-in development software companies you will hear from industry experts at guest lectures, while our tutors are some of the best acousticians around. If you're an audio professional, we'll help you formalise your knowledge of acoustics and live sound - from setting up PA systems, sound checks and making modifications when the audience arrives, to improving your knowledge of what is happens to sound so you can build a system that gives an audience the best possible experience. [-]