The Master of Science (MSc) is awarded to students who dedicate themselves to a deeper understanding of their vocation. Master’s programs teach theory and techniques that improve students’ competency and enhance their prospects for employment and advancement in their chosen professions.
What is an MSc in Theatre Studies? The focus of theatre studies programs varies widely from one institution to the next. Many programs emphasize the stage in the traditional sense it has been known since Greek times, through the Renaissance, and up to present-day productions. Other programs may be concerned primarily with modern factors that have altered and perhaps expanded the traditional theatre experience, such as the advent of screen-based media including television and the internet. The long history of theatre and its essential and continuing importance in human culture makes research into the theory and history of theatre a priority in theatre studies.
The skills acquired in a master-level theatre studies program enable students to contribute to the physical realization of an artistic vision. The ability to collaborate with designers, directors, writers and performers is an asset to any production and will increase the MSc graduate’s professional prospects in the performing arts.
The cost of attending a graduate program will vary among schools. Most programs last one to two years. When deciding on a school, students should also consider the costs of housing and other living expenses. Other points to consider are the difference in institutions depending on the country and region in which they are located.
Applications of training in theatre studies include lighting, costume and scenic design; acting, directing and production; and writing and criticism, to name only a few. Students who earn advanced degrees in theatre studies may be employed in traditional stage productions, including plays. Television and film production, as well as some fashion events and musical performances, may also require in-depth knowledge of theatre theory. Students who focus on history and theory of theatre may also find employment as researchers or instructors in theatre studies.
Theatre studies programs continue to grow in number and in the range of classes they offer. Information about schools is available online. If you have a busy schedule and need flexibility, online options may be available. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.
University of Edinburgh - School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney, our MSc in Playwriting is unique in the UK for its level of contact with the theatre industry. It will appeal to emergin
Led by award-winning playwright Nicola McCartney, our MSc in Playwriting is unique in the UK for its level of contact with the theatre industry. It will appeal to emerging playwrights, directors, dramaturges, performance artists and critics.
Completed over one year (full-time), or two years (part-time), the programme focuses not only on the craft of writing for performance, but also on how a script plays out in real space and time, and in front of an audience.
You will be taught through a dynamic combination of seminars, workshops, one-to-one supervision and professional masterclasses by some of Europe’s leading playwrights and theatre artists. Previous and regular collaborators include world famous and award-winning practitioners such as Cora Bissett, Sir Michael Boyd, Gregory Burke, Kai Fischer, Tanika Gupta, Philip Howard, Rosie Kellagher, Lucy Kirkwood, Matthew Lenton, Linda McLean, Orla O'Loughlin, Adura Onashile, Robin Soanes and John Tiffany....