This Text and Performance (Part-Time) course at Birkbeck, University of London does not offer actor training, but will deepen your critical and practical understanding of theatre and performance practices in context and leads to a prestigious postgraduate qualification from the University of London.
Taking the dramatic text as a critical starting point, our course encompasses drama from the early modern period to the contemporary. In the rehearsal room, you will create new theatre and performance work responding to set texts and themes. You will also engage with performance techniques to develop your skills as a playwright, director and dramaturg.
In academic lectures and seminars, you will encounter theoretical, historical, critical and philosophical writings. You will theorise live performance and write about the ways in which new performance work is informed by both contemporary concerns and older theatrical traditions and legacies. In the final dissertation project, you will exercise your own creative voice as a director, dramaturg, playwright or scholar.
Careers and Employability
This programme uniquely combines the practical and academic exploration of theatre and performance, which means you will graduate equipped with a broad range of highly employable skills, ideal for entering the creative industries or undertaking further academic study.
Our graduates can be found in a wide range of exciting careers including teaching and education, theatre practice, advertising, marketing and public relations, theatre, media, film and the creative arts, journalism, arts administration and outreach, policy and strategy for political organisations, charities or NGOs, and publishing.
MA Text and Performance does not take the place of training in a specific conservatoire discipline and is therefore described as non-vocational.
- Approaches to Theatre and Performance Practice
- Scene Study
- Theorising the Contemporary
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.
More informationGo to the official programme website
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- You will need to have, or be expecting, a second-class honours degree, usually in an arts subject.
- In exceptional circumstances, appropriate career experience - for example in theatre - may be considered as an alternative qualification.
- The course should appeal equally to candidates with an academic knowledge of drama, who wish to increase their practical and creative awareness, and to candidates already involved in their own practice who wish to explore it through academic study.
- Students must be prepared to engage in practical theatre-making, as well as class discussions.
International8900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8900 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
EU/EEA6000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
Check the official programme website for information about funding options.
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