Writing for Performance (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 - 2 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 6750 per total

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
January, September

International course fees
GBP 14700 per total

All study options

About Writing for Performance at University of Derby

This course is designed for students who wish to prepare for a sustainable professional career in writing for live and recorded performance.

Practice, skill building and student centered learning are at the heart of the programme.

Taking the premise of David Edgar that performance writing is both an art and a craft; the programme will support students to find their own style and voice, while learning the professional techniques and essential craft skills to express these. This is solidly underpinned with the theoretical study of the contemporary and historical canon.

Combining both taught and individual research elements, the course allows you to explore and develop your personal interests and subjects, whilst offering a firm structure from which to experiment with dramatic form.

The programme has a strong emphasis on the relationship between theory and practice, and following a first semester of intensives and lecturer input, a flexible mode of study will develop to enable you to pursue your own learning experience. This may include, depending on your own interests, traditional forms of theatre and influences and contemporary trends in staging and research, (verbatim, site specific, multi-media, community), approaches to writing for film, television and radio, the finding of a unique 'voice' for these and building connections with audiences. The course will develop high levels of research skills and offer frequent opportunities for script development, collaboration and staging.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course startsJanuary, SeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 6750 per totalInternational course feesGBP 14700 per total

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject. After you have submitted an application we will ask you to provide us with a digital portfolio and written statement describing your practice and ambitions. You may arrange a meeting with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio in person.

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