Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course Introduction

This one'year Masters programme aims to bring together early'career theatre practitioners, including Designers, Sound Designers, Lighting Designers, Production Managers, Stage Managers and Video Designers. These practitioners work together in creative teams on an exciting and varied array of theatre projects.

At the heart of this programme is Collaborative Practice, which aims to develop your ability to apply and integrate your specialist skills within a project. The timing and emphasis of these different projects will reflect the timing and emphasis of the various roles in the creative team. Over the year, the teams on your course will form and re'form, developing a creative vocabulary on a broad variety of projects and forging connections with other artists.

The programme also includes a three'to'four'week residential project, intended to take you into an unfamiliar area of work. The idea is to offer an opportunity for creative collaboration unconstrained by preconceptions or prejudices. In 2016 and 2017 this culminated in 'Playtime', a devised piece created over three weeks at the Centre de Creation in France as a tribute to physical theatre and circus skills.

Course Modules

Students must take & pass all of the following: Students must take & pass all of the following: Induction project 20;

Principal Study: Collaborative Practice 120; Integration 20; Research in Production, Design or Leadership 20.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Arts - MA (PG) £9,600 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Arts - MA (PG) £21,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • The minimum entry requirement for applicants for the programme is an upper second class honours degree in a subject relevant to the applicant’s area of professional interest (or equivalent).
  • All applicants’ skills and abilities will be considered with a view to building coherent and viable creative teams. Applicants to the programme will be expected to submit a portfolio demonstrating their previous work in relation to their area of professional interest. The portfolio will be expected to evidence a good general level of creative engagement with theatre making.