Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This MA addresses the historical, political, theoretical and ethical issues of applied theatre and develops your ability to contextualise, critique and create. Our aim is to prepare students to be collaborative, responsive, imaginative, politically engaged and culturally aware artist practitioners. The course is aimed at newly-emerging practitioners with a background in theatre, education, activism or social change, as well as at more established practitioners who want to reflect, refresh and develop their skills. We actively encourage the sharing of skills and expertise among our multi-national group of students. Together we explore the ways in which theatre and performance is created by diverse groups of people in a variety of community, social and educational settings: in schools or on the streets, in children?s homes and elderly care, in conflict zones, conferences, crèches and youth clubs, pupil referral units and prisons, women?s refuges and refugee centres, hospitals and hostels ? anywhere groups of people meet and interact. Applied theatre is an umbrella term for a range of exciting worldwide performance forms concerned with personal and social change. The term embraces: theatre of the oppressed, community theatre, theatre-in-education, drama in education, theatre for development, prison theatre, intercultural arts, intergenerational arts, theatre in museums, archives and heritage sites, story-telling, reminiscence theatre, conflict resolution. The work often moves across art forms. This is not a definitive list, as it is a field that is dynamic and changing. The MA considers case studies from the UK and from across the globe. Central to this investigation are: questions of identity; representation; discrimination; health; equality; human rights; opportunity; access; social inclusion/exclusion; participation; ethics; evaluation and documentation; aesthetics and the role of the artist.

The course is structured so that practice and theory constantly respond to one another, through practical classes and seminars. All students undertake a placement in a recognised host organisation where you'll work with experienced practitioners, and learn from the inside how participatory arts organisations function.

Our students go on to work in a range of roles including setting up and running community/participatory theatre companies, as freelance drama workshop facilitators, lecturers, heads of education or participation producers within established theatre companies.

Previous students have gone on to carry out:

<ol> * setting up independant companies

* working as freelance director and facilitators

* arts projects with refugees and migrants

* arts work with people with learning disabilities

* theatre work with early years

* creative work in schools and pupil referral units

* cross-arts projects in a range of educational, community and social contexts

* theatre education and outreach

* community theatre

* museum education

* theatre in prisons and with youth risk

</ol> Previous graduates from the programme have also continued with research study towards the MPhil or PhD qualification. We have graduates working at the Southbank Centre, the Royal National Theatre, The Young Vic, Brighton Dome, Pan Arts, Rewrite, Ovalhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, the Albany and Talawa Theatre; with MIND, Tender, Magic Me, and Headway.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,875 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,905 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,875 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,750 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £15,810 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,750 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least second class standard in a relevant/related subject. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that they have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.