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MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Aberystwyth University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography at Aberystwyth University is aimed at students who intend to pursue creative practice in performance and scenography in order to become professional artists and/or practice-based researchers. Housed in its own dedicated building and led by internationally recognised practitioners, this MA enables personal and professional development through the sustained exercise of creative practice in performance and scenography.

Within Aberystwyth’s historic Assembly Rooms, you will have the opportunity to work daily in studios and workshops as a community (or ‘Assembly’) of experimental, developing artists, specialising in diverse aspects of contemporary performance practice, from scenography, design and installation, to acting, writing and directing. Whilst supporting personal pathways, the teaching will foster such specialisms by encouraging them to intersect and intertwine, forming a cultural environment of collaboration and exchange, in order to strengthen the creativity of the individual, and the individuality of their creativity.


Why study MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography at Aberystwyth University?

Access to dedicated studios and workspace in Aberystwyth’s historic Assembly Rooms.
Creative development led by internationally recognised practitioners.
Part of a vibrant department where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide.
An annual programme of departmental research seminars, with high-profile visiting speakers and performers.
Access to the National Library of Wales, and its archives.
Extraordinary and inspiring location and environment.
The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is situated on the main campus and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances of all kinds.


Our graduates will be well-prepared to work within a breadth of creative and related industries, as individual practitioners or as collaborators within creative companies and organisations. They will also acquire essential skills to pursue practice-based research and further academic study at PhD level.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes the form of: a performed lecture and a presentation; the creation of a performance or scenographic event, contribution to the realisation of a collaboratively devised performance project or scenographic event, a written reflective portfolio, a critical evaluation and two written essays. In the third semester, each student will complete either a practice-based research project or a written dissertation. The practice-based research project can be submitted as either an individually conceived and developed or a collaboratively conceived and developed performance work or scenographic event. For the written dissertation students are invited to identify and pursue research questions that are addressed through independently undertaken scholarly or practice-based research.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Aberystwyth University

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  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Welcoming international students since 1872. Over 100 different nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural learning environment.
Highly-rated teaching (TEF Gold) and a high rate of graduate employability.
Generous scholarships and bursaries for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    45th out of 103 21

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    130 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.30 86%



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