MA IN TEXT AND PERFORMANCEThe course helped to refine my approach as a theatre practitioner, while widening my scope for theatrical discourse and inspiration to create work. It encourages the intertwining of the creative and the academic, resulting in thought provoking and unique theatre. Most importantly, the course taught me to risk, to dare to create something new, to have an opinion and express it through my art.
Fees, entry requirements and applications
Fees are paid direct to Birkbeck. Please visit the Birkbeck website for further information on fees and funding.
You will need to have or be expecting a good Honours degree, normally in the Arts. 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.
There are no upper age restrictions and the intake is normally enriched by a wide spread of nationalities, backgrounds and levels of experience. Students for whom English is not their native language must demonstrate IELTS levels of 8 or above for spoken English and 7.5 or above for written English.
How to apply
Applications are made direct to Birkbeck, University of London.
Please note: You are welcome to apply for both RADA MA courses (Text and Performance, and MA Theatre Lab) but you must apply for each course individually.
Careers and employability
MA Text and Performance’s combination of practical and academic exploration of theatre and performance means you graduate from us 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
- arts administration and outreach
- policy and strategy for political organisations, charities or NGOs
MA Text and Performance does not take the place of training in a specific conservatoire discipline and is therefore described as non-vocational.