MA Collaborative Performance Making

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Key information:

Art form:
Production Arts
Application Fee: £35 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
Apply by 4.30pm on 3 April 2024 for September 2024 entry (applications open on 29 September 2023)
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About the programme

This one-year Masters programme aims to bring together early-career theatre practitioners to develop new theatre and performance work. These practitioners include:

  • Stage Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Set Designers & Scenographers
  • Lighting Designers
  • Costume Designers
  • Sound Designers
  • Video Designers
  • Directors & Choreographers
  • Writers & Dramaturgs
  • Puppeteers
  • All-round Performance-Makers

Students work together in creative teams on an exciting and varied array of theatre projects. The programme is not intended to deliver core technical skills, but rather to develop your theatre making abilities, exploring your potential as a creative artist and enabling you to work with other students on a series of collaborative projects.

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Programme Structure

The Masters programme is a long academic year (180 credits) with Principal Study for designers, production managers and other creative artists and practitioners. At the start of the year, you will be immersed in a four-week creative project that inducts new students into the Guildhall School environment. You will also be allocated a Principal Study mentor from a pool of professional practitioners with whom the Department has strong working relationships.

Collaborative Practice

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. Throughout the year there are four projects, some of which are generated from within the creative teams, while others involve collaborating with companies or practitioners outside of Guildhall. Over the year, the teams on your programme will form and re-form, developing a creative vocabulary on a broad variety of projects and forging connections with other artists. 

Residential project

When possible, 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.  

Final assessment

Final assessment will include a folio which will illustrate the individual’s contribution to the various projects they have engaged with over the year.


Students will be required to complete a specialist research paper. This allows students to independently develop a specialist area of research under the guidance of the module tutor and in consultation with staff who have expertise in the student's area of interest.


A final substantial self-reflective component will be submitted at the end of the programme followed by a Viva Voce.

Two actors sit on the floor of the set in front of a phone booth covered in posters and stickers

Final-year students

Meet our final-year Production Arts students and explore their profiles, from interviews and examples of work to project and production images and videos.

Production Arts students working at a sound desk


Meet our Production Arts staff, including programme leaders, lecturers and technicians.

Production Arts student working on the tension wire grid

Our Facilities

All of our venues are particularly well-equipped for lighting and sound and provide dramatic and adaptable environments. They are stimulating and exciting at the same time as being practical, safe and ideal for learning.