MA Collaborative Performance Making

Key information:

Art form:
Performance | Production Arts
Application Fee: £36 GBP; Tuition Fees: See Fees section below
4.30pm on 2 April 2025 for September 2025 entry (applications open on 30 September 2024)
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About the programme

This one-year Masters programme aims to bring together early-career theatre practitioners to develop series of new performance works. 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 form an ensemble at the beginning of the year and work together to devise, design and produce a series of new performances. The programme aims to offer a laboratory-style environment, which values, first and foremost, collaboration and process-based learning.  

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Programme Structure

This 180-credit Masters programme is comprised of four modules and runs from September to September. It is open to all early-career practitioners interested in making performance collaboratively. Building on your existing experience and skill set, you will work as a collective to create four shows over the year in different contexts and venues. You will discover how you work best in a group, what drives you and inspires you as a practitioner, and where your creative and practical strengths lie. You will also complete an individual research project, develop a professional portfolio and be assigned a mentor from a pool of professional practitioners with whom the School has strong working relationships. 

Collaborative Practice

As well as making two performances in different theatre venues within Guildhall School, you will embark on a project in collaboration with the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in London, and also spend a month at the Centre de Creation in Bergerac, France, where you will create a circus show. 

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.