MA Performing Arts

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A 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time postgraduate degree available at:

The innovative MA Performing Arts provides fantastic opportunities for you to explore your own specialism within performing arts in line with your personal career aspirations. It allows you to stand apart from others in your chosen field and lead the discussion in the performing arts sector.

Are you a performing arts practitioner – either a performer, choreographer, director, or entrepreneur – with innovative ideas and a desire to work together with students from different fields?

During your MA, we’ll help you turn your ideas into reality. We’ll introduce you to cutting-edge research and assist you with broadening your network within the industry.

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The project has already impacted my future career as now I feel a lot more prepared than I did about going into the industry as a working professional.
Emily Ayres

Through research-based practice, this course puts you and your aspirations at the centre of your learning, whilst refining your chosen specialist pathway as a director, performer, choreographer or entrepreneur. 

Through four modules across Autumn and Spring Semesters, you will apply a theoretical lens to your own and others’ professional practice. Drawing on a broad range of performing arts research, you will be encouraged to actively investigate areas such as, directing, performing, choreography and entrepreneurship within the arts industry.

The MA programme will take a person-centred approach and include a balance of expert tuition, experiential workshops, and self-guided study.  You will learn to analyse your key interests, beliefs, and values and work collaboratively with your peers to expand your knowledge and develop your creative skills.

Course Specification

Mode of attendance: Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years)

Awarding institution: BIMM University

Campus delivery: Essex

Language of study: English

Final award: MA Performing Arts

Minimum Requirements

A degree (normally 2.2 or above) in a creative industry-related subject or significant experience in a relevant field. Overseas students where English is not their native language may be required to meet a minimum English language requirement of an Academic IELTS 6.5. We require a minimum of 6.0 to be achieved in each band. 

All applicants will be subject to interview and a portfolio may also be requested for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPCEL). 


You will be qualified to work as an advanced practitioner or educator/researcher within the field of performance arts and related creative industries.

Course Fees

Please visit our Fees page for information on access to Student Loans. Please note, UK students eligible for loans are able to borrow the full course fee for Performers College degrees.

There are different deadlines for domestic and international students. For the 2024-25 academic year, these deadlines are as follows:

  • For domestic students, the deadline is 13th September 2024.
  • For international (SRV) students, the deadline is 23rd August 2024.

Applications received after the dates above will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.’

Any questions?

Our enquiries team is always available to answer your questions. Just call 01273 840 346 or email [email protected].



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