Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) - MA [FULL-Time]

Level 7 - Postgraduate Study or NVQ Level 7 or Equivalent

Subject Area Performance and Production Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  .


The newly developed MA Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) programme is an exciting Level 7 programme which has been designed in consultation with a steering group of regional and national performance and art-based practitioners covering a variety of specialisms. This innovative MA programme will challenge Performing Arts students from Music, Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre backgrounds not only in their range of knowledge and skills but through increasing autonomy and industrial confidence. The overriding aim of this MA programme is to offer a mode of study which encourages a holistic approach to creative and performing practices, synthesising traditional academic study with vocational creative skill development and knowledge and application of current industry processes and experience. This will be achieved though progressional study of subject specific techniques and processes, research methodologies and academia, and industry engagement.

The Performing Arts students will experience a selection of intensive creative processes exploring a chosen pathway in either music, dance or acting. This will cover a range relevant creative and rehearsal processes inclusive of, but not limited to music composition and production, choreographic practice and psychosomatic and/or devising principles through dance and/or acting.
Drawing from current professional practitioners and processes, students will develop advanced subject-specific skills, enabling them to respond to complex creative problems, and develop cognitive skills to support decision making within their own practice.

Although students will work within their chosen art form, the multidisciplinary structure of this programme will expose them to a range of practical, methodological and philosophical discourses relevant to a contemporary creative and performance practice across performing arts. Collaboration will optimise learning opportunities within both practical and theoretical activities and will prepare students for a range of careers within the creative industries.

The MA Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) programme is delivered within the Performance Academy.

The Performance Academy is one of the most comprehensive training environments in the UK with state-of-the-art facilities including 9 full size dance and acting studios, the 250 seat Peter Sarah Theatre, a studio theatre, radio station, editing suite, recording studios and a music venue.

The development of the Practitioner Enquiry module offers a range of options to suit those in work or to support the freelance nature of the creative industries. Within this module students will work either within an established industry role, external placement or a simulated work-placement within Newcastle College (as a FE / HE lecturer or industry specialist in relation to the existing Work-Based Learning / Professional Practice modules at level 4 and Level 5) to undertake an action research or professional development project. Alternatively students working in the freelance industry will be challenged through a series of business development lecturers and seminars, to look develop their freelance work into entrepreneurial small businesses.
This module provides a direct means of encouraging and assessing transferable and ‘Work Ready’ skills and knowledge. This is achieved through a process of preparation, observation and engagement, and independent industry based projects / placement relevant to the student career choice.

Graduates will be able to work across the creative and performing arts industries undertaking careers as artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, performers, teachers, choreographers, producers, academics and critics.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

The course is designed as an extended one year full-time programme (12 months) for Performing Arts practitioners who want to increase their professional profile and industry processes exploring work-related and enterprising avenues. The blocks of intensive creative and collaborative delivery make it an ideal programme for students who wish to develop their art form, introduce new ideas to their work and challenge themselves creatively and academically, exploring ways of presenting their work and ideas to a range of art and non-art related audiences.
Students should be inquisitive in the development of creative and leadership abilities as artists, musicians, creative practitioners, actors, directors, performers, choreographers, teachers and/or arts managers/producers.

Qualification Gained

On successful completion of this full award (180 credits), you will be awarded an MA Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) qualification validated by NCG.

How to Apply


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Course Content

Stage 1 - Introductory Modules

Stage 1 will introduce the student to study at level 7 within a preparation module Transition to Masters. The Creative Intensive module is aimed at developing the reflective and critical practitioner and will encourage the student to explore creative processes relevant to their industry, refining skills of documentation, reflection and critical analysis through the assessment of a vade mecum. The final module Advanced Research Methods, draws on a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research approaches relevant to the creative industries, to plan and propose a research study.

Module Titles:

Transition to Masters

Creative Intensive

Advanced Research Methods

Stage 2 - Collaborative Modules

Stage 2 builds upon the first 60 credits with a work-based module Practitioner Enquiry which requires the contextualisation and application of knowledge within a chosen sector of the creative industries. The versatile work-placement / industry related learning mode of this module requires critical awareness and understanding of industry processes and practices and allows the opportunity to work in a professionally-driven environment. Collaborative Symposium develops ideas and practices from Creative Intensive and is one of the USP’s of this MA through its inter-disciplinary nature. It provides a platform for collaboration across Art and Design Performance and Music to explore processes, development and dissemination through an MA symposium.

Module Titles:

Practitioner Enquiry
Collaborative Symposium

Stage 3 - Independent Study

The MA will culminate in an Advanced Research and Dissemination project which will challenge students to lead a self-directed research activity conducive to future employment opportunities and higher academic study. Developed to work flexibly, as pure dissertation or synthesising research and practice, the Advanced Research and Dissemination module offers an innovative approach to research and its application in both the academic and industry arenas. This module provides the option of undertaking, an extended industry based report, and a peer reviewed and published article, a traditional academic dissertation or a ‘practice as research’ project (inclusive of written element).

Module Title:

Advanced Research and Dissemination

Learning Methods

The MA Creative and Professional Practice programme operates through a flexible study design which integrates a series of intensive blocks of creative and collaborative delivery with individual research and practice, and continuous academic study.
The varied and challenging delivered sessions take the form of technical development sessions, creative workshops, industry observation and placement, seminars, formal lectures, classroom activities and self-directed training and/or arts processes.
Assessment methods include proposals, presentations, creative products, dissertations, reports and blogs.
A range of enrichment workshops led by visiting practitioners will enable you to gain knowledge of current techniques and industry practices.

Entry Requirements

A BA (Hons) Qualification in an appropriate subject with a classification of 2:1 or 1st.
Mature students will be considered only on the basis of relevant industry experience.
Applicants for whom English Language is not their first language are expected to achieve a minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 or the nationally recognised equivalent.

Further Information

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Course Costs

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