MA Applied Theatre

MA Applied Theatre

On our postgraduate Applied Theatre course, you will focus on exploring and developing your creativity. Study a range of techniques and theories on specialist modules and engage with various communities in different social contexts. Your individual practice will be at the centre of what you do.

You will grow your professional profile in the field of applied theatre by engaging in a range of well-established York St John University local, regional and national partnership projects, adding new skills and experiences to your repertoire.

MA Applied Theatre partnership projects include:

  • Converge: A York St John partnership with the NHS that offers educational courses to local people who use mental health services, taught by our staff and students on campus.
  • York St John Prison Partnership Project: This creative arts partnership lets you work with women at HMP Newhall and HMP Askam Grange on weekly drama and singing projects in prison.
  • Shakespeare on Screen in Prisons: This is a national partnership project with the York St John Prison Partnership Project. It allows you to work on drama residencies in prison exploring the digital provision of the Donmar Warehouse Shakespeare Trilogy films.
  • It's Not Ok: A national Theatre in Education and digital resource project with York St John and the NSPCC. This partnership invites you to work on delivering the project in schools across the region.
  • Moving Minds: This project invites people living with Dementia and their friends, family members and carers onto campus for a weekly movement class.
  • York Theatre Royal: Our partnership with this local company allows you to on placement with their weekly youth theatre and community projects facilitated in the theatre and across the city.

Entry Requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in a related field but you have extensive experience of arts practice, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.


For certain activities a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check may be required (for instance if working in schools or with young people). It is your responsibility to obtain DBS checks as appropriate.

Interview and portfolio 

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking.

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current theatre and performance practice. 

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Course Details

The Reflective Practitioner
Applied Theatre Practices
Applied Theatre Independent Project

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