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Course summary

Please apply directly to the College. Full time (15 months) and part time (28 months) routes. The first and only MA of its kind to focus on queer performance, this course offers broad training in a range of queer performance practice, delivered by renowned queer artists, theatre-makers, academics, and researchers. Fiercely socially engaged, political, experimental, and interdisciplinary, the course provides an in-depth, comprehensive examination of queer performance practice, studying its themes, methodologies, and untapped possibilities. By collaborating closely with other queers in a supportive context, the course develops and expands your individual practice by offering opportunities to contextualise your work while collaborating with others. We welcome all students with an interest in engaging with queer performance, whether primarily as maker (in theatre, live art, drag, cabaret, writing, video and moving image, sound art, digital arts), researcher, critic, facilitator or producer. Why choose this course? Experimentation and innovation: Be part of the world's first postgraduate training in queer performance practice, building on important histories you will innovate approaches to making theatre, live art, cabaret, digital work and new writing for contemporary audiences. Unique approach: Through in-depth training and study in both intensive in-person residencies and online sessions, you will develop your artistic and academic expertise within established contexts alongside dynamic opportunities for making solo and collaborative performance work. Expert training: You will be taught, guided and mentored by experienced world-leading queer staff and queer performance practitioners as you explore different processes and develop new skills. Research: This course creates a pedagogical culture dedicated to providing advanced, rigorous and challenging learning and development opportunities. Develop key skills in researching and thinking through queer methodologies and articulate how queer approaches inform the creation and reception of performance. Sharing work: You will be encouraged to share work with audiences beyond Rose Bruford, including online, in club spaces, galleries, theatres and festivals. You will create and share an original work in any form, supported by a professional mentor. Industry contacts and networking: Development of a professional network of creative relationships.


This hybrid course is designed to take place in person and online. As a cohort, you will have four intensive in-person residencies together, three in the UK and one normally one abroad. Seminars, discussions, tutorials and mentorship will be delivered online, weekly throughout term time. As such, students can live anywhere globally, but are required to travel to be in attendance for the residencies. You can study this course full time (over 15 months) or part time (over 28 months). Accessibility and learning styles: The course is designed with accessibility considerations across all aspects, although we will always strive to improve and collaborate on improving our access provisions. All written assessments have optionality for alternative spoken/performed components. Module 1: Thinking Queerly Residential: The programme begins with a 14-day London-based residential intensive in September including taught sessions, artist-led practical workshops, sharing and discussion of where we have all come from, our current positions and future aspirations, and to set our pathways for evolving ideas together. This module will examine how performance art, drag, theatre, street performance and cabaret has played a central role in the development of trans, lesbian, bisexual and gay lives in various global cultures. And in turn, how major historical moments for LGTBQI+ communities and queer critical theory has influenced the development of performance strategies. We will use interdisciplinary perspectives to draw connections between artists, historical events, queer social life and theory. Students will be encouraged to question dominant narratives and methodologies of theatre and performance, and think about who has been absent or forgotten in established archives, histories and stages. Module 2: Creatures of the Night Residential: This module will also be introduced in the 14-day London-based September intensive through practical workshops, shared trips and seminar discussions. Subsequently, you will be encouraged to research, watch and share queer cabaret, drag, durational, one-to-one, music-based, digital, dance and other experimental nightlife performance in your own local contexts or through digital practice. Via professional mentorship, classes and peer support you will develop performance works for a public festival held in the UK at the end of the module. Module 3: Queer Dramaturgies Residential: This module includes one normally international residency between 7-10 days with leading queer performance practitioners. Intensive practice-based research in making/devising critical and creative performance work in collaboration with each other. Including options for creative writing, video, sound, design and digital performance. Each group will be mentored by a leading queer performance practitioner. Module 4: Independent Research Project Each student can choose to do a supervised dissertation project: Written, performed or curatorial/produced project. These will be performed or presented in London during our final residency. *Course modules are currently subject to validation and may be modified.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

International applicants

Please note that due to the delivery methods of the Queer Performance MA course, with a combination of distance learning and in-person residencies, international students on this course are not eligible to apply for a student visa. International students wishing to undertake their studies predominantly from their home country should ensure they’re able to travel to the UK during specific periods during the course, in order to undertake in-person residencies. For more information on visitor visas when planning travel to the UK visit, or for further guidance please contact our Admissions team on [email protected] Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance is London’s International Drama School. We welcome students from around the world for both BA and MA/MFA degree study in performance, design, management and technical arts, as well as foundation courses, short courses and summer schools. You will be studying close to London and have easy access to the amazing culture, restaurants and theatre there. When you study with us, you will join students from more than 25 different countries, and develop skills that could take your career all over the world. We have links worldwide with partner institutions for student and staff exchanges, collaborative projects and wider research initiatives. You may find our international students web page and guide useful: We run webinars with virtual campus tours for prospective international students, you can register here:

Entry requirements

Applicants for Masters Programmes will be expected to have a good undergraduate degree in a related subject area. The College also encourages applications from those without formal qualifications who may be accepted on the basis of professional experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £11000* Whole course
Republic of Ireland £11000* Whole course
EU £18000* Whole course
England £11000* Whole course
Northern Ireland £11000* Whole course
Scotland £11000* Whole course
Wales £11000* Whole course
International £18000* Whole course

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

The tuition fees listed here are for October 2023 entry, the fees for 2024 entry have not been published yet.
Queer Performance at Rose Bruford College - UCAS