School of Performing Arts

Performance Industries: Professional Development

MA Full-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years

The MA in Performance Industries: Professional Development, will allow you to hone your skills in contemporary art practices.

The MA in Performance Industries: Professional Development, will allow you to hone your skills in contemporary art practices.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (1 year), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA in Performance Industries: Professional Development, will allow you to hone your skills in contemporary art practices. It is designed to help you develop your professional skills, alongside expanding your knowledge of the arts sector. With a focus on creative leadership, the course will allow you to explore contemporary issues and practices in a constantly evolving industry, whilst enhancing your employability through developing a diverse range of skills which, enable you to work in a variety of contexts.

The course allows you to develop your own area of professional practice: it is ideally suited to professionals who already work in the arts sector, or related fields, who wish to further develop their skills to keep pace with a rapidly-evolving industry. For graduates in the early stages of their career, the course will help you achieve your future goals whilst engaging with this dynamic industry.

The Performance Hub allows students to work collaboratively in an industry-standard facility and our regional networks also allow access to key employers working in the arts industry. Our Black Box Theatre is perfect for professional, public performances and our range of facilities allow you to work in an environment which replicates industry standards, equipping you with the skills to understand contemporary trends, collaborative practices and working in the arts sector.

What happens on the course?

The aim of the MA in Performance Industries: Professional Development is to equip you with the skills required in both arts management and the contextual understanding of how the arts create meaning socially, culturally, and politically.

Through this expansive programme, you will be able to develop a broad range of skills that will be attractive to employers, helping you develop as a freelance artist and increasing awareness of the opportunities available in the cultural and creative sector. By fostering links with our key regional network industry partners, this course prioritises business acumen alongside ensuring the same principles are reflected through the performance industry.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a persuasive knowledge and understanding of internal and external organisational contexts with an emphasis on responding to and shaping the dynamic and changing nature of the performing arts industry
  2. experiment with and apply skills and collaborative practices essential to the management of business and arts organisations such as commercial acumen, analytical thinking, critical thinking, decision making, and the ability to innovate
  3. apply and evaluate theoretical frameworks in relation to business and management within the arts sector, with a critical understanding of how knowledge and skills may be used effectively within an organisational context
  4. demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively across a range of areas and contexts within the performing arts industry, undertaking a process of analysis, evaluation, and synthesising of information into an appropriate form of communication
  5. illustrate qualities and transferable skills useful for employment within the creative industries such as critical self-awareness and reflection; and the ability to continue to learn through reflection on practice, theory and experience

exercise agency and autonomy in learning through effective self-organisation and time management of workload across varied scenarios.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


You will need a good degree (2:2 or above) in a subject related to the creative or performance industries (e.g. performing arts, music, dance, drama). Applicants may also be considered following a successful portfolio submission and interview.

Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

All students will be interviewed to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. Candidates will be considered with a significant a significant track record of professional experience in a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree. To do this, non-standard applicants in this category will be interviewed, and may be asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability.

Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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