Masters in Performing Arts in North America

Top Master Degrees in Performing Arts in North America 2018

Performing Arts

In order to successfully obtain a Masters qualification, you will need to obtain a number of credits by passing individual modules. Most taught Masters will have a number of core modules which you must take and pass in order to obtain the qualification. The assessment of research Masters is almost always entirely by a single dissertation module or project.

Studying the performing arts can be as much an academic pursuit as it is a technical one. Explore the depths of the theory and practice of dance, theater, music and performance art in one interdisciplinary field.

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Master of Fine Arts in Directing

University of Montana
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Missoula

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in directing is a three-year graduate program that is centered on the director as an artist-practitioner who guides and manages the integration of diverse elements of theatrical technique and expression. [+]

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in directing is a three-year graduate program that is centered on the director as an artist-practitioner who guides and manages the integration of diverse elements of theatrical technique and expression. The training of the director is a process of developing in the student a broad perspective of storytelling and dramatic action through the practice and study of production concept, collaboration with other theatre artists, examination of criticism and performative theory, an emphasis on developing a coherent individual aesthetic.

The directing student will experience an intense first-year cohort experience with other MFA graduate students that will focus on techniques and principles in the service of communicating story and character through dramatic action and concept. The curriculum is designed with preparation for and realization of directing projects based on these principles. Typically each director creates a short independent directing project in the first year of study and then directs a supported production each of the ensuing two years of residency.... [-]


Master of Music

Eastern Kentucky University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Richmond

EKU's graduate music program is designed for musicians and music educators that are seeking to further their musical skills, enhance their pedagogical and theoretical knowledge, and apply their learning to the art of music making and music teaching. [+]

Degree Options Instrumental Conducting Choral Conducting Music Education Theory/Composition Music Performance Who Would be Interested in This Program?

EKU's graduate music program is designed for musicians and music educators that are seeking to further their musical skills, enhance their pedagogical and theoretical knowledge, and apply their learning to the art of music making and music teaching.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Individuals interested in the MM program must apply and be admitted to the graduate school as well as the EKU Department of Music. All Master of Music candidates are required to complete the Music Theory and Music History Entrance Exams as part of the application process. In addition, applicants seeking degrees with an emphasis in conducting or performance will need to arrange an audition with the appropriate faculty specialist.... [-]


Master in Production Design

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta Hong Kong Sham Shui Po France Lacoste + 4 more

At SCAD, our production design program is bursting at the seams with opportunity. Through a department committed to a comprehensive approach, our students have opportunities many production designers only dream of, regularly contributing to projects with big names and industry powerhouses. [+]

Set the stage for success with production design

At SCAD, our production design program is bursting at the seams with opportunity. Through a department committed to a comprehensive approach, our students have opportunities many production designers only dream of, regularly contributing to projects with big names and industry powerhouses. Our production design alumni are employed around the world at 20th Century Fox, Discovery Communications, Food Network, HBO, HGTV, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, New American Shakespeare Tavern, Nickelodeon and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. Follow their lead.

M.A. in production design

Available at: - Savannah

ARTH 701 Contemporary Art CLC 580 Collaboration* PROD 720 Production Design Theory and Practice PROD 726 Production Design Studio I: Conceptualization PROD 730 Script Analysis and Conceptualization PROD 745 Decorative Arts: Context in Storytelling PROD 749 Production Design M.A. Final Project PROD 756 Evolution of Production Design ... [-]

MFA in Performing Arts

SCAD - The Savannah College of Art and Design
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Savannah Atlanta Hong Kong Sham Shui Po France Lacoste + 4 more

Whether your dream is to perform on stage or in film, as the voice of a beloved animated character or the face of an unforgettable advertisement, you can reach a global audience at SCAD. Our students receive focused instruction and countless opportunities to step into the limelight. [+]

Creative careers in the spotlight

Whether your dream is to perform on stage or in film, as the voice of a beloved animated character or the face of an unforgettable advertisement, you can reach a global audience at SCAD. Our students receive focused instruction and countless opportunities to step into the limelight. You'll rub elbows with the greatest actors of our era at the Savannah Film Festival, and study under professors who are themselves award-winning performers, screenwriters, and directors — all because, at SCAD, your passion takes center stage.

M.F.A. in performing arts

Available at: - Savannah

PERF 701 Graduate Improvisation Technique for Screen and Stage PERF 705 Art of Combat for Screen and Stage PERF 708 Vocal Technique for Screen, Stage, and Voice-over PERF 711 Contemporary Drama in Context PERF 718 Advanced Voice and Speech for Live and Recorded Media PERF 721 Performance Styles: Classical and Period Texts PERF 731 Performance Styles: Realism PERF 735 On-camera Performance Technique PERF 741 Performance Styles: Contemporary Acting PERF 745 On-camera Acting Styles PERF 755 On-camera Audition Techniques PERF 770 Branding, Self-marketing for the Performer PERF 775 On-camera Comedy Styles PERF 777 Applications in Performance PERF 790 Performing Arts M.F.A. Thesis ... [-]

Master of Music

University of Redlands
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Redlands

In the School of Music, our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. [+]

In the School of Music, our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training.

Our studio teachers are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster.

Music Admissions

In the School of Music, our goal is to educate the whole musician, not just to train a performer. All great performances go far beyond technical mastery to include a sense of history, society, culture and art. Through a conservatory approach in a liberal arts setting, our students learn to perform, interpret and teach music in a rich learning environment that provides a broad education and intense training. Our studio teachers are among the finest musicians and teachers in Southern California. The classes are small and your teachers will know you as a person, not just as a name on a class roster.... [-]


Master of Music in Vocal Performance

North Park University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Chicago

A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. [+]

Master of Music in Vocal Performance Earn Your Master's in Vocal Performance

A master of music in vocal performance degree is an important step on your career journey as a classical singer. You’ll explore technique, style, lyric diction, and more, gaining valuable performance experience through solo and ensemble work. Advanced training will help you grow your own talent and ability so you can successfully pursue roles in festivals, workshops, and companies. You’ll also be prepared for performance and coaching careers in a variety of professional, nonprofit, or church settings.

Why North Park?

North Park’s master’s program in vocal performance recognizes the uniqueness of all singers, offering individual attention in vocal technique, performance, academic preparation, coaching, and pedagogical instruction to help you excel on your own path. Your study will include private lessons, survey courses, workshops, and ensembles, preparing you for a performance career and as a coach for other singers. The School of Music’s close connections to Chicago’s music community provides opportunities to learn from active professionals and to experience a wide range of performances as you grow toward your own professional goals.... [-]


Master Degree in Jazz Commercial Music

Five Towns College
Campus Full time September 2018 USA New York

The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished. [+]

How much will this program cost me?

Tuition and fees: $40,690 Books and supplies: $2,600 On-campus room & board: $25,530

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

International Scholarships

International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?... [-]


Master of Music

Park University
Campus September 2018 USA Parkville Kansas City

The Master of Music degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking careers as professional musicians. [+]

Master of Music

The Master of Music degree program is an advanced course of study for musicians who hold a bachelor's degree and are seeking careers as professional musicians.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning or four years of equivalent full-time college work from an accredited foreign institution. The minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Individual programs may require appropriate entrance test scores such as the GRE or GMAT. Although entrance test scores by themselves do not constitute the soleor final criterion for granting or denying admission to any student, each program that uses test scores will consider them, in combination with other criteria, as an essential part of the requirements for granting full admission. Applicants who hold a master's degree are not required to submit scores on GRE or GMAT. Admission may be withdrawn if it was granted on the basis of substantially incorrect information or on the omission of relevant facts, which, if known at the time of the admission, would have resulted in denial. In order to complete the application process, applicants must submit to the Graduate School the following documents unless otherwise indicated by policy: ... [-]


MBA/MFA with Yale School of Drama

Yale School of Management
Campus Full time September 2018 USA New Haven New York + 1 more

The M.F.A.is awarded in the following areas of study: Acting, Design, Sound Design, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Directing, Playwriting, Stage Management, Technical Design and Production, and Theater Management. [+]

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree is conferred on students holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college who complete with distinction any of the programs of study outlined and who exhibit excellence in their professional practice. Three years in residence is the time required for this work. The M.F.A.is awarded in the following areas of study: Acting, Design, Sound Design, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Directing, Playwriting, Stage Management, Technical Design and Production, and Theater Management. About Yale School of ManagementThe mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. We pride ourselves on preparing men and women to combine rigorous business skills with a broader appreciation for the economic, social, and political factors that shape the global environment. We want to produce leaders who make a difference to their organizations and to their communities. The hallmark of our school is the learning experience we provide.... [-]


MM in Music

Binghamton University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Binghamton

Binghamton University’s nationally accredited Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) and the Master of Music in Opera degree programs. The former is best suited for music professionals and educators with various concentrations. [+]

MM in Music

Binghamton University’s nationally accredited Department of Music offers the Master of Music (MM) and the Master of Music in Opera degree programs. The former is best suited for music professionals and educators with various concentrations. The latter trains young artists for a career in opera.

The Tri-Cities Opera provides the opera students with a professional resident artist program, allowing for immense growth in personal, professional and creative endeavors through performing with TCO. Prospective students are encouraged to apply early for a limited number of assistantships, scholarships, and awards.

Our Master of Music program consists of five concentrations:... [-]


Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Performance

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time November 2018 USA Wayne

The Jazz Studies concentration offers a high-level experience in a small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. [+]

Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Performance (MM)

Degree Offered: Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies & Performance

Campus Location: Main Campus

Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission only)

Atinuke (Tinu) Adeniran

Associate Director

Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services

Telephone – 973-720-2764

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Program Description

The Jazz Studies concentration offers a high-level experience in a small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in the areas of improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. ... [-]


Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time Open Enrolment USA Wayne

The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in a small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools. [+]

Master of Music – Jazz Studies and Arranging (MM)

Degree Offered: Master of Music

Concentration: Jazz Studies and Arranging

Campus Location: Main Campus

Application Deadline: February 1 (Fall admission only)

Atinuke (Tinu) Adeniran

Associate Director

Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services

Telephone – 973-720-2764

Connect with us on WhatsApp

Program Description:

The jazz studies concentration offers a high-level experience in a small jazz ensemble and solo performance, arranging and composition, improvisation, and instrumental/vocal performance skills. In addition, William Paterson jazz students have access to high-level, primary source studies available only in the New York area, and to current pedagogical techniques in improvisation and arranging. A deeper level of study arises from the following: added historical and theoretical background (in the Western European tradition, as well as in jazz); primary source research and graduate-level writing opportunities uniquely available in jazz; current technological innovations as they relate to jazz; and application of these issues to pedagogical techniques in higher education and/or public schools.... [-]


Master of Music – Music Management (MM)

William Paterson University of New Jersey
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Wayne

The music management concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is to offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The music management concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a music management degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA or a law degree. [+]

Master of Music – Music Management (MM)

The music management concentration provides the student with the entrepreneurial skills to be successful in the contemporary music and entertainment industry. With its connection to New York industry personnel, its objective is to offer the most current information in the classroom and through internships. The music management concentration immerses the music student in the environment of the industry while fostering a clear understanding of the role and needs of managing the artist's revenue streams. Please note that the program is designed primarily for music students who have not earned an undergraduate degree in the music business field. Those graduates who have a music management degree are encouraged to pursue the MBA or a law degree.... [-]


Masters in Music

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts
Campus 14  September 2018 USA Syracuse

In the Setnor School of Music, our philosophy of graduate education focuses on preparing students for lifelong careers in the world of music and music education. [+]

Overview

In the Setnor School of Music, our philosophy of graduate education focuses on preparing students for lifelong careers in the world of music and music education.

We challenge you to take your musicianship to the next level, with private study and collaborative music-making in small and large group settings. We also challenge you to think critically about music and expand your horizons in the arts and humanities. This professionally oriented approach prepares our graduate students for positions of vital importance in the music world and as music educators in public schools and colleges. Select a program from below to learn more.

Audio Arts (M.A.)

The interdisciplinary master of arts (M.A.) degree program in audio arts offers you the opportunity to learn about and gain skills in the music industry and audio arts fields. Taught in conjunction with Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the 14-month program offers four specializations at the intersection of music and media: music industry studies, sound production and recording arts, radio horizons, and music video. It begins with an intensive summer “boot camp” and concludes with a professional music industry internship capstone the following summer.... [-]


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2018 USA San Francisco

Our program integrates a comprehensive education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology. [+]

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Concentration in Expressive Arts Therapy

The Expressive Arts Therapy program uses the power of the arts as a tool for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. This is accomplished through an innovative Scholar-Artist-Practitioner model bridging gaps between academic knowledge, clinical practice, and community engagement with the arts at the center. The program integrates a comprehensive education in theories and methods of psychotherapy with intensive training in expressive arts therapy and counseling psychology.

Expressive arts therapists seek to build a compassionate, supportive, and culturally-sensitive relationship with clients. The expressive arts become the medium through which clients can explore and potentially transform emotional, social, spiritual, and relational issues; identify strengths; and experience new creative insights.... [-]