MA Site-Specific Theatre Practice

Validated by University of East Anglia

2024/25 Term Dates
Autumn term
9 September – 13 December 2024
Spring term
6 January – 4 April 2025
Summer term
22 April – 18 July 2025


  • Seminars with Production Professionals from a disciplines including Production Management, Lighting and Sound Design, Dramaturgy, Site-Specific Design and FX (including video mapping and AR/VR)
  • Inspirational visits including heritage sites and outdoor landscapes that extend the students visual repertoire and understanding of architecture and style


  • Salons and seminars from leading practitioners, focusing on methodologies, practice and innovation. Inspired by the salon sessions, the student will write a research focused essay arguing toward their own artistic viewpoint.


  • Practical Masterclasses and Workshops from visiting practitioners
  • A London-based collaborative site-specific performance

The 2024/25 course will begin on 9 September 2024, with full term dates to follow once confirmed.


  • Individual site-specific projects in which students devise their own project and direct other students, often in exciting outdoor locations
  • A residency in the UK or Italy, where students work collaboratively to respond to the
    residency site and research, create and realise a site-specific performance


  • Work-based learning placement with an artist or company resulting in a presentation of their learning experience

The 2024/25 course will begin on 9 September 2024, with full term dates to follow once confirmed.


  • Students will research, develop, direct / design, creatively lead a team and produce a substantive piece of site-specific theatre in a given site
  • Students will document the process and deliver supporting written materials towards this practical dissertation


Application FeeFree
2024/25 UK/EU Students Course Fee£11,205
2024/25 International Students Course Fee£18,995
Additional Costs (e.g. cultural trips)£180

Fees are subject to annual review. One term’s notice will be given of any increases.

Funding and Scholarships

Admission onto the course is by interview. Applicants must be aged 21 years or over at the start of the course. Students who do not hold an undergraduate degree will need to undertake an access assignment to establish suitability for undertaking the MA.

If an applicant requires a student visa and their first language is not English, they will need to prove their knowledge of the English language before applying for their student visa. This must be demonstrated by passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider or having a GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5, Scottish Higher or Advanced Higher in English, gained through study at a UK school that they began when they were under 18.

Mountview welcomes applications from people with disabilities and is keen to support all applicants to achieve their best. If applicants have any special requirements or access needs, these should be discussed with the course leader/administrator.

Mountview is committed to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities for students in which individuals are selected and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities. No applicant will receive less or more favourable treatment on grounds of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, disability, religion and marital/parental status or any comparable grounds.

Upon offer, students must be sure that they are prepared to engage with a wide range of material that may challenge their personal ethical, religious, spiritual or moral beliefs, and present it in a wide range of settings including public production.

You will take part in a first round interview with the course leader at which you will discuss your interests, influences and previous experience. This may take place online or in-person.

Interviewees should bring a portfolio of previous work and/or ideas and inspirations. The portfolio should include three elements:

  1. Example of a completed project (speculative or realised)
  2. Images or ideas for other projects
  3. Examples of companies/artists that the applicant admires

These three elements may be based on Site-Specific, theatre production or art installation project

There is no application fee.

Find out more about Mountview’s auditions and interviews.

"Geraldine Pilgrim is the reason site-specific work is known and loved in the UK – whenever you see a site-specific piece, or ‘immersive theatre’, you’re seeing the influence of her groundbreaking work."

- Poppy Keeling, Producer (Wise Children)