Opera 360: The Opera Industry

Opera 360: The Opera Industry

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Course Overview

Opera 360 is a unique, industry-led, digital course that invites both opera lovers and arts professionals alike to gain unrivalled, behind the scenes knowledge of the opera industry. This online-taught programme offers a detailed investigation into both the artistic and administrative practices of the industry, with live seminars from illustrious opera insiders.  

'When audiences see and listen to an opera, few are aware what lies behind each performance and learning about this through first-hand experience is a wonderful new offer.'

Maestro Carlo Rizzi

Participants can choose to undertake one of two options

  • Short Course: any individual module can be chosen as a stand-alone course. This is a 15-week course with a typical week including a lecture and seminar delivered online.
  • Masters course: the completion of six modules is required from the Music & Drama and Industry Practice clusters (a minimum of two modules from each), along with the 20-credit Research Skills module and the 40-credit Major Project. Modules can be completed on a full or part time basis. 

Who is this course for?

As well as being suitable for working in the industry, the course is designed for those with a passion for opera, whether it’s to develop a deeper understanding of the subject through the eyes of insiders or wishing to strengthen their knowledge as part of their professional development.


Why study Opera 360?

  • The course is delivered exclusively online allowing for flexible study
  • All modules are designed by industry insiders who bring a wealth of unrivalled experience 
  • Lectures are given by leaders in the opera industry, from senior management to the stage
  • The course offers a unique opportunity to explore the opera industry from a global perspective
  • Participants receive individual online mentoring support
  • The course is run in association with the renowned David Seligman Opera School


'Opera 360 provides you with privileged behind the scenes access to the opera industry, with the chance to learn directly from those that are both hugely experienced and currently working in the industry for first hand, fascinating insights into the workings of the market not just in the UK but worldwide.'

Abigail Fraser, pilot session participant


How is Opera 360 delivered?

All modules are delivered digitally with a large proportion of live, interactive lectures and Q&As with leading industry professionals and opera insiders. We encourage participants to attend the real-time sessions to maximise interactivity but offer the flexibility of accessing the recorded content at a later, suitable time to ensure accessibility for international students and those with other commitments.  

  • Module Information

    Each of the core modules is 20 credits and takes 15 weeks to complete. 

    Students can take individual modules (short courses) without undertaking the whole degree, or instead take a cluster of modules leading to a Graduate Certificate (60 credits), or a Graduate Diploma (120 credits). Please note that for the Diploma, at least two modules must be taken from each of the clusters: Music & Drama and Industry Practice for completion. 

    These options make it possible for those already in employment, perhaps in the opera industry, to take particular modules that might be especially relevant to their current practice and employer’s needs. 

    Masters students will need to complete a total of six modules from the Music & Drama and Industry Practice clusters (a minimum of two modules from each), along with the 20-credit Research Skills module and the 40-credit Major Project. 

    If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in a module, this may not be offered. If a module will not run, we will advise students as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module. 

    Industry Practice

    Module Credits
    Leadership in Opera 20
    Opera Administration 20
    House System 20
    Writing & Opera 20


    Music & Drama

    Module Credits
    Contemporary Music in Theatre 20
    The Director 20
    The Actor 20
    The Designer 20


    Module Credits
    Research Skills 20 (or APL)
    Score Reading (optional) * 20
    Major Project 40

    * The optional module included for those students who would like to improve this skill.


    'Fellow opera enthusiasts; Opera 360 is a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable deep dive into the world of international Opera! Perfect for anyone with an interest in Opera culture who is keen to learn more about the intricate workings of marketing, fundraising and programming via flexible short modules.'

    Meriel Barclay, pilot session participant

Course Structure 

Please note that, while the information below reflects the programme offered to date, it may be subject to amendment and change in future years. Students are always consulted on such change and details are made available to applicants holding offers. 

Download a detailed overview of this course (PDF)

Entry Requirements

Normal entry requirements include a 2:2 degree in any subject. The College also considers applications from people who have been working in the opera industry, usually with at least two years’ relevant experience. For those not in the industry, equivalent professional experience will also be considered.

All applicants are expected to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the opera field.

Final selection is made on the basis of an interview.

For information about how to apply please follow this link.


International Applicants

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate that their English language ability meets the College’s minimum requirements. Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of accepted English language tests and required scores.


Tuition Fees for 2023-2024

Course Duration Students from the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man Overseas Students
2 years full time MA £9,000 * £9,000 *
Individual short course / module £1,250 (Subject to change) £1,250 (Subject to change)

* This amount is for the first year only. The tuition fee payable in the second year is subject to an annual increase.

Further information on the funding available towards the cost of tuition fees.

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