University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This course responds to and engages with tradition and change in the arena of contemporary performance and experimental theatre practice. It contributes to the debates surrounding the core territories of performance making, design and time'based practices. It also acknowledges the hybrid nature of contemporary performance work and promotes a critical exploration of conventional fixed boundaries between fine art performance and theatre. Central to the programmes ethos is the recognition of international models of performance design and practice models that have shaped the debates challenging many of the established definitions, functions and roles identified with performance making. From these debates key practitioners, organisations, events and texts have emerged. It remains a core aspect of the course ethos to give students direct experience of these models and materials through a learning placement outside the UK. Focusing on the sphere of performance culture where ideas and orthodoxies are in flux, the programme brings together fine artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers to set the agendas that will drive performance practice in the 21st century.

Course Modules

Modules include: Practice and design in context; thinking as practice (research methodologies 1); independent project.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or 3 years relevant professional experience. All applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills), or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,070  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,375  Academic year. First year home fees