This course brings together artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers to set the agendas that will drive performance practice in the 21st century. Graduates go on to professional practice, working as influential directors, writers and producers in theatre, TV, film, opera or dance, or progress to research degree study.
This course is subject to enhanced monitoring in 2016/17. Whilst the focus of the course remains the same, some of the detailed content may be subject to change.
Reasons to Apply
- MA Performance Design and Practice enables you to pursue your studies whilst also undertaking part-time employment, internships or care responsibilities. You are expected to commit 30 hours per week to your studies; your taught input will normally be scheduled over a maximum of two to three days per week during term time.
- You’ll take part in collaborative practical projects taking place in mainland Europe, throughout the UK and beyond.
- Many of our graduates form their own creative companies and partnerships and go on to work in art, design and performance in a range of roles, including festivals, art centres and venues around the world.
- Our graduates work in theatre, television, film, opera or dance, go on to direct, write or produce or progress to research degree study.
- You’ll be encouraged to question how your work relates to the broader context of performance practices with a focus on the interconnected contexts of experimental theatre practice, live art and dramaturgy through design.
- This course brings together fine artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers to set the agendas that will drive performance practice in the 21st century.
Content and structure
All applicants considered for September 2017 entry will be applying for the new version of the course. Further detailed information will be published as it becomes available however the focus of the course remains the same.
MA Performance Design and Practice responds to and engages with tradition and change in the arena of contemporary performance and experimental theatre practice. The postgraduate course contributes to the debates surrounding the core territories of performance making, design and time-based practices.
MA Performance Design and Practice 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 MA Performance Design and Practice ethos is a 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 postgraduate course ethos to give you direct experience of these models and materials through an inspirational learning placement outside the UK.
Focusing on the sphere of performance culture where ideas and orthodoxies are in flux, the postgraduate programme brings together fine artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers to set the agendas that will drive performance practice in the 21st century.
Minimum entry requirements
The entry requirement for MA Performance Design and Practice is one of the following:
- A relevant Honours degree;
- Evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree;
- 3 years relevant professional experience.
English language requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is: IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent.
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Last updated February 2, 2017