MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA in Contemporary Performance Making

Brunel University: College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences

About the course

The MA Contemporary Performance Making is a practice-focused programme designed for aspiring artists who want to develop their artistic practice in one or more of Brunel’s specialist areas:

  • writing/directing
  • live-art/installation
  • digital performance.

The programme draws upon the expertise at Brunel and the resources of London, offering a combination of critical engagement and practice-based research.

A broad training in practices and theories of contemporary performance is delivered through a number of compulsory modules and you will work toward your final project in collaboration with one or more of Brunel’s internationally renowned artists and theorists, including Johannes Birringer, Sue Broadhurst and Fiona Templeton. The programme features regular guest seminars by some of the most influential artists and theorists of today (past guests include Simon Vincenzi, Stacy Makishi, Ron Athey, Kira O’Reilly, Julian Maynard-Smith and Wendy Houstoun).


  • The programme will provide you with a bridge between academia and the professional world, giving you the opportunities to network and engage in a variety of supervised and self-managed projects.
  • The course has a particular focus on preparing you for the challenging working conditions of today's cultural climate. Accordingly, in addition to training in traditional theatre and performance settings, the programme has a strong emphasis on producing work in less conventional and underground venues with limited facilities. It offers students guidance in building their own low-cost DIY interactive technologies if required.

Special Features

Internationally Recognized Staff

All our members of staff are internationally active as artists and/or theorists, and some are world-renowned pioneers in their field. A highly research-intensive department, 100% of our staff have participated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

State of the Art Facilities

​​The MA programme is taught in Brunel University London's Antonin Artaud Performance Centre; a purpose-built venue which encompasses a large scale performance space with a capacity of up to 350 people. It frequently hosts public events, two professionally equipped theatre studios, and a number of additional rehearsal spaces. The centre also hosts media editing suites, as well as a workshop/electronics lab where students can build their own performance artefacts with expert support from our team of professional theatre technicians.

Unique Equipment

​In addition to a wide range of professional lighting, sound and projection equipment, the programme features a set of unique plug-and-play sensor toolkits. These user-friendly toolkits enable students to experiment with a wide range of interactive performance setups, regardless of their level of technical experience.

Good Location​​

Located in Uxbridge in the west of London, students have easy access to the vast range of performance activity in the city, from international names in established venues such as the Barbican Centre and Tate Modern, to the latest emerging artists in artist-run spaces and abandoned warehouses in the East End. London also features numerous venues where students find opportunities to show their own work.

Teaching and Assessment


The course is approximately 70% practice and 30% theory. It is an ideal programme for practising artists developing their own work. Graduating students have gone on to show their work nationally and internationally, work with key UK and international companies and secure funding and support for their work. Full-time students can take the course over one full year.


Brunel's proximity to the diverse performance and theatre environment of London allows for direct contact with the work of established as well as cutting edge professionals working in the industry. Through placement learning in collaboration with our national and international partners and through the development and presentation of a final project you will engage with the most current trends in contemporary performance practice. The programme offers you the opportunity to develop skills, increase employment possibilities and build up a network of professional contacts.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


1-year full-time; 2-year part-time

Cost & Fees

UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time

International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Last updated September 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
7,300 GBP
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
Start date: Sept. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - Uxbridge, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
UK/EU students: £7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time / International students: £15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time