MA in Creative Performance Practice

London South Bank University

Program Description

MA in Creative Performance Practice

London South Bank University

This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making a performance, drawing on devising, physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work, and live art.

The MA will be delivered in partnership with major London cultural institutions, including the Lyric Hammersmith, where you'll take part in a low-residency intensive program of work at their impressive facilities.

The course is offered through a low residency model that makes it unique in the country, and particularly attractive if you wish to further your studies and enhance your career opportunities but cannot commit to a traditional full-time offering.

The course entails:

  • theoretical and critical e-learning and blended learning modules that run throughout the year, and which can be completed at a time to suit your particular needs.
  • intensive practical modules, masterclasses, and workshops led by industry professionals and delivered during residency weeks, when all the cohort comes together as a community.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


Methods of assessment are both practical and written. They reflect professional working methods (e.g. professional performance outcomes) as well as critical responses to the course content (e.g. through essays, reflective journals, and research).

The MA is made up of

2 x 40 credit practical modules/intensive residencies

Residencies are delivered collaboratively with partner organizations

2 x 20 credit practical modules/intensive residencies

Residencies delivered collaboratively with well known and respected industry professionals from the UK or abroad, such as Reckless Theatre, Little Bulb Theatre. Each practical residency module will be focusing on one specific area of contemporary performance practice as follows:

  • Directing
  • Devising and/or physical theatre
  • Socially-engaged arts and/or collaborative practice
  • Solo work and/or live art

2 x 20 credit theoretical modules

  • Creative research methodologies: an e-learning module where you'll be introduced to both traditional and non-traditional approaches to research including practice as research in performance
  • Research Project: you'll be supported to develop a 4,000-5,000 word written an essay on a subject of your interest.

2 x 10 credit professional practice modules

  • Enterprise and new business models in the creative industries
  • The survivor’s guide to the creative industries: including sessions on skills in areas such as fundraising, copyright, IP, developing and monetizing cross/multi-platform work.

Methods of assessment

Methods of assessment are both practical and written. They reflect professional working methods (e.g. professional performance outcomes) as well as critical responses to the course content (e.g. through essays, reflective journals, and research projects).

Module descriptions

  • Collaborative residency 1: Directing (20 credits)
  • Collaborative residency 2: Socially Engaged Arts (40 credits)
  • Creative performance making (40 credits)
  • Creative Research Methodologies (20 credits)
  • Research Project (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and New Business Models in the Creative Industries (10 credits)
  • The Survivor’s Guide to the Creative Industries (10 credits)

Plus a choice of either:

  • Creative Practice as Research Project (40 credits)
  • Creative Placement (40 credits)


You'll have the opportunity to develop your practice in a rich environment of practices and discourses, in an environment that exposes you to diverse feedback sources, and a genuine immersion in the professional practice of an international standing.

You'll be presented with opportunities to develop skills not only in the areas of directing, socially engaged arts and so on, but also in your professional practice, including current areas such as creative methodologies, copyright, use of multi-platform content, and resilience in the creative industries market.

The part-time offering is suitable for mature students and professionals who wish to return to education in order to enhance their skills and career prospects.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market, you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.


Edric Theatre

A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.

Borough Road Gallery

The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).

Arts, music and cultural events in London

The University couldn't be better located being only a 10-15 minute walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic and therefore the best of London's plays, performances, exhibitions, and screenings.

Teaching and learning

Lectures cover concepts which underpin and facilitate informed participative approaches to learning. Workshops, seminars, case studies and student-led discussions facilitate more active modes of learning.

Assessment is by a combination of examination and/or coursework. Lecturers offer a rich profile of academic and professional qualifications backed by professional, teaching and/or research experience.

An academic is appointed as your Dissertation Facilitator, to offer guidance and constructive advice on the preparation of your dissertation.

Entry requirements

The low residency MA in Contemporary Performance Making is following the model based on the Visitors and Residents theory by David White (2015), which describes a continuum of modes of online engagement and learning. This has proven to be a useful way towards understanding individuals’ motivations when they use the web in differing contexts. We are proposing that no mode of engagement is better than another, so we offer a blended approach that includes intensive face to face residencies, alongside online meetings and content delivery. We want to acknowledge that in today’s fast-changing world it is important to employ different modes of learning that allow for flexibility and can support individual learners’ context, circumstances, and preferences.

The innovative low residency model, which is currently unlike any other offerings in the UK within the field of Drama and Performance, entails short intensive practical modules, masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals during the residency weeks, alongside theoretical and critical e-learning and blended learning modules that run throughout the year.

The collaborative aspect of this programme makes it unique in the market and particularly attractive to those who wish to expand their professional networks and diversify their techniques.

Between the intensive residencies you'll maintain contact with the University through monthly supervisory meetings with your personal adviser (either face to face or online), and through completing the online and blended learning modules.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
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1 - 2 years
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United Kingdom - London, England
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