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MA Performance: Design and Practice

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Full time


2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Design (Non-Industrial) Set Design (Theatre)

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

MA Performance Design and Practice explores performance making, design and time-based work. It promotes hybrid practices, critically exploring the conventional boundaries between fine art performance and theatre. The course encourages criticality and restlessness, alongside an exploration of new forms of practice.

The course will support you to become an independent practitioner in the fields of experimental theatre, live art and dramaturgy through design. You will create theatre which acknowledges the expanding and contested field of performance. You will interrogate conventions and traditional roles, such as that of the writer, designer, director and performer.

MA Performance Design and Practice focuses on the sector of performance culture where ideas and orthodoxies are in flux. The course brings fine artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers together to establish the future of performance practice. In addition, the postgraduate community at Central Saint Martins is diverse and covers a range of subjects. Within this environment, there are opportunities for collision and collaboration across disciplines.


MA Performance: Design and Practice prepares you particularly for independent professional practice. Many of our graduates form their own creative companies and partnerships. MA Performance: Design and Practice graduates have gone on to work in art, design and performance in a range of roles, producing and presenting work in many creative contexts including festivals, art centres and venues around the world.

MA Performance: Design and Practice students leave with a specialist individual understanding of performance practice from a chosen perspective. The experience you gain on the postgraduate course enables you to progress to professional practice, working, for example, in theatre, television, film, opera or dance. Some students go on to direct, write or produce. Others progress to research degree study. MA Performance: Design and Practice supports its graduates via a company that offers initial professional experience and publicity.


This unit will help you focus your individual practice and to better articulate your concerns. Your development will be supported by regular seminars led by course tutors or visiting practitioners. You will focus on methodologies in the creation, contextualisation and evaluation of performance. You will be introduced to fundamental critical and research skills. You will examine specific theoretical approaches and research routes in relation to performance. Through site visits and critical-thinking seminars, you will develop a critical language. This will allow you to articulate contextual knowledge of the work of others in relation to your own practice.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows: an honours degree or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more