Contemporary Performance Practices at University of East London - UCAS

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Course summary

Are you a maker? An artist? An activist? Do you feel you need to do something in reaction to a deep crisis in the future of humanity, to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Are you longing for a space of discussion which brings together artists, scholars, and activists to create new types of cultural productions that transcend, rather than merely criticise, the status quo? Then MA Contemporary Performance Practices may be where your ideas belong. Contemporary Performance Practices breaks traditional disciplinary borders to explore how performance can help us respond to social, environmental, and ecological changes and challenges. The Programme provides a unique and tailored education to prepare graduates for new opportunities within the performing arts industry. The curriculum centres on a dynamic blend of critical, practice-based engagement with performance across artistic genres and disciplines; from experimental theatre, music, dance and community-based practices, to live art, interactive and participatory performance, sound art, and installation. You will be immersed in a variety of ideas, approaches and forms, and, at the same time have ample opportunities to focus on your own area of interest. Throughout the programme you will explore cutting edge and interdisciplinary approaches to performance making and develop original work leading to your final dissertational project which will be a unique performance on a specific area of enquiry.


Year 1: Cultures of Performance (Core), Contemporary Performance Making (Core), Artistic Leadership (Core), Research Methods in Creative Practice (Core), Mental Wealth: Professional Life - Performance Praxis (Core), Performance Platform (Core) For more information about individual modules, please visit our course pages via the link below.

Assessment method

Coursework will include practical outcomes (e.g. individual or group-based performances; performative presentations, documentations, or artefacts; films/video-art; installations; and other performance based work) and written assignments (e.g. reflective portfolios; funding applications; abstracts of your work; website/digital profile). Assessment breakdown: 60% practical 40% written coursework You’ll always receive written or audio feedback outlining strengths and points for further development. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in Theatre/Performance Studies; Dance/Choreography; Music/Composition or equivalent professional experience. We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. English language requirements: overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, reading and listening (or recognised equivalent).

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Contemporary Performance Practices at University of East London - UCAS