Experimental Performance MMus (Full Time) (Taught)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires
Awarded by: Birmingham City University
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Course summary

If you want to study experimental performance, with or without a focus on sound, then Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is the ideal place for you to be. Designed for emerging arts practitioners, our brand new courses in Experimental Performance provide you with a unique opportunity to undertake independent artistic projects in a fully supportive environment. Available for the first time in September 2019, they enable practitioners from a variety of disciplines (including, but not limited to, instrumental/vocal performance, composition, dance, choreography, theatre, visual and performance art, creative writing) to come together with likeminded people. This course and doesn’t ask you to justify yourself against the background of tradition, but gives you agency. People from every discipline are treated equally with emphasis placed on rigorous conceptual thought and idea-development. By focusing on these non-discipline-specific aspects of performance you will contribute to a collaborative, discursive and interdisciplinary working environment. The core of your study will be formed by your own artistic ideas, which are developed, through research and dialogue, into professional practical projects. You will be allocated a mentoring team comprising a personal tutor who has experience in collaborative and conceptual approaches alongside additional specialist support according to your individual needs. Your mentoring team is there to help you realise your ideas into fully developed performances in the best possible way. Our Experimental Performance courses will equip you with the skills you need to engage successfully with diverse contemporary creative practice. While our PgCert focuses exclusively on Experimental Performance work, complementary modules on the PgDip and MMus are intended to enhance your wider professional development. These will be chosen, in discussion with your personal tutor, from a varied list shared with other postgraduate Principal Study disciplines. Please note that generally auditions take place in February and May before the September start of the course each year. Although it states an application deadline of 1 October below, we will consider applications throughout the year. Applicants should make sure that their portfolio arrives at least a month prior to their audition.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.

Instrument/specialisms

For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Performance

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

1 October

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code814F
Institution code B34
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma, ideally but not necessarily in Music MMus Intensive applicants must be at Level 7 standard in their Principal Study Area and be well-suited to the intensive period of study. If you do not have a degree qualification, we may consider your application if you can demonstrate a significant amount of professional experience and achieve a high scoring audition IELTS overall score of a minimum of 6.0 with no sub-test below 5.5


Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire£75£75
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£75£75
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£75£75
Singapore Performers only /local fee£75£75
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Birmingham Conservatoire£105£105
By Recording (EU applicants outside the UK only)£105£105
China (Hong Kong) Performers only /local fee££
China (Mainland) Performers only /local fee££
Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) Performers only /local fee£105£105
Singapore Performers only /local fee£105£105
Taiwan (Taipei) Performers only /local fee££

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £8100 Year 1
England £8100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8100 Year 1
Scotland £8100 Year 1
Wales £8100 Year 1
Channel Islands £8100 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Experimental Performance MMus (Full Time) at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire - UCAS