1 year
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Performance and Visual Practices course is an interdisciplinary programme that facilitates practical and theoretical research across different fields of enquiry. Working across disciplines, you will develop a practice that is both particular to you and adaptable to different professional scenarios and contexts.

Your practice may be rooted in specific histories and practices, for example music, dance, theatre, and visual or screen-based work. We understand all these practices as a means of research and investigation, and will provide you with the tools to further develop your ideas and methods through both individual and collaborative processes of enquiry.

The course has a strong theoretical component so that you understand the context in which you work and for you to be clear about your own aims and intentions. Designed to reflect a contemporary culture in a state of flux, the course promotes expanded and interdisciplinary practices as powerful tools with which to engage with the world today.

Links to a network of local and national arts agencies and venues will provide you with the opportunity to test your ideas in different spaces and with different audiences during your studies.

Note: Please contact us directly for exact tuition fees and for information on the funding available for this course.

Entry Requirements

Degree and/or experience:

  • Normally an undergraduate degree in an arts-related subject. Applicants demonstrating equivalent skills and experience will be considered as well as those with less traditional trajectories. Seasoned artists and practitioners who want to re-examine their practice within a critically supported frame of reference are also encouraged to apply.
  • We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will primarily be interested in your ideas, experiences and portfolio. We will consider you on an individual basis.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.


  • We interview both in person and via Skype. We normally start interviewing from February onwards and continue normally until the end of June. We recommend submitting your application before the end of May.

Research statement:

  • When submitting your online application, you need to include a personal statement. This should briefly describe your background and what motivates you to apply for the MA. You should detail your interests as an artist and describe your practice and methods, as well as any key influences – be they artists, thinkers, ideas or particular experiences. You should also identify the aims for your studies, what they might involve and possible technical requirements. The statement does not need to be any longer than one side of A4.