Taught course

Experimental Performance

Birmingham City University · Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold an honours degree.

A portfolio presented as one single pdf document. This portfolio should show us all the aspects of your artistic practice that you find important.
The single pdf document can contain descriptive or artistic text and images but also links to other websites (for example of video/audio recordings of your work).
The nature of the work submitted and its presentation is up to you. However, please bear in mind that we need to clearly understand your personal approach to creating performances and making art. Make thoughtful decisions about specific elements of your work that you absolutely want us to see, for example by highlighting important sections through smart video editing or giving us timecodes so that we can easily locate essential moments within the documentation.
The portfolio also must contain a motivational statement, explaining your reasons for applying. This can be delivered in the form of written text (max one side of A4) or via a link to a video or audio recording (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to study experimental performance in the UK, with or without a focus on sound, then these are the ideal courses for you.
Designed for emerging arts practitioners, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s brand new PgCert, PgDip and MMus courses in Experimental Performance provide you with a unique opportunity to undertake independent artistic projects in a fully supportive environment. 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 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.

Information for international students

Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma.

IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

Fees and funding

UK students
£11,300 per year
International students
£24,100 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Conservatoire Admissions
+44 (0)121 331 5901