Taught course

Performance Practices MFA

De Montfort University · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a related subject, such as Dance, Drama or Performing Arts. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of previous performance practice material (statements, images or online links) is required. You may be asked to attend an interview, this could be via Skype or phone.

Months of entry


Course content

You will be supported in your transition from student to independent artist and/or researcher. The course will give you the opportunity to enhance your ability to effectively respond to an ever-changing world of work. You will be able to establish professional links through work-based learning with regional and national arts-based organisations.

Throughout your studies you will develop your writing, making and thinking by engaging with current contemporary performance practice and theory. This course functions as a bridging year between your studies and more professional contexts by developing your skills and knowledge to support them in achieving your goals.

Engaging with external, professional organisations broadens your experience, offers valuable networking opportunities and prepares you for the world of work. This course offers an optional Negotiated Placement module that supports you to observe and shadow your host organisation to develop your skills base and understanding of a particular activity.

The final Professional Practice Major Project module further supports opportunities for work-based learning in different ways and to varying degrees: you may secure various ‘one-off’ engagements or negotiate a longer placement with a host organisation.

On completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a range of careers in the field of performance practices and the creative industries, as well as pursue further academic study. As this is a new programme, no students have graduated as yet but recent graduates from the Performance Practices MA are:

  • Independent artists and securing funding from Arts Council England.
  • Marketing and Communications Manager for UK Young Artists.
  • Engaged as Associate Artists at DMU.
  • Pursuing postdoctoral study.
  • Teaching at University and FE levels.

Information for international students

International students may be eligible for a scholarship and/or an early payment discount for more information, visit our website.

Fees and funding

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgfunding.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

Available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit 2018/19 Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

De Montfort University
+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70