Taught course

Collaborative Performance Practice

Edge Hill University · Department of Creative Arts

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Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as dance, drama or musical theatre. Applications will also be considered from those with equivalent professional experience. An interview and audition form part of the selection process.

Months of entry


Course content

This taught Masters degree places the the value of ensemble making practices at its heart, recognising the potential this approach to performance gives to the sharing of different perspectives. With an ensemble able to draw upon a wide range of experiences and skills, collaborative performance offers a collective approach to making performance. It will help you to respond to the uncertainties and rapidly changing environments in the creative industries of the twenty-first century. The course provides a platform for creativity that will enable you to develop your devising, choreographic and/or performance practice as part of a vibrant creative community. Whether you have recently graduated from a performing arts degree, or are already working as a practitioner in small-scale touring contexts, the course will enable you to enhance your skills in specialist areas of performance making. You will also develop an adaptable, collaborative business model as an emerging practitioner and discover key technologies in the digital arts. Honing your craft in group and ensemble collective performance, as well as through solo practice, you’ll also develop expertise in performance research. The course provides a platform to make valuable connections across the creative industries, providing you with comprehensive insight into the relationships between the creative process and the generation of a performance product ready for an audience.

Fees and funding

If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this taught Masters degree in academic year 2023/24, tuition fees are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


You will be assessed through a combination of written and performance outcomes. Writing will take the form of both critical and reflective work, and performance practice will be largely self-devised, working from stimuli. Practical work will cover solo and group practice, with traditional and site-based venues open for exploration. There will be a level of negotiation encouraged to ensure that practical outcomes meet the learning outcomes of the course, as well as develop your individual areas of interest.

Course contact details

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