Taught course

Performance Making

Goldsmiths, University of London · Theatre and Performance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an upper second BA degree or professional equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

In the past 20 years, some of the most exciting and innovative live performance worldwide has been performer-driven. This creative surge has been the work of solo artists, ensembles, auteurs and performer-directors, who have redefined boundaries and stretched the theatrical imagination into new spaces, both literally and figuratively.

This unique international laboratory programme brings individuals from diverse backgrounds into collaborative research, acknowledging the challenges of creating experimental, performer-driven theatre in today's hybrid, globalised culture.

Within the vibrant environment of Goldsmiths, and with all the stimulus that London offers culturally, practising or emerging practitioners are encouraged to develop creative, critical, technical and management skills and strategies for forging an independent and self-motivated career. You will conceive, research, construct and deliver your ideas and articulate what motivates these.

You will conceive, research, construct and deliver your ideas and articulate what motivates these.

What you study

The teaching is rigorous and interdisciplinary. You study with distinguished international performers, dancers, directors, scenographers, writers, composers, and live artists as well as scholars within a praxis ethos where theory informs creativity. The emphasis throughout is on nurturing and encouraging collaboration across disciplines and cultures.

Physical training, scenographic/environmental exploration and hands-on introduction to technologies - lighting, video and sound - support studies in composition and artistic experimentation. You learn to contextualise your own practice in the historical and contemporary field and are required to write analytically and critically. You archive your practice digitally and by the end of your studies will have developed a portfolio of projects on which you have worked in a creative team. You are offered professional orientation with the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) www.thisisliveart.co.uk

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Creative work60
Continuous assessment/VIVA10

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7078 5300