Taught course

Contemporary Performance Practices

University of East London · School of Arts and Digital Industries - ADI

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 Honours in theatre/performance studies or related subject.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition and an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a maker? An artist? An activist? Do you feel you need to do something in reaction to a deep crisis in the future of humanity, to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Are you longing for a space of discussion which brings together artists, scholars, and activists to create new types of cultural productions that transcend, rather than merely criticise, the status quo? Then MA Contemporary Performance Practices may be where your ideas belong.

Contemporary Performance Practices breaks traditional disciplinary borders to explore how performance can help us respond to social, environmental, and ecological changes and challenges. The Programme provides a unique and tailored education to prepare graduates for new opportunities within the performing arts industry. The curriculum centres on a dynamic blend of critical, practice-based engagement with performance across artistic genres and disciplines; from experimental theatre, music, dance and community-based practices, to live art, interactive and participatory performance, sound art, and installation.

You will be immersed in a variety of ideas, approaches and forms, and, at the same time have ample opportunities to focus on your own area of interest. Throughout the programme you will explore cutting edge and interdisciplinary approaches to performance making and develop original work leading to your final dissertational project which will be a unique performance on a specific area of enquiry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Applicant Relations
+44 (0) 208 223 3333