Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Performance: Screen

University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

An honours degree or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Performance: Screen offers an experimental, open and discursive framework inwhich to explore the convergent mediums of performance and moving image via critical thinking and experimental studio practice. Students are encouraged to situate their work within the context of the wider social, political and economic conditions of our digitally networked society and interrogate how images are encountered, produced and consumed. Specifically aimed at hybrid moving image and performance makers, the MA supports an expanding field of practice across performance art, artists’ moving image, expanded cinema, experimental film, participatory practice, documentary and post-internet art to encourage new approaches and methodologies of making, processes and outcomes.

The course promotes the acquisition of practical production skills including directing and dramaturgy, cinematography, lighting, choreography / blocking, sound recording, editing and colour grading, whilst simultaneously developing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant critical discourses, including theories of performativity, mediation and representation. Student outputs might include single or multiscreen narrative works, documentary essay film through observational and guerrilla filmmaking techniques, site-specific installations, hybrid documentaries, experimental films,performance lectures, and online and immersive projects.

On leaving the course, MA Performance: Screen graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in performance and screen industries and will have the agility and confidence to diversify and respond to the demands of the current climate. Beyond these industries are opportunities for doctoral research or a range of portfolio careers creating and delivering content with and through moving image; contemporary art and film production, theatre, live events, festival programming or curation, gaming and immersive environments, media communications, platforms for education and learning, and emerging social applications concerned with community building and well-being.

The proposed MA Performance: Screen places emphasis on the voice and strategies of independent film makers and screen-based performance makers. Once developed, the course will sit alongside MA Performance: Design and Practice, MA Character Animation, and MA Performance: Writing to provide a complementary suite that reflects the emerging strengths, running through UG and PG, of the Performance programme at CSM.

Please note, this course is subject to validation.

Information for international students

IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,045 per year
International students
£15,165 per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 7444