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Contemporary Performance, MA

Explore new performance media and develop your portfolio of practical work with our new Master’s in Contemporary Performance.

This MA Contemporary Performance degree focuses on emerging practices in the fields of performance, live art, interactive theatre, contemporary dance and game design, from the immersive to the digital and participatory. The course prepares graduates to work as independent artists, curators, producers, across artistic disciplines and cultural contexts.

Delivered in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed performance company ZU-UK, the course enables you to assemble a substantial body of practical work. You will develop learning tools for cross-disciplinary collaboration, organising, managing, promoting and documenting your practice to tour and exhibit at venues, festivals, galleries and specific sites as well as other cultural platforms.

The course is based on our Greenwich Campus, but you will use additional performance facilities, including GAS station in West Ham and the Bathway Theatre in Woolwich.

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • The course includes bespoke modules focused on Contemporary Performance, Interactive Performance, and Artistic Leadership
  • All course modules include a public performance component. The course also includes a 60-credit final project module.
  • You will need to attend a variety of different locations for this course - the University's Greenwich Campus, GAS Station in West Ham and the Bathway Theatre in Woolwich.
  • ZU-UK, our collaborator for this MA, is at the forefront of interactive, digital and participatory performance.
  • Artistic Leadership, shaped around the acclaimed Drift Residency, has been cited as an example of best practice by Total Theatre Magazine and The Stage. The Drift Residency has been delivered in 10 countries since its inception in 2006.

What you will study

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About the course team

Welcome to our Master's in Contemporary Performance, which is taught from within the School of Humanities & Social Sciences in collaboration with award-winning ZU-UK. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers, including Dr. Jorge Lopes Ramos, Executive Director of ZU-UK. The team includes both academics and practitioners with experience in contemporary performance, live art, theatre, interactive, digital and participatory art. Every member of the course leadership team holds a teaching qualification and a significant research profile. The course also invites key industry experts who are leaders in their field to work with students at every stage.

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Entry requirements

If you are

You should have a UK undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above (or an equivalent qualification - both level and grade - from a recognised non-UK university) in a relevant humanities or social sciences subject. Other areas and professional experience may also be considered.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Further information about entry

As part of the application process, applicants will be required to submit a one-page proposal on their intended Performance Project along with their application. Applicants whose application and proposal is considered of interest will then be invited to interview in order to further assess their suitability for this course.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How you will learn

Teaching

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In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of workshops, guest talks, rehearsals and seminars. In workshops you will develop and refine new performance work through structured exercises, devising tasks, scratch performance and iterative design processes. In seminars you will discuss and develop your understanding of the field of professional practice and develop research skills to reflect your chosen cultural contexts. 

Contact hours may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Where you will learn

You will need to attend a variety of different locations for this course - the University's Greenwich Campus, GAS Station in West Ham and the Bathway Theatre in Woolwich. 

You will be responsible for arranging your own travel to these locations and your own travel costs.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to study and rehearsal for performances, reading, writing, presentations and vivas. Rehearsal facilities are available at GAS Station and Bathway. Our Stockwell Street Library and online resources will support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. Assessments may fall on evenings or weekends. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying. This includes your independent learning time.

Assessment

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Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2019/2020 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs (estimate £150 per year)
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate £200).

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Contemporary Performance graduates will work as independent artists, curators, producers, facilitators, directors, performers, dramaturges, designers, workshop leaders and may work in a wide variety of creative roles across the cultural and education sector. Graduates will also be equipped with research skills to pursue doctoral-level study.

Do you provide employability services?

On our course you will learn to work as an independent artist and producer, developing a wide range of skill sets, many of which transfer to workplaces in the cultural sector and beyond. 

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. As a School of Humanities & Social Sciences student, you will be eligible for writing tutorials with our Royal Literary Fellows.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.