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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

  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • 4 years sandwich

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

TBC

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course focuses on live performance with modules ranging from contemporary performance skills to modern dramatic texts and technical theatre.
  • All modules combine theory and practice, so you can acquire expertise in performing, theatre making, critical writing and public speaking.
  • Specific performance practices such as applied drama, physical theatre and contemporary performance allow you to show your work in different contexts and platforms.
  • Trips to London West End Theatre and fringe theatre scene are part of your learning and are embedded in the course modules.
  • Each summer we take a team of students to perform in the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Studying BA H Drama at the University of Greenwich has been a truly rewarding experience as I have had the opportunity to work in a creative and welcoming environment. The staff are both passionate and supportive and have inspired me to continue working in the arts after I graduate.

- Cora Mason, BA Hons Drama Graduate

What you will study

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About the course team

Drama staff are all creative practitioners and scholars involved in original research projects. You will be taught by an experienced team of experts in a supportive environment. We connect with other artists and academics through the Bathway Theatre Network. Partners include Greenwich Theatre, Protein Dance Theatre, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT), and a variety of professional theatre companies, writers and performers.

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Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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Entry requirements

If you are

  • You will need a minimum of 104 UCAS points, which must include 2 A-levels or equivalent.
  • You will also need GCSEs in English language and mathematics at grade C / 4 or above.

General studies is not normally accepted.

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Irish Highers.

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

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

  • Promising applicants will be invited to participate in an audition workshop.
  • We welcome applications from mature students.
  • International students will be interviewed by phone or Skype.

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.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn

For new and returning students in September, our focus is on making our university environments safe and accessible to everyone.  We’ve prepared a 'blended model' of teaching which means combining face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. All face-to-face sessions are in line with distancing rules. If students are ill or shielding, we’ll provide all lectures and course materials online.

Ready for September

Teaching

In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars. You'll be abe to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group session, Scheduled contact activities may fall between 9am and 9pm, depending on your elective courses and tutorials.

Class sizes

Class sizes vary to suit the type of activity. Workshops will normally hold around 25 people, whereas lectures may be larger.

You will be put in to smaller groups for particular assessment tasks, projects and performances.

Where you will learn

Most of your lessons will be taught at the Bathway Theatre site in Woolwich.

Independent learning

Outside of timetabled sessions, you'll need to dedicate time to self-study to prepare for coursework, presentations and exams. Our library and online resources with support your further reading and research.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of scheduled learning activities which will include online lectures, online and on campus discussions, workshops and practical sessions.

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.

Assessment

On this course, students are assessed by take-home exams, coursework and practice assessments on campus where required.

Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assessments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

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.

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Part time

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.

2021/2022 fees

TBC

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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

Resources: You will need comfortable clothing for practical modules (including steel toe capped boots for technical theatre students). You will also need to buy a limited number of texts for your studies. Many other texts and resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library.

Trips: Drama students typically attend 3-4 theatre trips per year (typically in/around London). We subsidise these so you only pay half the ticket cost.

Transport: You face any costs for travelling to/from our theatre facility in Woolwich, where several of our drama modules may be taught.

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

You can choose to take a 30-credit work placement in your final year alongside your other modules.

You can also opt to register on 'sandwich mode', which means you can do a one-year full-time paid placement between your second and final years. Whilst on a sandwich placement you retain your student status and have full support from the university and your tutors as normal. 

Students are responsible for finding their own placements, though we will support you through the application process.

How long is my placement?

The 30-credit work placement requires you to gain 100 hours in total.

Sandwich placements must last for a minimum of 36 weeks full-time, though they can be as long as 13 months.

What are the financial arrangements?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid, full time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Many graduates of our drama course go on to careers in the theatre, in film and socially engaged drama.

Are internships available?

Credit-bearing work placements are unpaid. However, sandwich placements are normally paid full-time positions. The salary should reflect the going rate for an entry level role in the relevant industry.

Do you provide employability services?

Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible.The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer who provides specific opportunities relevant to your own course. They work closely with professionals in industry to ensure you are well-prepared for the workplace and have already begun to build your professional network by the time you graduate.

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 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.