M.A. Performance Making

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee:
  • £ 6,870 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 16,280 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.

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)

'The MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths attracts artists from all over the world seeking to develop their skills, creativity, pragmatics and independence. Taught by distinguished professionals, it encourages original, collaborative research into new forms, new imperatives and new contexts for live performance. As such it makes an invaluable contribution to the culture of performance'.

Lois Keidan Director:Live Art Development Agency, London


This is a praxis programme on which you gain 180 CATS (credits).

* Practical Study (30 CATS)
* Performance Making (60 CATS)
* Dissertation (60 CATS)
* Contextual Theory (30 CATS)

Module title


* Practical Study 30 CATS
* Performance Making (A and B) 60 CATS
* Dissertation 60 CATS
* Contextual Theory 30 CATS


You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you arent a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enroll and study on our programmes.


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