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MA Performance: Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins

The MA Performance: Design and Practice course at Central Saint Martins challenges aspiring directors, writers and designers to interrogate conventions in the fields of theatre and performance.

School: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL)
Course: MA Performance: Design and Practice
Location: London, United Kingdom
Course dates: starts September 2024, with a duration of two years (60 weeks) extended full-time
Application deadline: round one, 13 December 2023 at 1 pm (UK time); round two, 3 April 2024 at 1 pm (UK time)

The MA Performance: Design and Practice course explores performance-making and time-based work. It promotes hybrid practices, critically exploring the conventional boundaries between fine art, performance and theatre.

The course encourages criticality and restlessness, alongside an exploration of new forms of practice. It asks: What is the context for contemporary performance? What is its purpose? Who is it for?

The course will support you to become an independent practitioner in the fields of experimental theatre, live art and dramaturgy through design.

You will create theatre which acknowledges the expanding and contested field of performance. You will interrogate conventions and traditional roles, such as that of the writer, designer, director and performer.

The course aims to develop your creativity through an integrated and individual approach to practice and theory.

You will be encouraged to analyse the processes which drive and define your practice and to question how your work relates to the broader context of performance practice.

MA Performance: Design and Practice focuses on the sector of performance culture where ideas and orthodoxies are in flux.

The course brings fine artists, directors, writers, researchers and designers together to cooperate and purposefully engage with collective and individual visions for performance practice.

Applications to this course have now closed.

Top image: design by Yui Yamamoto, photography by Alys Tomlinson

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