Performance Making, M.A. | Goldsmiths, University of London | London, United Kingdom
12 months
17460 GBP/year
9260 GBP/year
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This unique international Performance Making programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, brings diverse individuals into collaborative research, acknowledging the challenges of creating original, performer-driven theatre in today's complex, globalised culture.


Why study MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London? 

  • Studying at Goldsmiths gives you access to all the cultural stimulus that London offers, allowing you to enhance your practice and develop compositional, critical, technical and management skills and strategies for forging independent and self-motivated careers. Our graduates work as practitioners, teachers and cultural leaders worldwide.
  • The Masters will help you conceive, research, construct and deliver your ideas, and articulate what motivates them. You will study with distinguished international artists and scholars. The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging collaboration across disciplines and cultures, and on contextualising practice within its social, political and architectural environment.
  • You’ll undertake physical training, scenographic/environmental exploration, and hands-on introduction to technologies (lighting, video and sound), to support your composition and artistic experimentation. You will identify your own practice within the historical and contemporary field, and write critically and creatively.
  • You’ll archive your practice digitally, and will have developed a portfolio of projects by graduation. You will receive professional development guidance from theLive Art Development Agency (LADA) and the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths.
  • You will have access to a wide international network of organisations, commissions, venues and festivals, and will study both at Goldsmiths and ArtsAdmin. See a full list of artists associated with the programme as permanent and guest tutors. 


You will become conversant, confident and skilled in a range of methodological practices as well as compositional strategies for independent theatrical, dance theatre and live art creation.

Your critical and analytical skills in interpreting artistic practice will be tested in a range of verbal, written and oral ways. Your study of your own body as a creative instrument will be complemented by learning the principles of scenography and film narrative.

You will research intellectually and produce theoretically informed writing. You will learn to contextualise your own practice and interests in the contemporary field of performance both in the UK and internationally, and to articulate such practice.

Overall you will learn how to research, construct and deliver your ideas performatively and how to advocate your own projects to producers, venues, funders and other agencies.


Graduates work in a wide variety of professional contexts globally as commissioned performance makers, directors, project leaders, programmers, teachers and academic researchers.

The programme has launched international production companies and collaborations whilst the many organisations employing them include:

  • Dreamthinkspeak
  • Station House Opera
  • Marie Gabrielle Rotie Productions
  • The Clod Ensemble
  • Corridor
  • Lift
  • The Royal Court Theatre
  • The Gate Theatre
  • The Globe Theatre
  • Goossun Art-Illery
  • Northern Stage
  • The Royal National Theatre
  • The Beijing Academy
  • BAC
  • Bernie Grant Arts Centre
  • Artsadmin
  • Shunt
  • Hackney Empire
  • Greenwich Dance Agency
  • The Convenor’s Company
  • Athletes of the Heart 

And a range of international commissions and festivals including Edinburgh Festival and Brighton Fringe.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Practical Study: Scenography
  • Performance Making (A and B)
  • MA Performance Making Dissertation
  • Contextual Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Apply early to avoid disappointment
  • Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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 aren’t 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17460 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17460 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9260 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National - part-time: £4630

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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