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Design for Performance and Interaction

15 months
29400 GBP/year
14700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This radical Design for Performance and Interaction programme from University College London (UCL) teaches students to design performances and interactive experiences.


What happens when we design not in three dimensions but four? This radical, multidisciplinary Master's degree teaches students to understand and design performances and interactive experiences.

Learning outcomes

This Design for Performance and Interaction programme from University College London (UCL) welcomes students from an array of artistic and technical backgrounds to work with interactive technologies to consider objects, space, people and systems as potential performers. 

Throughout this programme, students gain advanced skills to design for performance and interaction, informed by multidisciplinary theories taken from performing arts, digital media, spatial interaction, anthropology, sociology, cybernetics, cognitive neuroscience and aesthetics.

The programme is taught in UCL’s cutting-edge facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a space renowned as a hotbed for technological innovation and home to some of the UK’s leading performance and design companies. These world-class facilities provide an ideal space for the large-scale construction of installations, as well as for public events.

Programme highlights

  • Design and make individual and collaborative projects that feature in an end-of-year public exhibition of interactive objects, installations and performances
  • Learn to communicate your ideas in three and four dimensions through animation, film, live presentation and staged events, real-time simulation, podcasts and online, virtual and augmented environments 
  • Gain a working knowledge of technical systems including sound, lighting, interactive computation and electronics
  • Use state-of-the-art technologies at UCL at Here East including virtual reality systems, networked media spaces, motion capture rigs, multi-channel surround sound systems and robotics
  • Gain an understanding of parametric tools required when designing or adapting large performance spaces including acoustics, lighting, seating (spectator line of sight) and simulation of occupant behaviour


The Bartlett School of Architecture is one of the world's top-ranked architecture schools and our graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities and the potential to carry out future doctoral research in the field.

This programme empowers graduates with specialist knowledge and skills that are relevant across a wide variety of areas and creative industries, including spatial and urban design, lighting and sound installation, performance and event design, and virtual and physical community building.


Students gain the following skill set:

  • the design and production of well-considered spaces
  • performances and interactive assemblies
  • presenting work in a portfolio context
  • the application of analytical and sensing programmes
  • the application of digital and analogue setting and performance techniques
  • the production of an illustrated written research report in an academic context.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Introductory Workshops 
  • Design Thesis Portfolio: Initial Project 
  • Design Thesis Portfolio: Final Project 
  • Contextual Theory: Design for Performance & Interaction 
  • Design Thesis Written Report: Final Project 
  • Skills Portfolio 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered. 
  • A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    14700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14700 GBP per year during 15 months.

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.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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