24 months
9370 GBP/year
4940 GBP/year
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MA Performance: Society critically explores the boundaries between art, performance, screen, theatre and activism in your own context and place.

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MA Performance: Society critically explores the conventional boundaries between art, performance, screen, theatre and activism. It recognises that you, the performance maker, can be an agent for change in relation to local places and challenges. The course examines how performance, and its methodologies can provoke debate, build community and make lasting change.

MA Performance: Society is aimed at students who are interested in participatory arts, socially engaged arts, applied theatre, site-specific, site-responsive performance, moving image, live arts, scenography and performance in the expanded field.  CSM, as a College community, seeks to prioritise the urgencies relating to; identities and equity, climate ecologies, and publics and commons. The Performance: Society course recognises that its students will seek to contribute to collective efforts to address the urgencies faced by their community in a particular place as well as the global context. 

Teaching and learning encompass the relationship between ideas, process and context. Taking into consideration their personal lens, students will create a learning environment where complex social, cultural and artistic viewpoints can be explored.

Whilst studying and practicing on the course, you will engage with a range of theoretical and practice-orientated approaches, political and ethical positions, and methods of performance-making in relation to contextual settings.  Our focus is on student-centred learning, bringing your work to the critical scrutiny of the academic setting.

Students completing this postgraduate award will be able to: 

  • Make situated practice considerate of social and ethical responsibilities
  • Negotiate the complex relationship between context, practice and communication
  • Synthesise practical, research, evaluative and reflective skills.

The course promotes interdisciplinary practices that critically explore the conventional boundaries between art, performance, screen, theatre, place-making and activism. It recognises that the performance maker can be an agent for change in relation to local places and communities. It prioritises participation through activism, re-enactment, collaboration, imaginative hybridity and narrative (de)framing; forms of reverie, exploring place and senses of belonging. 

Performance is conceived in three realms: organisational, cultural, and technological. It is expected that a performer’s practice will be developed or refined and that skills will be gained through engagement with the course, but the main arc of the curriculum centres on context, process, and reflection. The skills required will be different for each individual student: devising, facilitation, and camera will be taught online through live and recorded workshops. The content of the curriculum will focus on interdisciplinary creative practice, workshop and facilitation strategies, and compositional tactics that enable development and learning through performance, as a priority, rather than the completed outcome.

Intercultural co-operation and international exchange through Shared Campus.  

This is a part-time course delivered through a blend of online teaching, intensive workshops, international teaching exchange, and independent projects. The anticipated student community will have a broad international reach. The course encourages you to draw from your communities of practice and interests and engage with wider transnational networks through the Shared Campus.  

Shared Campus has a range of thematic areas within which multiple views and practices are exchanged: 

  • Cultures, histories and futures: genealogies, traditions and visions of the future; reflections on post-globalised identities through artistic lenses to sharpen transcultural sensitivity
  • Social transformation: change for and about the self and / or those people, organisations and systems that are nearby
  • Critical ecologies: response to ecological emergencies through artistic and political actions, convening multiple voices, for the sake of sustainability and agency
  • Pop cultures: the driving force in the contemporisation and innovation of cultures. Pop is a sphere where politics, identities, and social questions are negotiated
  • Creative technologies: tools and methods of making and remaking that provide the primary focus for creative discovery, representation or craft
  • Shared Campus is a source of international communities of practice that is relevant to this new course.

Programme Structure

Unit 1: Place Identity

Unit 2: Community

Unit 3: Situation

Unit 4: REBEL

Unit 5: Process

Unit 6: Reflection and Performance

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • 20 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification.

The course should be of primary interest to practitioners with experience and candidates who have graduate-level qualifications. The course welcomes applications from mature students and from candidates with non-standard qualifications.

Applicants are likely to come from disciplines such as performance, theatre, installation art, video and time-based media, areas of design practice, the humanities, social sciences, anthropology, or from other areas of interdisciplinary creative practice.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience;
  • A portfolio of creative practice or other experience;
  • The quality of the personal statement;
  • A strong academic or other professional reference.

Or a combination of these factors. Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9370 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9370 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4940 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4940 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • Home fee: £4,800 for year 2

  • International fee: £9,100 for year 2


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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Performance: Society
University of the Arts London (UAL)


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