Education: MA/MRes Performance and Creative Research at Roehampton University (London, England)


General course information
This course provides you with the opportunity to engage in performance as an interdisciplinary and connective practice, spanning the fields of live art, theatre, visual art, dance and new media. Exploring performance as creative research, the course moves fluidly between practice-based and theory-oriented approaches and deploys a diverse set of critical paradigms and methods associated with Performance Studies to examine performance as a cultural phenomenon.

Key areas of study

  • interdisciplinary performance practices
  • live art, experimental theatre, dance-performance, new media
  • paradigms of Performance Studies, visual and cultural theory
  • the artist as cultural agent/producer and public display.

Special features
This course enables you to research, conceive and realise creative projects in performance. You are also asked to develop critical interrogations, reflecting on your own practices and the artistic, social and political frameworks of performance making and reception. There is a strong emphasis on creative collaboration, critical dialogue and practices of public display.

The course offers opportunities for exchange with practicing performance makers and theoreticians active in the field, and may include residential work abroad.

Research areas
Performance making; creative research methodologies; the formulation, composition and realisation of ideas; performance theories and histories; visual and cultural theory; performance and live art; experimental theatre; dance and new media; public intervention, reception and display.


This programme provides opportunities to engage in performance as an interdisciplinary and connective practice, spanning the fields of live art, theatre, dance, lens-based and digital media, visual, site-specific and socially-engaged art. Moving fluidly between practice-based and theory-oriented approaches, you will participate in the dynamic dialogue between research and cross-disciplinary creative practice that is increasingly shaping a significant body of work in the arts.

Who is this programme for?

  • Early-career artists with an interest in performance seeking to re-connect with research-driven practice.
  • Recent graduates of BA programmes in any arts or humanities field interested in developing their critical and creative practice with a view to careers as independent artists, performers, writers, curators, and producers.
  • Graduates, at whatever stage, looking to pursue academic careers in theatre and performance studies.
  • Prospective students from outside the EU looking for an academic programme that is closely connected to the London, UK and international live arts scenes.

Entry requirements
The postgraduate entry requirements apply. The programme convener can advise on any specific queries.

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