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MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research

Course Description


MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research is a taught course for performance innovators who wish to investigate and interrogate the concepts and practices within contemporary performance.

Designed for the ‘auteur’, the course provides a laboratory for study and experimentation in the area of contemporary performance, mobilising both practical and conceptual work. Whether students are directors, choreographers, performers, visual artists, composers or designers, they will all be invited to engage with new forms and apply established techniques in innovative ways. The production and making of performance is seen not only as an opportunity to experiment, but also as a process through which academic research might be undertaken.

Students are part of a thriving community of postgraduate scholars and practitioners working within a school-wide framework for research and experimentation. They will be invited to interrogate, test and apply the most recent thinking and practices
within their particular fields, and be encouraged to explore, experiment and innovate by developing their own contemporary performance practice(s), while conducting research into performance and pushing the boundaries within their chosen field.
Throughout, emphasis will be placed on a reciprocal relationship between theory and practice, where one always feeds into and enlivens the other.


This is through presentations, performances, process-work and written submissions, as well as a personal documentation project or dissertation.

Visit the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research page on the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama website for more details!

Student Profiles

Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The combined awards add up to a total of £100,000 in available support ranging across both Open Awards and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards. Open Awards will range in value between £2,000 and £5,000 each, and Postgraduate Support Scheme Awards will be allocated in the amount of £10,000 each.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Between £2,000 and £5,000 each


Home/EU/Overseas – Open Awards, Home/EU* – Postgraduate Support Scheme (must have been a £9,000 tuition fee payer for an undergraduate degree at a UK institution).

Application Procedure

Students interested in applying for an Embassy Postgraduate Scholarship must be holding an offer for an MA/MFA course by the deadline of 27 May 2016. All students holding offers by this date will be invited to apply for the Embassy Postgraduate Scholarships and will be sent an application form together with guidance notes.Criteria for the awards are based on a combination of merit (promise/ability shown in application form and at audition/interview) and hardship.For full information about eligibility criteria for these awards, please contact Central’s admissions office at admissions@cssd.ac.uk.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies), though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered. Applications for the accreditation of prior experience (of at least two years, in a professional context) in lieu of academic entry qualification will also be considered where appropriate. A portfolio may be required in support of your interview. An offer will normally only be made after audition and interview.

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