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Performance Practices MA

Course Description

This Performance Practices MA will allow you to investigate both the creative and critical contexts of performance, taught by our internationally recognised staff who are practising artists and scholars.

The course aims to foster creative and performance skills, theoretical knowledge and research skills appropriate to contemporary performance practices, and is designed for those wishing to develop themselves as independent artists, practitioner researchers, scholarly researchers and reflective practitioners. It is also suitable for professional artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices and deepen their engagement in performance-making.

You will study topics including the body in performance; audiences; spaces; narrative; memory; digital technologies and collaboration; and these are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective. You may also gain real life experience through a range of opportunities offered by the industry through our links with local and national organisations.

You will learn through a range of classroom and studio based activities, with assessments including written assignments, group and individual presentations, viva voces and practice based work. Teaching and learning will take place in studios and performance spaces, including the Performance Arts Centre for Excellence (PACE) Building, housing state-of-the-art, dedicated and flexible teaching spaces as well as a social area. Studio space, edit suites, mini dv/sd card cameras and other technical items can be booked. You will have access to an extensive stock of specialist books, videos, electronic resources and facilities housed in the Kimberlin Library.

The programme offers some flexibility in module choice, so that you may broaden existing skills and/or develop new skills that complement your programme specific studies. You may also choose to study a module from another similar programme or to undertake placements, further preparing you for employment in a range of contexts.

The programme is delivered by an energetic research active team with international profiles in their field. DMU is also nationally-recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts for teaching and learning.

The programme will develop your knowledge in the field, as well as in communication, research, presentation and performance.
On completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a range of careers in the field of performance practices and the creative industries, as well as further academic study.

Visit the Performance Practices MA page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Art, Design and Humanities Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarship programme is based on academic achievement and merit, and applies automatically to all DMU Home/EU students who are graduating this year (2014) or have graduated within the last two years (2012 or 2013) who achieved 2:1 or above, and enrol onto one of our full-time Masters programmes.For terms and conditions and a full list of eligible courses, please visit dmu.ac.uk/adh2020

Value of Scholarship(s)

50% tuition fees discount


At De Montfort University (DMU) we are fully committed to supporting our students and graduates throughout their personal and career development, and that is why we would like to introduce the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship scheme for DMU alumnus, which will cover 50% of the tuition fee on a postgraduate taught course at DMU.

Application Procedure

The scholarship will be awarded automatically (subject to the eligibility criteria). There is no separate application process or deadline.

Further Information



Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships - 20+ Awards

As part of De Montfort University's (DMU) ongoing commitment to sport and enhancing our students' experience, we are delighted to offer the new Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships; available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship provides an opportunity for talented students to develop their performance in sports, becoming a DMU champion for sport, and performing in the British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and Varsity competitions; whilst gaining a recognised degree qualification, across a wide range of courses and disciplines*.Each of our 30 dedicated packages provides students up to £6,000 of support each; including a £4,000 cash bursary and £2,000 towards sport-specific support, such as; physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and private medical insurance for example.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £6000


- Be a UK or EU status student
- Be starting a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at DMU in September 2016
- Compete at a high representative level, and most-importantly be able to demonstrate passion and commitment to your sport
- Participate in the annual DMU sports club 'trials' and selection process within your chosen sport
- Where appropriate, be an enthusiastic role model to represent DMU; for example, with external partners, in the media, to prospective DMU students at Open Days and any other suitable event
- Where appropriate, compete for DMU in all competitions and training events, including at Varsity and BUCS events.

Application Procedure

How to apply
The application process for the 2016-17 academic year is now open. Download the form here, complete fully and return to the DMU Sports Team ([email protected]) by Friday 15 July 2016 for the first deadline, or Thursday 1 September for the extended deadline.Timeline for 2016-17 Application ProcessFriday 15 July - First deadline for scholarship applications
Friday 29 July - Successful applicants will be informed of final decision
Thursday 18 August - A level results day - Undergraduate scholarship decisions ratified according to academic entry to university
Thursday 1 September - Extended deadline for late applicants

If you have any queries about the scholarship, your eligibility or how the terms relate to your sport, please contact [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor's Honours degree in a related subject, such as dance, drama or performing arts. If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of work in a digital portfolio may also be required. If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Course Fees

Please see dmu.ac.uk/pgfees for more information

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