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MA Making Performance

Course Description

The MA Making Performance is an exciting opportunity to discuss, explore and create performance in high standard professional facilities. The course examines practice as research, the development of creative projects, the creation of major work and the ways in which evaluation and analysis of performance can be undertaken.


The programme is ideal for graduates, teachers, professional and semi professional artists and individuals with suitable levels of performance experience and academic skill.


The programme is designed to enable you to:

- Extend your knowledge of the practice of performance to a detailed, and complex level;
- Gain a detailed understanding of the cultural and social context of performance and the ways in which the making of performance embraces, resists or reacts to its context;
- Acquire specialist expertise in an area of performance;
- Develop sophisticated methods of reflecting on, and critically evaluating performance;
- Consider approaches to practice-as-research which will provide opportunities to progress such work at MPhil and PhD level.


You will study how performance can examine ideas and advance understanding whilst considering examples of contemporary performance and the major critical ideas and perspectives. You will have the chance to develop a chosen performance skill, and stage a major piece of work. The programme will be organised around the sharing of ideas and practice, and collaborative approaches.

The course comprises five modules. Three 20 credit modules are studied in the spring term. These are in the area of practice as research, an examination of contemporary performance through the development of a creative proposal, and development of a performance and practice portfolio. In the summer (May to September) you will use the departmental facilities for the development and presentation of a major piece of performance. This fourth module is followed in the autumn by a final module which is a dissertation analysing the summer practice project.


The course starts with seminars, workshops and master classes in the spring with a weekly performance laboratory where peer led experimentation and performance development is encouraged. In the summer you will move onto intensive rehearsal and performance development supported with tutorials. In the autumn the focus is upon one- to-one tutorials for the development of the dissertation. The whole programme is designed around a series of practitioner seminars where you are encouraged to discuss and share your approaches and ideas on performance.


You will be assessed through essay writing, creation of performance, and oral examination. You will also be encouraged to consider ways of presenting academic argument and analysis through media suitable for performance analysis including video, drawing and live events.


By completing all or parts of this programme you will develop skills in research, analysis and complex and creative problem solving. You will also develop performance and practice skills. This will provide a number of possible future routes for employment including teaching, professional performance and research. The MA is increasingly a qualification in demand by employers.

Visit the MA Making Performance page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2, relevant subject

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