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Brunel University London, MA, Contemporary Performance-Making

 United Kingdom


Study mode Start date Duration Fee international Fee UK/ EU Fee study period Year of study
Full-time September years: 1 £15400 £7300 Whole course 2016 - 2017

The MA Contemporary Performance Making programme is designed for highly motivated aspiring artists who want to develop their artistic practice in one or more of Brunel’s specialist areas: 'writing/directing', 'live-art/installation', and 'digital performance'. The practice-focused programme draws upon both facilities and expertise at Brunel and the vast resources of London and offers a combination of critical engagement and practice-based research.​

In addition to a broad training in practices and theories of contemporary performance, which is delivered through a number of core modules, you will work toward your final project in close collaboration with one or more of Brunel’s internationally renowned artists and theorists, which include Johannes Birringer, Sue Broadhurst, Stelarc and Fiona Templeton, among others. The programme also features regular guest seminars and workshops by some of the most influential artists and theorists of today (guests have included Ron Athey, Franko B Kira O’Reilly, Julian Maynard-Smith and Wendy Houstoun, among many others).


The aim of the programme is to provide a bridge between academia and the professional world, giving you the opportunities to network and engage in a variety of supervised and self-managed projects.

The programme has a particular focus on preparing you for the challenging working conditions of today's cultural climate. Accordingly, in addition to training in traditional theatre and performance settings, the programme has a strong emphasis on producing work in less conventional and underground venues with limited facilities, and offers students guidance in building their own low-cost DIY interactive technologies if required.

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The University is just a 20-minute walk – or a short bus ride – from Uxbridge underground station, so it is a straightforward journey into central London. There is also a night bus that can bring you from central London to the edge of the campus. The town of Uxbridge itself, which still has buildings dating back to its time as a Georgian market town, is a thriving commercial and business centre. Its major shopping complexes, The Pavilions and the Chimes Centre, boast a wide range of shops, cafes and a nine-screen multiplex cinema.