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Course summary

An exciting, contemporary focused, masters level programme that responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing artists who will graduate as multi-skilled creative producers and practitioners. 


This interdisciplinary based programme is for artists and practitioners wanting to develop innovative artistic practice and are interested in cultural leadership. 

The programme offers a  practice-based approach that works across traditional disciplines of drama, music and dance, and applied/community based practices. 

We welcome applications from those with specialisms in any of the following; theatre, dance, music or applied performance.  

We are superbly located at in East London at the centre of an area of intense cultural development and potential innovation with opportunities to work alongside established national cultural and arts partners such as LIFT, the Olympic Park and East London Dance. 

The academic staff are also practising professionals, some of whom run their own producing companies and arts practices. You are encouraged take advantage of our industry links and network as you progress throughout your course.  

The programme has the advantage of professional standard studios and technical facilities.

The programme is delivered in twilight and evening sessions so we are able to welcome those with work and daytime responsibilities. 

Start date

September 2017

Attendance

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Learning

  • On campus

Length

  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Fees

Sept 2017 UK/EU/Full-time
£8,640
Sept 2017 International
£12,480
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This new MA in Contemporary Performance Practices proposes an interdisciplinary curriculum centred on a dynamic blend of critical, practice-based engagement and research that link performance across artistic and scholarly disciplines, genres and research fields. Drawing from a wide range of practices – including theatre, dance, music and live art – this course focuses on ways to conceptualize, develop and devise bold performance propositions that are centred on creating artistic ‘experiences’ for implicated audiences. 

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This is a Programme for those who want to explore and develop their performance practice, research, and applied artistic and scholarly expertise in contemporary performance practices. Students will be immersed in a variety of ideas, approaches and forms but will also have ample opportunities to focus on their own area of interest.  The programme has the advantage of UEL’s professional standard studios and technical facilities as well as of working relations with ZU-UK, a professional company, and its public performance venue GAS Station. 

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Alongside the core modules, the programme will offer regular guest seminars and workshops with the eclectic UEL’s Performing Arts faculty as well as with visiting local and internationally acclaimed artists, directors and lecturers. Towards the second half of the programme, students will be supervised and offered opportunities to link their projects to industry partners through placements, showcases and/or collaborations with ZU-UK's international network.  

How you'll learn

This programme emphasises practice-led and student-centred learning. Lectures, seminars, workshops, professional placements and tutorials will focus on the critical reflection and engagement with students’ own interests and performance projects. Some of the key methodologies in contemporary performance practices –from Drift International Residency and experimental Somatic approach to Performance Studies’ interdisciplinary research –inform the pedagogy of this programme.

Students will have ample opportunities to work alongside UEL’s established cultural and arts partners such as LIFT, the Olympic Park, Hackney Empire, Theatre Royal Stratford East, The V&A, Half Moon Theatre, The Arcola Theatre, Saddler’s Wells and East London Dance. The Programme will draw on the multidisciplinary expertise of our teaching staff members, who are all practising professionals, some of whom run their own companies and produce their own arts practices.  

One of the great strengths of our course is that you will be taught by international artists and scholars who have been engaged in interdisciplinary contemporary arts practices across Europe, US and South America.

Fees and funding

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.


Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.








There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£8,640
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

£10,000 to fund your Masters Programme under the Postgraduate Loans (PGL) scheme

Postgraduate Loans (PGL)

The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) provide non means-tested loans of up to £10,000 to taught and research masters students.  It will be paid to students as a contribution towards tuition fees, living costs and other course costs.

Applications are made directly through Student Finance England

Eligibility

Whether you qualify depends on:
•    if you’ve studied on a postgraduate course before
•    your course
•    your age
•    your nationality or residency status

Full eligibility can be found here 

Please take a look at the Postgraduate Loans for an overview of the new funding.


Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

Terms and conditions apply.

How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn £200,000 more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree*?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier.

*Sutton Trust Report 2013

Alumni Discount - 15 per cent

Early Payment Discount - 5 per cent

Part-time Postgraduate Fee-waiver - up to £500

Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000

Terms and conditions apply.








There are a number of ways you can pay your fees to UEL

•    Online payment facilities
•    By telephone
•    In person at our Docklands or Stratford campus
•    Bank transfer Full information on making payments can be found here

If you wish to discuss payments to the University, please contact our Income Team on 020 8223 2030 or you can email cashiers@uel.ac.uk








The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444





Tuition fees
UK/EU
£1,440

Per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk







As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk






Tuition fees
International
£12,480
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

From
Degree
Minimum 2.1 Honours in Theatre/Performance Studies; Dance/Choreography; Music/Composition or equivalent professional experience.

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

SEE YOUR COUNTRY
Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What we are researching

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a six-yearly national review of higher education research, underlined the quality and impact of our work. An impressive 50 per cent of the research we’re undertaking in the field of Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was judged to be either ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world-leading’.

Our Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) has become an international centre for research in the performing arts and supports research that is concerned with political, philosophical, cultural, ethical, socially-engaged and community applied issues.

All of our academics are teachers, practitioners and researchers. Dr Sheila Preston, our Head of Performing Arts, co-published with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader, which is the key text book on undergraduate and postgraduate courses nationally and internationally. The Programme Leaders for the MA in Contemporary Performance Practices degree are also accomplished scholars, artists and performers.

Dr. Claudia Brazzale (MA in Performance Studies, NYU, and PhD in Culture and Performance, UCLA) is a scholar, choreographer and performer whose work and collaborations have been presented at many venues in the US as well as in the UK and Italy. She has held positions a lecturer at the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies department at Liverpool Hope University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Analysis at London South Bank University. While living in the USA, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. In 2010 she was awarded an International Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association University of Women to support her research at the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, where she held a position as a Global Scholar from 2009 to 2012. Her research and teaching interests include: dance, performance and integrated arts; global flows of traditional performance forms; cosmopolitanism and globalisation; space, place, migration and the moving body; performance, fashion, the body and consumer culture; feminist ethnographic and performative writing. Her current research project examines the recent circulation of West African dance and music in Italy.

Dr. Jorge Lopes Ramos works as joint AD/CEO of ZU-UK (London, since 2010), GAS Station (London, since 2015) and as Senior Lecturer at University of East London (since 2009). Jorge has recently completed a PhD by practice on Immersive Theatre.  His artistic work has won awards and nominations in the fields of interactive theatre, hybrid art and artform innovation.  His most acclaimed project, Hotel Medea, was the highest rated event by both public and press, becoming the standout hit of Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011, presented also at LIFT2010 and Hayward Gallery in 2012. With ZU-UK, Jorge programmed live and digital festivals, created a telematic exhibition for the Olympics 2012, the World Cup 2014, Olympic Park in 2015 and coached emerging artists in over 10 countries since 2006. Jorge is currently developing an international network of creative LABS, including TAG Montreal, RedBull Station São Paulo and Festivals In Transition (13 European Festivals).

What you'll learn

  1. Our course responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing multi-skilled artists that are simultaneously practitioners, scholars and creative producers.  
  2. Our course will enable students to articulate and ‘own’ the value of the practice within and outside the arts industries. 
  3. You will work individually with course leaders to find appropriate links with existing organisations for professional placements. 
  4. You will have the opportunity to present your final work in a professional venue which hosts internationally acclaimed artists. 

What you'll study and when

  • Cultures of Performance  (term 1)
  • Contemporary Performance Making ‘Formerly PX7 403 Staging Performance’  (term 1)
  • Research Methods in Creative Practice MSM529 (term 2)
  • Cultural Leadership (term 2)
  • Final Practical Project - currently ‘MS 7520 Dissertation by Practice’ (term 3)

How you'll be assessed

Modules have typically two assessment components that consist of a performance and a critical reflection on the creative process and the live component. The final dissertation module consists of a performance piece and a critical reflection on that work (3,000 word count minimum).

Course specification

Your future career

This course is address to artists, scholars, curators and cultural and industry leaders interested in working individually and/or collaboratively in a multi- and inter-disciplinary setting, in developing their skills as innovative and socially engaged artists as well as in creating innovative artistic practice and cultural leadership.

Throughout the Programme students will be asked to think about the role of their practice in the wider cultural field and articulate and position it within and beyond the arts industry. 

Their work will be presented at a professional venue in order to help them establish and cultivate professional networks. Through personalised mentorships students will gain important insight and advice about the creative and technical aspects of performance as well as arts management and grant-writing.

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