For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of this programme are delivered. Find out more
This unique international laboratory programme brings diverse individuals into collaborative research, acknowledging the challenges of creating original, performer-driven theatre in today's complex, globalised culture.
Why study MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths?
- Studying at Goldsmiths gives you access to all the cultural stimulus that London offers, allowing you to enhance your practice and develop compositional, critical, technical and management skills and strategies for forging independent and self-motivated careers. Our graduates work as practitioners, teachers and cultural leaders worldwide.
- The Masters will help you conceive, research, construct and deliver your ideas, and articulate what motivates them. You will study with distinguished international artists and scholars. The emphasis throughout will be on encouraging collaboration across disciplines and cultures, and on contextualising practice within its social, political and architectural environment.
- You’ll undertake physical training, scenographic/environmental exploration, and hands-on introduction to technologies (lighting, video and sound), to support your composition and artistic experimentation. You will identify your own practice within the historical and contemporary field, and write critically and creatively.
- You’ll archive your practice digitally, and will have developed a portfolio of projects by graduation. You will receive professional development guidance from the Live Art Development Agency (LADA) and the Institute for Cultural and Creative Entrepreneurship (ICCE) at Goldsmiths.
- You will have access to a wide international network of organisations, commissions, venues and festivals, and will study both at Goldsmiths and ArtsAdmin. See a full list of artists associated with the programme as permanent and guest tutors.
"The MA Performance Making at Goldsmiths attracts artists from all over the world seeking to develop their skills, creativity, pragmatics and independence. Taught by distinguished professionals, it encourages original, collaborative research into new forms, new imperatives and new contexts for live performance. As such it makes an invaluable contribution to the culture of performance."
Lois Keidan, Director: Live Art Development Agency, London
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Theatre and Performance Office.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
This is a praxis programme on which you gain 180 CATS (credits).
|Practical Study: Scenography||30 credits|
|MA Performance Making Dissertation||60 credits|
|Contextual Theory||30 credits|
|Composition A||30 credits|
|Composition B||30 credits|
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
What our students say
You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
Fees, funding & scholarships
Annual tuition fees
These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2021/2022 academic year.
- Home - full-time: £8990
- Home - part-time: £4495
- International - full-time: £16950
It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Tier 4 student visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.
If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.
In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.
There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.
You may also be eligible to apply for funding from the AHRC.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system.
Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- A personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
Please note: applications are only processed after 31st January. Candidates are interviewed by the programme director by Skype from February onwards and the results are processed very quickly. If you need an earlier interview due to scholarship applications, please contact the Admissions Team.
When to apply
We accept applications from October until 30 January for students wanting to start the following September.
We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.
Admission to the programme is by interviews which are held in late February/March.
Find out more about applying.
In addition to the academic staff within the Department of Theatre and Performance, the programme has a number of additional contributors.
Artists contributing to the programme from the UK include:
- Julia Bardsley
- Sally Jacobs
- Graeme Miller
- Nick Parkin
- Geraldine Pilgrim
- Marie-Gabrielle Rotie
- Chitra Sundaram
- Mischa Twitchin (Shunt)
and internationally, for example:
You will become conversant, confident and skilled in a range of methodological practices as well as compositional strategies for independent theatrical, dance theatre and live art creation.
Your critical and analytical skills in interpreting artistic practice will be tested in a range of verbal, written and oral ways. Your study of your own body as a creative instrument will be complemented by learning the principles of scenography and film narrative.
You will research intellectually and produce theoretically informed writing. You will learn to contextualise your own practice and interests in the contemporary field of performance both in the UK and internationally, and to articulate such practice.
Overall you will learn how to research, construct and deliver your ideas performatively and how to advocate your own projects to producers, venues, funders and other agencies.
Graduates work in a wide variety of professional contexts globally as commissioned performance makers, directors, project leaders, programmers, teachers and academic researchers.
The programme has launched international production companies and collaborations whilst the many organisations employing them include:
- Station House Opera
- Marie Gabrielle Rotie Productions
- The Clod Ensemble
- The Royal Court Theatre
- The Gate Theatre
- The Globe Theatre
- Goossun Art-Illery
- Northern Stage
- The Royal National Theatre
- The Beijing Academy
- Bernie Grant Arts Centre
- Hackney Empire
- Greenwich Dance Agency
- The Convenor’s Company
- Athletes of the Heart
And a range of international commissions and festivals including Edinburgh Festival and Brighton Fringe.
What some of our alumni are doing now
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
The Performance Research Forum (PRF)
The Performance Research Forum is a meeting ground between contemporary practitioners, researchers, students and staff in Goldsmiths as well as the general public via a programme of cutting edge talks, events and performances. A PRF event might be the sharing of a work-in-progress, a platform for decoding an unfamiliar form, or the opportunity for an artist to show and discuss their work with the audience.
The PRF offers two programmes per year. These reflect the breadth of our department’s curriculum at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels: embracing as we do Live Art, multi media and dance theatre alongside the theatre as a literary form. Crucially, it emphasises our attention on focusing our work beyond western cultural traditions to reflect the cultural diversity of our students and the city in which they are studying.
Performance Research Events, teaching and learning:
The PRF is used by Goldsmiths staff and students in various ways:
- as totally extra-curricular
- as part of specific under or post-graduate research
- as material from which to write assignments
Highlight performers from the PRF series have included:
- Karuna Karan (trainer of Peter Brook’s actors for the Mahabaratha
- Franko B (body artist)
- Ron Athey (body artist)
- Kira O’Reilly (body artist)
- Sally Jacobs (scenographer)
- Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer (dance)
- Raimund Hoghe (Pina Bausch’s long-term collaborator)
- Alida Neslo and La Ribot (Surinamese theatre artists)
- Ko Murobushi (Butoh artist)
- Graeme Miller
- Kazuko Hohki
- Jonathan Stone
- Chitra Sundaram
- Marie Gabrielle Rotie
- Geraldine Pilgrim
- Cindy Oswin
- Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment)
- Mischa Twitchin (Shunt)
- Liz Aggiss
- and the eccentric and brilliant grande dame of performance theatre Rose English.