What will I learn?

The MA Contemporary Performance Practice is a practical, interdisciplinary course that will introduce you to a range of approaches and concepts, which are vital to the making of live performance in and in response to the world today. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to function in contemporary performance environments, as a performer, maker, collaborative practitioner and researcher. This course will also allow you to extend and develop skill sets through interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration, mirroring working environments within the creative industries. You will develop the ability to think dynamically, act originally, collaborate and function effectively in creative workplaces, integrating theoretical concepts, creative practice and real world skills.

MA Contemporary Performance Practice offers you the opportunity to develop and refine your current practices, learn about new skills and approaches and engage with the issues most relevant to making performance in the world now. Throughout the course you will: Collaborate creatively to explore, experiment and create new performance work; Engage with key approaches and aspects of making contemporary performance, such as the use and influence of digital technologies, the role and positioning of the audience and the ways in which your practice can engage with both local and global issues; Explore the theories, frameworks and practices in the field and how these are developing and responding to the contemporary world.

Graduates will be able to work in a range of environments from the cultural sector to future media, interactive design and production, small scale touring, venue based and independent production, theatre-making, performing and writing, community arts practices and applied theatre-making with defined sectors. People who work in the field of contemporary performance are able to work across a wide range of applied areas of creative design and application. This ranges from traditional arts settings to the fields of interactive design, new media production and, as the use of digitally driven interfaces increases, into more commercially driven areas of work. Contemporary performance experts can have a broad set of skills from devising and composition, to technical design, production management, programming, script-development, video editing and post-production skills.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Media

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,310.00 (US$ 18,672) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


University of Salford

The Crescent,



M5 4WT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor's/professional bachelor's degree holders (when awarded by a regionally-accredited institution) with a general GPA of 2.75 or above will be considered for postgraduate study. We require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

For international students

Students whose first language is not English, evidence that their command of English meets the standards required for postgraduate study (usually need an IELTS score of 6.5 or the equivalent).

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About this uni

The University of Salford is a thriving institution with a global presence based in Manchester in the north of England.

  • Excellent campus near Manchester city centre
  • Generous scholarships for international students
  • Specific International Foundation Years offered
  • GBP 5 million awarded in five years for scholarships