What will I learn?

Overview

If you want to study experimental performance in the UK, with or without a focus on sound, then these are the ideal courses for you.

Designed for emerging arts practitioners, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s brand new PgCert, PgDip and MMus courses in Experimental Performance provide you with a unique opportunity to undertake independent artistic projects in a fully supportive environment.

Available for the first time in September 2019, they enable practitioners from a variety of disciplines (including, but not limited to, instrumental/vocal performance, composition, dance, choreography, theatre, visual and performance art, creative writing) to come together with likeminded people. This course doesn’t ask you to justify yourself against the background of tradition, but gives you agency. People from every discipline are treated equally with emphasis placed on rigorous conceptual thought and idea-development. By focusing on these non-discipline-specific aspects of performance you will contribute to a collaborative, discursive and interdisciplinary working environment.

The core of your study will be formed by your own artistic ideas, which are developed, through research and dialogue, into professional practical projects.

You will be allocated a mentoring team comprising a personal tutor who has experience in collaborative and conceptual approaches alongside additional specialist support according to your individual needs. Your mentoring team is there to help you realise your ideas into fully developed performances in the best possible way.

What's covered in the course?

  • In depth examination of your current artistic practice.
  • Development of your ability to turn artistic ideas into effective performance material.
  • Mentoring from specialist practitioners.
  • Study within an interdisciplinary working environment that promotes collaboration and discussion.
  • Regular group critique sessions.
  • Using the wide range of spaces offered by BCU with privileged use of our new experimental performance space called The Lab.

Which department am I in?

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£23,600.00 (US$ 32,482) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire,

200 Jennens Road,

Birmingham,

B4 7XR, England

Full Time (30 months)

Tuition fees
£26,000.00 (US$ 35,786) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire,

200 Jennens Road,

Birmingham,

B4 7XR, England

Entry requirements

For international students

UK students should normally hold an honours degree. Non-UK students should hold a Bachelor's degree or a similar degree-equivalent diploma. IELTS overall score 6.0 (5.5 in all components) or equivalent is required.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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