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  • Qualification

    MFA - Master of Fine Art

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


MA Contemporary Performance is a taught, Masters programme that focuses on innovative contemporary performance practice. It is a practical course aimed at artists/graduates working within and across radical theatre and/or dance practices (experimental theatre, contemporary dance, performance art, dance theatre, physical theatre etc.). The course is designed and led by established practitioners, curators and academics, who are connected to, expert in, and passionate about the leading edge of theatre and dance practices in Europe and beyond.

The programme will enrich participants’ practice as contemporary performance makers whilst developing the professional sustainability of their work within the professional networks available to them, both in the region and across European and international contexts. The programme includes regular practical workshops, alongside intensive blocks of study, that offer practice-based ways into exploring both the making of performance, and the role of the performer as maker. It offers students the opportunity to work directly with current professionals working in the field, whilst developing their own practice, supported by expert mentors, within a major individual project.


Graduates will leave the programme able to operate as makers of informed and sophisticated contemporary performance, as well as to understand some of the key professional and critical contexts in which these practices exist. This will empower them to work professionally in the sector as artists, producers, programmers, facilitators, curators, pedagogues or to combine these identities based on their own interests and skill-sets. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip awards during this course.

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University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

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  • Campus address

    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 103 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    139 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.22 84%



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