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Year of Entry 2019/20

Performance Practice

Develop your performance practice, and gain a solid theoretical grounding.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,200 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2019

Course summary

  • Articulate and share your creative practice.
  • Foster and develop your connections with creative communities.
  • Study around your existing responsibilities.
  • Develop your skills on a creative retreat and apply them in your ongoing practice.

On this course, you'll utilise your background in performance to further enhance your career. You'll study the work of performance artists and companies, and learn how to develop your individual identity as a performance practitioner.

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James Barkby

'This course has given me the ability to freely create the performance work I enjoy. It's challenged me to be pushed to my highest potential.'

James Barkby, MA Performance Practice, 2018 graduate

How you learn

You'll study a range of topics and approaches that will underpin and further enable your own performance work. These modules will help you to shape your own ideas and learn from other performance artists and companies. Upon graduating, you'll have discovered, re-discovered and developed a distinctive, informed professional practice.

The course is designed to fit around people with existing employment and/or industry commitments. Teaching will take place in the evenings and at weekends with some content available online, as a supplement to your learning and research.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • group discussion
  • independent learning
  • practical workshops
  • tutorials
  • self-directed research
  • online resources
  • creative retreats

Course leaders and tutors

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Dani Abulhawa
Senior Lecturer In Performance

I am a performance artist and researcher interested in the relationship between public urban spaces, gender and play. My practice is influenced by my history of invo … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

Students are expected to complete their studies with a signature project, whether this takes the form of a performance event, digital or physical archive, a presentation or talk, written thesis, or some other creative format (in negotiation with your tutors).

Field trips

This course incorporates two intensive weekends away for focused collaborative exploration of practice and ideas. There are also four full day sessions held at the City Campus of Sheffield Hallam University and/or the Nicholls Campus of UCEN Manchester.

Collaborative learning

This unique, collaborative MA is delivered between Sheffield Hallam University and UCEN Manchester. This transpennine connection, and the twinning of our institutions, allows you to reflect on and enhance your performance practice — creating dialogues with new people, in new settings.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • the performance and arts sector
  • self-employment, freelancing and small business development
  • teaching a performance-related discipline at any level
  • arts and humanities-based academia (through further doctoral study)

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • two fully equipped studio spaces at Performance Lab (SHU)
  • facilities at UCEN Manchester: The Arden School of Theatre at Nicholls Campus Manchester
  • theatre space at Sheena Simon Campus, UCEN Manchester
  • a wide range of IT equipment, including Macs, Laptops and PCs
  • editing software, such as Premier Pro and Logic Pro

Entry requirements

All students

Undergraduate degree in Performance, theatre, acting or a related discipline (e.g. dance), with a 2:1 classification.

All applicants will apply online through to SHU and then will be interviewed.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Practice: Routes Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Discovering Practice: Roots Credits: 30 Assessment: Practical
Module: International Communities Of Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Performance Strategies Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Signature Project Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 for the course.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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