Sheffield Hallam University: Performance Practice

InstitutionSheffield Hallam University
Department Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


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.

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

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.


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