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MA Advanced Performance Practice

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Advanced Performance Practice (APP) will immerse students into professional practice. Whether through making, touring, or directing, the programme is designed to help you produce contemporary performance work to the highest standard.

You will be asked to approach your work as producers, and take an active role in the performance and documentary processes that shape and represent your creative, output-driven practice.


In a highly competitive funding landscape, where performance makers need to be distinctive and entrepreneurial, APP enables students to strengthen their profile as practitioners with enhanced skills tailored towards:

  • Solo or group performance production
  • Professional representation of practice
  • Accessing social and cultural partnerships
  • Identifying and applying to funding bodies and a range of industry employers across the contemporary arts sector.

Making Performance

Students explore and interrogate the approaches of established performance practitioners; critically and practically engaging with the mechanics of performance making as a laboratory for new work.

Making Performance Work

How do we frame practice as a question? Moving between traditional and non-traditional performance spaces, students develop a flexible range of performance skills to prepare them for professional practice.

Making Performance Work for You

Students define their practice by producing a major piece of performance. Working to a professional standard, students will manage, administrate, and market their work.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

  • Contemporary Performance Methodologies
  • Performance Lab
  • Located Practices
  • Practice as Research Methods
  • Professional Platform.

How You Study

This practice-based MA places contemporary performance making at its core.

A wide range of subject specific approaches to teaching and learning are employed throughout the MA, reflecting the diversity and expertise within the teaching team.

Reflective practice and critical reflection are the paramount modes of enhancing learning.

Teaching and learning is undertaken through:

  • Seminars
  • Specialist workshops
  • Performance-as-research laboratories
  • Lecture demonstrations
  • Supervised performance-making

The final module, Professional Platform, is a live brief project.

Guest artists and practitioners will be invited to share their practice with students throughout the degree

How You Are Assessed

Assessment is by:

  • Group/individual performances
  • Artist's workshops
  • Seminar contributions
  • Presentations
  • Essays
  • Documentary portfolios
  • Artist’s website/blog.

Interviews & Applicant Days

All shortlisted students will be invited to interview.

Entry Requirements

2:1 or above in an associated subject or relevant experience.


Masters Level

Contemporary Performance Methodologies

Weekly workshops are staff led and cover six key performance fields:

  • Durational
  • Task-based
  • Performance writing
  • Installation
  • Intermedial performance
  • Gestural theatre.

These fields are APP’s introduction to practical investigation and critical reflection. They do not define the limits of possible practices on the Programme.

Located Practices

A practice-driven exploration of site-based performance approaches delivered in (and to) the City of Lincoln and its immediate surroundings.

Subjects include:

Land Art, The Audio Tour, Walking, Pervasive Media, The Weathered Body, Further development of the documentary practice strand begun in Performance Lab.

Performance Lab

Performance Lab challenges students to find and develop – through studio-based making – the fundamental methodologies of their own unique artistic practice.

Resulting in a public performance and an individual portfolio of process (which serves as an introduction to documentary practices), students are asked to push and test the boundaries of studio-based experimentation.

Practice as Research Methods

Sometimes, the best way to explore a proposition, principle or hypothesis is to attempt to write a play about it. This module provides students with a range of research methods and skills necessary for undertaking script-based dissertation work as part of their degree. It is based on a series of seminars, lectures, technical workshops and tutorials that allow the student to develop a proposal that will enable them to create, over the summer, a practice-based dissertation plus critical reflection.

Professional Platform

Students are mentored in the artistic production and management of a major piece of performance designed to tour to venues/partners across the UK. The module acts as a transition between student-as-producer and professional practitioner.

Content includes:

  • Project management
  • Proposal writing
  • Fund-raising
  • Marketing/artist as brand
  • Touring
  • Networking
  • Professional performance development
  • Website production and delivery.

Students will also design and complete an individual Producer’s Portfolio: a collection of practice-driven documentation representing a culmination of the MA, and a professional calling card for their performance practice.

Special Features & Research Highlights

Students will present their work professionally, both in Lincoln (at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and in external spaces) and non-regional venues.

Industry-based visiting lecturers will deliver and demonstrate content on appropriate modules.

Key partnerships will offer artist-in-residence opportunities for Located Practices performance work.


The programme is delivered in the purpose-built Lincoln Performing Arts Centre with access to all of its facilities.

Career and Personal Development

Advanced Performance Practice enables students to strengthen their profile as performance practitioners. Enhanced skills are tailored towards collaboration or solo practice, social and cultural partnerships, funding bodies and a range of industry employers across the contemporary arts sector.



As a postgraduate student you may be able to apply for one of our scholarships:

Alumni Scholarships 

Non-Alumni Scholarships

International Scholarships


2014/15 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,680 £14,719
Part-time £37 per credit point £82 per credit point


2015/16 Entry*  UK/EU  International
Full-time £6,880 £15,602
Part-time £38 per credit point £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. 

Postgraduate Funding

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages.


For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.