Performance Arts 1st Year students collaborate on an immersive re-imagining of Chekhov's The Seagull, in Regent's Park, London.
Performance Arts allowed me to experiment. I was challenged, pushed and encouraged to try out new things. This course teaches you how to make your own work, think for yourself, take ownership and collaborate; it was like an adventure that led me down avenues I would have never found myself. I met my current collaborators at Central and that became the root of a network that keeps growing.
Graduated 2013, performer and director, recently worked with Karen Christopher / Haranczak / Navarre performance projects and is a member of ROOM and part of the collective FUKK.
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Duration: 3 years full-time, October start
UCAS code: Institution code: C35; Course code: W440
Award: Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Contemporary Performance Practice
Studying on the Performance Arts course, you will:
This course fosters independent and collaborative creative practice and is aimed at aspiring practitioners who want to develop new and challenging performance forms, rooted in a rigorous engagement with the skills, theories and histories of theatre, dramaturgy, performance, and live art.
The curriculum’s integration of artistic development with producing, curatorial and administrative skills prepares you to become an independent practitioner, able to work in key artistic, and institutions positions across the arts sector.
The course is tailored towards the development of your artistic identity through both theoretical analysis and practical experimentation. You will undertake different processes that will challenge and develop your ways of working.
The course brings together the theoretical foundations of Performance and Theatre Studies, and focuses on developing skills across creative disciplines of contemporary performance and related arts practices. These may include areas as diverse as critical and creative writing, live art and body-based work, site-specific performance and performance photography, as well as an engagement with scenography, and textual and visual dramaturgy.
In the context of your development as a performance maker, you will be trained in the role of producer, acquiring skills in programming, marketing, finance, fundraising and administration to ensure that you are ready to create your own work and help others to produce their performances.
As a practitioner, you are encouraged to challenge assumptions about the creation, understanding and analysis of performance and to develop the future of performance, dramaturgy and curating, with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity. In this process, you will be asked to engage with work outside your immediate areas of interest in order to reassess what you expect, know and value about art and culture in general.
In the first two years, the programme focuses on development of your practice across three key areas: text/theory, body/ movement and materials/technology. The final year focuses on a specialised area of practice developed through research, professional mentorship and independent projects.
Entry to the Performance Arts strand is subject to an interview and participation in a selection day. All candidates invited to interview are asked to bring a portfolio of their work.
Our standard academic entry requirements range between 120 and 96 UCAS tariff points. You can see how many tariff points your qualifications would gain on the UCAS Tariff Calculator. International qualifications and others not covered within the UCAS tariff can also be accepted. Please email us if you need further clarification.
Please note that we may make lower offers (including unconditional) to exceptional candidates and those who have alternative or prior experience to offer. All candidates are invited to interview, which is a key factor in determining who is accepted on to the course.
For information on alternative entry requirements please see www.ucas.com.
We particularly encourage applications from groups currently under-represented in higher education, such as students with disabilities and members of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Find out more information on Central’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Find out more about the interview process for this course.
Each year Central hosts a number of interviews outside of the UK, with a team of tutors from Central traveling to meet applicants. The international interviews are designed to replicate the London-based interview experience in every aspect (other than a tour of our site!). See our Event Finder for listings of upcoming interview locations and dates.
You will be involved in collaborative projects with national and international arts organisations and practitioners.
In previous years these have included Tim Crouch, Simon Vincenzi, Deborah Pearson and Tim Etchells.
The course has also worked with the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, ] performance s p a c e [, Goat and Monkey, the Live Art Development Agency, Punchdrunk and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Students have taken their work (while studying) to Los Angeles, New York, Prague, Montenegro, Slovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Brazil, Russia, Singapore, Scotland and Lithuania.
Several students have secured scholarships and grants to develop their work, for example from the Fulbright Commission, Arts Council and the British Council, and placements with Seabright Productions, BBC, Robert Wilson, Manchester International Festival, Artsadmin, Centre For Creative Collaboration, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Soho Theatre.
Graduate employment and career pathways include:
Performer, Arcola Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Brighton Fringe, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Budva Theatre Festival Montenegro, Glastonbury Festival, National Theatre Studios, The Shed (National Theatre), The Place.
Company-in-Residence, Artsdepot, Shunt Vaults, Dixon Place (New York). Writer, Royal Court Theatre, Something Other, Exeunt Magazine.
Director, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, New York International Fringe Festival, Finborough Theatre, National Theatre Connections.
Performer/ Director, Brighton Festival.
Producer/ Performer, Latitude Festival.
Producer, CircusFest, Roundhouse, Singapore World Expo.
Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra, Sky Arts.
Projection Specialist, Mesmer.
Stage Manager, Secret Cinema.
Lecturer, Goldsmiths University of London, Queen Mary University of London, University of Swaziland.
Recent further study, master’s degrees, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, California Institute of the Arts. PhDs at various universities.
Eva Liparova and Andrea de la Cruz Co-Founders of The Fishtank.
Amber Massie-Blomfield (2007) Head of Communications at the Albany Theatre, Deptford.