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Performance is changing at Central Saint Martins

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  • Written byEleanor Harvey
  • Published date 27 April 2022
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Yui Yamamoto, 2021 MA Performance: Design and Practice, Central Saint Martins, UAL | Alys Tomlinson

Performance, as a creative practice, is evolving, and Central Saint Martins, UAL, is pro-actively investing in the socio-cultural benefits of these changes. As a result of the global pandemic and our own engagement with art, design and performance education over the past few years, we have developed 3 new courses for students who want to explore performance in new ways. These courses represent a mix of in-person, online and low-residency learning meaning that those interested can study in a way that fits their own needs and circumstances.

“The new Performance programme at Central Saint Martins is the best of our existing courses and has new exciting opportunities for students in practical courses in contemporary theatre and performance, film making, social performance practice, writing and intercultural art.”

Fred Meller, Programme Director, Performance, Central Saint Martins, UAL

We believe in the potential for performance to change the society in which we all live.

CSM is a full member of the Shared Campus network and our new courses offer access to the benefits of this platform for international collaboration. The courses offer flexibility and the potential to join international projects at different points throughout your course.

Our thinking and practice is moving beyond discipline boundaries and, thereby, questioning conventions and assumptions by acknowledging alternative viewpoints and encouraging cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary co-operations.

New programme

MA Intercultural Practices

Delivery Mode: Part-Time - Low-residency or online

Global themes are best understood and acted on from multiple cultural and disciplinary perspectives. This taught course will support you in developing an intersectional sensibility in dialogue with critical contemporary art. As part of Shared Campus (an international network of creative agents), your research will evolve through working with others. You will nurture a holistic approach that values the lived experience of cultural production as process-based and context-specific. With care, curiosity and courage, you will examine your work through the lens of UNESCO's Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition to artists, designers, curators and educators, MA Intercultural Practices welcomes applicants from extra-artistic fields who want to work with arts-based approaches. This course is also well-suited for mature students, those preparing for PhD study and practitioners working collectively/collaboratively/cooperatively.

  • Next online open day: Wednesday 25 May 2022 – 1pm - 2pm (UK time)

Course Leader, Marsha Bradfield, introduces the course

MA Intercultural Practices

MA Performance: Society

Delivery Mode: Part-Time - Low-residency or online

MA Performance: Society is a taught, practice-based course that explores radical, socially engaged performance within live, screen-based and sited practice. It’s for artists who want to make work that engages with people, supported by a creative community of practitioners and thinkers. It recognises that you, the performance maker, can be an agent for change in relation to both local and global challenges.

  • Next online open day: Wednesday 25 May 2022 – 1pm - 2pm (UK time)

Course Leader, Anna Macdonald, introduces the course

MA Performance: Society

MA Performance: Screen

Delivery Mode: Extended Full-Time – In person

MA Performance: Screen offers an experimental, open and discursive framework in which to explore the convergent mediums of performance and moving image via critical thinking and experimental studio practice.

The Performance programme takes an interdisciplinary, experimental and frequently collaborative approach to performance-making. The work produced is political, free-thinking, and inclusive. It encompasses, moving image, socially engaged practice, choreography, scenography, dramaturgy and immersive technologies.

Our student body and teaching team come from a wide range of personal and professional perspectives. As a community, we are deeply committed to the idea that diverse ecologies are the most vibrant creatively and we actively celebrate difference.

Other courses in the Performance portfolio are:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing, and we'll be happy to assist you.

About Shared Campus

The Shared Campus is a hub-and-spoke network approach to generating global cooperation and connected responses to the challenges of sustainability, social justice and cohesive communities. Our network is expanding geographically and purposefully engages with different organisations for specialist knowledge and a widening of perspectives.

The network focuses on these five themes:

  • Pop Cultures
  • Critical Ecologies
  • Social Transformation
  • Cultures, Histories and Futures
  • Tools

Shared Campus is a cooperation platform for international education and research set up by -

  • University of the Arts London
  • Zurich University of the Arts
  • City University of Hong Kong / School of Creative Media
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • LASALLE College of Arts (Singapore)
  • Taipei National University of the Arts
  • Tokyo University of the Arts

This year, new members have joined from:

  • Kyoto Seika University
  • Amsterdam University of the Arts
  • Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s
  • University of Siegen
  • University of the Arts Utrecht