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Postgraduate

MA Performance: Screen

Performance on stage and on screen with cameras present

College
Central Saint Martins
Start date
October 2022
Course length
Two years (60 weeks) Extended full-time

MA Performance: Screen supports you to define your voice and strategy as an independent film maker and screen-based performance maker.

Applications closed 2022/23

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

This course supports you to define your voice and strategy as an independent film maker and screen-based performance maker. It is part of the Performance programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

    • Innovative: This is the first postgraduate course in the UK for hybrid moving image and performance practice
    • Interdisciplinary: We have a broad and inclusive approach to performance and moving image, constantly questioning the boundaries of genre and looking to their future in an increasingly digitally mediated era
    • Ideas led: Encouraging a holistic yet flexible approach to the relationship between theory and practice, we support you to find your voice
    • Skills focused: The course emphasises the development of your professional screen skills within an experimental and collaborative studio context.

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Course overview

MA Performance: Screen offers an experimental, open and discursive framework inwhich to explore the convergent mediums of performance and moving image via critical thinking and experimental studio practice. Students are encouraged to situate their work within the context of the wider social, political and economic conditions of our digitally networked society and interrogate how images are encountered, produced and consumed. Specifically aimed at hybrid moving image and performance makers, the MA supports an expanding field of practice across performance art, artists’ moving image, expanded cinema, experimental film, participatory practice, documentary and post-internet art to encourage new approaches and methodologies of making, processes and outcomes.

The course promotes the acquisition of practical production skills including directing and dramaturgy, cinematography, lighting, choreography / blocking, sound recording, editing and colour grading, whilst simultaneously developing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant critical discourses, including theories of performativity, mediation and representation. Student outputs might include single or multiscreen narrative works, documentary essay film through observational and guerrilla filmmaking techniques, site-specific installations, hybrid documentaries, experimental films,performance lectures, and online and immersive projects.

On leaving the course, MA Performance: Screen graduates will be prepared for a variety of careers in performance and screen industries and will have the agility and confidence to diversify and respond to the demands of the current climate. Beyond these industries are opportunities for doctoral research or a range of portfolio careers creating and delivering content with and through moving image; contemporary art and film production, theatre, live events, festival programming or curation, gaming and immersive environments, media communications, platforms for education and learning, and emerging social applications concerned with community building and well-being.

The proposed MA Performance: Screen places emphasis on the voice and strategies of independent film makers and screen-based performance makers. Once developed, the course will sit alongside MA Performance: Design and Practice, MA Character Animation, and MA Performance: Writing to provide a complementary suite that reflects the emerging strengths, running through UG and PG, of the Performance programme at CSM.

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Course dates

Autumn term Monday 26 September 2022 – Friday 9 December 2022Spring term Monday 9 January 2023 – Friday 17 March 2023
Summer term Monday 17 April 2023 – Friday 23 June 2023

Course units

Central Saint Martins is a site of intense cultural production, generating critical practice that often crosses discipline boundaries and intersects with areas of image-making, society and politics. As a college community, we prioritise the urgencies relating to; identities and equity, climate ecologies, and publics and commons. The Performance: Screen course recognises that our students seek to contribute to collective efforts to address the urgencies as faced by their chosen community as located in a particular place as well as the global context.

The course is structured to progress the student’s critical understandings of performance and moving image histories, contexts and practices whilst developing students'technical skills and processes of enquiry.

Working from an initial understanding of the critical histories, social and political contexts and drivers for performance and moving image practice, students will work through a variety of technical and production processes based on the experience of independent and collaborative making to a final point of realisation which is supported by critical analysis and reflection.

CSM, as a college community, seeks to prioritise the urgencies relating to; identities and equity, climate ecologies, and publics and commons. The Performance: Screen course recognises that its students will seek to contribute to collective efforts to address the urgenciesfaced by their chosen community in a particular place as well as the global context.

The course is structured into six units. This complete learning arc offers intensivemoments of individual and group production and project work as well as opportunities for off-site collaboration to prepare you for working as creative practitioners outside of the university context. Elective units midway through the course support you in choosing where to place your emphasis.

 

Unit 1: Performing Images: Process and Practice (20 credits)

The initial practice block grounds students in the technical and practical aspects of single camera audio-visual production and encourages an expansion of knowledge through experimenting collaboratively with ideas and processes relating to camera, body and space. This unit will provide opportunity to develop skills in camera, sound recording, lighting, editing, colour grading and audio post-production through practical workshops and conceptual experimentation. Privileging the body within performance, outcomes for this unit might include experiments in live art, video-streaming, dance film, performance lectures or expanded cinema.The unit ensures that students have both a grounding in skills and the confidence to explore and discover through co-operation with others,and as a consequenceof their own curiosity.

 

Unit 2: Film Forms: Creation & Production (20 credits)

In Unit 2, the emphasis then shifts to ideas around film form and individual approaches to the creation and production of lens-based performance and moving image work todevelop a greater understanding of storytelling, narrative, and film language. Exploring the wider conditions of global visual culture and interrogating how images are encountered, produced and consumed, outcomes for this unit might include single screen short films, multiscreen installations, orimmersive, VR, AI, gaming or other online projects. Unit 2 engages students with the expanding fields for film and forms that explode the potential of narrative and the experiences of timeand provides opportunity for public sharing.

 

Unit 3: Performing Images: Histories & Contexts (20 credits)

This unit introduces the contexts and critical values of new, contemporary,and established screen formats via the analysis of key concepts and debates concerning the body and its relationship to film and video. Students’understanding of the history and theory of performance and moving image is developed through a weekly programme of critical and historical studies lectures and talks with guest practitioners. Students submit an individual audio-visual or written essay around a critical topic of their choice.The unit establishes the expectation that research interweaves with practice to support and anchor awareness of creative opportunities.

 

Unit 4: Elective Units (40 credits)

Either: Film Forms: Community & Collaboration, or, Film Forms: Practice in Context

Unit 4 runs across the final term of Year 1 and the first term of Year 2 alongside Unit 5. Core teaching encourages and facilitates students in gathering experience and evidence of learning from independent enquiry (practice) and by engaging with external communities in the making and public screening of work.The electives give students options to pursue either, applied participatory practices or engage with focused research themes.

The Film Forms: Community & Collaboration elective considers ideas around performativity, activism, ethical representation,and models of participatory practice, focusing on how contemporary moving image can reframe relationships between filmmaker and subject.Throughout the elective, students will be encouraged to consider the wider social, political and economic context for theirwork. Students will collectively interrogate how stories about the public/sare performed, authored and disseminatedto audiences within and beyond the community in question. Outcomes for this elective might include participatory films, lens-based performance/ installation works, filmmaking workshops, multi-camera live streamed events or other forms of visual research.

The Film Forms: Practice in Context elective takes the form of a new body of moving image or lens-based performance work,and a contextualising extended research document.Students may alternatively develop a more formal written dissertation, extended written analysis or piece of critical writing,on a self-selected topic relevant to individual artistic practice and research concerns. The research topic is chosen to complement the student’s individual Major Project and provides the opportunity for students to develop a larger set of questions and ideas using skills, knowledge, and understanding acquired over the course.

 

Unit 5: Recognition of Experience Based Education and Learning (REBEL) Options Unit (20 credits)

Either: Analysis and Insights, or Curiosity and Enquiry

The Recognition of Experience Based Education and Learning unit (REBEL) supports studentsin building a bespokeand individually relevant programme of learning based on a mixture of lived experience, personal projects, intensive workshops, and transcultural learning exchange (Shared Campus activity). It is assessed through reflective practice and a portfolio of evidence addressing Learning Outcomes that demonstrate advanced competence in either; analysis and insight, or curiosity and enquiry. Core teaching is the same for bothoptions. Students are encouraged and supported in gathering experience and evidence of learning from independent enquiry (practice) and from engagement with international communities of practice.This experience-based unit offers assessment in relation to either research process and practice (Analysis and Insights) or research relating to improving the student’sunderstanding of professional environments (Curiosity and Enquiry).

Analysis and Insights is a body of extended research evidenced through a portfolio and evaluation. Project outcomes for this unit might take the form of research into a specific type of filmmaking, lens-based or performance practice; archival research; or reflections based on previous work generated on or outside the course.

The Curiosity and Enquiry elective accounts for things students have experienced or made happen; qualities and capacities developed in tacit, lived, and contextual circumstances. This might be a practicalwork experience or placement where studentsreflect upon; a series of events that they have designed; a symposium, exhibition or screening event or other form of evidence based on previous education or life-wide interests and commitments.

 

Unit 6: Major Project (60 credits)

Major Project and the reflective component of the course builds on students’individual interest, context of practice,and knowledge acquired from previous units to produce a significant body of work. Students are supported in conducting in-depth research and experimentation which will demonstrate sophisticated understanding and exercise creative authorship through narrative composition, editing and storytelling, and sited practice. On completion of the unit, students willbe able to evidence a deep understanding of display and exhibition, potential audiences, choreographies of distribution and circulation as well as the ability to critically self-reflect on theirwork.

 

Mode of study

MA Performance: Screen is offered as an extended full-time course which runs for 60 weeks over two academic years between September to June. Students will be expected to commit 30 hours per week to their study and making practice, which includes teaching time and independent study.

 

Credit and award requirements

The course is credit-rated at 180 credits. On successfully completing the course, students will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree). Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only. If students are unable to continue the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group ‘orientation’ exercises
  • Unit briefings and introductions
  • Reading tasks
  • Skills workshops
  • Technical instruction and demonstration
  • Self and peer critical evaluation
  • Personal and peer tutorials
  • Lectures and co-curated programme of guest speakers
  • Independent Learning
  • Team projects
  • Lens-based performance making strategies
  • Facilitation and participation workshops
  • Opportunities to collaborate externally

Assessment methods

 

  • Reflective journals
  • Documentation and presentations
  • Dissertation or audio-visualessays
  • Self and peer evaluation
  • Participation in debates and discussions
  • Exploration and communication of an individual programme of practice
  • Evidence based portfolios

How to apply

Information for disabled applicants

UAL is committed to achieving inclusion and equality for disabled students. This includes students who have:
     
  • Dyslexia or another Specific Learning Difference
  • A sensory impairment
  • A physical impairment
  • A long-term health or mental health condition
  • Autism
  • Another long-term condition which has an impact on your day-to-day life
Our Disability Service arranges adjustments and support for disabled applicants and students. Read our Disability and dyslexia: applying for a course and joining UAL information.

Entry requirements

The course should be of primary interest to practitioners with experience and candidates who have graduate-level qualifications.

The course welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. Applicants are expected to demonstrate sufficient prior knowledge of and/or potential in performance and/or moving image practices to be able to successfully complete the programme of study and/ or have an academic or professional background in a relevant subject.

Applicants are likely to come from disciplines including performance and performance design, film and video, fine art, photography, theatre and dance, media or film studies, fashion, architecture, anthropology, or other areas of interdisciplinary creative practice. This course is intended for those who want to pursue specialism in moving image and screen-related performance.

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree
  • Or an equivalent EU/international qualification

 

AP(E)L –Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • A portfolio of creative practice
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • Or a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

 

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

  • Prior experience and creative practice in performance and/ or moving image or a relevant arts discipline, evidenced through the portfolio submission.
  • A capacity for self-directedlearning, self-reflection and potential for the development of practice-based research, evidenced within the personal statement.
  • A knowledge and critical understanding of contexts of cultural and social relevance specific to own area of practice.
  • Appropriate communication skills and a willingness to support others within the learning community.

Making your application

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Central Saint Martins, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Personal statement

The personal statement (up to 1000 words) should address your capacity for self-directed learning, self-reflection and potential for the development of practice-based research.

CV

You should provide a full and detailed CV or résumé which demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all the information above.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.ukeu@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL.  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

Other

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Deferred entry

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units and modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Central Saint Martins, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible.

Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and unit transcripts.

You will need to provide an official document (translated into English) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Visas

Read our visit our immigration and visa advice page to find out whether you need a visa to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

  • Personal details (including legal full name, preferred name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)
  • Current English language level
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Personal statement

The personal statement (up to 1000 words) should address your capacity for self-directed learning, self-reflection and potential for the development of practice-based research.

CV

You should provide a full and detailed CV or résumé which demonstrates how you meet the selection criteria.

Immigration history check

You will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all the information above.

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

Please add csm.international@arts.ac.uk to your contacts to ensure that you do not miss any important updates re: your application to UAL  Also consider altering your spam or junk mail filter to ensure that emails from @arts.ac.uk get through to you.

Application deadline

Other

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23 entry to this course. Applications for 2023/24 entry will open in Autumn 2022.

When you'll hear from us

Once you’ve sent in your application, this will be sent through to our course teams for review. Find out more about what happens after you apply.

After you apply

What happens next

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  Following a review of the application documents, successful applicants will be invited to upload a digital portfolio.

Digital portfolio

You will be required to submit online a digital portfolio containing up to 15 pages of your work and may include written accounts as well as images, documentation, film and audio materials.

  • Where appropriate, include short annotations and notes to give context to the work
  • If you have worked on any group projects or collaborations, you may want to explain your role
  • In many instances, it is helpful to indicate the scale of the work and the media used.

For more information please visit our Portfolio advice page.

Interview

Following the review of the portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an online interview of 15 to 20 minutes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees and funding

Home fee

£6,045 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£15,165 per year

This fee is correct for 2022/23 entry and is subject to change for 2023/24 entry. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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