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Collaborative Performance Practice MA

What makes an electrifying collaborative performer? Join our dynamic ensemble of performing arts graduates and emerging practitioners to find out. You’ll develop a personal ethos and aesthetic as you combine exhilarating in-person performance-making with online study.

Subject to validation.


Course length: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start dates: September 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: English and Creative Arts
Two students talk in the foyer of the Arts Centre, with the entrance to the Studio Theatre visible behind them.

Ensemble-making practices form the heart of our MA Collaborative Performance Practice. You might be a performer, director, choreographer, scenic designer, or digital scenographer – this programme develops the skills and knowledge of a wide swathe of creative talent.

Our approach embraces the potential in sharing different perspectives. You’ll draw on your collaborators’ range of experiences and skills as you create exciting performances.

As a small-scale practitioner or recent graduate with a performing arts degree, you’re looking to build your specialist skills. Use this MA Collaborative Performance Practice degree to develop your ability to devise, design, choreograph and perform as part of a vibrant creative community.

How should you respond to the changing environments of the creative industries? What is the impact of new technology and the digital arts? As an emerging practitioner, you’ll explore these questions and develop an adaptable, collaborative business model.

You’ll also develop expertise in performance research, make valuable connections across the creative industries, and gain comprehensive insights into the relationships between the creative process and the generation of a performance product ready for an audience.

Course features

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

Live performance is a vital tool. It helps society make sense of the world as we reflect on our values. On our MA Collaborative Performance Practice course, you’ll develop an awareness of the relationship between creative practice, technology, culture and society to provide insight and create robust work that connects.

How do historical practices and contemporary cultures influence solo and collaborative performance? You’ll explore these topics as you develop an operational knowledge of methodologies and strategies.

Enjoy discovering and experimenting with current ideas in contemporary practice as you develop your aesthetic and perform with others. You’ll also examine critical technologies in the digital arts with a focus on influential artists and innovations.

A strong focus on research will help you build complementary skills to enhance your career. Train in research processes, practices and methodologies ready to plan and conduct an independent, creative practice-based research project, emerging with grant application skills.

Compulsory modules:

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Creativity and Technology in Context
Groups and Collectives
Performing Research
Practitioner Research Project
Solo Practice

How you'll study

The course is delivered using a blended learning model that provides the best of both in-person teaching and the flexibility of online learning.

The combination of weekly online sessions and monthly intensive practical sessions on campus will enable you to immerse yourself in the course, while also maintaining an ongoing professional presence in the performance industry or a related sector.

The intensive delivery of face-to-face sessions is modelled on professional practice, supporting your employability and enabling you to engage deeply with your practice.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of written and performance outcomes.

Writing will take the form of both critical and reflective work, and performance practice will be largely self-devised, working from stimuli. Practical work will cover solo and group practice, with traditional and site-based venues open for exploration.

There will be a level of negotiation encouraged to ensure that practical outcomes meet the learning outcomes of the course, as well as develop your individual areas of interest.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by a dedicated team of professionally experienced practitioners and academic specialists who have extensive experience of professional practice and research in the arts.

The course team have skills and expertise in areas including actor training, visual theatre, live/performance art, choreography, and circus skills. The department also has industry links with a wide range of professional bodies, both regionally and nationally.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject such as dance, drama or musical theatre.

Applications will also be considered from those with equivalent professional experience.

An interview and audition form part of the selection process.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

This is a new course currently in development. Online applications will open once the validation process is complete.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

Discover our accommodation


The Arts CentreDance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

The Department of English and Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.

The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement English and Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

Where you'll study

Arts Centre


Tuition fees

UK Full-Time


for the course

UK Part-Time

£47 per credit

for 180 credits



for the course

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

What can a performance practice Masters do for your future? Whether you’re at the start of your career or an experienced practitioner, our MA Collaborative Performance Practice will expand the depth and breadth of your practice to boost your employability and professional skills.

Our graduates are ideally placed to target their goals in theatre-making, arts administration, education and project management. Typical roles you could apply for include:

  • theatre programmer
  • performance educator
  • education and outreach officer
  • dramaturg (theatrical expert)
  • workshop facilitator

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