Course summary

On the MA Performance Arts course you will get the opportunity to study interdisciplinary and intercultural performance in one of the best Music departments in the United Kingdom.

You will create and analyse performances from a group and an individual practical perspective. You will benefit from staff expertise in four main strands of research within intercultural performing practices: 
  • theatre performance
  • live art
  • studio performance
  • recording performance.
A key benefit of this course is its flexibility in cross-disciplinary performance practice. You can develop practical projects to advance your own creative and performance research expertise within a group practical project across both core and optional modules.
You can also benefit from weekly Postgraduate Research Seminars and workshops, which offer great opportunities to learn new skills and network with students from other postgraduate courses.
Why choose this course?The MA Performance Arts course focuses on developing your creative and performance skills at an advanced level, so you will become a more confident performer and creator. 
MA Performance Arts students benefit from:
  • tutorials with our internationally acclaimed academics and practitioners
  • creating, performing and learning with other students in workshops and masterclasses
  • a lively musical and theatrical creative environment.
The course explores a wide range of global 20th and 21st Century Performance and Movement styles. You will be encouraged to develop your own individual practical discipline within a group ensemble setting.
The MA places particular emphasis on developing critical thinking and listening skills and aims to give you the opportunity to experiment with a broad range of performance and creative arts styles.
Tutor information

The Performance Arts teaching staff will include:  
The course leader Dr Rodreguez King-Dorset, who was educated and trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, Brunel University and Sussex University.
King-Dorset was a researcher in African performance at Cambridge University's Centre of African Studies from 2010-15. His work focuses on African diasporic performance, running throughout this is a concern about the meaning of the black body as resistance, focused on culture and critical dialogue.
King-Dorset, is the author of five academic books and his current book The New Music Renaissance: Black Influence on 18th to 21st Century Music will be published in September 2018. 
AlumniGraduating from the London College of Music means joining an ever-growing and impressive list of alumni including: Matt Tong - formerly of Bloc PartyMatthew Hodson - the founder of the London Synthesis OrchestraBen Salter who worked with Nile Rodgers in the United States Alexander Grant, aka Alex Da Kid, a Grammy Award nominee who wrote and produced Eminem's Love the Way You Lie (featuring Rihanna).



If you intend to study a full-time or a part-time postgraduate course you may be eligible for our alumni exclusive discounts. See our postgraduate exclusive alumni discounts page to find out more.

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

MA Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
1 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

Entry requirements

You will need a 2:1 Honours degree or higher in a Performing Arts/ Creative Arts subject or a related subject area, or substantial industry or prior experience in the field. Selection process to include (portfolio if appropriate), audition and interview.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

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