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Design for Performance & Interaction MArch in University College of London

University College of London
The Bartlett School of Architecture
London, England
United Kingdom
Fabrication, Arts & Communications

This radical programme teaches students to design performances and interactive experiences.




What happens when we design not in three dimensions but four? This radical, multidisciplinary Master’s degree teaches students to understand and design performances and interactive experiences.


This programme welcomes students from an array of artistic and technical backgrounds to work with interactive technologies to consider objects, space, people and systems as potential performers.


Throughout this programme, students gain advanced skills to design for performance and interaction, informed by multidisciplinary theories taken from performing arts, digital media, spatial interaction, anthropology, sociology, cybernetics, cognitive neuroscience and aesthetics.


Structured to offer the widest scope for creativity, the programme facilitates and empowers students to find their own unique design vision, with an emphasis on prototyping, from interactive objects to staged events and performance architecture.


The programme is taught in UCL’s cutting-edge facilities at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – a space renowned as a hotbed for technological innovation and home to some of the UK’s leading performance and design companies. These world-class facilities provide an ideal space for the large-scale construction of installations, as well as for public events.


Programme highlights


– Design and make individual and collaborative projects that feature in an end-of-year public exhibition of interactive objects, installations and performances


– Learn to communicate your ideas in three and four dimensions through animation, film, live presentation and staged events, real-time simulation, podcasts and online, virtual and augmented environments


– Gain a working knowledge of technical systems including sound, lighting, interactive computation and electronics


– Use state-of-the-art technologies at UCL at Here East including virtual reality systems, networked media spaces, motion capture rigs, multi-channel surround sound systems and robotics


– Gain an understanding of parametric tools required when designing or adapting large performance spaces including acoustics, lighting, seating (spectator line of sight) and simulation of occupant behaviour


Key information


Modes and duration


Full-time: 15 months, beginning in October
Part-time: 30 months
Flexible: two to five years


Entry requirements


A minimum of a second-class UK degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with extensive experience in the field may also be considered.


A design/creative portfolio is also expected. Applicants will be asked to submit a portfolio of their design work once their completed application has been received, and should not send or upload work until it has been requested.


Read the full entry requirements for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus


Application deadline


Applications open for this programme on 01 November 2019 and close on 24 July 2020.


We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high.


Fees and funding


Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.

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General information
15 months full time
Ruairi Glynn
UK-EU: £14,160 full time / Non UK-EU: £27,460 full time
Email /
+44 (0)20 3108 9638 / +44 (0)20 3370 1216
22 Gordon St, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0QB
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The information of this Master's Degree was extracted from the Official Website of the program.
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