Short Course

Online Performance Practice

This hands-on Online Performance Practice course will provide you with experiential learning processes and practice to create original performance work on digital platforms.

You will apply principles of digital performance making to your own practical online performance project, to develop your skills as a writer, performer, or director in cyberspace. Fundamental principles underpinning digital performance practice will be explored such as intermediality, hybridity, digital responsiveness and intimacy, as well as collaborative creation. Under the coaching of experienced tutors, you will learn how to develop your digital proposals into original work which fully explores the potential of the chosen online medium.

Why QMU?

  • Our staff are practitioners with real world experience of working in the field of digital performance.
  • All our courses blend theoretical analysis of working processes with hands-on practical investigation, to ensure you are learning skills you can employ in creating original work for a variety of contexts and platforms.
  • You will be able to benefit from our expertise in teaching parallel courses in performance, film and media for over thirty years, and make use of our full range of digital and physical resources which will be made available to you during the course.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who wish to develop and expand their careers in the performance sector, and who would like to build digital creative skills through hands-on practice.

The course is filled with creative and technical tips for making work either as individual practitioners or as part of an ensemble. It will look at best practice in online performance making, ensuring you will be a step ahead of the digital game when approaching future funders or employers.

Online Performance Practice: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

On this course you will learn key strategies, techniques and modes of digital performance making on a variety of platforms.

You will create your own practical online performance project under the guidance of staff whilst developing crucial strategies for instigating interactivity, intimacy, and collaboration in online ensembles. You may work as a performer in your own right or involve other performers (either live or avatars) in the work you devise, write or direct. You will also gain an awareness of platforms, festivals, and networks to help you sustain your own individual or collaborative practices.

By the end of the course what will I be able to do?

On completion of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • confidently create your own original performance work online;
  • understand how to successfully share this with an audience;
  • work with others to achieve the most effective collaborations and incorporate supporting skills to serve your work;
  • understand the networks and platforms that can support and host your work; and
  • generate sustainable practice that you can adapt for your own future career development.


How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

You will be taught through five online or in person, on campus workshops, which will take place on Saturdays. During this period you will also be expected to take part in an online seminar each week and to contribute to online discussion boards with your peers.

How long does the course last for and how much time will I have to spend on it each week?

The course lasts for five weeks, during May-June 2022. In addition to the scheduled on-campus and online classes, you will need to spend some time undertaking independent study that will complement your in-class learning. This will include facilitated learning exercises and preparation for your practical assignments.

Does the course have an assessment and if so what sort of assessment will it be?

Yes, you will be assessed on your practice as follows:

1. The production of a completed original digital performance work on a platform of your choice, and the effective sharing of this with an online audience
2. An oral reflective analysis of how the work developed, including a critical evaluation of its efficacy in relation to the digital medium.

Who will be teaching me?

The module is delivered by Bianca Mastrominico and Helen Varley Jamieson. This teaching collaboration brings together in-house professional expertise with one of the leading voices in the international digital performance field.

What equipment will I need for this course?

You will require access to a computer (plus webcam) or laptop, and a smartphone, with internet connectivity. All other necessary equipment will be provided.

Student support/access to facilities

For the duration of your course you will be able to make use of our on-campus learning resource centre as well as access to our full range of online resources, including e-books and academic journals.

You will also have limited, mainly online access to Student Services support. Students with particular support requirements can contact the Disability Service.

As you will be studying with us for less than a full academic year you will not be provided with a personal academic tutor (PAT). However, any queries regarding your studies should be directed to the staff member leading the delivery of your course.

Online Performance Practice: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements

The course is delivered at Master’s level and each applicant must decide if the level of study is suitable for them.

Applicants for Master’s level study would usually hold an undergraduate degree or have relevant professional experience that supports study at this level. Applicants that have previously studied outside the UK should check that their qualification has been taught at a suitable level to prepare them for Master’s level study.

You do not need to provide proof of your previous qualifications.

English Language requirements: This course is taught and assessed in English. Applicants do not need to provide proof of their English Language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level. Applicants for this level of study would usually be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0.

Fees (and free places)

Fees: £800

Free places are available for any person resident in Scotland, who holds an undergraduate degree (or equivalent professional experience), who is not currently studying for a degree level qualification, and meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • unemployed or at risk of redundancy
  • self-employed and working within the creative and cultural industries or hospitality, tourism, and events sector
  • employed by a Scottish arts, cultural, hospitality, tourism, or events organisation
  • employed by a Scottish charity or social enterprise

Please note: free places are limited, and subject to availability.


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Application deadline

The closing date for applications is TBC.

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Please note that this course will be offered on demand only. For more information, contact Dr Gemma Blackledge Foughali

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Course Overview

Online and in person
3 months
Start Date
January 2021