Design for Performance and Interaction is a novel academic field and UCL is one of only very few institutions where it can be studied. The core idea that drives the programme is that the creation of spaces for performance and the creation of performances within them are regarded as symbiotic design activities.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2019/20)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
Full-time: This fee is for the whole programme and is charged in Year 1. It’s payable in 3 equal instalments (31 Oct, 07 Feb, 02 May). No fees are charged in Year 2.
Part-time: This fee is for half the programme and is charged in Year 1. It’s payable in 3 equal instalments (31 Oct, 07 Feb, 02 May). The second half is charged in Year 2 and is subject to an inflationary increase (3-5%). This fee is payable in 3 equal instalments (31 Oct, 07 Feb, 02 May). No fees will be charged in Year 3.Note: PG Loan payments do not align with the tuition fee instalments. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
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.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Students learn how to use software that simulates performance spaces and the behaviour of people in different conditions. They learn how to manipulate software and physical hardware to create both simulated and actual 1:1 performance space and performances in an architectural context
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core theory modules (45 credits), a skills module (30 credits), and three design modules (105 credits).
- Introductory Design Workshops (15 credits)
- Contextual Theory: Design for Performance and Interaction (15 credits)
- Skills Portfolio (30 credits)
- Design Thesis Portfolio, Initial Projects (30 credits)
- Design Thesis Portfolio, Final Project (60 credits)
- Design Thesis Written Dissertation (30 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Research project/design project
All students undertake a major design project, the 'Design Thesis Portfolio, Final Project' in combination with an individual research project, culminating in the 'Design Thesis Written Dissertation'.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through design, fabrication and performance tutorials, skills workshops, seminars, lectures, site visits, group working and (optional) field trip. Assessment is via design and skills portfolios, written coursework submissions and verbal presentations.
There is a field trip as an optional part of the programme.
No placement is offered as a part of the programme.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- Deadline is 26 April (4pm GMT)
- £10,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on financial need
- Now closed for 2019/20
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Careers in physical and virtual interaction design, the design of performance spaces and creation of performative events form one of the most vibrant parts of global design endeavour in the 21st century. They are also the subject of extensive academic research.
Students gain the following skill set:
- the design and production of well-considered spaces
- performances and interactive assemblies
- presenting work in a portfolio context
- the application of analytical and sensing programmes
- the application of digital and analogue setting and performance techniques
- the production of an illustrated written research report in an academic context.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme teaches students how to place design and performance skills in the context of 1:1 installation and 3D and 4D representation, including collaboration in real-time simulation, networked media spaces, and design for sensory and interactive environments.
Students will gain a working knowledge of sound systems, lighting systems, interactive computation and electronics, behaviour of individuals and crowds, and the equipment and software that is used to track this behaviour.
The programme has been developed together with a network from industry. The development team includes Umbrellium, Bompass and Parr, Jason Bruges Studio, Ciminod Studio, Soundform and Stufish. All have longstanding relationships with The Bartlett.
Department: Bartlett School of Architecture
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
The programme is designed for students who wish to develop careers in physical and virtual interaction design, the design of performance spaces and the creation of performative events at a range of scales and venues.
- All applicants
- 26 July 2019
The nature of the applicant's portfolio will depend on the applicant's first degree or prior experience. No specific skills are required but a design and/or performance capability must be demonstrated
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now