Performing Arts – Artists in Residence in Split, Croatia

Key Information


Application Deadline: 29/05/24 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10008754


Departure Date: 16/11/24

Return Date: 22/11/24


£500: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation and transfers (excluding DMU Global funding). Students will also be required to pay for: cultural activities, food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £200


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Rosie Garton -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £300 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


Performing Arts students enrolled on ‘Artists in Residence’ module who will be in their third year of study in the 2024-25 academic year are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 20 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

For students who have elected for Performing Arts Level 6 module ‘Artists in Residence’, this week’s artist residency on an international location is an essential component. Students will engage in artistic experimentation in fields including theatre, site specific performance, digitally mediated work, film or a combination of these and others.

This exciting opportunity encourages DMU students to engage with ‘place’ through the eyes of the residents as opposed to solely being objective tourists whilst also sharing skills and ideas to develop their own practice. During the residency, the DMU trip leads will facilitate a day’s artistic exchange between DMU / University of Split Theatre students; in cross-university collaborations, the students will react creatively to the city and share their performative responses.

Why take part?

The opportunity to become an Artist in Residence on an international location is an exciting adventure that leads to discovering different ways of exploring and thinking about space, place, culture and history through an arts practice. Whilst the staff team set creative tasks for each day, students are encouraged to develop their individual approaches making location-based practice.

Students will be able to explore the immediate surroundings for Split, but also to book tours to other attractions and islands. This project enables students to work collaboratively and individually, to be curious and flexible, to gain confidence in travelling to and working in different countries and navigating their way around new territories.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Croatia are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and complexities of becoming an artist in residence on an international location
  • Gain a greater knowledge of international arts practices
  • Explore how historical narratives inform contemporary experiences of place

Cultural activities

You will spend a week as Performing Artists in residence in an international city to immerse yourselves in the Area. Split, Croatia is a vibrant place that offers a combination of tradition and modernity. The mixture of the dramatic coastal mountains, high-rise apartment blocks, market places and historical buildings provide a unique platform to observe and immerse in culture, history and a sense of place.

You will undertake practical and research-based tasks led by your trip leads, the result of which will be shared every evening. The material created through these tasks will form the basis of an original art-work presented back at DMU as part of the module assessment.

As the second-largest city in Croatia, Split hosts a range the country’s best selection of museums and galleries, alongside being able to access areas of outstanding beauty such as Krka National Park, Hvar and Brac. It is home to grand architecture seen its palaces, piazzas, cathedrals and theatres. The oldest part of the city is a maze of cobbled streets, once inhabited only by farmers and fishermen.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).