Performing Arts and Dance – Artist Residency in Malta

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Art, Design and Humanities

Ref: 10007872


Departure Date: 24/02/24

Return Date: 01/03/24


£500: the estimated cost for travel and accommodation (excluding any support). Students will also be required to pay for: airport transfers, in-country travel (£22), theatre ticket (£10), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


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

Travel: Travel 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 £350 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.


Third year Performing Arts students enrolled on the module ‘International Performance Project’, third year Dance students and students enrolled on the Level 5 DANS2602 The Healthy Practitioner are eligible to participate in this opportunity. There is a maximum of 30 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

Strand one: Performing Arts – International Performance Project Module

For students who have elected for Performing Arts Level 6 module ‘International Performance Project’, this week’s artist residency on an international location is an essential module component. Students will engage in artistic experimentation in fields including dance, theatre, site-specific performance, digitally mediated work film, or 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 Malta Theatre students; in cross-university collaborations the students will react creatively to the city and share their performative response.

Strand two: Dance students

This international experience will engage Dance students with the space and time to explore different cultures, sites and training practices at the University of Malta Dance Studies department. Students will engage in artistic experimentation in fields including dance, theatre, site-specific performance in collaboration with students of Dance at the University of Malta and Performing Arts students from DMU.

This exciting international opportunity encourages Dance students to engage with different training practices and creative compositional techniques with Malta’s students, lecturers and practitioners. This is the opportunity to develop collaborative skills, international networks and sensitivities to working and being in an international community and country.

Some of the modules that your experience on this trip may inform are:

  • Drama: PERF3028 International Performance Practice, PERF3010 Research Project
  • Dance: DANS3512 Choreography for Performance, DANS3520 & 3521 Dance Technique 3, DANS3504 University Dance Company, DANS3500 Dance Research Project.
  • Drama: DRAM3006 Live Art and Experimental Theatre

The estimated total cost for flights, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Malta is £500. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

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 Malta are to…

  • 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
  • Explore independent ways of working and collaborating in terms of navigating spaces, places, people, maps and modes of travel

Cultural activities

ALL students will be encouraged to engage with the rich and diverse histories, architecture and arts practices in the area. Valetta, Malta, is home to an abundance of baroque buildings with ornate features and detailed artwork. It hosts a myriad of museums and art galleries such as The Victor Pasmore Gallery,

The Blitz and The National Museum of Fine Arts showcasing a range of media including photography, film, sound, performance and digital platforms. There are several theatre venues that programme small scale contemporary practices to open air performances and large-scale operas including St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, which will be one of the key meeting points for the week.

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).