An interdisciplinary taught programme that combines performance practice with imaginative and rigorous critical engagement.
This innovative postgraduate programme combines cutting edge contemporary performance practice with rigorous thinking. Students explore examples of contemporary performance in an atmosphere of rigorous and imaginative academic inquiry. Students also make their own performances in response to research questions that emerge from their artistic and scholarly work.
In addition to the core modules, students engage with the professional landscape through seminars with visiting practitioners and through placements; and may opt to study playwriting and dramaturgy with a professional dramaturge.
The design of the course incorporates knowledge and understanding of the subject with subject-specific, intellectual, practical and transferable skills. The course structure is designed to equip students with an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective on the nature and scope of contemporary performance practice within the creative industries and the skills necessary to put that perspective into practice.
With this in mind, the course is designed to provide students with appropriate progression in terms of depth of study and to offer them an equitable range and balance of core and option courses in each semester of their degree.
Work placement / study abroad
The module DRA705 includes both an exploration of the professional landscape, and a placement with a professional arts organisation.
The placement is negotiable in length but must include an element of consultancy: i.e., the student must have a specific set of responsibilities and a task to be completed. This might include surveys of audience base; development of marketing or social media presence; identification of funding sources; management of a time-limited project, or other.
The student will negotiate the placement with the module coordinator and the management of the arts organisation.
Teaching and learning assessment
Learning and Teaching Methodsinclude lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, work-based learning and independent study.
Assessment Methods include essays, presentations, performances, assessed workshops, practical presentations, and viva voces.
Students may often negotiate the title and form of the assessment.