This new and exciting taught MA course combines both practical and critical approaches to the study of a broad range of performance forms and methodologies, with particular attention to devised performance, physical theatre, site-specific work and time-based art as they are manifest historically, culturally and experimentally.
You will be experimenting with practice from the outset and being challenged to think about performance in innovative ways. Academic study - work on the theory, critical analysis and effective documentation of performance - is always matched by practice: you will make group performances and solo performances, give lectures and present your intellectual ideas through performance. You will be encouraged to develop your own artistic practice, informed by your own particular interests, so that whatever style of performance or theatre you wish to make in the future, you will be equipped with the right tools to bring your ideas and imaginings to fruition in a highly developed manner.
The course is comprises six modules: Concepts and Theories of Performance; Performance Practice; Post-dramatic Theatre; Practice as Research; Practice into Production; Research Project.
Throughout the course there are elements of performative practice involved in modes of academic delivery and of assessment. In the final “Research Project” you have the opportunity to create a work of ‘practice-as-research’, submitting performance as an element of final assessment with an element of critical refection.
The course is designed and taught by academic staff with considerable professional experience and with input from professional practitioners. The course will be housed in a new, purpose-built addition to the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies for research in performance, with dedicated studio, seminar rooms and study facilities. The course provides access to the extensive archive and library facilities of the Centre for Performance Research.
The MA Practising Performance is available as a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years) option.
MA, MA, PG Dip, PG Dip Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
12 month Duration