A short description of what you can expect.
Unit 1: Critical and Creative Methods
In this unit you will engage with the critical and creative practices of performance research and theatre-making and with transdisciplinary methods of artistic enquiry.
You will investigate the methods relevant to your chosen to form a distinctive practice-based view of the discipline and develop your area of critical and creative enquiry.
Importantly, you will be invited to work with, and through, the compositional practices of contemporary theatre and the methodological practices of conducting performance research.
Opportunities will be provided for you to explore and develop various forms of ideas-generation, problem solving, compositional development, communication and dissemination.
Unit 2: Practice
The following unit will enhance the development of your creative research and compositional methods, enabling you to focus on the modes of practice required to facilitate your chosen pathway.
You will bring your prototype project to realisation whilst reflecting upon and analysing relevant case studies within the field, responding to and challenging established modes of practice.
Unit 3: Collaboration
This unit will require you to extend your collaborative, compositional and research skills through engaging in a cross-, inter- or trans- disciplinary enquiry with peer colleagues from other pathways, from MA Theatre and Production Design, or from outside your discipline.
All MA Contemporary Theatre and Performance students will engage in cross-course, multi-disciplinary project(s) with peers on other pathways and programmes. Outcomes will be presented in the form of performances, performed lectures, live interventions and visual and written evidence showing the final project whilst evidencing the collaborative nature of the process.
At this stage, students will also be encouraged to establish a partnership with an appropriate professional mentor.
Unit 4: Research and Realisation
In the final unit you will complete a self-directed individual, collaborative or ensemble project developed out of the critical and creative practices explored during previous units.
You will refine a research question within your principal area of exploration that motivates the final project and then construct appropriate ways to present it. The final project will be shown in a public performance platform or published in an appropriate equivalent environment. This may also include other work produced throughout the year.
Your professional mentor may assist the academic project supervisor in critiquing the ideas for the final project; helping to evaluate the work’s progress at a mid-stage; assisting in addressing its significance within the wider research field and providing an industry-based reaction to its effectiveness.
You will also produce an accompanying piece of scholarly work addressing the questions, methods and modes of practice in the form of a research dissertation.
Key elements introduced to participants studying on all pathways will be:
- Compositional practices
- Dramaturgical practices of performance protest
- Collaborative making
- Critical and conceptual thinking
- Engaging audiences and publics
- Researching partnerships and collaborations