The curriculum is designed to focus on developing artists’ abilities and capacities for professional, vocational and academic innovation. We emphasise relationships between composition, reflection, practice and documentation across a dynamic range of performance disciplines and discourses.
If you already have some experience of performance practice, then this degree will enable you to expand your artistic horizons, develop your reflective abilities and expand your portfolio as a thinking practitioner.
The programme begins in September each year. The taught modules will normally consist of weekly sessions scheduled on one day a week. There may also be the occasional intensive weekend session.
This strand, consisting of two practice-based modules, is designed to enhance your abilities as a self-reflective practitioner. It recognises the deep interrelationship between making, doing, reflecting and performing, in terms of the development of an artist’s work and practice. The modules are:
Composition and Reflection - This module aims to enhance your ability to think and reflect through the making of creative work while considering the compositional strategies that emerge in practice. It aims to give you opportunities and encouragement to generate and share performance material, and to enhance the conceptual, reflective and technical strategies that you employ in your practice.
Collaboration and Commission - This module engages with how theatre and performance practice often entails working with others and in response to others; it entails working in context and in response to context. You will engage in processes whereby you are required to engage with others through acts of collaborations and/or commission.
This strand is designed to deepen your understanding of key interdisciplinary questions, concepts and methodologies in the arts. The modules are:
Creativity and Knowledge 1 - This module invites you to interrogate a range of key themes relating to the relationship between art and the wider cultural, social, economic circumstances of its production and reception.
Creativity and Knowledge 2 - This module consists of investigation into developments of practice-based research in the arts and the examination of ideological implications of the widening of traditional concepts of research that such developments entail.
Together these taught elements will lead you into the final Independent project module, where you will undertake an extended period of supervised practice-based research. You will be expected to draw together and use the resources provided to you earlier in the programme.
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
Visit the Theatre & Performance (MA, PgDip, PgCert) page on the York St John University website for more details!
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