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MA Writing for Performance

Course Description

The MA in Writing for Performance focuses on developing the skills of the individual and collaborative writer for diverse forms of contemporary live and broadcast performance.

Through the combination of writing workshops, critical seminars and discussions, you will develop skills in writing for performance. You will also gain an understanding of the relationship between the writer and the cultural contexts in which they write.
You will develop a number of pieces, including a full length play, as well as outputs for digital mediums, live art projects and broadcast. You will also practice writing from improvisation and adapting existing texts.

These projects are supported by your analysis of dramaturgical principles and narrative structures based in character, story, conflict, dialogue, action and casual logic, as well as more experimental, non-linear writing based on postdramatic concepts.
We use a range of assessment types, including critical essays, project proposals, reflective essays and extended research-informed creative projects. Together these form components of the research process and enable you to develop your creative project to reflect your individual cultural and academic interests.

We also use a mixture of formative and summative assessment. Formative assessments are preliminary works that are not graded (eg a draft of a script), while summative assessments are the formal assessments that form part of your final grade.

Visit the MA Writing for Performance page on the University of Derby website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Good degree or equivalent professional experience

Course Fees

UK/EU students £550 per 20 credit module (you usually take 9 modules in total). International students Full time: £11,440 (in total).

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