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Performance Practice MA


Course Description

This MA programme is aimed at emergent professional theatre and performance makers or graduates who wish to advance their practice and reflect upon their creative processes within the field of visual, body-based performance.

This programme will support your development as a practitioner-scholar in a range of performance disciplines with an experimental ethos. It is designed to enable students to specialise in one or more of the following: site-specific performance; live art practice/performance installation; collaborative and inter-disciplinary theatre and performance practice. Through four taught modules and a practice-led thesis, students will explore the relationships between the body, text, image, space and site in performance events. Emphasis is placed on the relationships between creative process and product in performance.

Creative practice is extended and focused in an environment that is both supportive and challenging. Theatre and Performance teaching staff will facilitate the evolution of effective individual practice and/or a body of work in each student’s chosen specialist area. You may work with other students on the programme (or on other programmes), as long as you are able to clearly identify and discuss your own contribution to the performance work. You will be equipped with the skills to articulate, document, analyse and critically reflect upon your practice.

Programme content
■ Studio-based exploration of the body in
performance
■ Collaborative creation of a performance
which responds to a specific environment (for
example, the theatre, the street, the
coastline)
■ Histories, methodologies and cultural
contexts of performance practices
■ Research skills and documentation of
practical research
■ Individual practice culminating in the
creation and presentation of an appropriate
artistic event
■ Critical reflection and contextual analysis of
individual practice in written form

Visit the Performance Practice MA page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. An IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Applicants will be expected to attend an interviewand/or a workshop/audition. Alternative arrangements will be made for overseas applicants.

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