This MA brings together staff from the Performing Arts academic department to create a truly interdisciplinary postgraduate programme.
Focusing on the study of contemporary performances through making, production or critical analysis, students learn to employ and deploy a variety of interdisciplinary practical and research skills and processes. Students experience a range of performance practices to help expand their making, thinking and writing before applying them to a range of contexts that further shape and challenge their work.
Students can focus on devised performance, dramaturgy, or historical or critical analysis, and can produce work that is written or performed. The key feature is that the work is placed in the context of current contemporary professional practice.
The programme offers opportunities for students interested in making individual or group performances as well as for students interested in research and critical thinking.
The learning and teaching on this programme will be a combination of experiential and academic study through practical workshops, performance making, seminars, discussions, workshops, masterclasses and self-directed study. The combination will be negotiated for each student based on their interests and needs.
Modules are assessed by a range of assignments built around the portfolio. Live performances are documented and contribute to the overall portfolio mark. Alternatively, the portfolio may contain a series of drafts, documents, literature and programme notes leading to a developed piece of written research. The independent project is negotiated between the student and the Programme Leader and allows the student to develop a portfolio of work, of which a significant part may be an independently devised performance plus reflection on the process and outcome. Equally it may be a substantial piece of written research or a combination of presentations and written submissions.
Students pursue careers as researchers, makers of performance, programmers, curators, teachers or community arts specialists in the performance related industries.