Arts assignment self-directed modules provide a degree of flexibility so that you can design your personal pathway through the MA. These modules might include, but are not limited to:
- information retrieval
- literature search/annotated bibliography
- mapping exercise
- refinement of research skills
- practical work
- critical self-reflection
- analysis of theory and practices
- scoping study
- case study
- extensive studio practice and critical reflection
Research Methods for Creative Arts Practice
Introduces you to the nature and scope of research methods and the role that research plays in the creative process. You will be taught with students from Fine Art MA and Photography MA, and are encouraged to develop personal philosophies with regard to your own creative practice.
Taught modules that you can choose to study are:
Research into Performance
Engages specifically with critical, theoretical and methodological approaches to research into performance. It addresses strategies and methods used by practitioner-researchers; critical vocabularies; ethics; the purposes and contexts of research and the perspective of the researcher.
Develops an approach to the study of performance in relation to a range of perspectives from C20 and C21 practitioners, theorists and philosophers. Areas of study are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Enables you as an artist to re-investigate your creative processes in studio/laboratory contexts. The module considers issues and practices key to current performance making.
Education and the Arts
Explores arts education in both formal and informal educational settings. It is concerned with dialogic relationships between education and the arts in a range of contexts including schools, arts and cultural organisations and community settings.
Gives you the opportunity to engage in a valuable learning experience in an environment of your choosing external to the University. Examples of placements might include work within an arts administration, marketing, a teaching/pedagogic context, or with a particular company or practitioner.
Performance, Practice and Technology
Considers the uses of current creative technologies in relation to performance practice and your own performance making. Through practical and critical investigation students will consider their own performance making by engaging with the potential implications of using technologies in relation to performance.
Provides an opportunity not only to examine the nature of specific festivals and their histories but to deepen understanding of specific aspects of their management and development. It considers key management roles; agent, tour manager etc. and revenue streams and licenses within such an event.
Explores the ways in which artists of all artistic and media disciplines are engaged in the use of public spaces and the notion of place making, with a focus on the UK experience. It considers the emergent patterns of major events and festivals alongside the need to market places in competition with each other.
Cultural Policy and Planning
Provides definitions of cultural policy and explores its frameworks and applications. You will gain an understanding of instrumentalism, and will be encouraged to debate the uses of cultural resources across policy areas.
Enables you to undertake independent study and research into an area directly related to your course of study and to produce either practical work with accompanying written documentation, or an all written submission.
Work Based Projects
Provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills acquired from modules on the programme, in a practical context – for example work within an arts administration, marketing, teaching/pedagogic context, or with a particular company or practitioner.