Performance Practices MFA module details


Year one

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 MA Fine Art and MA Photography, and are encouraged to develop personal philosophies with regard to your own creative practice.

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.

Performance Making
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

Option modules:

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.

Negotiated Placement
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.

Animating Places
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. 

Year two

Independent Assignment 1
Supports students to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of external factors and environments that are central to working in professional contexts. Foci might include, but are not limited to a case study; critical analysis of theory and practices; critical analysis of the current context; audience/participant development.

Independent Assignment 2
Supports students to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of activities that are central to working in professional contexts. Learning activities emphasise student’s personal practice, reflection and development that might include but are not limited to: developing and articulating a personal practice (such as teaching, creating and/or performing); significant studio practice with accompanying research, analysis, critical reflection/ contextualisation; analysis of continuing professional development and personal development planning; critical self-reflection on professionalism and practice.

Independent Assignment 3
Supports students to embed their current semi/professional activities into their postgraduate study. It provides an opportunity for students to consolidate and reflect upon their working practices and to examine the context within which they operate, such as teaching/facilitation; a role within an arts collective/collaboration; fundraising, marketing, administration; acting, dancing/ performing. 

Professional Practice Major Project
Significantly extends student’s performance practice and supports their transition into professional contexts by supporting work-based learning. The module emphasises entrepreneurialism and creative thinking in conjunction with a secure knowledge of the student’s practice in the context of the current creative arts sectors. Activities might include: developing a personal practice (such as teaching, creating and performing) that is located in a professional context; securing appropriate platforms to present work; fundraising for self/others; understanding and contributing to the context for contemporary performance. 

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