Creative Performance Practice MA
This innovative MA programme combines a range of diverse approaches to making performance, drawing on devising, physical theatre, directing, socially engaged practice, solo work and live art.
The MA will be delivered in partnership with major London cultural institutions, including the Lyric Hammersmith, where you'll take part in a low-residency intensive program of work at their impressive facilities.
The course is offered through a low residency model that makes it unique in the country, and particularly attractive if you wish to further your studies and enhance your career opportunities but cannot commit to a traditional full-time offering.
The course entails:
- theoretical and critical e-learning and blended learning modules that run throughout the year, and which can be completed at a time to suit your particular needs.
- intensive practical modules, masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals and delivered during residency weeks, when all the cohort comes together as a community
Second year Drama and Performance students work with pioneering theatre company Frantic Assembly to produce a show in just a week.
Methods of assessment are both practical and written. They reflect professional working methods (e.g. professional performance outcomes) as well as critical responses to the course content (e.g. through essays, reflective journals and research).
The MA is made up of...
2 x 40 credit practical modules/intensive residencies
Residencies are delivered collaboratively with partner organisations
2 x 20 credit practical modules/intensive residencies
Residencies delivered collaboratively with a well known and respected industry professional from the UK or abroad, such as: Reckless Theatre, Little Bulb Theatre. Each practical residency module will be focusing on one specific area of contemporary performance practice as follows:
- Devising and /or physical theatre
- Socially-engaged arts and/or collaborative practice
- Solo work and/or live art
2 x 20 credit theoretical modules
- Creative research methodologies: an e-learning module where you'll be introduced to both traditional and non-traditional approaches to research including practice as research in performance
- Research Project: you'll be supported to develop a 4,000-5,000 word written essay on a subject of your interest.
2 x 10 credit professional practice modules
- Enterprise and new business models in the creative industries
- The survivor’s guide to the creative industries: including sessions on skills in areas such as: fundraising, copyright, IP, developing and monetising cross/multi-platform work.
Methods of assessment
Methods of assessment are both practical and written. They reflect professional working methods (e.g. a professional performance outcomes) as well as critical responses to the course content (e.g. through essays, reflective journals and research projects).
- Collaborative residency 1: Directing (20 credits)
Practical intensive residency delivered collaboratively with a partner organisation in the form of a major London cultural institution TBC. (intensive 2-week delivery mode)
- Collaborative residency 2: Socially Engaged Arts (40 credits)
Practical intensive residency delivered collaboratively with the Lyric Hammersmith, one of the UK's leading producing theatres. (intensive 2-week delivery mode)
- Creative performance making (40 credits)
This module focuses on a contemporary form of performance making, such as: devising, physical theatre or solo practice. It'll be delivered collaboratively with an industry professional in the form of a well-regarded contemporary theatre and performance company.
- Creative Research Methodologies (20 credits)
This module is an e-learning module where you'll be introduced to both traditional and non-traditional approaches to research including practice as research in performance.
- Research Project (20 credits)
In this module you'll be supported to develop a critical research project in the form of a 4,000-5,000 word written essay on a subject of your interest.
- Enterprise and New Business Models in the Creative Industries (10 credits)
In this module we'll explore what is the dynamic value of the creative industries from the economic perspective.
- The Survivor’s Guide to the Creative Industries (10 credits)
This module focuses on developing skills in areas such as: fundraising, copyright, IP, developing and monetising cross/multi-platform work, etc.
Plus a choice of either:
- Creative Practice as Research Project (40 credits)
In this module you'll be supported to develop a practice as research project in performance in an area of your interest.
- Creative Placement (40 credits)
In this module you'll be supported to undertake a placement in a creative industries organisation and to reflect on your own work-based learning processes.
You'll have the opportunity to develop your practice in a rich environment of practices and discourses, in an environment that exposes you to diverse feedback sources, and a genuine immersion in professional practice of an international standing.
The part-time offering is suitable for mature students and professionals who wish to return to education in order to enhance their skills and career prospects.
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
Dan Barnard specialises in teaching acting technique, especially the Stanislavski System, and devising contemporary performance. He researches interactive performance, and performance and ecology.
Dr Chatzichristodoulou studies the intersections between performance and new technologies, investigating innovative performance paradigms. She is also interested in issues of curation, social engagement, public policy, and funding in relation to live art and media art practices.
Gill's research interests are in the exploration of inter-cultural performing arts practice in education and, in particular, developing new methodologies for delivering language and cultural education through drama and movement practices.
Jon's interests are in acting and directing techniques, and devising practices. He is an expert in theatre history with a passion for Ancient Greek drama, Shakespeare and the Avant-Garde.
Elena's interests are in screen and feminist performance practice, focusing on contemporary multimedia performance practices. She is particularly interested in the relationships between performance, the female body and digital writing.
A dedicated performance and rehearsal space with a 90-seat capacity that can be set up in numerous configurations. The main auditorium, 30-seat studio and backstage facilities are used by drama, performance and technical theatre students. Facilities are available for commercial hire.
The gallery is a home for visual art and a unique part of the University's heritage. Opened in 2012, the Borough Road Gallery contains valuable and significant works of Post War British Art in a public collection, produced by the celebrated artist and teacher David Bomberg (1890-1957).
The University couldn't be better located being only a 10-15 minute walk from the Southbank Centre, National Theatre, BFI IMAX, Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, The Old Vic Theatre, The Young Vic and therefore the best of London's plays, performances, exhibitions and screenings.
Teaching and learning
The low residency MA in Contemporary Performance Making is following the model based on the Visitors and Residents theory by David White (2015), which describes a continuum of modes of online engagement and learning. This has proven to be a useful way towards understanding individuals’ motivations when they use the web in differing contexts. We are proposing that no mode of engagement is better than another, so we offer a blended approach that includes intensive face to face residencies, alongside online meetings and content delivery. We want to acknowledge that in today’s fast-changing world it is important to employ different modes of learning that allow for flexibility and can support individual learners’ context, circumstances and preferences.
The innovative low residency model, which is currently unlike any other offerings in the UK within the field of Drama and Performance, entails short intensive practical modules, masterclasses and workshops led by industry professionals during the residency weeks, alongside theoretical and critical e-learning and blended learning modules that run throughout the year.
The collaborative aspect of this programme makes it unique in the market and particularly attractive to those who wish to expand their professional networks and diversify their techniques.
Between the intensive residencies you'll maintain contact with the University through monthly supervisory meetings with your personal adviser (either face to face or online), and through completing the online and blended learning modules.
- 2:2 BA (Hons) in relevant subject, or
- equivalent qualification, or
- professional practice equivalence
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Second year Drama and Performance students work with pioneering theatre company Frantic Assembly to produce a show in just a week.
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