Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Solo Performance Project
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 3 hours: The work will be guided by a number of staff-led seminars and working sessions and studets will be subject to continuous monitoring through regular viewing sessions, tutorials and feedback sessions


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Solo Performance  60%
Semester Assessment Creative Portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Solo Presentation  60%
Supplementary Assessment Creative Portfolio (equivalent to 3000 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate dramaturgical skills in the determining of creative outcome, and to conduct successful project design and application in the field of solo devised performance.
2. Engage in a range of production research activities to achieve defined and conceptualised creative outcome.
3. Conduct informed independent research and creative functioning lending to solo exposition.
4. Evaluate critically procedures of dramaturgy and staging in the creation of a personal performance aesthetic.
5. Review and evaluate critically their own performance practices and accept responsibility for determining and achieving personal, creative outcomes.


The proposed modules allows advanced development of the devising procedures introduced during Year 2 and offers the opportunity for an exploration and exposition for independent practice based research for our final year students.

The specific aim of this module is to:

  • Prsesent students with the opportunity for independent and autonomous creative practice and the advanced opportunity torealize and apply techniques for devising solo performance work.
  • Enable students to conceive, design, organise and create a solo performance.
  • Present students with the opportunity for advanced critical reflection on the process and presentation of self devised performance.
  • Present students with the opportunity to conextualise their own work within contemporary performance practice in the public domain and practice based research in the academic domain.

Brief description

This module forms a part of a suite of modules in the final semester of Part Two offering students opportunities for Independent Creative Practice.

This is an advanced production module resulting in the creation of a solo event of 30 minutes duration. It also offers the opportunity for students to both critically reflect upon and contextualise their chosen aesthetics within contemporary performance practice.

It is intended that the solo performance shall be an 'exit work' that may assist transition into both professional practice and further academic practice-based performance research.


  • Procedures of devising solo material;
  • Procedures to structuring material;
  • Advanced dramaturgy;
  • Advanced techniques of training and improvision;
  • Performance writing;
  • Locating performance;
  • Working with the aural, visual and virtual environment of performance;
  • Process documentation;
  • Composing an artist's statement.
The contact time will also include individual tutorials which will cover:

  • A series of structured process tasks
  • Individual monitoring of students' solo work

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Development and exposition of personal communicative skills in assessment assignments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and assessment of effective and original personal creative output.
Information Technology
Personal Development and Career planning Development of creative processes and methods that may be applied in proffesional creative contexts. Development of solo performance suitable for auditions and graduate showcases.
Problem solving Effective embodiment of the thematic material and fulfillment of the production brief in both assessment assignments.
Research skills Development of practice-based research methodology and preparation of documentation.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007).
Team work Development and assessment of effective collaborative work.


This module is at CQFW Level 6