Module Information

Module Identifier
TPM1220
Module Title
Compositional Practices
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
TPM0920 Dramaturgical Practices
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assessment 1. Practical group presentation (20 minutes)  Working in small groups, to conceive and present a short performance for a given location in Aberystwyth on a given theme. (Note: This presentation will be videoed for scrutiny by the external examiner and departmental records. Assessment of this assignment will include procedures of disaggregation.)   60%
Semester Assessment Assessment 2:  Critical evaluation of practice-based methodology and compositional process (2,500 words.)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Assessment 1: Group or solo project (20 mins)  (to be taken at next opportunity)  60%
Supplementary Assessment Resit Assessment 2: Critical evaluation (2,500 words)  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. to demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex strategies and techniques involved in making contemporary theatre and performance
2. to take responsibility for putting into operation, in an ordered and meaningful way, the methodological and representational principles studied
3. to display an ability to work effectively and co-operatively in a collaborative project, including in a leadership capacity
4. to employ advanced skills in conducting well-informed independent research and creative practice
5. to evaluate critically complex strategies and techniques of composition, structuring and staging, leading to the creation of a group practical presentation

Aims

The aim of this module is:
a) to introduce and explore a range of conceptual, compositional and practical strategies and methodologies for making contemporary theatre and performance
b) to provide a secure grounding in the practice of contemporary performance and in a range of theatre-making methodologies
c) to provide opportunities to participate in and reflect upon the conceptual and compositional strategies and techniques examined
d) to encourage and enable the conceptualisation, development and presentation of theatre and performance projects

Brief description

This is a practical, participatory module that explores and enacts strategies, methodologies and physical techniques of making contemporary theatre and performance. Each session will concentrate upon a specific aspect of the compositional, dramaturgical process of making work and culminate in the creation of a short performance work that demonstrates the principles under examination. Whilst particular emphasis is placed upon the professional practices of staff involved, models and frameworks will also be drawn from key contemporary European theatre and performance makers.

Content

Course delivery:

5 x 1 hour seminars
10 x 3 hour practical sessions

Module content includes:

elements of composition; conceptual strategies; devising, writing and choreographic methodologies; the generation and accumulation of material; the ordering, articulation and modulation of material; uses of space, body, time, site, text, scenography, audience. (Content may be adjusted to capitalize upon the specific expertise of those delivering the module.)

A fortnightly Seminar will accompany the module, helping students to develop strategies for reflecting critically on their practical work.


Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This element is not assessed.
Communication The ability to communicate ideas effectively is developed and assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Self-regulation, motivation and time-management skills are developed through the module and are demanded for the successful completion of its assignments.
Information Technology The ability to utilize information technology both in the research for and delivery of assignments is assessed directly.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills (managing personal workloads and meeting deadlines, designing and realizing assessment projects) are developed and assessed directly
Problem solving Analytical problem solving, outcome recognition and the identification of appropriate strategies and procedures are encouraged and assessed.
Research skills Independent research and the development of effective personal research practices are encouraged and assessed.
Subject Specific Skills See QAA Dance, Drama and Performance Subject Benchmark Statement (Version 2007). The following subject specific skills are developed and partly assessed: - advanced understanding of the complex strategies and techniques involved in making contemporary theatre and performance. - putting into operation, in an ordered and meaningful way, the methodological and representational principles studied. - the ability to work effectively and co-operatively in a collaborative project, including in a leadership capacity. -advanced skills in conducting well-informed independent research. - to develop complex strategies and techniques of composition, structuring and staging, leading to the creation of a group practical presentation.
Team work Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions. Students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7