|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Either: Semester 1 - Practice-based project: Production A fully realised live performance or media work (film, broadcast, digital artifact etc), of agreed type and duration.||70%|
|Semester Assessment||Reflective Document 5,000 word written critical reflection, outlining and assessing the research component of the work.||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Or: Semester 2 - Written Dissertation : 15,000 words.||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit as practice-based project (see above)||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit as written dissertation (see above)||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate successful project design in the field of practice-as-research
2. demonstrate mastery of the strategies and operational procedures involved in formulating, planning, managing and realizing a research investigation through practical work leading to a substantial piece of live performance
3. demonstrate advanced skills - in a range of conceptual and representational strategies and techniques - to achieve well-defined and conceptualized creative outcomes.
4. critically evaluate these outcomes in relation to contemporary knowledge, practice and research traditions in the field of performance research
5. demonstrate the ability to formulate an answerable research question and design and implement securely grounded research procedures
6. demonstrate the ability to analyse the results of such procedures and a sophisticated awareness of their strengths and limitations
7. relate such research to contemporary thinking and knowledge in the field of performance research
8. manage a richly critical attitude towards such thinking and knowledge and ground evaluations in an understandings of different research traditions in this field
to enable students to complete their MA Practising Performance through undertaking a substantial piece of original research work. To allow them to achieve this through two distinct kinds of submissions: either
i) a work of practice-based research in the form of a substantial piece of live performance, supported by a written critical outline and assessment of the research component of the work, situating it in an existing body of literature and practice
ii) a written dissertation, comprising of an independent investigation into a research topic in relation to the theory and practice of performance.
Regarding the practice-based research project, students are invited to identify and pursue research questions that are addressed through their practical work. Students will create a performance project of professional standard that also provides an opportunity for a rigorous critical examination of the processes of performance practice and its theoretical implications.
The practice-based research project can be submitted either as an individually conceived and developed or as a collaboratively conceived and developed performance work. Where the submitted work involves joint collaboration, each student has to identify their contribution to the work (which will be confirmed by a statement signed by each collaborator), provided that it is possible to apply to the work the same criteria used in judging independent work. The length of the performance will be negotiated as part of the proposal process. The student will have to provide sufficient evidence for the examiners to make judgments against the criteria of assessment. This may require the submission of carefully selected and presented supplementary material.
Regarding the written dissertation, students are invited to identify and pursue research questions that are addressed through independently undertaken scholarly research. Students will create a piece of well-designed and well-conducted research into a carefully formulated topic. Where the submitted work involves joint authorship, each student has to identify their contribution to the work (which will be confirmed by a statement signed by each collaborator), provided that it is possible to apply to the work the same criteria used in judging independent work.
The submission type, topic and methodology for the research will be identified with the help of a research proposal, to be submitted for TPM0420 in Semester 1. Submission type, topic and methodology will be approved by the module coordinator and will depend on the availability of suitable resources and supervision. Students will work with the support of an assigned supervisor.
Students who have chosen to submit a practice-based research project will be given the opportunity to present the work in a public performance platform.
The module will also offer additional 4 1-hour group seminars, which will focus on the planning aspects of the practice-based outputs.
Seminar 1: Planning and executing your practice-based research project
Seminar 2: Planning the technical aspects of your practice-based research project
Seminar 3: Documenting your practice-based research project
Seminar 4: Reflecting on your practice-based research project
|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 development of particular subject specific skills will depend on the exact nature of the research project & may include any of the following: - describing, theorising, interpreting & evaluating performance texts and performance events from a range of critical perspectives - reading the performance possibilities implied by a script, score & other textual or documentary sources - realising a script, score & other textual or documentary sources in public performance - engaging in performance & production, based on an acquisition & understanding of appropriate performance & production vocabularies, skills, structures & working methods - contributing to the production of performance, for example, through direction, choreography, dramaturgy, stage management, scenography, sound & lighting production, promotion & administration - creating original work using the skills & crafts of performance making|
|Team work||Seminar discussions demand the application of skills necessary to conduct collaborative activity, such as negotiating ideas and opinions. Where appropriate, students work in collaboration with others on the formulation and implementation of practical research enquiries.|
This module is at CQFW Level 7