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MA Contemporary Performance Practices
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Are you a maker? An artist? An activist? Do you feel you need to do something in reaction to a deep crisis in the future of humanity, to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty? Are you longing for a space of discussion which brings together artists, scholars, and activists to create new types of cultural productions that transcend, rather than merely criticise, the status quo? Then MA Contemporary Performance Practices may be where your ideas belong.
Contemporary Performance Practices breaks traditional disciplinary borders to explore how performance can help us respond to social, environmental, and ecological changes and challenges. The Programme provides a unique and tailored education to prepare graduates for new opportunities within the performing arts industry. The curriculum centres on a dynamic blend of critical, practice-based engagement with performance across artistic genres and disciplines; from experimental theatre, music, dance and community-based practices, to live art, interactive and participatory performance, sound art, and installation.
You will be immersed in a variety of ideas, approaches and forms, and, at the same time have ample opportunities to focus on your own area of interest. Throughout the programme you will explore cutting edge and interdisciplinary approaches to performance making and develop original work leading to your final dissertational project which will be a unique performance on a specific area of enquiry.
What makes this course different
Combine a wide range of practices
This interdisciplinary programme utilises a practice-based approach, working across traditional disciplines of spoken word, performance, drama, sound/music and urban dance, as well as game-design, technology and applied/community-based practices.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant performance scene in East London
Our programme is located in Stratford's thriving cultural quarter, home to a diverse range of cultural and performance venues.
Professional rehearsal studios and technical facilities including music technology and editing suites to support your production values.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
Our course responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing multi-skilled artists that are simultaneously practitioners, scholars and creative producers.
This course will enable students to articulate and 'own' the value of the practice within and outside the arts industries.
You will work individually with course leaders to find appropriate links with existing organisations for professional placements. You will have the opportunity to present your final work in a professional venue which hosts internationally acclaimed artists.
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- Core Modules
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Cultures of Performance
- Develop knowledge of key critical theory as related to performance and encourage student to apply theoretical concepts and methods to performance making.
- Enable students to incorporate theoretical discussion into their own inquiries as performers including the cultural specificity of their own performance practices.
- Furnish students with theories of representation and difference in the analysis and presentation of performance.
- Critique, analyse and deconstruct representations of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality and (dis)ability in relationship to each other in performance contexts.
- Foster critical thinking and encourage students to pursue independent critical theory research and apply it to their own practical work.
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Contemporary Performance Making
This module will introduce you to the field of contemporary performance practices and methodologies. Throughout the term, you will explore a range theoretical and practical skills required to conceive, devise and produce a collaborative performance. Indicative topics of study include: interdisciplinary composition; participatory and immersive practices; site specific/responsive performance; and digital performance.
This module will provide you with the opportunity to explore their potential career aspirations as cultural and creative entrepreneurs and leaders in the current national and international environment for the arts. You will develop knowledge, skills, and attributes in successfully acting as cultural and creative entrepreneurs and leaders.
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Research Methods in Creative Practice
- To critically assess the application of social, historical, cultural and textual research methods to creative cultural products.
- To facilitate the development of the practical skills necessary for the implementation of a research style for creative cultural projects and related written material.
- To integrate theory with production
- To further develop individual production skills
- To develop research, planning and organisational skills
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Mental Wealth: Professional Life - Performance Praxis
This module will provide you with the opportunity to develop an innovative practice as research performance methodology that can lead to the production work of a high creative and technical standard. They will pursue self-initiated work, which demonstrates a critical understanding of the approaches, practices and knowledge acquired earlier in the course and applied to their project and develop an advanced understanding of research methodology and project management for production-based work. This module is provided for you to develop an innovative practice as research performance methodology and pursue self-initiated research based on an area of your choice leading to an outward facing production. You will demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives pertinent to performance practice, to contain a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning and show evidence of original research.
The aims of the module are to:
- Provide you with the opportunity to pursue self-initiated work, which demonstrates a critical understanding of the approaches, practices and knowledge acquired earlier in the course.
- Develop an advanced understanding of research methodology and project management for production-based work.
- Provide you with the opportunity to develop production work to a high creative and technical standard.
- Produce a written component that is based on critical reflection.
- Core Modules
As part of the final year in an MA/MFA pathway, this module is a supervised, independent, student-driven creative practice module, which offers students an extraordinary opportunity to develop their creative practice in depth and to complete a professional-standard, full-length creative output in their discipline. Students from a range of practice-based programmes will create individual practice-based research plans with their supervisor and programme leader in order to meet the learning outcomes described in this module. Students develop their own working practices with supervision by their named programme supervisor in order to explore and advance their projects and reflective components.
This module will:
- Offer individual students the opportunity to critically develop his or her own work in the context of a rigorous but supportive intellectual climate.
- Encourage students to identify and explore those key contextual issues relevant to their artistic practice.
- Guide students to critically evaluate their work and that of their peers in the context of contemporary professional artistic practice.
- Enable students to achieve the highest possible standards in their work, so that MFA graduates have the confidence, maturity and intellectual and interpersonal skills necessary to function as successful creative practitioners.
The module aims to:
- Enable students to work with a significant level of autonomy in the production of a practice-based project
- Enable students to produce a body of work that demonstrates a resolution of practice and critical understanding
- Prepare students for the public presentation of work in collaboration with their peers and professionals in the field.
- Allow students to confidently contextualise their own work within the parameters of contemporary art practices.
- Further develop the ability to identify and formulate new critical insights into established practice
- Further encourage informed critical reflection upon the relations between the student’s own practice and current issues within their discipline.
Students are expected to demonstrate independence and 'ownership' in relation to their learning experience. In this focused environment each student learns how to organise and structure their working patterns in order to prepare themselves - both intellectually and practically - for the life of a professional practitioner in their chosen area. Each student, in conjunction with the programme team, will develop an individual learning plan and contract, which will stipulate the specific content of the creative practice involved in meeting the learning outcomes of the module.
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MFA Professional Platform
This module aims to facilitate students in creating and undertaking a professional platform for their creative work. Students will have supervised industry projects or placements related to their creative practice. Students will:
- Engage with the creative industries in a professional context related to their work.
- Create individual professional engagement plans with their supervisor and programme leader in order to meet the learning outcomes described in this module.
This module will:
- Guide students to create a professional portfolio of case studies, sketches/drafts of professional project, and reflection to prepare them for presentation/exhibition/residency in a discipline-specific conference, public event or professional industry installation or internship.
- Enable students to achieve presentation/exhibition/residency or internship in their discipline as professional creative practitioners.
The module aims to:
- Prepare students for the public presentation of work in collaboration with their peers and professionals in the field.
- Further encourage informed critical reflection upon the relations between the student's own practice and the current professional context of their discipline.
The specific nature of the professional engagement will be determined between the student and the supervisor. Options include a professional exhibition, publication, work in a professional/dissemination context with a theatre, production company or publishing company, or another route agreed upon with the named programme.
Each student, in conjunction with the programme team, will develop an individual learning plan and contract, which will stipulate the specific professional trajectory involved in meeting the learning outcomes of the module.
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
You'll be taught by a range of staff, many of whom are practitioners in the area they teach. The assessments focus on practical and critical skill. This ensures that the practice-led teaching is relevant to industry and practice. Our staff are well placed to take advantage of a range of professional networks and industry contact. Each module is designed with practical components and a reflective component, with the intention that students develop an ability to critically reflect on their creative process.
When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study and rehearsals. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.
Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.
When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.
Each year you will spend around 300 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module.
The approximate percentages for this course are:
- scheduled teaching - 300 hours
- guided independent study - 900 hours
Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place in the evenings. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.
To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 10 students a year. However, this can vary by academic year.
Core modules will be taught in a cohort of ten while some modules shared across the three MAs in Performing Arts will be taught in groups of 25 - 30 students.
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
Coursework will include practical outcomes (e.g. individual or group-based performances; performative presentations, documentations, or artefacts; films/video-art; installations; and other performance based work) and written assignments (e.g. reflective portfolios; funding applications; abstracts of your work; website/digital profile).
- 60% practical
- 40% written coursework
You’ll always receive written or audio feedback outlining strengths and points for further development. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford
Our campus and the surrounding area
University Square Stratford is one of London's most modern and well-equipped campuses. It serves 3,400 students and is the base for our courses in law and criminology, dance and performing arts, and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Modern facilities include: performing arts spaces; three performance studios; the Harvard lecture theatre, with live lecture capture technology; the multimedia Weston Learning Centre; a dedicated MBA suite and teaching space; a 300-seat specialised tiered lecture; and a simulated courtroom for mooting experience.
The campus is close to new Stratford developments such as Westfield Stratford City, and next door to the Theatre Royal and Picturehouse cinema.
WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
Dr Claudia Brazzale
Dr Brazzale is a Senior Lecturer and Programmer Leader for MA CPP.Read more
Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn
Sarahleigh Castelyn is Reader in Performing Arts and is an academic, performer, choreographer, and researcher. She has performed in and choreographed performance works, for example at JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival, The Playhouse, and the National Arts Festival (South Africa). She is the Programme Leader for the Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts and is the Postgraduate Research Degree Leader in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.Read more
Dr Dominic Hingorani
Dominic Hingorani is Professor of Performing Arts and is an academic, playwright, director and producer. He is also Co-Artistic Director of Brolly Productions CIC: A global majority led cross arts company creating new roles in the repertoire for under represented artists. Dominic originally trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and worked professionally in theatre, film, television and radio for over ten years. He is Head of the Department of Music, Writing and Performance in the School of Arts and Creative Industries.
WHAT WE ARE RESEARCHING
Programme Leaders are at the forefront of immersive, participatory and interactive performance, as well as inter-disciplinary research and practice. Led with immersive pioneers, the programme provides access to research on cultures of performance, emerging technologies, contemporary performance, public spaces and game-design.
The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), a six-yearly national review of higher education research, underlined the quality and impact of our work. An impressive 50 per cent of the research we're undertaking in the field of Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts was judged to be either 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading'.
Our Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) has become an international centre for research in the performing arts and supports research that is concerned with political, philosophical, cultural, ethical, socially-engaged and community applied issues.
All of our academics are teachers, practitioners and researchers. Dr Sheila Preston, our Head of Performing Arts, co-published with Tim Prentki The Applied Theatre Reader, which is the key text book on undergraduate and postgraduate courses nationally and internationally. The Programme Leaders for the MA in Contemporary Performance Practices degree are also accomplished scholars, artists and performers.
Dr Claudia Brazzale (MA in Performance Studies, NYU, and PhD in Culture and Performance, UCLA) is a scholar, choreographer and performer whose work and collaborations have been presented at many venues in the US as well as in the UK and Italy. She has held positions a lecturer at the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies department at Liverpool Hope University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Analysis at London South Bank University. While living in the USA, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University.
In 2010 she was awarded an International Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association University of Women to support her research at the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, where she held a position as a Global Scholar from 2009 to 2012. Her research and teaching interests include: dance, performance and integrated arts; global flows of traditional performance forms; cosmopolitanism and globalisation; space, place, migration and the moving body; performance, fashion, the body and consumer culture; feminist ethnographic and performative writing. Her current research project examines the recent circulation of West African dance and music in Italy.
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YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Graduates from MA Contemporary Performance Practices have gone on to secure funding for their projects, create new artist networks, produce international projects, create new festivals, curate interdisciplinary events and have their projects programmed in a variety of festivals, venues and conferences since 2016. UEL offers an MFA route to this programme, as well as options to progress to PhD.
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UELSU provides a range of services and support to students and can provide advice and representation on any matter affecting the contract between you and UEL. For further information on this support, please visit www.uelunion.org
16) Students studying at partner institutions
If you are undertaking a programme of study at a partner institution you will need to generally abide by the above terms and also those of the partner institution. Further information and support in understanding these terms is available from the Academic Partnership Office -firstname.lastname@example.org.
17) International students - additional responsibilities
All international students must also comply with UK Visa and Immigration requirements. All international students are required to hold a valid visa which permits study in the UK or hold a Tier 4 visa/have applied for a Tier 4 visa with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies issued by UEL. Students who are being sponsored under a Tier 4 student visa must also understand and comply with the responsibilities of their student visa and co-operate with UEL in fulfilling our Tier 4 duties.
18) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
UEL is committed to working together to build a learning community founded on equality of opportunity – a learning community which celebrates the rich diversity of our student and staff populations and one in which discriminatory behaviour is challenged and not tolerated within our community.
Within the spirit of respecting difference, our equality and diversity policies promise fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion/belief (or lack of). In pursuing this aim, we want our community to value and to be at ease with its own diversity and to reflect the needs of the wider community within which we operate.
For further information on this inclusive approach to education please visit our Student Policies page.
We welcome feedback on our programmes and services and facilitate this in a variety of ways, including programme committees, module evaluation forms and surveys.
However, if you are dissatisfied with a particular service or programme or the manner in which it has been delivered, you must let the person responsible for that service know as we will always try to resolve matters at the earliest opportunity via informal conciliation. If you are unsure who to approach, please e-mail The Hub who will be able to direct your concerns appropriately.
If you remain dissatisfied with a service or programme, or the manner in which it is delivered, you should refer to our formal complaints procedure to have the matter formally addressed.
In addition, once you have enrolled onto your programme, you will also have access to the Advice and Information Service offered by UELSU. This access is not available to students studying at partner institutions.
If you wish to cancel this contract within 14 days of enrolment onto your programme, you must do so in writing by sending your request to email@example.com. Any fees that you have paid will be refunded – please see Fees Policy for further information on obtaining a refund.
21) Further guidance
If any of the information in these Terms of Admittance or related policies are unclear or if you have any questions, please contact The Hub for guidance on +44 (0) 208 223 4444.
22) Right to advice
This is a consumer contract and you are able to obtain independent advice in relation to its terms and conditions from UELSU as well as your local Citizens Advice Bureau.
Neither you nor UEL will be liable for failure to perform their obligations under these Terms of Admittance if such failure arises from unforeseeable events, circumstances or causes outside of that party's reasonable control. Examples of such events include, but are not limited to, war, terrorism, industrial disputes, natural disaster, fire and national emergencies.
Only you and UEL are parties to these Terms of Admittance. No other person shall have any rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to enforce any term of these Terms of Admittance.
Failure or delay by you or UEL to exercise any right or remedy provided under this contract shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall prevent or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
These Terms of Admittance are governed by the law of England and Wales and you and UEL agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.