Reasons to study Performance Practices MA at DMU:
- You will investigate both the creative and critical contexts of performance, taught by our internationally recognised staff who are practising artists and scholars
- Develop your writing, making and thinking by engaging with current contemporary performance practice and theory
- Establish professional links through placements with regional and national arts-based organisations
- Topics studied include the body in performance, audiences, spaces, narrative, memory, digital technologies and collaboration, and these are addressed from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Work with an energetic, research-active staff team with international profiles in contemporary performance practices
The course aims to foster creative and performance skills, theoretical knowledge and research skills appropriate to contemporary performance practices, and is designed for those wishing to develop themselves as independent artists, practitioner-researchers, scholarly researchers and reflective practitioners. It is also suitable for professional artists and educators who wish to reinvigorate their practices and deepen their engagement in performance making.
This programme will assist in developing your skills and knowledge towards achieving your goals; whether it is to become a teacher or performer, start your own company, or pursue further study. It will allow you to gain real life experience through a range of opportunities offered by the industry through our links with local and national organisations.
There is some flexibility in module choice, so that you may broaden existing skills and/or develop new skills that complement your programme specific studies. You may choose to study a module from another similar programme or to undertake placements, further preparing you for employment in a range of contexts.
Structure and assessment
Gives the opportunity to work with a professional practitioner/ artist relevant to professional level UK and international contemporary practice. You will work as an ensemble to develop interdisciplinary work for public performance. This work will enable you to develop artistic and collaborative strategies and methodologies.
Research into Performance
Engages specifically with critical, theoretical and methodological approaches to research into performance. It addresses strategies and methods used by practitioner-researchers; critical vocabularies; ethics; the purposes and contexts of research and the perspective of the researcher.
Develops an approach to the study of performance in relation to a range of perspectives from C20 and C21 practitioners, theorists and philosophers. Areas of study are approached from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Enables you as an artist to re-investigate your creative processes in studio/laboratory contexts. The module considers issues and practices key to current performance making
Taught modules that you can choose to study are:
Education and the Arts
Explores arts education in both formal and informal educational settings. It is concerned with dialogic relationships between education and the arts in a range of contexts including schools, arts and cultural organisations and community settings.
Gives you the opportunity to engage in a valuable learning experience in an environment of your choosing external to the University. Examples of placements might include work within an arts administration, marketing, a teaching/pedagogic context, or with a particular company or practitioner.
Allows you to pursue a programme of self-directed study, which will be agreed with an individual supervisor via a learning contract. You can choose a relevant research topic to focus on, which further develops you as an independent practitioner or scholar.
Digital Media in Festival and Events
Focuses on the managing of local and community events using digital media arts. You will look at general practices and specific events, as well as the nature of local and community digital media art, in the globalised media world. You will be encouraged to critically analyse and apply theories of Cultural and Commercial Events Management.
Explores the ways in which artists of all artistic and media disciplines are engaged in the use of public spaces and the notion of place making, with a focus on the UK experience. It considers the emergent patterns of major events and festivals alongside the need to market places in competition with each other.
Cultural Policy and Planning
Provides definitions of cultural policy and explores its frameworks and applications. You will gain an understanding of instrumentalism, and will be encouraged to debate the uses of cultural resources across policy areas.
Enables you to undertake independent study and research into an area directly related to your course of study and to produce either practical work with accompanying written documentation, or an all written submission.
Work Based Projects
Provides the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills acquired from modules on the programme, in a practical context – for example work within an arts administration, marketing, teaching/pedagogic context, or with a particular company or practitioner.
Facilities and features
The PACE (Performance Arts Centre of Excellence) building will be a focal point for you as it contains state-of-the-art, dedicated and flexible teaching spaces as well as an informal meeting space for students. You can book studio spaces and audio/visual equipment. You will have access to an extensive stock of specialist books; videos; electronic resources and facilities housed in the Kimberlin Library.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.