Taught course

Performance Practice as Research

Institution
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London · Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Qualifications
MAMFA

Entry requirements

You will normally have good knowledge and experience of at least one of theatre-making discipline (i.e. performance, directing, writing, design, dramaturgy, puppetry, music, visual art), together with a strong desire to bring this expertise to an experimental theatre-making environment. Alternatively, you may be an outstanding individual from another discipline, with an evident desire to explore interdisciplinary practice. You should normally have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, (drama, theatre or performance studies) though applications from students of other disciplines will be considered.

Months of entry

October

Course content

If you have an established practice and/or background in performance theory, on the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research you can take your work to the edges of your specialism(s), exploring untouched ground, establishing new ways of thinking about and doing performance, while pushing the boundaries of your discipline(s).

  • Taught courses for performance innovators who wish to investigate and interrogate concepts and practices within contemporary performance
  • Designed for the ‘auteur’, the individual practitioner/researcher
  • For those working across disciplinary boundaries
  • You will be encouraged to experiment and innovate by developing your own work, which will be presented as part of the annual Brink Festival at Central.


You will become part of a thriving community of postgraduate scholars and practitioners working within a School-wide framework for research and experimentation. Interrogate, test and apply the most recent thinking and practices within your particular field, which may include any combination of performance practice(s), directing, scenography, composition, or live and performance art.

Emphasis is placed on a reciprocal relationship between theory and practice, where one feeds into and enlivens the other.

If chosen, a second MFA year can be undertaken, deepening the work of your first year, whilst gaining a critical expertise in a wider array of Practice as Research models.

During the MA/MFA Performance Practice as Research you might expect to:

  • Participate in workshops and seminars to investigate the relationship between the concepts and materials of performance
  • Analyse making, performing and spectatorship as interrelated activities
  • Engage and apply critical contexts and concepts
  • Explore different strategies and methods for conducting research and disseminating the findings, leading towards a conference presentation
  • Undertake laboratory exploration of performance practice as a way of testing ideas
  • Develop work towards a public presentation at Central’s Brink Festival
  • Undertake a Sustained Independent Project (SIP) culminating in a dissertation or a portfolio documenting practice-based research.

Information for international students

Central holds international auditions/interviews. Please see Central’s website for details. To book a place please email admissions@cssd.ac.uk. If you are unable to attend in person, the course admissions tutor may offer you the opportunity of a distance audition/interview.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to prove their English language proficiency by gaining an overall score of 7.0 in an IELTS test. We do accept equivalent English language qualifications

More information for international students can be found on Central’s website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Open Events
Email
openevents@cssd.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7722 8183