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Performance Practices MFA

The Performance Practices Master of Fine Arts focuses on developing your engagement in professional practices and contexts in order to extend your practice and support your transition in to working as an independent artist. 

Overview

Reasons to study Performance Practices MFA at DMU:

  • Be supported in your transition from student to independent artist and/or researcher
  • Enhance your ability to effectively respond to an ever-changing world of work
  • Establish professional links through work-based learning with regional and national arts-based organisations
  • Develop your writing, making and thinking by engaging with current contemporary performance practice and theory
  • Select from optional modules to design a personal pathway through the course
  • Embed your current semi/professional activities into your course
  • Work with an energetic, research-active staff team with international profiles in contemporary performance practices

This course functions as a bridging year between your studies and more professional contexts by developing your skills and knowledge to support them in achieving your goals.

Scholarships:

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

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  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Duration: Two years full-time, three years part-time.

Start date: September 2018


Fees and funding: UK/EU: £6,667 full-time; £2,222 per year part-time.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

You can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Two years full-time

Start date: September 2018


Fees and funding: International: £16,266 for full time study

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

You should have the equivalent of a 2:1 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a related subject, such as Dance, Drama or Performing Arts. 

If you have other professional qualifications and industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis. Evidence of previous performance practice material (statements, images or online links) is required.

You may be asked to attend an interview, this could be via Skype or phone.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 5.5 in each band or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

Modules - Full-time study

Year one

Term 1 (all modules are core):

  • Research Methods for Creative Arts Practice
  • Research into Performance
  • Perspectives 
  • Performance Making 

Term 2 (option modules):

  • Education and the Arts
  • Negotiated Placement
  • Performance, Practice and Technology
  • Animating Places
  • Cultural Policy and Planning 

Year two

Term 1 (choose two modules from):

  • Independent Assignment 1
  • Independent Assignment 2
  • Independent Assignment 3

Term 2

  • Professional Practice Major Project

Modules - Part-time study

Year one

Term 1 (all modules are core):

  • Research Methods for Creative Arts Practice
  • Research into Performance 

Term 2 (core module):

  • Performance Making  

Term 2 (option modules):

  • Education and the Arts
  • Negotiated Placement
  • Performance, Practice and Technology
  • Animating Places
  • Cultural Policy and Planning 

Year two

Term 1 (core module):

  • Perspectives 

Term 2 (option modules):

  • Education and the Arts
  • Negotiated Placement
  • Performance, Practice and Technology
  • Animating Places
  • Cultural Policy and Planning 

Year three

Term 1 (choose two modules from):

  • Independent Assignment 1
  • Independent Assignment 2
  • Independent Assignment 3

Term 2

  • Professional Practice Major Project

Overview

The course is delivered from both scholarly and practical perspectives by an energetic research-active team with international profiles in their specialist field. You will be taught through a range of teaching and learning modes that include teacher and student-led lectures, seminars and practical workshops, and assessments that include written assignments; group and individual oral presentations, self-reflection and practice-based work. There is an increasing emphasis upon autonomous learning throughout the modules: year one is largely taught and year two emphasises self-directed learning with supervision support. The course culminates in a Professional Practice Major Project which supports your transition into professional contexts by locating aspects of your work in environments that are external to the University.

Contact hours
In your first year you will normally attend around 3-8 hours of timetabled taught sessions hours (depending on your choice of option module in Term 2) including lectures, tutorials and studio sessions each week, and be expected to undertake at least 27-32 hours of independent study each week. Your second year will be predominantly self-directed (including meetings with your supervisor), during which you can expect to undertake 35 hours of independent study each week.

Part-time study is normally undertaken on a half-time basis.

 

 

Facilities and features

Facilities

The PACE building will be a focal point for you since 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.

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

Engaging with external, professional organisations broadens your experience, offers valuable networking opportunities and prepares you for the world of work. This course offers an optional Negotiated Placement module that supports you to observe and shadow your host organisation to develop your skills base and understanding of a particular activity. The final Professional Practice Major Project module further supports opportunities for work-based learning in different ways and to varying degrees: you may secure various ‘one-off’ engagements or negotiate a longer placement with a host organisation. 

 

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#DMUglobal

You will have two opportunities to have an international experience which can support and complement your studies at DMU. One trip is to Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, where DMU students will meet with postgraduate students in dance and drama as part of an exchange of research and experiences. Another trip could take you to the Utrecht Spring Dance and Theatre Festival to engage with a vast range of international artistic practice, work collaboratively with students from the University of Utrecht and take workshops with professional international artists. 

 

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Graduate careers

On completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue a range of careers in the field of performance practices and the creative industries, as well as pursue further academic study. As this is a new programme, no students have graduated as yet but recent graduates from the Performance Practices MA  are:

  • Independent artists and securing funding from Arts Council England
  • Marketing and Communications Manager for UK Young Artists
  • Engaged as Associate Artists at DMU
  • Pursuing postdoctoral study
  • Teaching at University and FE levels

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