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MA in Theatre and Performance Research

 

The School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies has launched an exciting new MA in Theatre and Performance Research (MATPR).

In this unique programme, you will interrogate the varied meanings, methodologies and productions of research undertaken by scholars and practitioners across a range of theatre and performance areas. You will have the opportunity to analyse text, performance, and performativity through multiple current theoretical and methodological approaches that are appropriate to the discipline. The programme understands research in the broadest sense, to include experimental production, practice-based enquiry, laboratory-style research & development, conceptual modelling, critical and contextual study, archival research, and advanced theorisation drawing on theatre and performance studies along with other relevant disciplines.

The team of internationally renowned academics and specialists teaching on the MA has interests that range widely across a variety of topics. These include cities, national identity, citizenship, interculturalism, gender, trauma, popular culture, agriculture, socially-engaged creative practice and new technologies—all investigated through lenses of theatre and performance. This MA will be of interest if you are seeking to update your knowledge of contemporary thinking and practice in Theatre and Performance; refresh and develop your own theatre/performance practice; or undertake further study at the PhD level.

Course duration

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research is a 12-month programme, following the University of Warwick calendar. Full-time students register for one core module and one optional module in each of the Autumn and Spring Terms and for the MA dissertation in Summer Term. Part-time students take one module in each of the Autumn and Spring Terms over two years, with dissertation preparation and completion across respective Summer Terms.

Aims

MATPR aims to familiarise students with current and emergent practices and research developments in specialist areas within the field of theatre and performance studies and to introduce, develop and challenge assumptions about theatre and performance. The MATPR programme will help students develop and enhance their engagement with performance-related issues, and it will add value to already existing skills bases and theoretical knowledge.

The MATPR student

MATPR students should have a strong academic background with an aptitude for critical enquiry and conceptualisation. An interest in or experience with creative practice in theatre and/or performance is also welcome. For final year students of an undergraduate degree or for persons already working in a performance-related or art-based profession or area, this degree will further add value to your skills and critical engagement with diverse aspects of arts practice and curation. This MA aims to expand the conceptual and research (including practice-as-research) skills of those working in cultural industries or those wishing to pursue an academic career through advanced study and practice, perhaps leading to a PhD. We welcome students just finishing their undergraduate degrees in performance-related or art-based disciplines and others who have worked in the arts or education in a range of roles.

International appeal

We welcome local and international students and the different cultural experiences and concepts they can contribute to the course. The School is strongly committed to an internationalist agenda and to maintaining global networks, and our staff base is notably international.

MA Structure:

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research entails methodological and analytic study in the core modules (applied to specific theatre and performance contexts and developed further in relation to your own interests, needs and experience). The optional modules in the Department are more practice-based, focusing on contemporary processes, practices and approaches in theatre and performance.

The core modules (30 CATs each) are Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance Studies and Theatre and Performance Research Methodologies. The Department's two optional modules (30 CATs each) are New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research and Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices. Full-time students take one core module and one optional module in each term (autumn and spring); part-time students take one module each term over a two-year period. Students may take an approved module from outside the Department for one of the optional modules. These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning. The availability of external modules will vary depending on term and year. In the summer term, students work on a Dissertation. The Dissertation (60 CATs) is a supervised individual research project allowing students to pursue individual interests and draw together learning from across the course. The Dissertation may take the form of a written dissertation or a practical project with a written component.

MA structure: FULL TIME (1 YEAR)


MA structure: part-time (2 years)


*These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). The availability of modules will vary depending on term and year.

Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick Graduate Destinations

The School has a long history of placing its MA students not only in its own PhD programmes, but also in other highly esteemed programmes nationally and internationally. Some of our former MA and PhD candidates have become successful practitioners, while others have used their qualifications to secure employment in the arts and creative industries and at international universities.

Graduates destinations include:

For further information please contact the Course Director, Dr Susan Haedicke, s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk.

For more information about the MA please contact the Course Director, Dr Susan Haedicke: s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk.