The newly developed MA Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) programme is an exciting Level 7 programme which has been designed in consultation with a steering group of regional and national performance and art-based practitioners covering a variety of specialisms. This innovative MA programme will challenge Performing Arts students from Music, Acting, Dance or Musical Theatre backgrounds not only in their range of knowledge and skills but through increasing autonomy and industrial confidence. The overriding aim of this MA programme is to offer a mode of study which encourages a holistic approach to creative and performing practices, synthesising traditional academic study with vocational creative skill development and knowledge and application of current industry processes and experience. This will be achieved though progressional study of subject specific techniques and processes, research methodologies and academia, and industry engagement.
The Performing Arts students will experience a selection of intensive creative processes exploring a chosen pathway in either music, dance or acting. This will cover a range relevant creative and rehearsal processes inclusive of, but not limited to music composition and production, choreographic practice and psychosomatic and/or devising principles through dance and/or acting.
Drawing from current professional practitioners and processes, students will develop advanced subject-specific skills, enabling them to respond to complex creative problems, and develop cognitive skills to support decision making within their own practice.
Although students will work within their chosen art form, the multidisciplinary structure of this programme will expose them to a range of practical, methodological and philosophical discourses relevant to a contemporary creative and performance practice across performing arts. Collaboration will optimise learning opportunities within both practical and theoretical activities and will prepare students for a range of careers within the creative industries.
The MA Creative and Professional Practice (Performing Arts) programme is delivered within the Performance Academy.
The Performance Academy is one of the most comprehensive training environments in the UK with state-of-the-art facilities including 9 full size dance and acting studios, the 250 seat Peter Sarah Theatre, a studio theatre, radio station, editing suite, recording studios and a music venue.
The development of the Practitioner Enquiry module offers a range of options to suit those in work or to support the freelance nature of the creative industries. Within this module students will work either within an established industry role, external placement or a simulated work-placement within Newcastle College (as a FE / HE lecturer or industry specialist in relation to the existing Work-Based Learning / Professional Practice modules at level 4 and Level 5) to undertake an action research or professional development project. Alternatively students working in the freelance industry will be challenged through a series of business development lecturers and seminars, to look develop their freelance work into entrepreneurial small businesses.
This module provides a direct means of encouraging and assessing transferable and ‘Work Ready’ skills and knowledge. This is achieved through a process of preparation, observation and engagement, and independent industry based projects / placement relevant to the student career choice.
Graduates will be able to work across the creative and performing arts industries undertaking careers as artists, illustrators, designers, photographers, performers, teachers, choreographers, producers, academics and critics.
This course runs on the following dates:
Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email email@example.com.
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus