Practice-based Research Project

Level 6 (30 credits)

This module facilitates the development and production of a practice-based research project that is proposed individually, in pairs or a small group . You will formulate a project proposal outlining research questions, thematics, aesthetics, contexts, touchstones and methodologies that will be developed through independent research, peer support mechanisms and tutor mentoring. Through weekly workshops and student-led practice sessions you will be introduced to a range of performance-making approaches, research strategies, tools and techniques, and will be encouraged to devise your own research methodologies for generating performance materials and processes. Through the module you will explore, interrogate, test, develop and focus your research project, conducting on-going documentation of your research, working towards mid-module work-in-progress showings and culminating in a Festival of Performance in May.

Preparing for this Module and Approximate Costs

Before the module commences you will be asked to complete a Draft Research Project Proposal form that outlines your  initial project interests . This will be distributed mid-November with the completed form submitted in the 2nd week of January.

Costs are dependent on your individual project. You may want to buy materials, objects, garments. We encourage you to borrow, get second-hand and obtain materials for free where possible.

Why take
Practice-based Research Project

  • This is your opportunity to develop and create a project from start to finish that is totally self-determined. All forms, styles, modes and aesthetics can be explored, underpinned by rigorous research processes documented on your own artist website.
  • Your work is supported through workshops with practicing artists, continual mentoring, technical guidance & peer buddy structures.
  • The module ends with a 3-day festival of work in May, created, produced, run and presented by you.
Learning Context Practice-based
Semester Two
  1. Portfolio (2800 words), 40%
  2. Performance Project (15-25 minutes), 60%
Mode of reassessment Standard