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MA Global Performance and Cultural Industries

Year 1

(Award available for year: Master of Arts)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:
-Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of key interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary theories and research methodologies, such as theatre and performance studies, sociology, and media studies to fully contextualise the programme;
-Display in-depth, specialist knowledge about how aspects of global theatre and performance products, both live and digital, are influenced by respective historical, political socio-economic evolution;
-Comprehend how knowledge on global theatre and performance in turn contributes to the understanding of post-industrial cultural and creative industries development in a global context;
-Apply learned theoretical knowledge in wide case studies to formulate critical and sophisticated debates, demonstrating in-depth understanding of theory and practice in Global Performance and Cultural Industries;
-Develop a specialist knowledge and explore an understanding of key concepts and skills relevant to the discipline.

Transferable (key) skills

Masters (taught) students will have had the opportunity to acquire the following abilities, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:
• The skills necessary to undertake a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in global theatre and performance and cultural and creative industries;
• Independent learning and the ability to work in a way which ensures continuing professional development in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline and an awareness of relevant ethical considerations;
• To take a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others; proactively to formulate ideas and hypotheses and to develop, implement and execute plans by which to evaluate their own achievement and that of others;
• Communicate effectively in interpersonal settings, in writing and in a variety of media. Work in flexible, creative and independent ways, demonstrate self-directed and reflexive learning;
• Collate, organize and deploy ideas and information in order to formulate arguments cogently, and express them effectively in written, oral or other forms;
• Develop, as appropriate, specific proficiencies in using a range of current and emergent performance and media technologies to maximize continued research and career development opportunities.


Achievement for the degree of Master (taught programme) will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:
• Evidencing an ability to conduct an independent in-depth enquiry within the discipline of Global Theatre and Performance;
• Demonstrating the ability to apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to the wider Cultural and Creative Industries;
• Drawing on a range of perspectives across the disciplines of Theatre and Performance and Cultural and Creative Industries;
• Evaluating and criticising received opinion;
• Making reasoned judgements whilst understanding the limitations of judgements made in the absence of complete data.


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