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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5106M Performance and Collaborative Enterprise

30 creditsClass Size: 21

Module manager: Dr Jenny Lawson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Entry M Level

This module is not approved as an Elective


The module offers opportunity for students from across the MA programmes in PCI to share their diverse interests and skills through engagement in a collaborative venture. The intention is to create a series of negotiated interventions, performances and/or projects that either respond to a commission or are initiated and pitched as a response to the particular interests identified by the module participants.

The module is intended to be multi- disciplinary, collaborative and informed by an ethos of performance praxis. The module has been developed in response to the range of expertise in context specific projects available in PCI and requests from the PG community for enhanced opportunity to work together.

The module will include exploration of a range of methodological practice in collaborative work in the performance and cultural industries sector. It offers the opportunity for students to formally apply the theories, concepts and frameworks discussed in other programme-specific modules. This will include the development of critical, analytic, creative and organizational skills through the use of negotiation, self-motivation and critical reflection within the operation of the module.

The module requires students to engage in the complete cycle of a developmental process, working from concept to presentation. Once initiated the projects will be self-directed through a mentoring system including the generation of an agreed proposal, academic and technical tutor supervision, self and peer assessment. The resultant work/s are expected to encompass a broad range of media reflecting the diversity of the school and the particularities of the individuals involved.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- sustain masterful level of experimentation through group working methods, identification of research questions, negotiated working relationships
- utilise sustained creative and collaborative skills in the design, development and presentation of ideas in a variety of media, related to the process and production of agreed outcomes
- manipulate complex material from varied disciplines that, responding to an identified demand within the cultural industries sector
- articulate understanding of theoretical concerns, terminologies and languages with respect of experimental context specific practice
- demonstrate critical engagement through the use of self reflection, analysis and evaluation, including self and peer assessment
- adapt working methods for new situation, self-management, collaborative problem solving and critical analysis.


The module is based in the emergent performance practices of the 21st century. It engages with the challenging issues presented by a broad range of cultural issues, including the sustainable development of arts practices and knowledge alongside social and cultural critique.

The module revolves around the operation of a series of student-led experimental projects used as a method for research. The starting point is to contextualize the interests of the group, and identify current practice in the field of cultural enterprise. The module aims to put theory and ideas into practice using the group skills as researchers to design and deliver appropriate projects for identified funders, clients and other agencies or in response to current cultural agendas.

Negotiated Learning

The module will be organised through the use of a series of agreed Learning Contracts. This is an agreement between individual group members, the group and the supervising tutor/s. It is likely that learning contracts will show some variation between group members. This is because individual group members may take on different roles within the process identifying specific and individual aims and objectives. In some circumstances aims and objectives may be shared with other group members and these will be identified and cross-referenced accordingly.

Each group member will be required to submit an individual learning contract: outlining primary and any secondary roles and the different ways that these may be assessed.

The Learning Contract provides opportunity for each individual to decide what it is that they individually want to focus on during the module. Whilst the Learning Contract results in an individual agreement it must also be negotiated within the group. It is likely that the MA level assessment criteria for PCI will be utilised as a starting point for this process. The Learning Contract should identify strengths to be practiced and new areas to be explored.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning113.0033.00
Independent online learning hours50.00
Private study hours207.00
Total Contact hours43.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

100 hours private study including investigation and development of agreed and specified areas of research. This will include data gathering, data generation, preparation of session materials, reports and project direction.

50 hours independent online learning, utilising VLE resources, group discussion, blog contributions and associated independent research. documentation and evaluation of collaborative process.

107 hours reading and preparation for lectures, seminar sessions and group practical work. This will include online digitised resources, studio research, self and group evaluation and process documentation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

1. The module includes seminar discussion and tutor supervised practical work. Together these provide opportunity for tutors to monitor individual and group progress.
2. Staff will be able to engage in formalised critical response during the studio sessions. This will enable staff to monitor student involvement and willingness to adapt to changing situations.
3. Each student will be assessed as an individual and as part of the company.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalDelivery of an agreed context specific event70.00
Reflective logCritical Evaluation 2,500- 3,000 words30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The practical assessment element will include self and peer assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 18/09/2020


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