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Aberystwyth University: MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography

Institution Aberystwyth University View institution profile
Department Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies
Telephone 01970 621517
Study type Taught


The MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography at Aberystwyth University is aimed at students who intend to pursue creative practice in performance and scenography in order to become professional artists and/or practice-based researchers. Housed in its own dedicated building and led by internationally recognised practitioners, this MA enables personal and professional development through the sustained exercise of creative practice in performance and scenography.

Within Aberystwyth’s historic Assembly Rooms, you will have the opportunity to work daily in studios and workshops as a community (or ‘Assembly’) of experimental, developing artists, specialising in diverse aspects of contemporary performance practice, from scenography, design and installation, to acting, writing and directing. Whilst supporting personal pathways, the teaching will foster such specialisms by encouraging them to intersect and intertwine, forming a cultural environment of collaboration and exchange, in order to strengthen the creativity of the individual, and the individuality of their creativity.

Why study MA Theatre Practice: Performance and Scenography at Aberystwyth University? - Access to dedicated studios and workspace in Aberystwyth’s historic Assembly Rooms.

  • Creative development led by internationally recognised practitioners.

  • Part of a vibrant department where drama, theatre, film, media, scenography and theatre design collide.

  • An annual programme of departmental research seminars, with high-profile visiting speakers and performers.

  • Access to the National Library of Wales, and its archives.

  • Extraordinary and inspiring location and environment.

  • The Aberystwyth Arts Centre is situated on the main campus and is a popular venue where you can enjoy performances of all kinds.

How will I learn? The taught part of the course is delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions. During semester three (June-September), you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor. In addition to scheduled teaching times you will also have access to dedicated studios and workspace to pursue independent study and creative practice.

What will I learn? In the first two semesters (September to May), you will study a number of modules, together worth a total of 120 credits. These will help you contextualise your personal interest in advanced creative practice, explore and enact strategies, methodologies and techniques for making contemporary performance and scenography, develop your research skills, develop your collaborative abilities, and provide you with an understanding of theories and practices in public engagement. Throughout the year we will offer you a profoundly collaborative learning experience where your individual specialisms in performance or scenography will be developed, but also challenged and extended through the requirement to work closely with others in facilitated and independent creative research projects. In the final semester (June to September), you will undertake a 60 credit practice-based Research Project.

How will I be assessed? Assessment takes the form of: a performed lecture and a presentation; the creation of a performance or scenographic event, contribution to the realisation of a collaboratively devised performance project or scenographic event, a written reflective portfolio, a critical evaluation and two written essays. In the third semester, each student will complete either a practice-based research project or a written dissertation. The practice-based research project can be submitted as either an individually conceived and developed or a collaboratively conceived and developed performance work or scenographic event. For the written dissertation students are invited to identify and pursue research questions that are addressed through independently undertaken scholarly or practice-based research.


Aberystwyth University

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Established in 1872, Aberystwyth University was the first University Institution in Wales and has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research.
Aberystwyth is a medium sized, scenic coastal town situated in one of the most beautiful and safest parts of the UK.  You’ll benefit from easy access to the seafront and beaches, rolling green mountains, a vibrant social and cultural life, and an excellent education.  The University campus is compact, friendly, and has a thriving cosmopolitan postgraduate community.  It is a bustling centre of …
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