Postgraduate taught 

Theatre & Performance Practices MLitt

Independent Practice THEATRE5030

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

An opportunity for students to explore and develop their practice through incremental stages in a supportive environment.


5 x 1 hour individual tutorials.

2 x 2hr workshops (production and documentation).

3 x work-in-progress 'milestone' showings (presentations of practice, typically 30 minutes).

1 x 5 hour collective feedback de-brief.

1 x weekend workshop (12 hours, split over two days).

Excluded Courses





1/ Practice. Three pieces of performance practice which demonstrate an extension of existing practice and an awareness of other practitioners working in related areas. The three pieces of practice may explore different areas, or may constitute a development of one theme or area of practice. Each showing is expected to have a duration of around 30 minutes. Durational performances to be negotiated with the tutor. (50%)


2/ Documentation of the performance practice. Documentation of the project appropriate to the form of the practice and to the potential context and applications of the documentation. This might consist of video, sound recordings, photography, scripts/scores or other means as agreed with the course tutor. (25%)


3/ A critical reflection on the practice which elaborates on the research questions or topic explored, outlines the aims and objectives of the performance practice, sets the project within an appropriate theoretical framework and artistic context, reflects on methodologies and outlines and evaluates the findings. 2500 words (25%).

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Enable students to extend their performance practice within a critical context

■ Encourage students to reflect on their own practice, in relation to the work of other contingent practitioners

■ Enable students to explore different approaches towards the documentation of their practice and acquire appropriate skills in performance documentation

■ Enable students to generate a portfolio of performance practice of professional quality

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Locate their practice in relation to the work of other professional practitioners

■ Make informed and appropriate choices about different approaches towards documenting their practice, dependent on the potential context and applications of the documentation

■ Document performance practice

■ Extend and develop their performance practice

■ Develop a programme for a substantial piece of practice

■ Develop strategies for appropriate documentation of practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.