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Theatre Archive Placement THEATRE5032

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This 40-credit course - Theatre archive placement - is a practical and critical exploration of theatre historiography within the context of a theatre and performance archive. Via an appropriate placement students will be encouraged to work with professional archivists or curators to explore the various dimensions of contemporary archival work for example in respect of curating new performance work or cataloguing or exhibiting theatre collections.


Over the duration of the placement, students will have at least 4 x 1 hour tutorials and 4 x 90 minute seminars.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses






1 x archival project (50%). The archival project will be a substantial, applied project, agreed with the course convenor and placement provider in advance, with explicitly agreed work plan, aims and outcomes (see Formative Assessment).

1 x 30 minute oral presentation (20%).

1 x 3,500 word critical report based on placement (30%).

Course Aims

The course aims to -

1. introduce students to the practical world of theatre historiography, with a view to informing subsequent career choices;

2. deepen students' understanding of the potential roles of the theatre historian in contemporary archive and museum contexts;

3. acquaint students with a specific archival or curatorial role (for example, in respect of exhibiting new work, cataloguing collections, textual analysis and interpretation in the exhibiting of work or education work); and,

4. encourage students to test their theoretical/conceptual understanding of historiographical practices in relation to theatre and performance.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

1. demonstrate a practical and critical understanding of the work of a theatre historian within the context of a theatre and performance archive;

2. demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively with professional archivists and curators on theatre history projects;

3. demonstrate how to use historiographical skills effectively with theatre and performance archives or related arts organisations;

4. reflect critically on such working practices.

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.