Practice as Research Project THEATRE5033P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The Practice as Research Project requires students to propose a performance project or presentation in response to research question(s) agreed with their supervisor. The project will be delivered via practice-driven research, devising and rehearsal. Students will also write a critical reflection on their process and provide documentation.


Students will receive:


■ Ten hour-long supervision sessions with an external professional practitioner and member of the Theatre Studies academic staff.

■ A staff-led seminar on documentation (2 hours).

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters Level

Excluded Courses





One assessment through performance practice (with option of taught workshop or demonstration) 60%; documentation of performance practice (20%); critical evaluation (written) of performance practice (2500-3000 words) (20%).

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Develop and deepen the student's personal skills in different aspects of theatre making and performance practice

■ Develop and deepen students' research interest in their chosen practice

■ Promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, theoretical or applied arguments relevant to contemporary performance practice

■ Encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised independent project

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply practical skills and knowledge in contemporary theatre and performance making practices

■ Apply research skills to contemporary theatre and performance making practices

■ Critically evaluate the main primary and secondary sources in their chosen field

■ Identify key skills and good practices in delivering a performance-based project to an audience

■ Define, plan, and execute a sustained, focused and coherent research project through practice

■ Work independently on a sustained creative project

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.