Performance and Digital Media at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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Course summary

On this MA you’ll explore performance and digital media within to a contemporary society that has become increasingly technologised. With a focus on the latest technology, allowing you to explore the full range of stage, screen, audio and intermedial possibilities, you’ll gain hands-on experience which can help kick-start your career in this fast-paced and diverse industry. Why study at Buckinghamshire New University? As part of the Art, Design and Performance School at BNU, you’ll benefit from a practiced-based course, supported by contextual studies. You’ll also have the opportunity to work collaboratively across the university with other courses, ensuring during your studies you are building a varied network, like you would in the real world. Previous joint projects have seen students working with film and TV production and audio and music students. Led by a dedicated and experienced course team, you’ll benefit from their industry knowledge and the industry links they bring to the course. Many of our guest lecturers are specialists within the industry and with lecturers will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with BNU. As well as this we seek to bring your work into the wider world and to bring the world into the university. During your time at BNU you’ll have the opportunity to perform at external venues and take part in workshops with leading companies, both on and off campus. With London only a short train ride away, you are only a stones-throw away from the hustle and bustle of the world-renowned West End. What facilities can I use? At BNU we ensure you have creative spaces to bring your ideas to life. On this course you’ll have access to three drama studios. Each space brings with it unique features to bring your performance to life, from moving lights and fully equipped sound systems and projection to mirrors, a tiered seating bank and sprung floors. What will I study? This MA course is offered as both a full-time and part-time course. Create work that pushes the boundaries between performances and contemporary life, and the boundaries between performance and other disciplines. This course focuses on contemporary cutting-edge practice. You'll be guided in your studies by skilled practitioners and experienced academics. You'll move towards independent study as you adopt the role of performer / director / creator as well as academic. You'll run workshops and lead group productions and the course will conclude with a project led by you, in which you'll creatively develop ideas explored during the course. You will explore the application of live and digital performance to a contemporary society that has become increasingly technologised. You will learn to view performance as both performing – a skill which can be applied in a variety of contexts – and as an art form that can accommodate a range of media, including film, screen, and digital platforms. You will gain hands-on experience with the latest technology, allowing you to explore the full range of stage, screen, audio and intermedial possibilities. There is a particular focus on the range of skills involved in small scale theatre and setting up your own theatre companies, which aims to simulate industry practice. The range of leadership roles will develop creative and innovative thinkers on this programme by drawing on collaborative, ensemble and directing working practices. At the centre of the programme is practical work with industry professionals at the forefront of contemporary UK performance. You will work with them practically and learn about their professional practices. You will then go on to study thinkers who have written about the possibilities of performance and explore concepts discussing what performance is and could be.


Year one Core Modules Contemporary Practice Creative Explorations: Development and Reflection Creative Explorations: Production Creative Impact Interrogating Performance Residency: Contemporary Contexts Optional Modules Practical Dissertation OR Written Dissertation

Assessment method

Assessment is varied, catering for different learning styles and enabling students to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills. These include solo performance, group performance, group presentation, written project proposal, written reflection on creative work, and workshops. We're passionate about giving our students as many opportunities as possible so you’ll be able to work on a number of exciting projects. We know the importance of catering for different learning styles and enabling our students to develop a wide range of academic and performance skills. We encourage you to develop your own response to open briefs, giving you independence and creative control over your work. Throughout the course, an attempt is made to connect practical and critical work, with an understanding of the links between theory and practice evidenced in written work. Teaching methods may vary but will include workshops to develop practical and production skills, seminars and lectures, performances (some of which are formally assessed) where you will perform to an audience or be mediated (i.e. for camera) and study trips, giving you the opportunity to watch professional theatre. In the final term you'll research a topic of your choice for your practical project or written dissertation.

How to apply

International applicants

Entry requirements

Typically 2:1 or above in a Media or Performing Arts related field, and/or experience in the performing arts sector (in its widest sense, from performance to design, video production, teaching and leadership). All students will be required to attend an interview and give a presentation on their relevant experience. Students will be required to work to a high level in both practical and academic work. We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds and experiences and are prepared to consider students with relevant experience in addition to the above typical profile.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £5460 Year 1
International £5460 Year 1
England £5460 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5460 Year 1
Scotland £5460 Year 1
Wales £5460 Year 1
Channel Islands £5460 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5460 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Performance and Digital Media at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS