Making Performance: Practitioners (Q3107)

30 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

On this module, you’ll get introduced to a range of approaches in contemporary performance practice. You’ll focus on a number of companies and artists. These will be used as case studies at a practical and theoretical level.

Topics will include new strategies in composition/devising and collaborative methodologies. The module culminates with the performance of collectively devised short pieces.

Key skills you’ll gain include:

  • critical analysis and reflection
  • practical performance-making
  • research skills, especially into histories of contemporary performance.


5%: Lecture
49%: Practical (Practical, Workshop)
46%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 48 hours of contact time and about 252 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: