As part of their studies during the MAIPR course, students are placed in a wide range of theatre, performance and other cultural industry companies for placement assignments. These placements benefit the host companies as much as the postgraduate students by tailor making a research project that matches the needs of both.The Masters of Arts programme in International Performance Research (MAIPR) develops international perspectives on theatre and performance practices and traditions through study of their creation and reception in relation to the evolving global context. Its objective is to equip students with intellectual and/or curatorial and/or creative skills adequate to conducting international performance research and achieving trans-national performance literacy. It aims to enable them to work as well-trained hybrid researchers in an international arena, in careers that together encompass academic through curatorial to creative professions in the performing and related arts.
In the second (or 'mobility') part of the programme (January to June), students prepare for and undertake a placement research project. This will involve working with a partner company for a minimum of 20 hours in situ (plus self-directed research time of up to 100 hours) over a period of 5-10 weeks. The terms of this project are negotiated in detail with partner organisations.
The aim of the Programme/Projects is: to provide students with an in-depth research experience in a theatre/performance company, museum, archive or other appropriate partner organisation. The detailed requirement for the student is as follows:
Projects to focus on research questions/problems that have international relevance for the student, to be investigated primarily through one of three skill-set modalities: scholarship, curation, or creative practice. All projects to have a clear orientation to application and development of knowledge/skills in appropriate settings – e.g. archives/libraries, cultural industry companies, creative production groups – and involve a negotiated ‘partnership agreement’, i.e. not just use of the partner’s resources but developmental research of use to the partner.
Teaching is undertaken through individual/group supervision by university staff in consultation with partner co-ordinators (directors, education officers, curators, etc.).
Assessment consists of: Project report/dossier, 2500 words or equivalent plus supporting documentation (25% of ST2 module).