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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MA Performance and Multi-Media (2010 entry)

Academic Year: 2014/15

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of English and Drama - pre 2017
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MA/ PGDip /PGCert
Programme title Performance and Multi-Media
Programme code EAPT38, EAPT42
Length of programme The minimum duration of the programme is one calendar year full-time, two calendar years part-time.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria


Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 09 Jun 2014 17:31:18 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • to integrate academic theory and practical work;
  • to develop students’ skills and competences in the full range of research methods and techniques relevant to the investigation of the dramatic process;
  • to explore and analyse the effect theories have on performance and the performative body;
  • to combine different media (writing, performance, computer-generated image, graphics, audio, photography, video);
  • to mix live and virtual (computer-generated) performance work and explore body-mind limits;
  • to participate in group work and experiment with various performance methodologies.

The overall aim of the course is to improve understanding of the importance of performance in terms of how it is used, presented and interpreted, and how this may affect the mediation and communication of personal/collective narratives.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Dance, Drama and Performance
  • Framework for High Education Qualifications (FHEQ)

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of the programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • traditional and contemporary critical perspectives on performance;
  • major contemporary debates about appropriate frameworks and theories;
  • processes by which performance is created, realised and managed;
  • processes through which performance is documented and interpreted.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • cogently present ideas in a number of forms;
  • employ bibliographical skills appropriate to the discipline, including accurate citation of texts and scholarly conventions of presentation;
  • assess and appraise their own and others’ professional practice;
  • understand how to research and develop theories and practice in performance.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a capacity to develop appropriate strategies to address ideas or themes in self-chosen projects;
  • read, analyse, document and interpret performance;
  • produce creative work for the entertainment and related industries;
  • manage their own projects through to successful production/completion.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • retrieve information from both electronic and hard-copy sources and critically evaluate these sources;
  • comprehend and develop intricate ideas in an open-ended way;
  • demonstrate well-developed writing and interpersonal communication skills;
  • deliver required work to a given brief, format, length and deadline.

4. Programme structure

4.1     To be eligible for consideration for these awards, students must obtain appropriate credit from the following compulsory and optional modules. 


Semester 1






Research Methods


20 credits




Research Methods


20 credits




Theatre and Theory: Performance and Culture


20 credits


Semester 2






Radical Directions


30 credits






60 credits


Optional (choose 1 module)




Special Subject 2


30 credits




Renaissance Playhouse Practice


30 credits




History and History Plays: Description, Desire and Prescription


30 credits




Staging Difference: Theatrical Representations of Race, Gender and Identity


30 credits


4.2       The subjects for the Dissertation module (EAP018) must be approved in advance by the Programme Leader or nominee, and dissertations must be submitted by a specified date in the first half of September. The dissertation should be a maximum of 15,000 words in length.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1      In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

5.2      Students will normally be permitted to proceed to the Dissertation module (EAP018) only after successfully accumulating 120 credit units.

5.3      Students taking the Dissertation module may also be required to take an oral examination on the work submitted.

5.4      In accordance with Regulation XXI, candidates who have the right of reassessment in a module will be offered an opportunity to be reassessed in the University’s special assessment period.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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