Research by means of creative practice is central to the graduate programs of the School of Performing Arts, where we seek to nurture creative excellence hand in hand with intellectual rigour and depth of investigation. The Dance specialisation of the MFA invites research proposals that are centred in choreographic and performance practice, with questions focused upon broad ranging aspects of dancebased performance development and its realisation or topics that illuminate or expand upon the medium in some way.
The majority of proposals will involve research by means of the candidate’s own practice in parallel with a substantial written dissertation. While the School insists that MFA practice-based projects fulfil the rigorous requirements of academic research, the nature of the practice will vary considerably from project to project. For example the creation of a new devised performance, the investigation through performance of the work of a profiled choreographer or a new approach to dance training. The onus is on the candidate to ensure that their practice can provide the basis for a thorough research investigation, and that the research focus can be consciously articulated in written form.
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