Professional Study - DRAM8990

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 30 (15) Angie Varakis-Martin checkmark-circle


This module explores the interconnectedness between academic research and professional practice in theatre and performance. Students explore research questions through work-based learning or through an in-depth study of an individual or company operation This can take the form of either a work placement or a report that should draw on first hand generation of research material such as through interviews. Students will analyse an individual or company operation and observe how the skills and knowledge learned are applied and put into practice within the business.
Topics covered in class will typically include basic theatre industry knowledge for emerging artists, such as theatre funding structures, fundraising strategies, writing grant applications, casting mechanisms, CV/personal statement writing, basic marketing, basic budgeting.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 42
Private study hours: 258
Total hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:
Work-based Report or Research-based Report (3,500 words) - 60%
Professional Portfolio (3,000 words) - 40%

Reassessment methods:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Assess contextual frameworks of theatre production and performance, such as social environment, audience demographics, institutional structures, cultural policies, artistic ideologies;
2. Plan and conduct in a self-directed and independent way a critical investigation into professional practice that productively applies theories, concepts and discourses to advance the understanding of theatre-making;
3. Engage critically, practically and effectively with processes of production and performance, drawing on a range of research methodologies to support their investigation;
4. Evaluate discourses in the field of theatre studies and their relevance within, and application to, processes of production and performance;
5. Record, document and analyse performance practices and processes, thus generating and digesting primary source material.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Interact effectively with others, through negotiation and collaboration in a professional context;
2. Exercise initiative, take personal responsibility and discipline to define, set up, support, manage and realise a project over a sustained period of time within specified resource allocations;
3. Critically synthesise and evaluate information and data to produce innovative insights and conclusions;
4. Organise, present, articulate and disseminate advanced ideas appropriately and effectively, and in a sophisticated way that advances knowledge and adds value;
5. Solve problems autonomously and identify opportunities to apply and enhance their learning independently.
6. Manage individual activity developing time management, people management, and self-management skills.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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