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Prof Doc Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts

Course Overview

Start date

September 2021

Subject area

Music and Performance

Attendance

Full-time, 3 years

Part-time, 5 years

Learning

On campus, dual delivery

Course summary

Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts is intended for practitioners across a range of performance-based disciplines who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study; indicatively theatre directing, acting, dance, music or technical practice such as sound and lighting.

Unlike a traditional PhD, performance replaces the thesis as the main evidence of research, supported by a written report.

It is designed for creative practitioners from the UK and abroad and can be undertaken 3 years full time study and 5 years part time.

It differs from practice-based PhD in that students arrive with a creative practice to be analysed and developed rather than a research ‘project’ to be carried out and are supported by specialist supervisory teams and a series of work in progress seminars which are the backbone of the programme.

The programme is practice based and industry facing and gives students the support and environment to develop their creative and professional practice and theoretical research to a doctoral professional standard.

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PhD

A PhD for professional practitioners.

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Supervision by academics with industry experience, practice and knowledge.

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What we're researching

Professor Dominic Hingorani is a writer, director and producer and the co-Artistic Director of Brolly Productions an innovative cross arts company supported by Arts Council England which develops new BAME artists and diverse audiences for the Arts.

He has written and produced original plays and operas which have toured nationally with partners including Opera North, Hackney Empire, Half Moon Theatre and the National Maritime Museum.

Simon Robershaw

Dean of the School of Arts and Cultural Industries

“Flexibility, professionalism and artistic rigour are at the heart of everything we do in performing arts at the University of East London.”

Entry requirements

From
Postgraduate Certificate
MA in Performance or related discipline, and a creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of performance OR an established creative and professional practice.
 

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(Including European Union)

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Fees and funding

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£5,420

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,710

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate
your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and
university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
International
£14,460

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals starting a course in September 2021, will no longer be eligible for Home fees. However, such nationals benefitting from Settled Status or Citizens' Rights may become eligible for Home fees as and when the UK Government confirms any new fees regulations. Further information can be found at UKCISA

What you'll learn

The Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts (DPA) is practice-based and industry-facing, attracting mid-career performance practitioners whether that be directing, acting, dance, choreography, sound or lighting design or performance-academics.  The DFA aligns with the institutional vision to bridge the divide between industry and academia.  Practice is put at the centre of doctoral study, fed by research into contemporary performance and theory, and professional performance. 

The DPA also serves as Professional Development for academics teaching in drama training or conservatoire as well as qualified UEL staff who wish to develop their performance practice and critical analysis, and to enrich their teaching. 
The DPA is all credits at D-level (8) which is essential both to accurately reflect the level of study being undertaken, and to ensure that students are eligible for new government postgraduate loans.   

The DPA leads the way in UEL in Creative Practice doctorates and will inform and share resources and teaching with other doctorates undergoing validation - FIne Art, Film, Fashion, Creative Writing  and Art and Architecture.

What you'll study and when

The Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts is led by the individual arts practice of the student who are supported by specialist supervisory teams who understand creative practice.

Students will develop their work through independent study, practice-based seminars and have access to the professional level technical resources.

How you'll be assessed

Your supervisors monitor your progress throughout the course.

We’ll assess you through a combination of essays, written reports, oral presentations, portfolios and your final performance.

This is a practice-based doctorate accompanied by a final critical report of 15,000 to 25,000 words.

How you'll learn

The Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts is led by the individual performance practice of the student who are supported by specialist supervisory teams who understand creative practice. Students will develop their work through independent study, practice based seminars and have access to the professional level technical resources. Our doctoral course has three strands: creative practice, which is developing your performance practice;  professional practice, which involves performance, research and development showings, teaching and workshops; and theoretical research.

You will spend your first six months developing your proposal, with the aim of locating your work in relation to performance practices in the field and developing critical habits.

You will make explicit the strategies already in use and open up new ones that will allow theory to inform, but not prescribe, your creative work.

The course is designed to accommodate the organic, foraging, unpredictable nature of performance practice. So, for doctoral students, the proposal is not a project outline to be carried out but a starting point from which your work can move in unforeseen directions.

Your annual written reviews will serve as an ongoing record of your doctoral work. A showcase performance takes place each year to profile your work.

Your doctoral thesis is your final performance work, supported by a written report of 15,000 to 25,000 words.

Who teaches this course:

  • Professor Dominic Hingorani
  • Dr Sarahleigh Castelyn
  • Dr Tom Drayton

Your future career

This Professional Doctorate is for performers and creatives who wish to develop their practice and gain a PhD which opens pathways into academia, research and the wider creative and performance industries.

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