15 credits at level HE4
This module provides a contextual framework for the development of the learner’s skills as a creative practitioner within the field of the performing arts, providing an accessible background from an historical, cultural and social context up until the end of the Second World War. This will be supported through the practical and theoretical study of key works in order to place the line of development in an aesthetic, cultural and artistic context. The module will facilitate the development of frameworks for creation, analysis and critical reflection and evaluation of the learner’s own work.
1 The evolution of the Performing Arts
Evolution – historical periods and artistic movements: relationships between different periods, the development of chosen form and inter-relation of forms; role and status of the artist
Influences: e.g. cultural and social, key political and social structures influencing the art form, key debates effecting the development of the art form, issues of gender, sexual politics and identity and place of the artist in society
Practitioners: a range of key practitioners in the field who exemplify elements of the above Developments
2 Key Developments
Production: circumstances surrounding the creation; the history of the artistic event and its continuing significance
Aesthetic Framework: art as an element of cultural and social hegemony; art forms responding to or reacting against a theoretical framework; revolution in art in form and practice
Impact: the social and cultural impact of art work or movements; development in the arts and their connectivity
3 Variety of Genre
Styles of performance/production: practical exploration of different styles of performance/production/product related to an historical period and or artistic movement, responding to the art form or product
Location: a study of the effect that location has on styles of performance and reception; from traditional performance spaces, theatres, studios, street, site-specific events, practical exploration of period performance products
Audience: an investigation into the relationship between audience and the work created to suit its needs; the impact of the artwork then and now
4. Research Methods
Primary and secondary: the investigation and use of source material
Critical appreciation: introduction to critical theory appropriate to the chosen arts area, development of a critical language for debate and discussion
Documentation: the production of a research folder on a selected historical period or performance/production style using different information sources, critical reviews, evaluations
This module requires a combination of lecture- based delivery; tutor led and independent research (both practical and theoretical) and practical exploration of existing texts. Learners are encouraged to develop practice based on research developing a response that takes account of the cultural, political and social factors present in the making of that work. It is important that a clear link between theory and practice is promoted and maintained throughout.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of the Performing Arts.||
• Identify different movements in the performing arts and the evolution of cultural and social sources affecting them.
• Identify the outline of the history of the Performing Arts.
• Discuss and debate the issues arising from a knowledge of the structure of the Performing Arts’ development.
|2.||Identify key developments in the Performing Arts over time.||
• Recognise the circumstances affecting the creation of specified art works.
• Identify the art form within the social and political circumstances that pertained at its creation.
• Develop an understanding of the cultural and social impact of art works or movements and the interrelated nature of art.
|3.||Examine a variety of genre within the Performing Arts.||• Provide reasoned arguments about the relationship between audience and the work and incorporate a range of styles of performance/composition/presentation/production methods in your own production work.|
|4.||Be able to identify and use research methods to extract, synthesise and communicate relevant information.||
• Identify suitable research materials and retrieve relevant information from source material.
• Generate a research portfolio.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||1 x 10 min presentation||Practical exploration 1 x 10 min performance||Critical analysis 1 x 1,500 word report|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Theatre and Film Studies|
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