The programme explores the exciting variety of Performing Arts from popular to experimental forms, and includes studying the history and theory of performance. It is geared towards making performance, incorporating all the performing and creative arts disciplines in a practical and reflective exploration of current practice. The programme encourages your development by focusing on making practicebased contemporary work in an environment that is supported by critical, reflective reading, writing and thinking. You are asked to consider what the performing arts are for twenty-first century audiences, and what your place in performance might be. You have the opportunity to devise, think about, discuss and critique a wide range of professional performances and art events. To support this we bring in visiting professional companies to give practical workshops. The first academic year is introductory and explores a wide range of practical and critical approaches to performing arts. You are introduced to a range of practical performance skills and knowledge of the history and context of Performing Arts. You spend more than half your time creating group and solo performances and the rest of the time discussing and writing about performance from an analytical and historical perspective. In the second academic year, you study a number of different critical and reflective methodologies in viewing and analysing and for creating texts and performance work. You are then given the opportunity to choose from a range of optional modules so you can develop and pursue your own particular interests within the broad field of contemporary performance. The final academic year is almost entirely self-directed as it encourages choice and independent study. You explore a number of debates around issues in performance practice and have the opportunity to develop organisational, CV writing and business planning skills. You can spend the majority of the year taking two of three options: taking part in a collaborative performance, being a member of a large directed ensemble performance or taking a professional internship Finally, all students undertake the Extended Independent Study which you may negotiate to present as a performance, a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words, or a shorter dissertation with a practical performance. The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. The Performing Arts Studios provide six bespoke spaces and offer the latest technology for student productions. The Studios are located on the King Alfred Campus close to the Performance Gymnasium and other facilities in the Bowers Building.