- A demonstrated capacity to design, conduct and report independent and original research on a closely-defined project;
- Well-developed and flexible problem-solving abilities appropriate to the discipline;
- The ability to engage in independent and contextually-informed artistic practice;
- The capacity to communicate effectively the results of research and scholarship by oral and written communication;
- A capacity for critical evaluation of relevant scholarly literature and artistic practice;
- An understanding of and facility with scholarly conventions in the discipline area.
Research by means of creative practice is central to the graduate programs of Performing Arts, where we seek to nurture creative excellence hand in hand with intellectual rigour and excitement. The Theatre specialisation of the MFA invites students to engage in research projects focused, in a broad range of different ways, on theatrical practice or issues related to theatre, or that illuminates or expands on the medium in some way.
The majority of projects will involve research by means of the candidate’s own theatrical practice – the term ‘theatre’ in this context may be quite broadly interpreted – alongside a written dissertation, but some projects will focus on the practice of others and consist of a dissertation only.
While the School insists that MFA practice-based projects fulfil the rigorous requirements of all academic research, the nature of the practice may vary considerably from project to project (e.g. the re-direction of a pre-existing script, the creation of a devised performance, a new approach to training, and so on). The onus on the candidate is to ensure that their practice constitutes research, and that the research focus can be consciously articulated in written form.