ART09002 2019 Yeats Academy Creative Practice Specialisation

General Details

Full Title
Yeats Academy Creative Practice Specialisation
Transcript Title
Yeats Academy Creative Practic
80 %
Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Diarmuid Timmons, Ronnie Hughes, Rowan Watson, Una Mannion, Emmet O'Doherty, Rhona Trench, Niall Rea
Programme Membership
SG_GCREA_R09 201900 Master of Arts in Applied Arts in Creative Practice SG_GCREA_R09 201900 Master of Arts in Applied Arts in Creative Practice SG_GCREA_M09 201900 Master of Arts in Creative Practice

Learners will choose ONE from a number of strands offered below:

  • Theatre Design
  • Acting
  • Directing and performance
  • Playwriting
  • Screenwriting
  • Performance Art/Live Art
  • Photography and Digital Media
  • Writing and English Literature
  • Drama and Film Studies
  • Writing and English Literary Studies
  • Fine Art
  • Creative Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture 

The course will support imaginative, experimental and interdisciplinary enquiry through a range of media and approaches. The course is structured so as to balance general and specific demands of various practices. Students will be encouraged to work collaboratively as well as be independent, self-directed critical thinkers. The emphasis of the course is on the student completing a large practice-based project. This culminates with the production of a final exhibition, film screening or project presentation with a thesis demonstrating appropriate critical contextualization of the practice based work.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Critically analyse their work in a broader theoretical context


Document their own creative specialisation pathway using written and oral skills


Test appropriate research methodologies for their creative practice


Interpret archival materials in order to demonstrate knowledge and skills of specialisation


Plan, document and reflect on their own creative process and practice


address ethical and practical concerns in the design of a pilot research project

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Practical activities both in the classroom and off-site


Peer-to-peer learning

Programme leader sessions

Specialist led sessions


Module Assessment Strategies

Written and practical assessments

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments (projects) in consultation with the Course Board

Indicative Syllabus

Understand appropriate theories relevant to learners own creative practice

Understand creativity as a process, its links to innovation and the creative industries

Plan and present their work to peers and staff

Demonstrate a creative practitioner's project and reflect on it

Engage in a variety of related topics including: creative exercises, /motivating/organizing techniques, focusing techniques, creative methods, interviewing, problem framing and so on. 


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Theories of Creative Practice Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 8 1
2 Planning my Creative Practice Practical Assessment 10 % Week 8 2
3 Critical Analysis and refection of a creative practitioner Project Assignment 20 % Week 14 3,4
4 Project/Performances/Presentations Practical Assessment 60 % End of Semester 5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop / Seminar Flat Classroom Specialisation in Practice 2 Weekly 2.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Theories of Practice 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Offsite Facility planning my research project 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2014-01-28 World Literature in Theory John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118407691 ISBN-13 1118407695

World Literature in Theory provides a definitive exploration of the pressing questions facing those studying world literature today. Coverage is split into four parts which examine the origins and seminal formulations of world literature, world literature in the age of globalization, contemporary debates on world literature, and localized versions of world literature Contains more than 30 important theoretical essays by the most influential scholars, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Hugo Meltzl, Edward Said, Franco Moretti, Jorge Luis Borges, and Gayatri Spivak Includes substantive introductions to each essay, as well as an annotated bibliography for further reading Allows students to understand, articulate, and debate the most important issues in this rapidly changing field of study

Required Reading
2010-04-01 The Student'S Guide To Research Ethics McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335237975 ISBN-13 0335237975

This reader-friendly book examines the ethical issues and questions that occur in university and professional research and will help both beginning and experienced researchers to identify ethical issues when they are conducting research.

Required Reading
2006-11-01 A Gentle Guide To Research Methods McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335219278 ISBN-13 0335219276

Many students are unaware of how to get the most out of their research, whether in career terms or in terms of asking good research questions. This book addresses this issue, as well as dealing with how to move from the big picture to a specific research question.

Required Reading
2014-11-28 Unmasking Theatre Design Focal Press
ISBN 0415738415 ISBN-13 9780415738415

Every great design has its beginnings in a great idea, whether your medium of choice is scenery, costume, lighting, sound, or projections. Unmasking Theatre Design shows you how to cultivate creative thinking skills through every step of theatre design - from the first play reading to the finished design presentation. This book reveals how creative designers think in order to create unique and appropriate works for individual productions, and will teach you how to comprehend the nature of the design task at hand, gather inspiration, generate potential ideas for a new design, and develop a finished look through renderings and models. The exercises presented in this book demystify the design process by providing you with specific actions that will help you get on track toward fully-formed designs. Revealing the inner workings of the design process, both theoretically and practically, Unmasking Theatre Design will jumpstart the creative processes of designers at all levels, from student to professionals, as you construct new production designs.

Required Reading
20/09/2019 Applied Theatre: International Case Studies and Challenges for Practice. Bristol, UK: Intellect

Required Reading
2017-11 The Digitally-Agile Researcher Open University Press
ISBN 0335261523 ISBN-13 9780335261529
Required Reading
2018-08-27 Theatrical Scenic Art Crowood Theatre Companions
ISBN 1785004336 ISBN-13 9781785004339

Supported by over 400 striking illustrations, this is an essential companion for technical theatre students, practicing scenic artists and for all who are interested in the art of creating painted and textured surfaces for performance.

Required Reading
2013-03-05 Practice as Research in the Arts Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN 1137282908 ISBN-13 9781137282903

This book takes a fresh "how to" approach to Practice as Research. At the "performance turn" it argues that old prejudices should be abandoned and that a PaR methodology and its modes of "doing-knowing" should be fully accepted in the academy. It refines Robin Nelson's earlier models for PaR but sustains the dynamic and dialogic interplay between different modes of knowledge-production in a multi-mode research inquiry. It advances strategies for articulating and evidencing the research inquiry and offers practical guidance to practitioner-researchers on how to conduct a PaR inquiry. With reference to examples drawn from a decade of supervisory, examining and audit experience, Nelson addresses - and offers answers to - the many questions students, professional practitioner-researchers, regulators and examiners have posed in this domain. To broaden the perspective and take account of differing levels of acceptance and development of programmes in PaR around the word, in Part II of the book six international contributors respond to Part I and afford cross-sights from the standpoint of their territory.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Veronica Baxter and Katharine E. Low, Ed. Applied Theatre: Performing Health and Wellbeing (London; New York: Bloomsbury Methuen, 2016).


McCormick Sheila, Applied Theatre: Creative Ageing. (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)


Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, (London: Pluto Press, 1979). Available online via the library website.


Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, translated by Adrian Jackson, (London and New York: Routledge, 1992). Reader.


Tim Prentki and Sheila Preston, eds., The Applied Theatre Reader, (Oxon: Routledge, 2009).  Available online via the library website.


Helen Nicholson, Theatre & Education, (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).


Jonathan Fox &Heinrich Dauber, Gathering Voices: Essays on Playback Theatre, (Tusitala Pub., 1999)


Howard. Pamela      What is Scenography? Second edition, Routledge Press 2009

Hearn.Karen .Editor    Dynasties. Painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630, Tate Gallery Press 1995

Burnell. Kate. Editor     Collaborators. UK Design For Performance  2003-2007, The Society of British Theatre Designers

Baugh. Christopher,  Theatre Performance and Technology. The Development of Scenography in the 20th Century, Orgal.Stephen,  Imagining Shakespeare. Palgrave Macmillan   2008.

Brocket, Mitchell and Hardberger, Making the Scene: A history of stage design and technology, Tobin Theatre Arts Fund, 2010

Collins, Jane and Nisbet, Andrew eds., Theatre and Performance Design: A reader in scenography, Routledge, 2010

Kwon, Miwon, One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity (MIT Press, 2004)

Heathfield, Adrian, Live: Art and Performance (Routledge 2006)

Schechner, Richard, Performance Studies: An Introduction (Routledge 2006)

Savage, Jon, England's Dreaming (Faber & Faber 2005)

Reynolds, Simon, Rip it Up and Start Again (Penguin, 2006)

Bial, Henry, The Performance Studies Reader (Routledge 2007)

Warr, Tracey, Body:Themes and Movements (Phaidon, 2006)

Shusterman, Richard, Performing Live: Aesthetic Alternatives for the Ends of Art (Cornell UP, 2000)

Jones, Amelia, Body Art: Performing the Subject (U Minnesota Press, 1998)

Carlson, Marvin, Performance: A Critical Intorduction (2004)

Goldberg, Rosalee, Performance Art: from Futurism to the Present (Thames & Hudson 2001)

Goldberg Rosalee and Laurie Anderson, Performance: Live Art Since the '60s (Thames & Hudson 2004)


Literary Journalism

 Thomas Berner, The Literature of Journalism: Text and Context (1998)

  Norman Sims, True Stories: A Century of Literary Journalism (2008) and Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century (2008)

  Ben Yagoda and Kevin Kerrane, The Art of Fact: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism (1997)



Knowles, Paul, Reading The Material Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Allain, Paul and Jen Harvie, The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance (Routledge, 2006)

Auslander, Philip, Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture (Routledge 1999)

Zarrili, Philip, Theatre Histories: An Introduction (Routledge, 2006)

Giesekam, Greg , Staging the Screen: The Use of Film and Media in Theatre (Palgrave, 2007)





Journal Resources

JSTOR  available in IT Sligo library

Google Scholar

URL Resources


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