The MFA (Music Theatre) offers practice-led research into music theatre – a term widely interpreted as forms of theatre in which music is an essential element in the making or the performance of the work, and also as musical theatre, in its various incarnations from its early formations in the nineteenth century to current commercial productions, not-for-profit developments and experimental shows. Creative research projects may investigate areas of practice, performance, writing, composition or training, with the imperative to develop scholarly engagement which leads to the dissemination and contribution of new knowledge and understanding in the field. Most projects may develop research by means of the candidate’s own artistic practice, which will be accompanied by a critical dissertation. Other forms of research, however, may strictly focus on historical or current forms of music theatre practices and debates, including performance reception, and result in a conventional fully written dissertation.
An honours degree with at least H2A (75%) average, including a major relevant to the stream to which entry is sought, or equivalent; or
A relevant undergraduate degree with at least H2A (75%) average and at least two years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
An undergraduate degree in any discipline and at least five years of documented work experience relevant to the stream to which entry is sought; or
At least five years of documented relevant work experience related to the stream to which entry is sought and demonstrating outstanding artistic ability, together with evidence of ability in academic writing and research or scholarship appropriate for postgraduate study;
Performance in one or more of an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
SEMESTER 1 AND 2
RHD FIRST HALF YEAR, RHD SECOND HALF YEAR
Research Project Music Theatre
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.
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