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MUS8264 : Major Creative Project

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christopher Tarrant
  • Deputy Module Leader: Dr Bennett Hogg
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 40.0
European Credit Transfer System


- to provide a creative environment and a programme of teaching that will enable students to develop an original programme of creative work in composition, performance, improvisation, musical arrangement, studio and live-electronic production or mixed/multi-media production, or any combination of these
- to guide students in the production and effective presentation of their work

Outline Of Syllabus

Students propose, structure and carry out a creative project that is consistent with their extant working practice. Work is carried out independently with the support of their assigned supervisor.

There are no set restrictions as to the medium or the means employed. Students are encouraged to explore and embrace new, even prototypical/experimental means of dissemination – emphasis is placed on the cultural viability of a project and having a clear idea of what it is trying to achieve and/or who (in terms of audience) it is intended for.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PIP or synchronous online in case of lockdown
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1784:00784:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Ten structured interactions with supervisor; additional group work is also usual. PiP or SO if need
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As a creative project, this module requires the bulk of the work to be carried out through private study. Tutorials offer guidance, feedback and monitoring of progress. Students are recommended to arrange regular tutorials with their supervisor - ten structured one hour interactions. In addition, students are expected to attend the one meeting per term with the Module Leader, and required to take the relevant research training modules. Students are also expected to attend research seminars throughout the course of the year.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation201A10Oral presentation of 20 to 30 minutes relating to the creative project and a written-up version of the presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio3M90A single submission/performance equivalent to up to 24000 words to include a contextualisation of creative project as essay or media equivalent - 2,500-3,000 words.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal1MResearch Proposal is mandatory. Students are assigned a supervisor upon approval of research proposal.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Mode of assessment will vary and will be agreed during the approval process for the Research proposal. Typically it might be a performance or performances, a portfolio of scores or an anthology of recordings or other media products, or some combination of these, as agreed before submission with the supervisor.

For students whose main project is in performance the final recitals in Semester 3 will normally be between 55 and 60 minutes in duration, but may be extended to a maximum of 70 minutes if agreed in advance with the main supervisor and the Degree Programme Director. This must be formalised prior to the recital in discussion with the project supervisor and approved by the DPD.

Performances that fall outside of these durational limits - for example "durational" artworks - will be evaluated and approved on an individual basis by DPD and supervisor in negotiation with the student.

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