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Short course

Introduction to Alexander Studies, Wellbeing and Performance

Start date
1 February 2023
Duration
8 Weeks delivery plus 4 weeks Critical Analysis writing (optional)
Time commitment
8 hours per week
Mode
Online
Cost
£200 (8 week course, not including 4 weeks optional Critical Analysis writing), £250 (12 week course, including 4 weeks optional Critical Analysis writing)
Subject
Drama and Theatre Arts
Level
Postgraduate Short-Course (CPD)
Assessment
Individual assignment

Introduction to Alexander Studies Wellbeing and Performance is a new short course designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills in research and reflective writing at a level appropriate for an MA in Performance Studies.

This course can act as a transition course for those who wish to undertake an MA in Performance Practices in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, including those who do not have a Bachelor Degree in a subject related to performance and those who wish to train to teach the Alexander Technique.

It is also designed to appeal to those who wish to take a short course in Alexander Technique, performance and wellbeing for enjoyment and personal development. If you do not intend to continue onto a Masters programme, you will still acquire understanding of basic key concepts of the Alexander Technique, understanding in practice of various aspects of performance, the relevance of the application of the Technique to wellbeing and performance practice and reflect on your own practice.

What will you study?

This course is delivered by the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts and features weekly online group tutorials, a discussion board, one-to-one pre-essay tutorial, and a post-essay conversion tutorial.  

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic key concepts of the Alexander Technique
  • Apply understanding in practice to various aspects of performance
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of the application of the Technique to wellbeing and performance practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on your own practice
  • Demonstrate skills in research and reflective writing at a level appropriate for a MA in Performance Studies (optional)
    • Write in an appropriate academic style in order to undertake MA level study in Performance
    • Confidently use an appropriate academic referencing system (such as MHRA)
    • Undertake research at a level appropriate to MA study, using reflective journals, online databases, academic books and journals

The course content will include weekly on-line group tutorials, a discussion board and access to a wide range of University resources. For more information on how the course will be delivered, please see the ‘What you will receive’ tab.

Fees

The tuition fee for this course is £200 (8 week course, not including 4 weeks optional Critical Analysis writing), £250 (12 week course, including 4 weeks optional Critical Analysis writing).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for Introduction to Alexander Studies, Wellbeing and Performance. You will create an account with the University application system and complete a short form to register onto the course.

Entry requirements

Further details can be found on the Requirements tab.

A Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in a relevant field

OR

Relevant professional experience, demonstrated by transcript or certificate of professional training with a regulated professional body, web-based archive or portfolio of recent work etc, CV with references.

You should have a high level of proficiency in the English Language across all language learning areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to ensure that you can cope with the language demands of the course. 

Enquiries to be directed to Dr Rose Whyman r.whyman@bham.ac.uk

Introduction to Alexander Studies, Wellbeing and Performance will allow you to focus on specific areas of performance in order to develop your chosen career. The course is designed to equip you with skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a postgraduate degree (MA Performance Practices).  These skills include:

  • Academic writing
  • Academic referencing
  • Critical Analysis
  • Discussing ideas in virtual seminars, one-on-one meetings, and in writing

The course comprises of eight weeks of content with interactive delivery and four weeks for writing the Critical Analysis.  This is supported by one-on-one tutorials in preparation, and feedback on marking.

For the duration of the course, you will have access to the University of Birmingham's broad resources for study, including reflective journals, online databases, academic books and journals.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic key concepts of the Alexander Technique
  • Apply understanding in practice to various aspects of performance
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relevance of the application of the Technique to wellbeing and performance practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on their own practice
  • Demonstrate skills in research and reflective writing at a level appropriate for a MA in Performance Studies (optional)
    • Write in an appropriate academic style in order to undertake MA level study in Performance
    • Confidently use an appropriate academic referencing system (such as MHRA)
    • Undertake research at a level appropriate to MA study, using reflective journals, online databases, academic books and journals

Meet your instructors

Dr Rose Whyman

Dr Rose Whyman, Senior Lecturer, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

I joined the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2003. My main research interests are in the science of acting, actor training and Russian Theatre. I teach a wide variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels including a course on tragicomedy (Dark Comedy), Russian theatre, Alexander Technique and Performance as well as practical modules in a variety of approaches to acting including Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Lecoq. I am a teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers.

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