If life is what happens to our plans, then dance is what happens to our steps.
ideas sometimes when you wait they come to you.

Preparation for starting with BAPP

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Congratulations to BAPP graduates

We had graduation yesterday at Hendon. Some people were able to come to London to attend. It was lovely to see people all dressed up! Helen and I got dressed up too. Congratulations all

Friday, 29 June 2018


There have been some erroneous emails sent about progression and grades. You should not worry it appears these have been sent to students in error. We expect this to be resolved at the beginning of next week. 

Those completing Module One and Module Two: All grades have to go through a Board of studies. These are not held for BAPP and MAPP until mid-July. As soon as the boards have been completed you will be notified of your grade. 

Those who have just completed Module Three there has been nobody who has failed Module Three this term. We look forward to seeing some of you at Graduation.

Please have a good weekend.


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Module Three focus - essence, less is more

For your essay, professional artifact and oral presentation - particularly the artifact...
Know Key points:

less is more

the arts speak to you

you can 'speak' without words

SinĂ©ad O'Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U [★★★★★] from Be My Guest on Vimeo.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Writing and presentation

Today Skype sessions with a Module One focus were useful for everyone. We talked about academic writing presentation of your work.

Quotes – don’t use them to speak for you. Explain an idea or point in your own words making sure you are referencing the people and things that have helped you for that idea. Then use a quote to illustrate how someone else put it too.

References and citations – a bibliography lists the books and web-sites and things you looked at to come to the writing you are doing. In some ways, a bibliography can survive on its own as a list of books around a topic BUT an essay cannot live without a bibliography. The references in the essay are just ways to sign post us to where all the information is in the bibliography. Just the essay without the bibliography means the references are sign posting us off into nothingness!!

An Appendix is a not a tricky way to have more words than the essay word count!! You should be able to read the whole essay and for it to make sense without reading the appendix. Like the appendix in your body – you should be able to cut it out and everything still works and makes sense. An appendix is just for things we might want to read if we want to hear more about something that takes us off on a bit of a tangent from the flow of the essay.

Sub-headings help organise information. I read through my essay and see where I am shifting or making a new point then ask myself if it would help the reader to indicate where I am going with the topic by having a sub-heading. I would recommend the sub-headings coming from what you are trying to say like this rather than having fixed subheadings that follow the areas of the Module One handbook. You are meant to be synthesising across the whole module in order to discuss your practice. Having subheadings like ‘Web 2.0’ draws you away from your practice and into the structure of the handbooks. Rather use subheadings that sum-up some of the themes that have emerged about your practice from within/across all the sections of the Module.

Editing your work for word count. Sometimes it can be that you are sort of writing in an overly apologetic sort of way. This can add more words to your writing than if you write in a more direct manor, with confidence. (36 words)
Writing in a confident, direct way rather than in an apologetic manor leads to less words used. (17 words)

People in the conversation are putting links to their posts on the skype in the comments below. Please also comment: what do you feel?
Also have a look at this...
Why we cite video

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Skype session with Module Three focus

We have skype sessions with Module Three focus on Wednesday May 9th
7pm only (London time)

Comment below to indicate if you will be attending.

Skype session with Module One focus

We have skype session with Module One focus on Monday May 7th at
12:30 (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Comment below to indicate which you will attend.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Tuesday chats presentations and plans

More soon...

We talked about Module Three presentations
Read Eleanor post

For everything

As I am working on drafts here are some Professional Practices for everything! in general.

  • Put page numbers on things.
  • Put your name and any reference numbers (you have with the organization /establishment you are writing to. It is a reference number so they are using it to track you like your name.)
  • Explain what things are when you give them to people.
  • For sending files on-line name the file something that indicates what it is for the person you are sending it to (not for yourself). You may have only one 'Acting CV' but the person getting the file is clearly going to be getting more than one. So name it 'Your_name CV'. Yes, you know your own name but the file name is for their organization not yours. 
  • Don't turn up to things or send people things expecting someone to sort them out for you. Work out what you have to do and do it. If you are unsure explain what you think you have to do so people know where you are coming from  when you do it and then they can feedback what is needed if you have got the wrong end of the stick. But if you don't commit to something 'right' or 'wrong' the thing that comes across is not if it is 'right' or 'wrong'. The thing that comes across is the lack of commitment you had to it.
Comment below with another tips for Professional Practice

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Skype session with a Module Two focus

This Thursday we have Skype sessions with a Module Two focus. Anybody from any Module is welcome but we will be talking about ideas and learning highlighted in Module Two activity.
These will be at:

12:30pm(time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Comment below to indicate which one you will attend and share relevant thinking/doing you have been mulling in the last few weeks.

Tuesday discussion groups

This Tuesday May 1st we have a Tuesday Discussion group at
12:30pm (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Comment below to indicate which one you will attend and what you are bringing to discuss / share. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Artefact and Themes

Today we had talked about module Three focus for study. We looked at the idea of an Artefact and also themes

The artefact is a practice-based artefact that relates to your practice /experiences.
What you are handing in for Module Three is an account of the inquiry process. From what you planned, what happened, what you learnt from it themes that emerged from it and what you feel it has said to your practice. That is being explained in three ways. The same thing is being explained in the three ways – written paper explains, practice-based artefact explains it and oral presentation explains it. You are repeating yourself in terms of what you are explaining. But the three ways of communication highlight and communicate differently and together they give a more rounded glimpse of your inquiry process and work. So if you find yourself repeating exactly the same words then you know you are not taking advantage of all the different ways of communicating that the three mode of communication offer.

‘From this I developed the notion of a 3D idea. This is the notion that an idea generated by the nucleus of embodied experience has aspects of it that are well communicated in words, but also has aspects of it that are well communicated physically as well as experientially and representationally. All of these aspects do not replace each other but rather seem to add layers of depth to the communication of the idea and so also to the understanding of the kernel of the idea that was generated through the embodied experience.’ Akinleye 2013 PhD thesis

We also talked about themes:
Being able to articulate what your themes are is really important because the themes tell you have done some analysis!! You might have started with themes that have shifted or changed during the course of the inquiry. You might has started with no themes and now have some. There might be things/words/ideas that keep coming up – (they are probably a theme!!).

The themes will inform the Artefact’s form to some extent because the themes are like the pillars (structures) that have emerged from your experiences within the inquiry.

Artefacts: not about Findings its about the process of the inquiry. The artefact, oral presentation and essay are three ways of saying the same thing.

The themes are in the Artefact.

The artefact is flexible, you can document it.

The Artefact is your journey

Artefact is not more words

What do you think... Comment below... 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Tuesday Skype with Module Three focus

On Tuesday April 17th we are having Skype sessions with a Module Three focus. Comment below to indicate if you are attending.

12:30 (time in London)
7pm (time in London)

Citations, Practice and Appendix

Skype Session with Module One focus.

Today we talked about three points that are important across the course (all modules) but that you will first come across in Module One.

Citations and References
 Make sure your use of citations, references and quotes are all correct.
This includes.

  • Put quotes on a separate line.
  • Check you are using the correct citation method for the type of resource you are referencing (for instance web-sites need to include date accessed).
  • When you refer to an author or theory in your text make sure you cite what you are talking about. Don’t just write ‘Smith says it is beautiful’ you need ‘Smith (2015) says it is beautiful’. This way  you indicate where and when it was said by Smith which is important. 
  • Don’t use the quote to speak for you – make sure you explain your points in your own understanding (referencing where you got the idea from) and then use quotes to show how someone else explains the same thing – quotes are like an illustration of what you are saying. 

Your practice is central 
Make sure you clearly articulate what you see your practice being in the introduction. This gives context to what you are about to discuss. This is the same for all essays – introduce what it is about at the beginning. This Module One essay and the whole course is about your practice so you need to introduce your practice to us when you write about it.

An appendix is for extra information. You cannot assume someone reading your essay will read any appendix. Re-read your essay and make sure it makes sense and you explain your points without any of the appendix. Then any appendix that is added just gives further information (not essential information).

Points we thought were important as we summarised the session.  
Introduce your professional practice to give focus
read more: https://naomiblogging.blogspot.co.uk

Don’t assume people know what you are talking about
read more: http://shanice-blissett.blogspot.co.uk

Explain what your practice actually is, don’t just explain the module, explain ‘you’.
read more: http://rachlhickey.blogspot.co.uk

Really focus on all aspects of your practice not just one part of it.
read more: https://nicoleblachford.blogspot.co.uk

Remember your practice is more than just what you are paid to do or your training it also has something to do with the artistry you feel you bring to things, what your plans and hopes are…

For many people after a couple of years working or auditioning or creating your ‘practice’ is different from ‘what you were trained to do’.

What do you feel - please comment below

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Skype with Module One focus and our last Thursdays Module Two focus

Monday April 16th is a skype session with a Module One focus. People from any Module can join. We will be looking at learning from Module One. This is obviously useful for Module One students but those on Module Two and Three might find a reminder useful for what they are doing now too.
12:30 (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Comment below to indicate which you will be joining.

On Thursday we had a skype with a Module Two focus.
The prompt to think about was

Imagine you cannot use interviews as a method.
What other ways of gathering information during your inquiry are there than just asking someone else. People tend towards interviews as a go-to for qualitative research like ours but an interview is not the only or best way. Just asking someone else what they think is not enough if you have not thought about what you are going to do with what they say. You are not just looking for people to tell you the 'answer'. For a lot of inquires this is a matter of why would they know (what you should think) any more than you already do?

We looked at other methods of gathering data - looking at journals, web-sites, specialist libraries, collections in museums and galleries, and archives of work.

Take aways from the conversation were:

In terms of the planning of your inquiry - think about what you want to know and why
Work backwards think about what you are going to do with the data (i.e. what analysis) you are doing and then work out what data you will need to do that analysis - then plan how you are going to get it.

Desk work /literature/research: don't talk to people struggling with the same issues you are struggling with. If you are talking to someone make sure it is not just like talking to yourself (people with the same point of view and in the same situation as you!)

Relate back to your practice, it needs to be useful to you. The inquiry is practice-based.

Don't worry about details before you have worked out WHY you are doing what you are doing.

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Skype sessions with a Module Two focus

On Thursday we have Skype session with a Module Two focus. As with all sessions everyone is invited but we will be looking at learning from Module Two. this might be useful other Modules too.

12:30 (time in London) expect the call from Helen
5pm (time in London) expect the call from Adesola

Please comment below to indicate which you will attend.
Have a look at our notes and conversations from the campus session on Tuesday. This might inform the conversation on Thursday.

Discussion about what we are handing in for each module:
Module One:

two-parts of a whole (you)

looking back on prior learning
How have you come to this point, to this module?

‘Reflecting on past professional experiences and yourself’

Looking at you now
What have you learnt through this module
What has supported that learning – tools, blogs, skype discussions, theory through the literature, observation of your practice

Module Two:
A Proposal

Criteria – what’s needed?
What are you proposing to do?
What are your methods?

Background information
Literature review

Who will it affect? Who will it involve?
Participants to your research. Who will you interview, observe
How do you consider your actions and their impact on others (ethics)

How are you going to do this?
What is your approach, your philosophical approach

What it’s about?
Research questions
What are your questions?

Module Three:
A reflection on a process

‘A reflection of what’s been learnt on the journey of this module and what will emerge from the inquiry through their practice’

‘Results of inquiry in the form of observations, interviews and reflection’
Journey of the module relevance to own practice
Interpretation of data

Interviews – a stimulus for your learning – not the ‘thing’ that you found out
Not being an empty vessel for the data

An awareness of an area of practice
Sharing knowledge sharing experiences

Opening doors to possibilities

Reflection of the journey on one aspect of the creative industry and seeing how this may affect her practice in the future
Context of the journey

Impact of what happened on the journey

Clarity – of interest, of practice, of what is being asked by the assignment
Keeping connected to your practice