Masters degrees in Ballet offer advanced training in the history, influences and techniques of Ballet dancing, including pointe, and choreography such as solo, pas de deux and repertory theatre.
Taught MA courses are typical for the field, with some being more research-intensive than others. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Dance or Performance studies.
Depending on your interests, you may choose a more theoretical or vocational approach to studies in Ballet. Typically, courses will cover both approaches, whereby you will analyse cultural and historical concepts through investigations of literature and performance techniques.
You will deepen your creative process through choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches, curating a portfolio of work through accumulative research projects. This will often involve some groupwork activities alongside individual ventures.
As well as performance, consideration is also given to the economic viability of the industry across the globe. This includes an analysis of the structure and governance of various resident companies, and the management of individual performers.
Your expertise would make you viable to work with high-end Ballet companies both locally and internationally, either as a performer, teacher, choreographer or manager.
The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about and trends in dance/performance practice and will enhance your sophisticated understanding of dance/performance conventions.
You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of subject-specific outcomes, through acquiring an advanced knowledge of concepts, problems and traditions in dance and a capacity to apply that knowledge in a range of professional contexts. You will develop and apply advanced critical thinking skills and higher-level transferable skills essential for career enhancement.
You will study a range of subject specific modules including areas of somatic practice, cultural studies, professional practice, contextual studies and Advanced Research Methods through tutor-led, student-led, and self-directed study.
Reflective personal development practices are encouraged throughout the duration of the course, which will help you to monitor your progress.
Learning will take place through practical dance classes, workshops, practical classes, studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials.
You will receive support for your learning from: your personal tutor, the Dance subject librarian, the Dance department technician, the Dance department administrator, departmental careers support (especially in relation to teaching, post-graduate study in a range of areas, and freelance dance work).
The course includes practical as well as academic study and builds on the international reputations and expertise of staff in dance practice, dance history, cultural studies and dance science.
There will be opportunities for interaction with postgraduate students in other performing arts subjects with practice-based work.
Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The state-of–the-art facilities in the hub will give you experience of excellent dance studios and theatre/performance spaces, mac computer suites, professional level recording studios and lighting equipment. It boasts two bespoke dance studios, with sprung floors, mirrored wall and equipment for sound and lighting requirements.
This course will enhance graduates’ opportunities across a range of employment in the arts and related fields, rather than a specific career path, since dance is applicable in a wide variety of contexts in the arts at all levels of society. For example, school teachers will be qualified for posts in Further and Higher Education, in addition to gaining a qualification to enhance their prospects in their current institutional base; freelance artists will have additional skills and techniques to offer in the arena of arts projects in schools, theatre educational outreach work and community arts; practitioners will have a deeper understanding of their craft and a qualification recognized by FE and HE establishments.