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Masters Degrees in Choreography

We have 13 Masters Degrees in Choreography

Masters degrees in Choreography equip postgraduates with advanced skills to devise on create choreographed dance performances for stage shows and other purposes.

Courses range from taught MA and practise-based MFA degrees, to research-based MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Dance or Performance Studies.

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Why study at Roehampton. An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
  • Study with artists and teachers with a wealth and range of choreographic experience.
  • We have established connections with dance companies and creative organisations in London and internationally.
  • Flexibility to choose your pathway in the second year to suit your interests
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

Develop your choreographic identity over two full years as part of a creative, collaborative and supportive environment.

As an emerging or experienced choreographer, this course will help you refine your artistic practice by advancing your creative, technical and performance skills. The programme includes technique classes, choreography workshops, laboratory sessions, dialogue, writing and reflection. You will be encouraged to experiment and take risks in a series of self-directed choreographic projects that help you develop a portfolio of work.

You will be supported by the mentorship and teaching of experienced staff in our modern studios and well-equipped performance theatre. Study with highly experienced in-house and visiting artists and tutors alongside a creative community of peers.

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression beyond, and including, theatre performance. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international invited guests, the Centre supports a compelling research culture.

We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.

Content

In year one, you will take the compulsory taught module, Ways of Knowing shared with two compulsory programme specific modules, ( Choreography, and Dance Practice) which are both year-long. In Ways of Knowing, you will be introduced to research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis, and practice-as-research. Choreography uses a collaborative and constructive laboratory environment to enable you to interrogate your existing choreographic practice. Dance Practice provides a framework for you to explore movement potential using a variety of approaches and techniques.

In year two, there is flexibility to choose between modules to suit your interests alongside your core module called Choreographic Thesis. In this module, you will have an independent choreographic vision using original research which is underpinned by tutorials, peer review and open rehearsals.

Modules

Here are examples of the modules:

  • Ways of Knowing
  • Choreography
  • Dance Practice
  • Choreographic Thesis
  • Mediated Choreography
  • Choreography and Composition

Career options

Graduates from this programme can be found working as independent artists in London, Berlin and New York; presenting their work at a number of venues in London and at the Edinburgh and Stockholm Fringe Festivals; teaching in higher education in the UK and abroad; and curating programmes and events for dance artists across Europe.

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The MA and MFA Choreography offer a stimulating environment in which to explore and develop your choreographic practice and expertise. Read more
The MA and MFA Choreography offer a stimulating environment in which to explore and develop your choreographic practice and expertise. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career or an experienced dance artist, these programmes present opportunities to engage with contemporary ideas, concepts and propositions within the choreographic field.

Visit the website: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/postgraduate-programmes/ma-mfa-choreography

Programme detail

The MA Choreography is a one year (full time) or two year (part time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.

The MFA Choreography is a two year full time programme. It shares the first year taught programme with the MA. An extended independent project forms the second year, providing time for in-depth research. MFA applicants should demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth afforded by an extended time frame.

The choice between an MA or an MFA programme of study will depend upon your prior experience and future aspirations.

Purpose

• Professional choreographers wishing to re-invigorate, broaden or consolidate their practice

• Emerging choreographers intending to interrogate their practice and develop independent choreographic perspectives

• Recently graduated dance artists showing a commitment to develop their choreographic practice

Format

The taught programme of the MA (first year of the MFA) encourages you to explore your current practice. You will encounter interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborative practices, creating work across a range of settings and media. You will be challenged to experiment, take risks and continuously create: developing your individual artistic voice.

For MA students, the year culminates in an independent project, allowing you to build on the ideas encountered in the programme and undertake self-directed research, experimentation and reflection.

The MFA Extended Project is a self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent choreographic perspectives and practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research and realise your ideas as a coherent choreographic project.

Careers

Recent graduates have worked on and choreographed productions all over Europe, including research at KOLT, productions at FLOTA Slovenia, Pro Progressione in Europe and other companies in the UK and internationally. Alumni of the programme include: freelance performers and choreographers; founders and co-founders of independent dance projects; theatre and opera directors; assistant choreographers with major dance companies; PhD students and lecturers in colleges and universities.

Facilities

The Laban building is the world's largest purpose built contemporary dance centre and a leading conservatoire for contemporary dance artist training. Facilities include:

• Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows
• Laban Library and Archive
• 300-seat theatre
• Cafe and Bar

Faculty of Dance

Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is one of Europe's leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists. Based in the RIBA-award winning Laban Building, in the heart of South East London's thriving arts community, Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is a creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, choreographers, teachers, designers and researchers, and is acknowledged internationally as a leader in the contemporary arts.

With one of the largest teams of specialist contemporary dance artist teachers in the world, our world class facilities include a 300 seat theatre, studio theatre and outdoor theatre, 13 purpose built dance studios and the largest dance library and archive in Europe.

We believe that contemporary dance has a vital part to play in everyone's lives. Our unique mix of energy and creativity advances the dance art form and fuels the dance world, connecting people to the exhilarating possibilities that dance offers. Our links with the professional dance world, local communities and other arts organisations ensure that an experience at Trinity Laban will be a rich and rewarding one.

How to apply: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/dance-applications

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Whether you are an established choreographer intent on refining and hot-housing your practice, a dance artist looking to retrain or a recent graduate from a performance-related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to find new and innovative ways to produce exciting choreography. Read more
Whether you are an established choreographer intent on refining and hot-housing your practice, a dance artist looking to retrain or a recent graduate from a performance-related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to find new and innovative ways to produce exciting choreography.

A range of modules will allow you to explore your practice and create a bespoke programme of study that allows you to interrogate your artistic interests and make several new pieces of choreography. You will engage with the latest academic research and insights and learn how to apply this to real-world situations, developing the skills to respond to a brief, curate inventive work for festivals and events, and to collaborate on or initiate interdisciplinary and experimental projects.

You will explore traditional and alternative settings for dance and performance, from the studio and theatre to galleries and museums, and you will have the opportunity to work with groups in the community developing new choreographic methods that may require participatory, immersive or specialised collaborative approaches.

You will share ideas and experiences with fellow students from a range of backgrounds, collaborating, critiquing and engaging with each other's choreographic identity.

Visit the website https://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/MCHOR/

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Careers

Your career opportunities will be varied and personal to your ambitions as a choreographer. You could go on to further develop your specialism and find your identity as a professional choreographer, work as an independent artist leading your own work or responding to commissions, or you could become the artistic director of a company. Your course will also prepare you to lead on community projects or take up roles such as festival programmer or festival producer. You could also work as a dance critic or movement director.

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Visit the careers site - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

You will be taught by a small, dedicated dance team of industry professionals who perform, create and write alongside teaching. They are engaged with leading choreographers, dance companies and festivals nationally and internationally, and their insights will feed into your learning. Professional curators, producers, choreographers and dramaturgs will be invited to share their experiences and inspire your learning.

You will have access to our dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus, as well as studios at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance. All of these spaces are of a professional standard and will allow you to explore working in a range of settings and atmospheres. We will also encourage you to explore alternative spaces such as galleries, museums and the outdoors as venues for your work.

Beth Cassani

Senior Lecturer

"Watching choreographers push their ideas and challenge their practice as postgraduate students is fascinating and exciting. I feel privileged to be directly involved in fostering choreographic talent and supporting the critical development of the artists who will shape the choreography of the future."

An independent choreographer, Beth is a specialist in contemporary practices and in mentoring emerging artists. Beth has created commissioned work for Scottish Dance Theatre and Company Chameleon. She has taught company class for DV8, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Swedish Dance Theatre amongst others. Her awards include a National Critics’ Choice award, a Herald Angels award and the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award.

Facilities

-Beckett dance studios
Our Leeds Beckett performance spaces include dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus.

-Yorkshire dance studios
You will also work in the dance studios at Yorkshire Dance, based in the centre of Leeds.

-Northern Ballet studios
As a choreography student, you will work alongside two professional dance companies and benefit from the facilities at Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre's centre for dance.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

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The M.A Choreography by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of… Read more
The M.A Choreography by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their independent choreographic research through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Reflective practice module (this can be taught flexible through evening and or weekend sessions) and a Dissertation project.

The programme will be of interest to established and mid-career artists both regionally, nationally and internationally for whom flexibility of study is of key importance.

For further information please contact Vicky Hunter:

The fees for 2016 are: £8805.00



A portfolio needs to be presented along with your application form and references. This should consist of the following (as an indication):

Your prior experience (prior standing) as a dance maker will be assessed through the submission of a portfolio and a written essay. The portfolio will be in the form of an extended curriculum vitae with supplementary materials (i.e video evidences, reviews, images, web site and or digital archive materials) that evidence the following:

1.The Portfolio will include:

Three years of professional choreographic experience

Evidence of choreographic productions/presentations

Evidence of funding/commissions from recognizable industry bodies (i.e. ACE, Welcome, Leverhulme, Nesta etc.)

Evidence of engagement with Continuing Professional Development opportunities

Evidence of professional reviews/endorsements of your work

Link to website and or online examples of dance works

2. The Written essay will include:

A written draft proposal for a possible choreographic research project of at least 1,500 words and should include Harvard Referencing and a full bibliography.



Our facilities
At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Dance courses are delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources you need for your course, both on the shelves and online.

Our Dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

Where this can take you
The MA in Choreography and Professional Practices will equip you for a range of careers in choreography, performing arts, dance development, arts administration, performance, teaching or dance research.

It will also prepare you for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.

Indicative modules
Choreographic Practices
Artist as Producer
Dissertation (practical and written components)
Optional Modules
Choose one from
New Media and Performance Practices
The Body in Site distance learning module over the summer period
Technique for Performance
Writing and Performance
Performing Politics
Teaching assessment
Through the assessment and accreditation of professional experience assessed through portfolio presentation and the completion of a Reflective Practice (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional dance artists who seek to extend and develop their choreographic practice and professional learning through Masters study.

Assessment of prior standing will be achieved through the presentation of portfolio material and through a formal lecture-demonstration presentation (this can be live on BOC campus or via a video or web link). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and can be delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.

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Why study at Roehampton. An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
  • Sustained professional artistic work supervised by artist-scholars who are working to challenge and support your choreographic and performance practices.
  • There is a flexible timetable that helps experienced professional artists to choose the pathway that best fits their interests, experience and situation.
  • We offer a wide range of modules that foster diverse artistic practices.
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

This choreography and performance programme is designed for experienced professional dance and performance practitioners to understand practice as a form of research.

Deepen your choreographic or performance practice through studio-based enquiry and research informed by contemporary theoretical concerns. This programme has a flexible and supportive approach which makes it possible for you to strengthen your professional practices whilst working towards a higher degree.

'Practice as research' is a growing area for experienced dance artists, choreographers and performers who want to deepen their practice and strengthen their profile. Run by leading artist-scholars, the course supports enquiry through studio practice and research informed by contemporary theoretical concerns. You will be supported in the development and presentation of a comprehensive choreographic and/or performance portfolio. You will also gain a range of reflective and critical skills including writing and documentation strategies, advanced dramaturgy, and the capacity to understand and articulate your work and interests in broader political, cultural and artistic frameworks.

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression beyond, and including, theatre performance. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international guests, the Centre supports a compelling research culture.

We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.

Content

You will take the compulsory research methods module Ways of Knowing and one compulsory programme core module and there is flexibility built into the programme to modules that suit your interests.

In Ways of Knowing, a module shared with students of all dance postgraduate taught programmes, you will be introduced to research methods, including ethnography, dance analysis, and practice-as-research.

In Portfolio, you will independently led practice-as-research project that allows you to practice, think, reflect, articulate and present your ideas and independent research.

Modules

Here are examples of the modules:

  • Ways of Knowing
  • Portfolio
  • Anthropology of Dance
  • Philosophy and History of Dance
  • Politics and Sociology of Dance
  • Music and Dance
  • People Moving, People Dancing
  • Mediated Choreography

Career options

This course offers professional development for independent artists and choreographers. Some graduates follow careers in research, teaching and or go onto further academic study such as a practice-led PhD.

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Practice is at the heart of the MA Choreography programme at Lincoln. This studio-based programme focuses on examining, exploring and performing choreographic strategies relevant to your chosen field. Read more
Practice is at the heart of the MA Choreography programme at Lincoln. This studio-based programme focuses on examining, exploring and performing choreographic strategies relevant to your chosen field.

Throughout this Master’s programme you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical underpinning of your practice. You can be guided through a wealth of contemporary literature in the field of dance, choreography, philosophy and performance, and have the chance to engage in critical debate about your own and others’ practice.

You can benefit from working closely with academics who have extensive professional experience and from our programme of lectures and seminars from visiting artists. Residential trips are designed to provide the opportunity to encounter and engage with the widest possible range of choreographic practice and discussion.

The School’s close links with industry mean you can be introduced to professional dance agencies as a means of establishing your work as a choreographer.

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This exceptional course is designed to enhance your professional skills in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts. Read more
This exceptional course is designed to enhance your professional skills in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts.
It offers you the opportunity for professional level repertory performance practice, as well as creative and choreographic practice in an industry-focused academic environment, supporting your development as a professionally equipped, independent and self-sufficient dance practitioner and scholar.

Polish your practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice using excellent studio, theatre and library facilities as well as our on-campus professional performance work as you enhance your future employability prospects.

Intermediate qualifications available:

• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/dance-performance-and-choreography#entry

Course detail

• Study with a dynamic and experienced team of tutors with internationally significant experience as academics, practice-led researchers and dance artists
• Explore a range of career opportunities including: independent/freelance dance artist; independent or collaborative choreographer; educator in HE, FE, school or wider community and professional environments; consultant or researcher; or in screen-based performance as a performer in film/video industry, commercial sector or in independent film production
• Develop your professional network through our existing relationships with key organisations such as; Arts Council England, regional and national dance agencies, Youth Dance England, dance development organisations, performance venues, professional dance companies, independent artists, community arts organisations, colleges and schools
• Gain high-level practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice to enhance or sustain your opportunities for employment
• Benefit from a degree that aims to equip you with professional-level skills, abilities and knowledge in dance, as well as an advanced level of self-sufficiency and scholarship, enabling you to access wider employment options or continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Modules

• Dance Research Project/Dissertation
• Researching Dance
• Inter-professional Working Project
• Choreographic Research
• Repertory and Performance
• Somatic Practice
• Dance for Inclusion and Diversity
• Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology
• Choreographic Practices

Assessment

Assessment drives the curriculum, and responds to course aims and learning outcomes by creating opportunities for you to demonstrate skills, knowledge and abilities through a diverse range of practical, creative and critically-informed contexts.

Assessment of practice mirrors professional working environments and expectations as far as possible, and tests skills and abilities as a means of enhancing and preparing for the demands of future employment.

This strategy places a premium on testing independent critical thinking as a catalyst for developing reflective and articulate artists, and independent and confident researchers.

Careers

The course will develop you as a professionally equipped and skilled dance practitioner and scholar, who is realistically able to pursue a range of career options in dance, and in wider creative and cultural industries. It focuses on developing your reflective, enterprising and independent management skills as an underpinning for future self-sufficiency and career longevity.

The course has a professional focus and you will be expected to demonstrate equivalent and relevant professional skills and attitudes throughout. You will utilise these skills to enable you to design and manage academic and creative projects, and be responsible for critical assessment of the outcomes against intended goals.

These learning opportunities reflect professional working contexts and expectations, and demand ambitious and sustained scrutiny on your part as preparation for future roles in project management and delivery.

Gain enhanced employability through experience of real-life dance environments, such as professional performance and touring in the University Dance Company

Explore exciting creative opportunities for interaction with other disciplines: dance and the screen, dance and new media/emerging digital technologies, dance and leadership, and dance and entrepreneurship.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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The MA Dance Masters by Research contributes to a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. Read more
The MA Dance Masters by Research contributes to a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. The programme enables students to develop their own research interests and, supported by tutors design a programme of dance research that addresses specific areas of interest.

Course content
The MA Dance Masters by Research enables students to develop their own research interests and, supported by tutors design a programme of dance research that addresses specific areas of interest, as an example, projects might explore areas such as; Dance and Postmodernism, Community Dance Practice, Dance in Education, Popular Dance, Site-Specific Dance Practices, Dance and technology, Dance Film, Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts Practices, Dance History, Dance and Politics.
Guest lecturers on the MA include scholars, practitioners and curators all working in innovative areas of dance research.

Our facilities
Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre. In addition, there is a newly refurbished large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the new academic building. Our students will use the facilities within our dance technical team to enhance their understanding of scenography, sound and cameras, and the editing suites to support their choreography and creative practice situated in the Learning and Information Zone of the library.
Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:
o 130 open access PC workstations
o 45 Apple iMacs
o Ample printing facilities
o Netbooks available on loan
o Professional editing suites
o Media loans counter
o Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

This course is suitable for you if you are a dance / arts professional, teacher, recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their research skills.

It will offer you …
o an opportunity to work with nationally and internationally established dance scholars and practitioners
o time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship
o Professional Development
o deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
o a stepping-stone toward PhD study
You will develop skills in…
o critical thinking
o working independently (via dissertation projects)
o research and the articulation of that research in writing
It will give you…
o preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications
o a qualification that can aid in obtaining work within educational and HE institutions
Indicative modules

Core modules:
Independent Research Project module:
Your research skills will be facilitated through the formulation and realisation of a self-directed research project in broadly based dance practices, which underpin the MA programme. You will be expected to contextualise your work in the light of contemporary developments in dance research.

Dissertation module:
The Dissertation emphasises independent research where you select an area of investigation with the advice of tutors. This may arise from earlier modules studied on the degree. The research may focus on performance practice, professional practice (i.e. teaching and community dance practices) applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Optional modules
In addition to the two core modules, students are required to select two optional modules, these normally include options such as; Artist as Producer, Pedagogical Skills, Body in Site, Dance Writing and Criticism, Performing Politics.
Assessment for this programme employs various methods chosen as the most appropriate for demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes for each module. All modules are assessed by means of programme work in the form of essays, practical choreography presentations, ,reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.

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Why study at Roehampton. An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • An impressive, national and global reputation which attracts students and dance artists from all over the world.
  • A unique programme offered by a consortium of four internationally-renowned universities.
  • Study with scholars who are leading experts in their field.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Roehampton is rated No. 1 for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Course summary

Choreomundus is an Erasmus Mundus programme that investigates dance and other movement systems (ritual practices, martial arts, games and physical theatre) as intangible cultural heritage. To apply, please visit the website.

It is offered by a consortium of four universities (in Norway, France, Hungary and the UK) recognised for their leadership in the development of innovative curricula for the analysis of dance. The Choreomundus programme will help you make sense of intangible heritage within the post-colonial culturally diverse world of the 21st century. The programme will help you develop an appreciation of dance that is comparative, cross-cultural, applied and embodied. 

The universities that participate in this programme are Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (NTNU) as the coordinating institution Plaise Pascal University (UBP), Clermont-Ferrand, France, Scientific University of Szeged, Hungary (SZTE), University of Roehampton, London, UK (URL), in connection with their groundbreaking Masters in ethnochoreology/dance anthropology, led respectively by Professors Egil Bakka, Georgiana Wierre-Gore, László Felföldi, and Andrée Grau. 

The Department is home to the internationally-recognised Centre for Dance Research, which foregrounds the research of dance as cultural and artistic expression beyond, and including, theatre performance. Through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international invited guests, the centre supports a compelling research culture.

We also have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. In easy reach of London’s vibrant dance scene, the campus has superb studios and a state-of-the-art theatre for dance students.

Content

In the first semester all students start in Norway for an induction and an intensive course. For the rest of the first academic year, they are divided between NTNU Trondheim and UBP Clermont-Ferrand, and then spend their third semester in Hungary, and the fourth and final semester at the University of Roehampton. Students who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a joint Masters degree from all four universities.

Modules

  • Performance of Heritage
  • People Moving, People Dancing
  • Classicism and Power

Career options

This course prepares graduates for employment in the cultural, heritage and tourist industries including festival and museums, as well as in educational contexts dealing with cultural transmission at local, regional and national levels.

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Why choose this course?. 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. Read more

Why choose this course?

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. 

What happens on the course?

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). 

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

Career path

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.



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The MA Performance Dance has grown from a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Read more
The MA Performance Dance has grown from a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department.[ae1] The programme enables students to develop their dance practice as a performer working intensively with a wide variety of established and up and coming international choreographers and performing with the University’s touring performance company: mapdance.

Course content
The MA performers route is led by mapdance company Artistic Directors, Yael Flexer and Detta Howe.
Working intensively with international guest choreographers, students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches.
mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals. From mid-February to May, the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops.

The 2016/17 Repertory includes new commissions and from Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Hagit Yakira and Cai Tomos.
The Techniques for Performance module accompanying the repertory module (and compulsory for performers route) focuses on excellence in contemporary dance performance involving daily technical training in various dance techniques including release and contemporary techniques, contact improvisation, pilates and Ballet work. This module normally runs autumn and spring semesters.

The MA Performance Dance operates in the context of a professional performance programme and a series of presentations by visiting artists and researchers.

Guest lecturers on the MA have included practitioners and curators all working at the edges of dance research.
There are also opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research with interactive technologies or to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.
Audition Dates 2017:
28h February, 28th March and 23rd May.
Fees and Finance
Auditions for the post-graduate mapdance programme are currently available.
To apply for 2017-2018, please contact Admissions
To find out more about MA Performance Dance visit mapdance

Home tuition fees 2017
MA Performance Dance - Full Time including dissertation £10,440
Alumni Discount 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester: £9396
Overseas fees 2016 are £14,450
Find out more in the application pack here, application form and reference form.

Where this can take you
This course is suitable for you if you are a recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their technical and performance skills (and have completed a recognised BA degree).

It will offer you …
o an opportunity to work with international established and up and coming choreographers reflect on your professional practice and prior training
o intensive technical training through a variety of contemporary techniques, Pilates, contact improvisation and Ballet
o an opportunity to tour the repertoire across the UK and internationally
o an opportunity to develop your teaching skills within the context of a touring company
o time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship
o professional Development
o deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
o a stepping-stone toward PhD study

You will develop skills in…
o performance
o technique
o teaching in the context of a touring company
o choreographic methodology and critical thinking
o working independently (via dissertation projects)
o research and the articulation of that research in writing

It will give you…
o tools and skills to support you in the transition to professional practice
o extensive experience of working with established choreographers alongside touring and networking that can aid you in gaining work as a performer or in establishing your work as an independent artist
o a qualification that can aid in obtaining work within educational and HE institutions
o preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications
Work placements

There are opportunities to engage with cutting edge research into interactive technologies and to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.

People you'll meet
Now in its 11 year mapdance is directed by co-artistic directors Yael Flexer and Detta Howe.

This year the company is commissioning choreographers:
o Shobana Jeyasingh
o Lea Anderson
o Hagit Yakira
o Cai Tomos

Indicative modules
The MA in performance includes three core modules: Repertory, Techniques for Performance and Reflective Practice.
The postgraduate diploma includes two core modules: Repertory and Techniques for Performance and an optional module.
Repertory Module:
The repertory module: mapdance encompasses intensive creation periods with international guest choreographer. Students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches. Operating as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals, the creation periods begin in Sept through to February. From mid-February to May, the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops.

Techniques for Performance Module:
The Techniques for Performance module accompanying the repertory module (and compulsory for performers route) focuses on excellence in contemporary dance performance involving daily technical training in various dance techniques including release and contemporary techniques, contact improvisation, Pilates and Ballet work. This module normally runs autumn and spring semesters.

Teaching and Assessment
Assessment on the MA performers route is based on four core modules, Repertory (60 credits), Techniques for Performance (30 credits) Reflective Practice (30 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits).
Assessment on the postgraduate diploma performers route is based on two core modules, Repertory (60 credits), Techniques for Performance (30 credits) and one optional module.

Assessment Techniques for Performance is continuous, that is process based.
Similarly the Repertory module is continuously assessed however the assessment is comprised by marks given by guest choreographers during the creation process and marks given by both Artistic Directors in rehearsal and on tour assessing both process and performance.

Applications & Course Pre-requisites
Application to the course is made by completing the online application form and completing the additional requirements.
You will also be invited to attend an audition and an interview.

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The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context. Read more
The MA Somatic Practices by Independent Research focuses on the study of somatic practices and somatically informed movement practices in a contemporary and historical context.

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.

The programme will enable you to analyse, critique and articulate your somatic and/or movement practice in relation to current industry practices, protocols and conventions and situate your work within the U.K, European and North American field of somatics.

It offers practitioners a means of validating and accrediting their prior experience and professional training and an opportunity to develop and deepen their critical understanding of specific somatic practices and how to conduct somatically informed research.

In particular, the programme provides you with opportunities for developing an understanding of individual practice in relation to current trends, practices and opportunities within the wider fields of somatic and somatically informed movement practices.

For further information please contact Jane Bacon:

Where this can take you
This course is suitable for you if you are a practitioner with 3 or more years of professional practice and/or a diploma in a somatic practice such as Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), Body-Mind Centreing, Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais Technique, Alexander Technique, Tamalpa Practice, Yoga, Skinner Releasing Technique.

It will offer you …

an opportunity to reflect on your professional practice and prior training
time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through research and scholarship
Professional Development
deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
a stepping stone toward PhD study
You will develop skills in…

Problem solving
Creative and critical thinking
Working independently
Research and the articulation of that research in writing
It will give you…

A qualification that will aid your membership to the International Association of Somatic Educators Association or other professional training organisation
Preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.
Indicative modules
This course consists of 2 modules. Prior to beginning the course you will have your prior professional learning accredited. This is done through an interview, the submission of a professional portfolio and an essay (for more details see ‘how to apply’ below).

Module 1: Somatically-informed Research Methodologies

Aims: This module aims to provide students with:

a solid grounding in research methods, which will be of value in postgraduate study in the study of somatics and body oriented research projects, and will facilitate students’ development as reflexive practitioners;
strategies for research that is somatically informed (or practiced);
strategies for research that are appropriate to the study of the body as subject (eg. phenomenology and heuristics which focus on lived experience rather than on an object of study)
an understanding of how somatic practices might fit within broader cultural and discipline contexts, debates and practices
Module 2: Somatic Practices Dissertation

Aims: This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:

work independently on a substantial written research project of your choice;
further develop their research skills in an extended in-depth investigation;
produce self-reflexive innovative research presented in a scholarly and professional manner.
situate your research in a broad context of somatic and movement practices;
develop and apply appropriate somatically-informed research methodologies relevant to your research
develop theoretical insights and awareness of critical and/or philosophical concepts relevant to your research;
Teaching assessment
Assessed through a portfolio of prior work/training, the completion of a Research Methodologies module (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional movement practitioners who seek to extend and develop their professional learning through Masters study.

The M.A Somatic Practices by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their professional training and practice through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Research methodologies module and through the completion of a Dissertation project developed through independent study.

The programme will be of interest to those who have completed professional training existing outside Higher Education (examples of such trainings in the UK and internationally include: Body-Mind CenteringÒ, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Skinner Releasing Technique) who seek flexibility of study.

The research methodologies module can be delivered in concert with the current MA Reflective Practice module and/or as a stand-alone module with flexible delivery (online, weekends, summer). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and are normally delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.

Applications & Course Pre-requisites
Application to the course is made by completing the online application form and completing the additional requirements as listed below. You will also be invited to attend an interview.

Your prior knowledge and skill as a somatic practitioner will be assessed prior to acceptance on the programme. This will take the form of an interview and the submission (prior to interview) of 1) a portfolio and 2) an essay.

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