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About Contemporary Dance
Masters degrees in Contemporary Dance train postgraduates with the technical and skills to form creative elements of choreography, through a combination of applied contextual and theoretical study.
Taught MA courses are typical for the field, though some offer more research-oriented options. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject, such as Dance, Chorography or Performance Studies.
Depending on your interests and future career prospects, courses in this field can be either theoretically or vocationally focussed. While many courses combine both approaches, some courses are geared more towards rigorous dance training for those with aims of becoming a professional dancer or dance teacher.
Courses will however typically examine contemporary themes and historical concepts surrounding the Contemporary Dance industry, alongside physical dance practise. This includes an investigation of theoretical concepts such as aesthetics, cultural ideologies and technical attributes. For example, you might examine body awareness such as isolation, focussing on selective movement of different body parts for artistic effect.
Careers are highly varied, and could include specialisation in fields such as somatic wellbeing and dance psychotherapy. Many contemporary dancers go on to combine their expertise with other contemporary arts such as drama, physical theatre and live art.
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What can theatre tell us about everyday life in a digital culture? How does dance inform and shape society? How can we analyse, interpret and respond to this - as critical thinkers? In this programme you will learn how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition.
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.
An exciting, contemporary focused, masters level programme that responds to the creative industry demands of today by developing artists who will graduate as multi-skilled creative producers and practitioners.
Dance studies is a branch of the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences and affiliated with Professional Studies major.