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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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This course is a professionally focused course, co-designed and co-delivered with industry partner Joss Arnott Dance. You will explore dance performance in a ‘company model’. Read more
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. 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. Read more
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. Read more
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dance is a 60-credit hour program designed to take 3 years (6 semesters) to complete. Students generally take 10 credit hours per semester, leaving sufficient time for extracurricular creative and research work. . Read more
The School has a well-established research reputation, and has developed links and partnerships with arts organisations, professional dance companies, dance practitioners and publishing houses in the UK and Internationally. Read more