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Course Content

Course content

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.


• 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 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.


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.


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

Visit the MA Dance Performance & Choreography page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!





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