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This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

Alongside support from your tutors, you’ll benefit from a professional mentor who works in your field of interest.
The course is supported by high profile associate artists and industry specialist who, alongside the university's career specialist, will enhance your study experience.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.

MODULES

In Research Methodologies, you'll develop an understanding of, and the ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. This module concerns itself with interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You’ll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example writing, painting, textiles or soundmaking.

In the Creative 1 module, you'll create live or screen-based performance work. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

In Professional Engagement, you'll develop your professional profile and gain in-depth understand of 'getting your work out there.'

In Creative Practice 2, you'll respond to non-theatre performance locations, and collaborate with other artists to create cross-disciplinary performance work. Work may be submitted live or as a film.

For the Thesis Project modules, you'll negotiate a final project with course tutors and you'll draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. . For example, it might be: a work for the single screen; an interdisciplinary sit-specific work; a written project, or a stage performance.

For more information on course structure and methods please view the module handbook via the website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/

TEACHING METHODS

Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including: technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University’s production company, provide regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there a regular open lectures covering for example science, videogames, literature and globalisation.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Your work will be assessed through range of methods including: performances/screenings; presentations; written work and journals. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process as well as the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

You’ll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We’ll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You’ll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.

For more information on opportunities during the course please visit our website: https://www.bathspa.ac.uk/courses/pg-dance/

Visit the MA Dance page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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