A unique opportunity in the UK to build your own Dance Masters programme. Specialise in your areas of interest, experience a breadth of perspectives and develop your artistic excellence and creativity.
The MA Creative Practice is a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.
The MFA Creative Practice 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 and realisation of a substantial body of work.
MFA applicants should be able to demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth that an extended time frame can afford.
The choice between engaging in an MA or MFA programme of study will depend upon your prior experience and future aspirations.
We offer two routes of study through the MA and MFA:
- Transdisciplinary - Dance Professional Practice
The Transdisciplinary focus is ideal for recent graduates of dance, performing arts or humanities, and dance professionals who want to develop and promote their creative ‘voice’ within a safe and supportive environment.
The Transdisciplinary focus offers the opportunity to build your own dance Master's programme. With its open format and broad range of modules, you can specialise in areas of interest, develop your skills, and experience new insights through engagement in practice based research, including collaborative projects. Areas of study incorporate a diverse range of perspectives, including theoretical and philosophical underpinning of arts practice, visual and body-based art, film making, writing, and somatic practice. Modules are designed to be conversant with one another, supporting an interdisciplinary approach to the development and articulation of your individual practice through studio exploration supported by reflective and theoretical study.
For MA students, the year culminates in an independent project, allowing you to build on the ideas encountered in the taught programme and undertake self-directed research, experimentation and reflection.
The MFA Extended Project is an extensive, self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent creative practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research, develop, realise and identify appropriate modes of presentation for your ideas.
Graduates use their creative research to inform their practice in whichever professional setting they enter. Students have gone on to work as dance artists, performers, choreographers, visual/film artists, writers, and to teach in schools, colleges and universities. Alumni have had their work programmed in international festivals and performance platforms, and published research in peer-reviewed journals.