Masters degrees in Jazz Dance equip postgraduates with the advanced skills to analyse, devise and choreograph a range of Jazz Dance performances. This include solo and ensemble dance, as well as explorations of jazz interpretations.
Courses are typically taught MA, but research options are sometimes available. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, such as Performance or Dance Studies.
A Masters in this field is an ideal way to boost not only your skills in choreography and Jazz technique, but your overall knowledge of the historical and sociocultural influences of Jazz Dance.
Through examinations of critical literature and performances, you will scrutinise a range of traditional Jazz forms such as tap and jitterbug, as well as contemporary styles such as ‘modern’ theatrical jazz.
Consideration is also given to adaptations and interpretations of different styles into Jazz Dance; some courses will involve a practical project involving an interpretative element. You will also learn about the industry, particularly its global economic stance and historical development.
Careers can involve not only performance, but roles in theatre management, choreography and directing of live and recorded performances.
The Master of Dance places a distinctive focus on the integration of performance skills and choreographic practice, both live and screen based, facilitating a holistic physical sensibility underpinned by a commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration and interdisciplinary practice.
Through laboratory-based workshops, seminars, master classes and theoretical subjects, the 18-month postgraduate degree offers a balance of intensive and practical training across three semesters culminating in the realisation of a range of independent, practice-led projects.
It equips you with a high level of professional skill and expertise as a multi-dimensional dance artist, and provides opportunities for connections with other VCA disciplines via cross-disciplinary subjects, collaborative projects and through a range of encounters with practising artists and organisations.
The program welcomes applications from: dancers, performers, improvisers, dance-makers, choreographers and body-based practitioners.
The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about and trends in dance/performance practice and will enhance your sophisticated understanding of dance/performance conventions.
You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of subject-specific outcomes, through acquiring an advanced knowledge of concepts, problems and traditions in dance and a capacity to apply that knowledge in a range of professional contexts. You will develop and apply advanced critical thinking skills and higher-level transferable skills essential for career enhancement.
You will study a range of subject specific modules including areas of somatic practice, cultural studies, professional practice, contextual studies and Advanced Research Methods through tutor-led, student-led, and self-directed study.
Reflective personal development practices are encouraged throughout the duration of the course, which will help you to monitor your progress.
Learning will take place through practical dance classes, workshops, practical classes, studio-based practice, screenings, lectures, discussions (both online and in class), seminars, and tutorials.
You will receive support for your learning from: your personal tutor, the Dance subject librarian, the Dance department technician, the Dance department administrator, departmental careers support (especially in relation to teaching, post-graduate study in a range of areas, and freelance dance work).
The course includes practical as well as academic study and builds on the international reputations and expertise of staff in dance practice, dance history, cultural studies and dance science.
There will be opportunities for interaction with postgraduate students in other performing arts subjects with practice-based work.
Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The state-of–the-art facilities in the hub will give you experience of excellent dance studios and theatre/performance spaces, mac computer suites, professional level recording studios and lighting equipment. It boasts two bespoke dance studios, with sprung floors, mirrored wall and equipment for sound and lighting requirements.
This course will enhance graduates’ opportunities across a range of employment in the arts and related fields, rather than a specific career path, since dance is applicable in a wide variety of contexts in the arts at all levels of society. For example, school teachers will be qualified for posts in Further and Higher Education, in addition to gaining a qualification to enhance their prospects in their current institutional base; freelance artists will have additional skills and techniques to offer in the arena of arts projects in schools, theatre educational outreach work and community arts; practitioners will have a deeper understanding of their craft and a qualification recognized by FE and HE establishments.