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MA Dance

Course Description

With an emphasis on Interdisciplinary and Screen Based Practice, the MA in Dance at Bath Spa University focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur. It provides the opportunity for you to mature as a ‘maker of work’ whilst gaining an increased understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace. Digital technology plays a significant role in the programme both in its application to creative practice and in an e-learning context.
Dance at Bath Spa University is becoming increasingly respected for its work in both live and screen based performance practice. The master’s programme is ideal for those interested in the interface of contemporary dance, site, and digital media.

Course structure and content

The course is aimed at those with a specialist interest in screen based dance practice and/or interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect to create new work.
Studying for the MA in Dance will mean that you will be with us for one full year, or two if you choose to study part-time. Where practical, the taught elements of the course will be undertaken in short intensive blocks and, where appropriate, tutoring may be done on-line to create flexibility and to help those who may not wish to move to the area for the full duration of the course.


Research Project.
This module gives you the opportunity to develop a sophisticated understanding of, and ability to, research at a professionally applicable level. Engaging with current scholarship and research in an area that is of relevance to your own practice

Interdisciplinary or Screen Based Performance Practice
This module concerns itself with ‘live’ interdisciplinary, or screen based, performance making. Interdisciplinary work might exist at the interface of dance and at least one other ‘media’ which might include, for instance, video, writing, painting, textiles. 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.

Work Based Learning.
This module locates you in an individually relevant professional environment, which may be your existing workplace, a negotiated placement of your own, or with one of our placement hosts.

Site Responsive Collaborative Performance Practice
This module responds to the huge potential offered by non-theatre performance locations and draws on collaborative opportunities to work with artists and students on other Bath Spa postgraduate courses to construct cross-disciplinary performance work that responds to a ‘site’ of your own choosing.

Final Project.
Your final project will draw on skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3, and 4. The content is negotiated with course tutors but might for example be a work for the single screen, an interdisciplinary site specific work, or a stage performance work that draws on an area of practice that is central to your interests and aspirations.

Teaching methods and resources

A characteristic of the Master’s is that it is taught as much as possible in intensive weekend or weeklong sessions. E-learning, e-tutorials, and placements give you the opportunity to undertake some study from a distance, while studio and edit suite facilities for your creative practice will be negotiated, as much as possible, to fit in with your calendar and timetable needs.
The Dance Department has the use of three equipped dance studios, the University Theatre, a Mac editing suite, and additional rehearsal spaces for independent study. In addition to filmmaking equipment, we have access to filming and editing facilities at Corsham Court, and make full use of Minerva, the university’s virtual learning environment, and other on-line tutoring facilities. In addition, site-specific work takes advantage of our outstanding campus and the architecture and history of the City of Bath. Our greatest resource is perhaps the professionalism and experience of the tutors who teach on the course and our professional partnerships

Assessment methods

Your work will be assessed through practical projects, essays, portfolios and seminar presentations. In practical projects assessment may focus on your creative process or on the final product. All work is assessed against a generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

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

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Entry Requirements

A dance based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent. An applicants suitability will be assessed through: An application statement, a sample of work on video accompanied by a short, 500 words max, explanation/contextualisation of the work, and a face to face or an on-line interview (Skype or similar).

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