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Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching)

Course Description

Programme Description

The Masters of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) allows you to further your knowledge and expertise through research in your own practice. It is a modular programme delivered via distance learning, normally over two-three years. The programme offers high-quality dance teachers an opportunity to engage in:
•continuing professional development through completing a higher degree
•postgraduate research based on your own professional practice
•career progression which puts you at the forefront of dance teaching innovation.

Learning is flexible in that you study from home during hours which suit your employment and personal commitments.

Your student experience

The programme begins with a compulsory one-week induction seminar at RAD headquarters, London. Individual modules are delivered via distance learning through access to the RAD's virtual learning environment. Each module has a study guide which introduces you to key topics, concepts and readings and leads you through a series of study tasks in preparation for a final assessment. You are allocated a specialist tutor for each module who supports your studies through regular communication via email, telephone, Skype and online forums. Modules are studied across two semesters per academic year.

Programme Breakdown

Compulsory modules:
Research methods
This module introduces a range of education research models, paradigms and approaches for practice-based research and will equip you with an understanding of research design, data collection and ethics. It provides the foundation for research on all other modules on the programme, including your final research project.

Dance, education and culture
This module provides an opportunity to expand your knowledge and understanding of dance as a cultural practice, including the theatrical art form. The reading materials and tasks focus on developing critical thinking through study of key cultural theories and their application. The essay assignment allows you to draw on selected concepts and critical frameworks and to evaluate their potential application to your own professional practice.

Research project
This module comprises the design and delivery of an extended practice-based research assignment. The precise nature of the research will be determined by a number of factors, including the needs of your school/ work environment, the dance curriculum, and your specific knowledge, skills and research interests. You will have the option to attend a two-day seminar at the start of the module and will be assigned a supervisor to guide you through the research process. The module culminates in the submission of a 20,000 word dissertation.

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma Awards

If you would like to study at Masters level, but are not yet ready or able to commit to the full Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching), you have the option to study the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma. With successful achievement of the required credits, you will be eligible to progress from the PG cert to the PG Dip or from the PG Dip to Masters.

Visit the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) page on the Royal Academy of Dance website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Lucy Snellgrove

After completing a dance degree, I found going back to studying as a mature student both stimulating and rewarding. I was eager to continue studying dance, and expanding my knowledge and expertise as a dance teacher. The Masters offered a distance learning programme which was most suitable to my dance teaching career and lifestyle, and offered modules and optional study areas relevant to my teaching context.

My biggest challenge was balancing my personal life and work commitments alongside my studies. But, with careful planning and timetabling, as well as the wonderful support from tutors, this challenge was manageable over the three years. The sense of achievement and success experienced at the end was truly overwhelming.

At present, I work in an all-girls independent school teaching dance and whilst studying on the Masters I received a promotion to become Head of Dance within my school. This qualification has clearly facilitated my current teaching career, but I also believe that having this degree will continue to enhance my future career prospects in dance teaching and dance education.


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in dance or with a significant dance component. You should hold a recognised dance teaching qualification and be employed as a dance teacher for the duration of the programme. We welcome applications from professional dance teachers who do not hold traditional academic qualifications but have equivalent experiential learning. Applicants may be required to undertake a concessionary entry task or complete the Masters Access Module.

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