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MA Dance Performance & Choreography

Course Description

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Course Summary

This exceptional course is designed to enhance your professional skills in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts.

It offers you the opportunity for professional level repertory performance practice, as well as creative and choreographic practice in an industry-focused academic environment, supporting your development as a professionally equipped, independent and self-sufficient dance practitioner and scholar.

Polish your practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice using excellent studio, theatre and library facilities as well as our on-campus professional performance work as you enhance your future employability prospects.

Intermediate qualifications available:

Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Choose Dance Performance and Choreography MA at Bedfordshire and:

- Study with a dynamic and experienced team of tutors with internationally significant experience as academics, practice-led researchers and dance artists
- Explore a range of career opportunities including: independent/freelance dance artist; independent or collaborative choreographer; educator in HE, FE, school or wider community and professional environments; consultant or researcher; or in screen-based performance as a performer in film/video industry, commercial sector or in independent film production
- Develop your professional network through our existing relationships with key organisations such as; Arts Council England, regional and national dance agencies, Youth Dance England, dance development organisations, performance venues, professional dance companies, independent artists, community arts organisations, colleges and schools
- Gain high-level practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice to enhance or sustain your opportunities for employment
- Benefit from a degree that aims to equip you with professional-level skills, abilities and knowledge in dance, as well as an advanced level of self-sufficiency and scholarship, enabling you to access wider employment options or continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Why choose this course?

The course aims to equip you with professional-level skills, abilities and knowledge in dance, and to foster self-sufficiency and scholarship to an advanced and post-graduate level. In addition, the course aims to improve your performance in core employment-related areas and you will be encouraged to frame all aspects of your work with respect to professional expectations, and to develop a confident approach to creative risk-taking and enterprise. Emphasis will be placed on increasing your ability to manage your own learning both as an individual and as part of a team, and to be able generate innovative solutions to complex problems.

Entry requirements

Standard Entry Requirements Apply for all students:

Standard entry requirements for UK students: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/ukugentryreqs

Students from the European Union: http://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/eu/guides

International students: http://www.beds.ac.uk/international/international-applications

Additional Requirements -

All applicants will be invited to auditions and interview in order to provide evidence of your practical knowledge of dance. You will also discuss why you consider the course to be an appropriate choice that will enable you to develop your dance knowledge, skills and understanding. You will be assessed not only in relation to your current practical knowledge of dance but also in relation to whether you are able to articulate goals that match your abilities and your understanding of how this course will help you achieve your goals. We do not assess physical fitness, strength, flexibility or other physical attributes as part of the criteria for entry, but you should consider the physical demands of core units in dance technique and performance and improvisation and composition in deciding whether this course offers you the best opportunity to achieve in this subject area.

If you are unable to attend in person for audition and interview, you may submit a digital portfolio and be interviewed by telephone.

You are also advised that in order to benefit from all the opportunities available through study you may be advised to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Career Management Skills

The course foregrounds your development as a professionally equipped and skilled dance practitioner and scholar, who is realistically able to pursue a range of career options in dance, and in wider creative and cultural industries. Additionally, it focuses on developing your reflective, enterprising and independent management skills as an underpinning for future self-sufficiency and career longevity.

In recent years significant research has been conducted into issues concerning graduate employment in dance and the creative arts industries. The Academy Subject Centre for Performing Arts, PALATINE, and Arts Council England, have both produced influential and detailed publications on dance ecology and infrastructure, including; Susan Burns Mapping Dance: Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice in Dance Higher Education (2007), and Burns and Harrisons sponsored report; Dance Mapping: A Window on Dance (2008). You will make use of such publications in the course as a key resource in gaining currency and knowledge of the professional field.

Career management information is offered to you as part of the course at Induction, where you will attend an introduction to the Universitys Centre for Personal and Career Development, and be made aware of the support services they can offer. These include; one-to-one careers advisory sessions, on-line tools to develop your career management skills, assistance with constructing and editing CVs, interview techniques, opportunities for volunteering and work placements, and job searches.

The course has a professional focus and you will be expected to demonstrate equivalent and relevant professional skills and attitudes throughout. You will utilise these skills to enable you to design and manage academic and creative projects, and be responsible for critical assessment of the outcomes against intended goals. These learning opportunities reflect professional working contexts and expectations, and demand ambitious and sustained scrutiny on your part as preparation for future roles in project management and delivery.

The course is staffed by academics whose career profiles include Internationally significant roles practice-led researcher, dance and theatre performance, choreography, dance education and dance science. Additionally your learning experience is enriched through invitations to guest artists and visiting lecturers to contribute in their areas of particular specialism to the course. The work of the staff team therefore extends into a range of elite, vocational and recreational settings and it is anticipated that you will be able to take advantage of opportunities to engage in this professional network through, for example, roles as research assistants and performers. This opportunity builds and extends your knowledge and access to professional contacts and is an important resource in developing professional profile.

Career/Further study opportunities

The course prepares you for the following career options:

- Performer: independent/freelance dance artist, focusing on independent practice and small/middle scale touring work
- Interdisciplinary Performance Practitioner: collaborative and interdisciplinary performance work, self-generated movement-based practice
- Choreographer: independent dance maker/artist, choreographer to specific brief and/or group/project, collaborative artist in interdisciplinary projects
- Educator: lecturer/teacher/leader in a range of formal HE, FE and schools context, in addition to freelance work in wider community and professional environments
- Independent Portfolio Worker in the Creative Industries: consultant and researcher
- Screen-based Performance: performer in film/video industry, commercial sector, independent film production

Further study:

This course primarily aims to prepare you for employment in the dance and performing arts sectors, but the award enables you to continue studies to Doctoral level, and/or to pursue ongoing training and continuing professional development in a diverse range of associated somatic, performance and teaching contexts.

Visit the MA Dance Performance & Choreography page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry Requirements Apply for all students:Standard entry requirements for UK students: View Website from the European Union: View Website students: View Website

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