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PG Dip Contemporary Dance

Course Description

The Postgraduate Diploma aims to provide students with full time intensive training as part of the mapdance company. The audition process is rigorous and this route is suitable for students who wish to commit to developing their professional skills through the creation and touring of repertory works.

Visit the website: http://www.chi.ac.uk/contemporary-dance-postgraduate-diploma

Course detail

Mapdance is the University of Chichester’s touring performance company and offers dance artists, the chance to undertake a Masters degree or Diploma level in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. It is an intensive year of training and provides performance opportunities to a variety of theatres, arts centres and educational settings.The programme enables students to develop their dance practice as a performer. Options to study as an Independent Researcher or Choreographer, individually or in collaboration with other artists, are also available. There are also opportunities to engage in leading research with interactive technologies.

Mapdance has worked with cutting edge choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Charles Linehan, Liz Aggiss, Gregory Maqoma (Vuyani Dance Theatre, South Africa), Ben Wright, Matthias Sperling, Ben Duke (Lost Dog) and Darren Ellis.

Performers studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not present a dissertation but are able to develop skills to support their practice with the opportunity to select one optional module. Students undertaking the Pedagogical Approaches module take part in educational work on tour linked to the mapdance repertory.

The flexibility of the programme means that you can achieve your postgraduate diploma after successful completion of modules to the value of 120 credits, or you can continue your studies to attain 180 credits and include the Dissertation module to achieve the MA.

Format and assessment

The diploma comprises two core modules and one optional module:

Core modules:

- Repertory 1 (60 Credits)
- Techniques for Performance (30 Credits)

Optional modules:

- Dance Writing and Performance (30 credits)
- New Media and Performance Practice (30 credits)

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including Individual and group seminar presentations, essays, performance and exhibitions, devising for various teaching situations and compositional devising. You will be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during your course.

Work placements

Links to employment and future careers are essential and you will be gaining valuable professional experience and practice as part of our mapdance touring dance company. You’ll be guided by the module tutors and our active careers service to identify and channel your knowledge, skills and talent.

Guest lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting dance employment, and your learning is supported by individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress.

Career prospects

Recent Dance graduates have achieved a wide range of successes since moving into areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research.

The Postgraduate Diploma will equip you for a range of careers in choreography, performing arts, dance development, arts administration, performance, teaching or dance research. You can also continue to further study at masters level.

Dancers from mapdance have gone on to work with many companies as performers or arts managers, including Lila Dance (Choreographers and Arts Council-funded touring company) Udifydance, Balletboyz, English National Ballet, South East Dance, Rambert Dance Company to name a few.

How to apply:


Funding for postgraduate students:

For information on funding and scholarships, please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us/fees-finance/funding-and-money-advice-0/funding-postgraduate-students

Visit the PG Dip Contemporary Dance page on the University of Chichester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Dance degree - 2:2 or other related subject or qualification, relevant professional experience or an academic qualification equivalent to a degree plus relevant professional experience. All candidates wishing to follow the Performance route must demonstrate advanced level performance skills at audition consisting of ballet, contemporary technique, repertory workshop and interview.

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