Independent Research students are guided throughout the course by specialist tutors. Students also meet each other regularly to talk about different ways of interrogating theory and practice.
They have opportunities to be part of a lively research culture, and to attend a regular programme of performances and research presentations, given by resident tutors and by visiting companies, choreographers and researchers.
The degree, which culminates in a Dissertation, involves research into different areas of dance, either through theoretical enquiry or a mixture of theory and practice.
A large-scale project specially tailored to individual student needs is a key component of this MA.
Our facilities Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.
At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.
We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.
A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.
We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.
The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.
On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.
The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:
130 open access PC workstations 45 Apple iMacs Ample printing facilities Netbooks available on loan Professional editing suites Media loans counter Wi-Fi and plug points throughout Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.
Indicative modules Compulsory Modules:
Reflective Practice (30 credits) Independent Research Project (60 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) Options:
Pedagogical Approaches New Media and Performance Practices Performing Politics Techniques for Performance Writing and Performance Repertory Dance Writing and Criticism (NB: not all options will run in any one year, the availability of optional modules will be communicated in the induction week in liaison with students.)
Teaching assessment Learning is assessed using various methods chosen as the most appropriate for demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes for each module.
All modules are assessed by means of programme work in the form of practical choreography presentations, essays, reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.