SEMESTER 1 (August-October)
Repertory Development (60 credits)
In this first semester, you will establish the new student company and work intensively with international choreographers to create new pieces of repertory. Whilst practically focused, you will also be developing your skills as a reflective artist through engagement in reflective writing and critical analysis.
SEMESTER 2 (October-January)
Personal and Ensemble Development (30 credits)
In this module you will engage in personal artistic and career development planning, positioning yourself as an emerging dance artist. Contemporary technique classes support the rehearsal and refinement of the new works, as well as developing your ensemble work with Joss Arnott. This module supports reflection on your specific development as a dancer and collaborator, building on strengths and addressing areas for development: physically, creatively and professionally.
Approaches to Dance Pedagogy (15 credits)
In this module, you will be introduced to the creative and physical techniques implicit in dance workshop development and delivery, strengthening your knowledge of teaching and learning theory/application. This course also explores the methods and practices of teaching dance, but specifically to a workshop setting, including areas such as:
– Engagement with current issues through dance experience
– Workshop design
– Educational aspects of dance performance and touring
You will also pick one of the two following options;
Producing for Small/Mid-Scale Touring (15 credits)
This classroom-based module digs into the knowledge, skills and professional context surrounding producing and touring. Taught by professional producers, this module looks at funding, programming, liaising with venues, programmers and technical teams, marketing and audience development. It is designed to support skills in self-producing as a part of your portfolio career development as a dance professional.
Teaching Strategy and Design in Dance (15 credits)
This practical and theoretical module delves into the concepts and approaches central to dance teaching within a curriculum setting. Module content will consider the function of curriculum as the ‘spine’ of the learning experience and explore creative and physical approaches to engage students with new skills and knowledge within and through dance. You will devise, plan and write a scheme of work underpinned by a formal curriculum or syllabus. This module will equip you the pedagogical knowledge central to teaching dance in educational contexts.
SEMESTER 3 (January-May)
Dance Performance Practices (30 credits)
This module is embedded into the performance and professional practices involved in touring. Your learning will occur both on campus in rehearsal and in various national venues during the tour. You will also have a professional role in supporting of the wider tour, which may include elements of workshop delivery, supporting the tour producer and/or engaging with the technical team. The module will focus on students’ practical knowledge of dance performance, but in the professional contexts specific to a touring repertory company.
Practice-as-Research Project/Dissertation (30 credits)
In this final project, you will be asked to propose an area of exploration, arising from your experiences in the previous modules and focused on future work within profession. Upon submitting a proposal, you will be assigned a supervisor to support you on this journey of enquiry. Either individually or in collaboration with others, the results of these investigations will be presented at the New Adelphi Theatre alongside a wider programme of dance performances and events.
Students may choose to enrol on the Postgraduate Diploma instead of the Master Degree. In this course of study, they would undertake the following three modules:
- Repertory Development (August-October)
- Personal and Ensemble Development (October-January)
- Dance Performance Practices (January-May)
The postgraduate diploma mirrors content for a part-time study on the MA programme. Therefore, if a student graduating with a PGDiploma chose to return and complete the MA at a later date, this could be done on a part-time basis over two semesters. This part-time year would include:
– Approaches to Dance Pedagogy and Producing for Small/Mid-Scale Touring
– Practice-as-Research Project/Dissertation
For more information, please visit our HOW TO APPLY section for application details or contact
Debbie Milner, Programme Leader