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Dance

MA

Postgraduate degree

Key facts

Award
Options: MA Dance, PG Dip Dance.
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full-time. Two years part-time.

Entry requirements

We’re looking for dancers and dance makers with a specialist interest in: performance; screen-based dance practice; alternative performance spaces; and interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect.

You’ll need a dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.

Explore, create and reflect in this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests.

  • Explore and create choreography for live performance and film.
  • Develop skills as a dance maker with other students from around the world.
  • Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional.

This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

We offer a range of creative opportunities to enhance your dance studies, including the University’s careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, the dance programme has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who’ll enhance your study experience.

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“I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Dance MA course. It was an opportunity to really explore who I wanted to be as a dance artist and what kind of art I want to make. I particularly enjoyed working with film and creating screen-dance pieces that were different to anything I've done before.”

Abz Irwin, MA Dance graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.

Course structure

This MA will take one full year, or two if you choose to study part time. As a full-time student you’ll take two 30 credit modules in term one, two 30 credit modules in term 2, and one 60 credit module (your final project) in term 3. As a part-time student you will take 2 modules in your first year and three in your second, the last of which is your final project.

Trimester 1
This trimester has a substantial taught element, with a number of optional classes.

Trimester 2
Following your first trimester, your second also has a substantial taught element, with optional classes available.

Trimester 3
Trimester three, your thesis module, is largely self-directed with tutorials and peer presentations leading to course completion.

Modules

Research Methodologies
This module gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of, and ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. You will engage with current scholarship and research in an area that is of relevance to your own practice.

Creative Practice 1
This module concerns itself with interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You’ll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example writing, painting, textiles or soundmaking. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

Professional Engagement
This module may locate you in an individually relevant professional environment, which may be your existing workplace, a negotiated placement of your own, or with a company or individual associated with the course. Examples of projects undertaken in this module are planning a tour, writing a funding application, and creating a regional screendance festival.

Creative Practice 2
This module responds to the potential offered by non-theatre performance locations, and draws upon collaborative opportunities to work with artists and students studying other Bath Spa courses to construct cross-disciplinary performance work that responds to a ‘site’ of your own choosing. Work may be submitted live or as a film.

Thesis Project
Your final project will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. The content is negotiated with course tutors but might, for example, be a work for the single screen, an interdisciplinary site- specific work, a written project, or a stage performance work that draws upon an area of practice that is central to your interests and aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

Work is assessed through a range of methods including: performances/screenings; presentations; written work and journals. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process as well as the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

How will I be taught?

Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including: technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University’s production company, provide regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there a regular open lectures covering for example science, videogames, literature and globalisation.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You will be given the opportunity to undertake some study from a distance. Previous students have performed or created work in Indonesia, Malta, and China.

Careers

Having a postgraduate qualification opens up a range of options in the world of dance related work, and beyond. You’ll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We’ll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You’ll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

MA Dance students have access to a range of quality filmmaking equipment using the university’s free equipment loan service. In addition fully up to date editing software is installed on open access computers and your work is supported by specialist technicians.

“The past year has been the most amazing 12 months. I have found so many new ways of creating work and doing this course has not only given me the confidence to put my work out there but has also enabled me to really find myself as a choreographer and performer.”

Naomi Hunter. MA Dance graduate

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £7,000
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £13,500
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2018
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We’re looking for dancers and dance makers with a specialist interest in: performance; screen-based dance practice; alternative performance spaces; and interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect.

You’ll need a dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

Interview and portfolio guidance

An applicant's suitability will be assessed through an application statement and a sample of work on video (5 minutes maximum). Applicants will be invited to interview. This can be online through Skype or similar.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: c.lewis-smith@bathspa.ac.uk

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