Explore, create and reflect in this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests.
- Get guidance from an experienced professional mentor who works in the dance industry.
- Opportunities to travel. Previous students have visited Indonesia, Malta, and China.
- Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional.
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"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. You have provided us all with an amazingly supportive environment without which I would not have been confident enough to push myself to the point I have. I can not thank you enough for all your support."
Naomi Hunter – MA Dance student, 2015
Why study Dance?
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.
Alongside support from your tutors, you’ll benefit from a professional mentor who works in your field of interest. Our Dance department has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who’ll enhance your study experience. You’ll also have access to the university’s careers specialists.
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.
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.
- 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 ‘live’ interdisciplinary, or screen-based, performance making. Interdisciplinary work might exist at the interface of dance and at least one other ‘media’ which might include, for instance, video, writing, painting or textiles. 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.
- 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.
Work is assessed through a range of methods including: performances; presentations; written work; journals; and a 3000 word research paper. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process or on the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.
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.
Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course; these are complemented by optional classes including: technique; somatic practice; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are some intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.
E-learning, e-tutorials and placements give you the opportunity to undertake some study from a distance, while studio and edit-suite facilities for your creative practice will be negotiated, as much as possible, to fit in with your calendar and timetable needs.
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.
To apply for the programme, please email our Admissions team at email@example.com and we will then contact you to discuss matters further, or telephone +44(0)1225 875624.
International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.
For any other enquiries about the course, please contact Chris Lewis-Smith on +44(0)1225 876121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.
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.
What students say...
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'As a part time student the MA Dance is giving me the opportunity to deepen my research in a creative and supportive environment. Tutors and staff are highly trained and incredibly helpful with a lot of knowledge to share.
The course has a rich structure of seminars with guest tutors which have been enriching my development as a movement artist both as a performer and as a film maker.'
Silvia Carderelli. MA Dance student 2015/17
'The tutors are very experienced and have really supported my development as a dance artist'
Karolina Nieduza. MA Dance student 2015
'MA Dance has given me the opportunity to explore different approaches in making work. The quality of teaching has inspired me to shake up my ideas and chuck out conventional perceptions that block my creativity. This course offers me, a dancer, opera singer, choreographer and composer, an inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary emphasis in practice and research, which takes me on unexpected journeys. The modules, academic guidance and guest lecturers provide an ideal balance for growth and development in this highly competitive profession.'
Francesca Best. MA Dance student 2015
'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. You have provided us all with an amazingly supportive environment without which I would not have been confident enough to push myself to the point I have. I can not thank you enough for all your support.' Naomi Hunter. MA Dance student, 2015
'I started studying at Bath Spa University in September 2015. The university is a place of inspiration where people respect creativity. Its beautiful campus, located in Newton Park, provides students with convenient study facilities full of technology. The rich resources enable students to make progress in their studies. I am currently a MA Dance research student in the School of Music and Performing Arts. The combination of dance and movie modules in this course has inspired me with rich ideas as well as fulfilling my dream of movies. The wide range of practice opportunities has made me understand the depth of my creativity and thinking. I used to view myself as a dancer on the stage, however, after gaining more practice and experience, I consider myself more of a creator who can create arts products as a whole. The innovative course structure stimulates my curiosity and encourages me to study constantly'.
Yu Zhou. MA Dance Student. 2015/16