facebook MA Dance – Bath Spa University

Key facts

Options: MA Dance, PG Dip Dance.
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 on this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual practice.

  • 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 broaden the possibilities of your practice.

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 insight from the University’s careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, our Master's degree in Dance is supported by a number of high-profile associate artists and industry specialists to enhance your study experience.

“This course has opened my mind to new possibilities of research in the arts. It has helped me to build, deepen and reflect upon my creative practice and define myself as an independent dance artist according to my interests.”

Ana Manu-Jara, MA Dance graduate

英国巴斯斯巴大学的校园拥有一流的设施,是一个聚集灵感、充满创造力的地方。我的专业融合了舞蹈和电影艺术,让我充分发挥了想象力。通过实践,我深入了解了创作与构思,突破自己仅作为表演者出现在舞台上,更是一个创造者去表现艺术作品。 灵活多样的课程设置让我对学习生活充满好奇,不断探索。


"The campus boasts first-class amenities and is a place of inspiration and creativity. The professional blend of dance and film art allowed me give full play to my imagination... Through practice, I deeply understood dance creation and conception, and my personal breakthrough came not only as a performer on the stage, but also a creator of artistic works. The flexible and varied curriculum made me curious about learning, life, and continued exploration."

Zhou Yu, MA Dance

Viewers from China can view the video on YOUKU.

What you'll learn


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 support you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you develop your own creative practice. In addition, collaborative opportunities form a key part of the programme, enabling you to work across art forms with other practitioners.

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 two, and one 60 credit module (your final project) in term three. As a part-time student you'll take two modules in your first year and three in your second, the last of which is your final project.

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

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

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

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Research Methodologies and Context
  • Creative Practice 1
  • Professional Collaboration
  • Creative Practice 2
  • The Role of the Producer
  • Major Project

Research Methodologies and Context
This key Master’s level module recognises that research is a dynamic and varied field. It encourages engagement with differing perspectives, broadening your research horizons and increasing your research capacity. This potentially prepares you for doctoral study, but is a first step towards the Major Project at the end of the programme.

Creative Practice One
This module allows for the exploration of interdisciplinary practice that might exist at the interface of dance and at least one other medium, primarily in this instance, film. A focus on screen-based performance, in the context of this module, concerns exploration of "screendance" as a creative interface between the body and digital technology in the design and production of work for the single screen.

Professional Collaboration
This module has a professional focus. It requires you to collaborate with other practitioners, be they fellow students, professional practitioners or organisations. It gives you the opportunity to explore your subject specialism within a contemporary professional context and embeds an entrepreneurial outlook through professional and/or collaborative practice.

Creative Practice Two
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.

Major Project
Your final project will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules one to four. 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, provides regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there are regular open lectures covering diverse topics e.g. videogames, literature, science and globalisation.


Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad through our GALA and Erasmus schemes. Previous students have performed or created work in Indonesia, Malta and China.


Having a postgraduate qualification opens up a range of options in the world of dance-related work and beyond.

You’ll be positioned to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, screendance maker, or a combination of these things. We’ll support you to develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner to help you graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging but inspirational workplace.

“If it wasn't for your your free mind, your will to break with conventions and your encouragement and support in me to dare to take risks and to go on new paths in my artistic process and adventures, I would not have developed and created the work I did in this year."

Stephanie Scheubeck. MA Graduate.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught


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 our University computers and your work is supported by specialist technicians.

“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


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £7,195
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,600
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

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

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £13,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

“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

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.

International applications

If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered. Please contact International Admissions for more information: internationaladmissions@bathspa.ac.uk

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Interview and portfolio guidance

An applicant's suitability will be assessed through an application statement and a sample of work on video (five minutes maximum). Applicants will be invited to interview.

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

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