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School of Performing Arts

Dance

MA Part-time 2 years, Full-time 12 months

The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about dance, and trends in dance performance practice.

The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about dance, and trends in dance performance practice.

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  • Start Date(s) 5 August 2020
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years), Full-time (12 months)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about dance, and trends in dance performance practice. Studying on this course will enhance your sophisticated understanding of dance and performance conventions.

You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of subject-specific outcomes by acquiring an advanced knowledge of concepts, problems and traditions in dance and a capacity to apply that knowledge in a range of professional contexts. You will develop and apply advanced critical thinking skills and higher-level transferable skills essential for career enhancement.

     

What happens on the course?

You will study a range of subject specific modules including areas of somatic practice, cultural studies, professional practice, contextual studies and Advanced Research Methods through tutor-led, student-led, and self- directed study. Each taught module on the course is one-week intensive and delivered during August (3 modules), January (2 modules) and Easter (1 module).

Learning will take place through lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as workshops, studio-based practice, screenings, discussions (both online and in class).

Reflective personal development practices are encouraged throughout the duration of the course, which will help you to monitor your progress.

You will receive support for your learning from: your personal tutor, the Dance subject librarian, the Dance department technician, the Dance department administrator, departmental careers support (especially in relation to teaching, post-graduate study in a range of areas, and freelance dance work).

 

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

The MA Dance degree will enhance graduates’ opportunities across a range of employment in dance; It will also enhance graduates' opportunities in the arts and related fields since dance is applicable at all levels of society. For example, school teachers will be qualified for posts in Further and Higher Education, in addition to gaining a qualification to enhance their prospects in their current institutional base; freelance artists will have additional skills and techniques to offer in the arena of arts projects in schools, theatre educational outreach work and community arts; practitioners will have a deeper understanding of their craft and a qualification recognized by FE and HE establishments.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The MA Dance course is taught in intensive blocks, with week-long delivery for each module. Blocks of teaching happen in August, January and during Easter Break. This allows you to plan your study effectively around your job, children and regular commitments.

The course includes academic as well as practical study and builds on the international reputations and expertise of staff in dance practice, dance history, cultural studies and dance performance.

There will be opportunities, where appropriate, for interaction with postgraduate students in other performing arts subjects with practice-based work.  

Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The state-of–the-art facilities in the hub will give you experience of excellent dance studios and theatre/performance spaces, mac computer suites, professional level recording studios and lighting equipment. It boasts two bespoke dance studios, with sprung floors, mirrored wall and equipment for sound and lighting requirements.

 

The member of academic staff who leads this course is Clare Lidbury

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1.         demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of dance, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of their academic discipline

2.         apply a comprehensive range of techniques relevant to your own research, scholarship and practice

3.         apply knowledge in original ways, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and practice are used to create and interpret knowledge in dance

4.         evaluate critically current practice, research and advanced scholarship in dance

5.         deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

6.         demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level

 

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

You will need a good honours degree in dance or a related subject. Applicants will also be required to attend for interview/audition to assess their suitability to study on the course. 

Candidates with a significant track record (five years) of professional experience in dance or a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree are also welcomed. Applicants in this category will be required to attend for interview/audition and asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability. 

The MA Dance will require students to be capable of a high level of communication skills, both oral and written. International students who do not have English as a first language should have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at gov.uk or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website.


Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


Self-funded:

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.


Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.


You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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