The MA Choreography explores dance, bodies and movement as cultural phenomena, tied to a wealth of complex social interaction, making dance a vital discipline in the twenty-first century.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
School of Performance and Cultural Industries
The School is a dynamic community of researchers, practitioners, scholars and students within the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. Our students are local, national and international, bringing with them considerable abilities and enthusiasms. The staff across the School has expertise across all aspects of performance, from the process of the performer and the production ensemble through a broad range of compositional and performance practices - acting, choreography, scenography, scriptwriting etc. - to dramaturgy, arts education, performance management, cultural entrepreneurship and creative industries policy. Each of these distinctive areas benefits from the opportunities of productive dialogue with the others. The School explores its disciplines by long-established academic means and through practice-based research. The integration of theory and practice lies at the core of our activities and is manifest in our programmes, in our research projects, and in our interactions with industry and with the wider community. All programmes in our existing and developing portfolio of postgraduate programmes include subject specific modules, the opportunity for inter-disciplinary collaboration, and links with external communities.
The School is based in a new £4m landmark building at the heart of the Leeds campus, which provides a new home for the School and new facilities for the University. The building houses two professional standard, publicly licensed theatres. The main space, which seats 180, is equipped with the latest lighting and projection equipment, shows a range of student work from across the University and work from visiting theatre companies. A further theatre space provides a technically advanced performance research facility. The building also contains a dance studio, changing rooms, a box office, workshop and stores, research and meeting rooms, academic and administrative offices. In neighbouring buildings, students have the use of a range of postgraduate facilities, studios and rehearsal spaces which are equipped for teaching and creating performance. Other facilities include: costume construction and costume store; design studio; construction workshop and associated facilities; computer aided design; video-editing and sound facilities.
What you study
The MA Choreography offers opportunity to explore a range of emerging ideas in choreographic practice and to expand your experience of making performance work, using the city as your studio. You may want to explore making work through the use of improvisation or in collaboration with practitioners from other fields for example live art, design, theatre.
The programme encourages participants to map their processes of making through negotiated learning, developing critical reflective thinking, alongside modes of analysis and appreciation of dance. Students study dance by creating it, talking about it, watching it, experiencing it, performing it. At the heart of the programme is the exploration of the world through the embodied experience of dance.
The MA Choreography programme builds on the applicants’ previous academic and /or professional experience whether this is as a recent arts graduate, an experienced performance practitioner or teacher.
A description of the course can also be found on the department's website.
How you study
All students take a series of core modules in Research Perspectives and Conceptual Frameworks alongside an extended Research Project. Other modules include collaboration, cross disciplinary practice, investigations of creativity.