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Dance Making and Performance Master in Arts

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  • Entry requirements
    Applicants will typically be expected to hold a good 2:1 or first class honours degree or equivalent which may include professional experience. Entry will be subject to interview and audition.
  • Academic Title
    Dance Making and Performance Master in Arts
  • Course description
    This course is designed to offer the graduate dance student a means to develop his/her own practice as a dancer/performer/maker/project manager while also offering the more established dance artist a space to critique and deepen their existing practice.

    Taking this approach the MA acknowledges and celebrates the ‘dancer as independent artist’ model.  This model is identifiable in the British Independent Dance community of today which has counterparts in Europe and North America and recognises the need for dance artists to build portfolio careers in the current independent dance sector.

    Thus the MA works to prepare students to be both performers and makers with a keen and honed aesthetic sensibility able to self initiate and manage projects.

    This course enables students to explore and deepen

        * dance techniques,
        * imagery in performance,
        * improvisational skills,
        * collaborative processes and approaches to composition

    while considering the possible application of somatic practices to these activities.

    Course content

    Students’ artistic development is nurtured through an engagement with contextualising theoretical models thereby offering the tools with which to develop and reflect upon individual artistic practice. Notions of theory as praxis and the methodological requirements of this are also addressed.

    The MA sits within a department notable for its integration of theory and practice marked by a raft of developing research activities in the areas of:

        * dance and the moving image
        * the application of somatic practice to dance
        * dance and new technologies
        * improvisation and scoring techniques
        * dance preservation and representation
        * curatorial practices
        * dance and disability

    Student learning is further enhanced by the situation of the MA within ICE, the University’s Innovation and Creativity Enterprise Academy. This alongside the department’s already established connections with the Independent Dance Community offers opportunities for networking, mentoring and collaborations with professional dance practitioners

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