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An exceptional course designed to enhance your professional skills and employability in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts. The distinctiveness of the course stems from the flexibility of opportunity to engage in professional-level repertory performance practice and creative and choreographic research in an industry focused academic environment. Additionally the course enables you to:
* Focus on your development as a professionally-equipped, independent and self-sufficient dance practitioner and scholar
* Finesse your practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice as a means of enhancing and sustaining access to employment
* Immerse in high-quality practice-led learning and teaching that is located in excellent studio, theatre and library facilities, in addition to full access to on-campus professional performance work
* Be taught by tutors with internationally significant experience as academics, practice-led researchers and dance artists
* Study within a suite of Masters-level dance courses which explore current and emerging academic and professional practice, thus enhancing your learning and growth within a community of advanced dance scholarship and practice
* Create opportunities through our existing vocational and professional working relationships with key organizations such as; Arts Council England, Regional and National Dance Agencies, Youth Dance England, Dance Development Organisations, Performance Venues, Professional Dance Companies, Independent Artists, Community Arts Organisations, Colleges and Schools, as a means of enhancing access to realistic learning experiences and future employability.
Exceptional artistic input
The Division has well established relationships with professional choreographers and artists and draws upon this network to bring in the highest quality artists to work with you. Students participate in SHIFT Dance Company: Repertory and Performance, and work with professional choreographers to create a touring programme. Each year, SHIFT Dance Company commissions new works for touring by established choreographers. As a member of SHIFT, you will perform these works and create an education package to accompany your tour.
Units to enhance professional and specialist knowledge:
You are encouraged to develop a distinct and articulate approach to the professional roles of repertory performer, choreographer and teaching artist through the optional units, which enable you to explore how somatic practices and psychology, for example can inform and deepen your professional practice. Interdisciplinary thinking and trans-disciplinary collaborations characterise many contemporary professional practices in the arts and, as such, all Masters students in dance come together in the (Co-Lab): Interprofessional Working Project unit. You will work in partnership with course-peers, and with students from the MSc Dance Science and MA Community Dance Leadership programmes, to develop an innovative and in-depth research project addressing areas of shared interest. Typically this project will draw on the expertise of the different sectors involved, and reflect the scope and nature of creative partnership-working in the professional sector.
The MA Dance Performance and Choreography is made up of 180 M Level Credits.
Repertory and Performance (60)
Dance Research Project/Dissertation (60)
Researching Dance (30)
(Co-Lab): Interprofessional Working Project (15)
Choose 1 optional unit from:
Somatic Practice (15)
Choreographic Research (15)
The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology (15)
The full-time pathway is completed over 1 academic year, including the summer session and the course typically runs from October to the September of the following year.
A two year part time pathway is available. A post-graduate certificate in Repertory and Performance is available. A university certificate in Somatic Practice is also available.
Undergraduate degree in dance, performing arts or a related subject. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
Generous scholarships and bursaries
The University of Bedfordshire offers a wide range of generous bursaries and scholarships to support you during your studies.
In other words, there is loads of free cash 'up for grabs'.
Check out the funding section to see what is available.
NHS Student BursariesThe application process for new students has changed.
Check NHS funding for more details.
Student Finance England Application for 2014The deadline for Student Finance England (SFE) applications for new students to ensure that they receive their full funding in time for the new academic year has now passed.
We strongly encourage students who are undertaking a full-time course at university or college this autumn to apply for student finance online as soon as possible.
Advice for students who still need to apply for their student finance for 2014/15.