Dance studies

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 9.66 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:2737 Duration:24 months



What is dance? Is there relationship between breakdance and capoeira and halling? Why do small girls want to look like ballerinas? Nordic Master of Arts in Dance studies is an opportunity to get the most updated knowledge about the past and present of various dance types such as folk and street, ballet and modern, ballroom and club dance. The programme also provides the skills in analysis of dance as bodily movement, aesthetic expression, tradition and interpretation of music.

Nordic Master of Arts in Dance studies (NO-MA-DS) is run in cooperation between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tampere. Such cooperation creates the synergetic effect by putting competences of teachers together and crossing the boundaries between genres, countries, arts and sciences. The compulsory courses in NO-MA-DS emphasise theories and methods, dance analysis and the history of dance.

The Nordic Specialisation is a formalised institutional co-operation that intersects historical and national borders within disciplines concerning students and lecturers. The programme of study combines professional artistic, ethnological/anthropological, and common cultural-anthropological approaches. Furthermore, it includes in-depth studies within a number of genres of dance.

The compulsory courses represent the joint academic basis for the master's programme, and emphasise theory and method, dance analysis and the history of dance. The instruction of these courses is structured around intensive periods of teaching and academic supervision. The coursework amounts to three semesters of full-time study. The master's thesis awards 30 ECTS credits and is written during the two final semesters of study.

Learning outcomeKnowledge

Master graduates in dance studies

* have specialised knowledge about application and development of dance studies
* have knowledge about theory and methods in the fields such as analysis, history, anthropology and theory of dance
* have knowledge about the central and the most actual research topics in the field


Master graduates in dance studies

* can use the knowledge and methods to implement analytical projects on a high level
* can use knowledge to develop an in-depth project in a particular field of dance
* can run independent projects based on research

General competences

Master graduates in dance studies

* can approach phenomena from different perspectives
* can present or perform arguments in oral and written form using an appropriate terminology
* can develop ideas and formulate problems in the field of studies; can collect, use and present subject matter, give advice and make professional evaluations

Career prospects Master of Arts in Dance Studies will be relevant for building a career related dance in teaching at many levels, different public sectors in governmental organizations. This may include policy and planning for dance as part of cultural policies and safeguarding actions in ministries and institutions which work with various aspects of dance, both locally and internationally.

Another important area is Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such voluntary organisations, festivals, and within heritage and turist industies, New students will be invited to participate in an introductory programme at the beginning of the semester.

It is required that students start with the welcome week and the intensive course in Dance analysis at NTNU. NTNU will also supervise the master's thesis which awards 30 ECTS credits and is written during the final semester of study or half time in each of the two last semesters. NTNU additionally offers a sufficient variety of courses to fill the electives in the Nordic Specialisation, which equal 30 ECTS and include the Erasmus Intensive Program IPEDAM. Students on exchange in the 2nd term can have their travel back to NTNU for 10 days funded.

The student is free to follow one of the specialisations only, or to select elements from both, and Erasmus exchanges can be done to universities of both specialisations. If the student wants one year's Erasmus exchange, it can be done most efficiently by going on exchange during the first academic year, after the welcome week in August and the Intensive course in Dance analysis at NTNU which is finish by middle September.

Possible topics for a Master's thesis in Dance Studies

* Ethnographies on traditional dance
* Ethnographies on theatrical dance environments
* Dancing children
* Didactics of Dance teaching
* Processes of artistic dance creation
* Study of dance events
* Movement analysis of dance material
* Ethnographic and fieldwork methodologies
* Dance in community

Study environment International Master of Dance Studies, (earlier known as the Nordic Master's programme (No-ma-ds) is offered by the Department of Music in cooperation with departments of the Universities of Copenhagen, Stockholm and Tampere. The program is hosted by NTNU, which hosts a full programme for Dance Studies for the Department of Music, which includes a Bachelor's programme with a theoretical and performative specialisation, as well as PhD candidates. NTNU has large archives of audiovisual dance and music material, a large specialised library and runs many larger and smaller projects mainly within the field of dance.

It can give students practical experience in fieldwork, the use of film and sound recording technologies, digitising, cataloguing and archiving methodologies and practice in teaching of dance. It also has evenings for social dance, where dance is taught and practised. NTNU is a key institution within the international dance research and hosts an Intensive Erasmus program with 60 students and 20 teachers from all over Europe. The students in this programme thus will benefit from being a part of a strong international research milieu.

The Faculty of Humanities welcomes applications from qualified students from around the world to this International Master's program as international self-financing students. NTNU offers all students, regardless of their financial situation, a distinct advantage over many other universities in Europe and North America: there are no tuition fees here. However, students do need to cover their living expenses, including housing, books, food and travel.Average grade requirement Successfull applicants to the Master's programme must meet the minimum average grade requirement for admission, which is the grade C by the Norwegian grading scale, or equivalent approved minimum grade. C is however, not a guarantee for admission.

NTNU charges no tuition fees, but regulations from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration state that

all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must document that they have enough money to live in Norway. For the 2017 intake this amount is NOK 103 950. Successful applicants who are given an offer of admission will later be asked to transfer this amount to NTNU's deposit account. 

NTNU offers no scholarships. 

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