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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

This exceptional course is designed to enhance your professional skills in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts.

It offers you the opportunity for professional level repertory performance practice, as well as creative and choreographic practice in an industry-focused academic environment, supporting your development as a professionally equipped, independent and self-sufficient dance practitioner and scholar.

Polish your practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice using excellent studio, theatre and library facilities as well as our on-campus professional performance work as you enhance your future employability prospects.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

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  • Study with a dynamic and experienced team of tutors with internationally significant experience as academics, practice-led researchers and dance artists
  • Explore a range of career opportunities including: independent/freelance dance artist; independent or collaborative choreographer; educator in HE, FE, school or wider community and professional environments; consultant or researcher; or in screen-based performance as a performer in film/video industry, commercial sector or in independent film production
  • Develop your professional network through our existing relationships with key organisations 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
  • Gain high-level practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice to enhance or sustain your opportunities for employment
  • Benefit from a degree that aims to equip you with professional-level skills, abilities and knowledge in dance, as well as an advanced level of self-sufficiency and scholarship, enabling you to access wider employment options or continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Units

  • Choreographic Research (PER008-6) Compulsory
  • Dance Research Project/Dissertation (PER001-6) Compulsory
  • Repertory And Performance (PER010-6) Compulsory
  • Researching Dance (PER002-6) Compulsory
  • The Repertory Artist: Skills, Roles And Contexts (PER021-6) Compulsory
  • Somatic Practice (PER007-6) Optional
  • The Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology (PER009-6) Optional

Assessment drives the curriculum, and responds to course aims and learning outcomes by creating opportunities for students to demonstrate skills, knowledge and abilities through a diverse range of practical, creative and critically informed contexts. Assessment of practice mirrors professional working environments and expectations as far as possible, and tests skills and abilities as a means of enhancing and preparing for the demands of future employment. This strategy emphasises the course teams concern with student acquisition of professionally equivalent skills and abilities, and it places a premium on testing independent critical thinking as a catalyst for developing reflective and articulate artists, and independent and confident researchers. Methods of assessment typify expectations of post-graduate study in advanced dance performance and include; public and in-studio performances, practical examinations, choreographic presentations, seminar presentations, oral examinations, literature reviews, essays, and case studies. This range and diversity of testing offers opportunities for you, and for the staff team, to explore your relative strengths and weaknesses, and to respond positively to individual challenge through a supportive and personalised learning environment. Feedback is an essential part of the learning and assessment process, and key to your improvement and development. Feedback will take several formative and summative forms, and formative responses to your work will be used to enable you to review and improve in advance of summative assessment wherever possible. Feedback methods, both summative and formative, may include; verbal commentary, ongoing practical explorations, peer and tutor response to work in progress showings, in-tutorial response to emerging written work, and summative feedback on final projects and submissions. For students, assessment identifies: - Achievement against Learning Outcomes - Successful application of learning and understanding - Areas of development and improvement - Areas requiring specific further study For tutors and the course team, assessment provides opportunity for: - Reflection on currency and validity of the Course Aims - Monitoring of individual student progress - Identifying individual learning problems and areas of concern Feedback on teaching, learning and assessment strategies In the Repertory Artist: Skills, Roles and Contexts unit you will work in partnership with course-peers, and with students from other postgraduate performing arts programmes, to refine and develop your performance and collaborative skills. Typically this work 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 opportunity to work as part of a group will help you to develop transferable skills such as taking initiative, communication, team working and decision making. Where group-work is used all students will achieve an individual grade for their contribution to the work. Your ability to carry out independent research is underpinned and developed throughout the assessment tasks of the core and elective units on the course, but culminates in the design and delivery of your independent Dance Research/Dissertation project. This provides you with the opportunity to utilise your skills, knowledge and abilities as an artist-scholar, and to research and manage a large-scale project.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

  • Audition
  • Interview

All applicants will be invited to auditions and interview in order to provide evidence of your practical knowledge of dance. You will also discuss why you consider the course to be an appropriate choice that will enable you to develop your dance knowledge, skills and understanding.

You will be assessed not only in relation to your current practical knowledge of dance but also in relation to whether you are able to articulate goals that match your abilities and your understanding of how this course will help you achieve your goals.

We do not assess physical fitness, strength, flexibility or other physical attributes as part of the criteria for entry, but you should consider the physical demands of core units in dance technique and performance and improvisation and composition in deciding whether this course offers you the best opportunity to achieve in this subject area.

If you are unable to attend in person for audition and interview, you may submit a digital portfolio and be interviewed by telephone.

You are also advised that in order to benefit from all the opportunities available through study you may be advised to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


As a graduate of this course you will be equipped to pursue a wide variety of professions as a performer;
interdisciplinary performance practitioner; choreographer; educator; independent portfolio worker in the creative industries - consultant and researcher; or careers in screen-based performance.

Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra costs for this course

For this course you need to have appropriate clothing. We estimate that the total spend on a kit would be around £35 to £50.

Your kit should include

  • Yoga mat
  • Appropriate exercise clothing/leggings/dance belt etc.
  • Loose outer wear for various activities

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student