Dance: Creative Dance Education
School - School of Arts & Media
Subject area - Performing Arts
Start Date(s): September
One year full-time
Two years part-time
Full-time - £7,560
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module, £3,690 for PGCE part time top-up pathway
- A creative university with leading industry partnerships, including relationships with Arts Council England in talent development, OneDanceUK, and many regional youth dance companies
- Supports students’ development as both dance teachers and creative artists, enabling them to pursue a sustainable career in their field
- A part-time ‘top-up route’ for applicants holding a PGCE Dance and wanting to pursue an MA Dance
- Part-time study option
- Work/industrial placement opportunity
- International students can apply
The MA Dance: Creative Dance Education explores the creative and professional skills needed for dance teachers, educators and youth dance leaders. The design of the programme is built around the shape of a PGCE Dance: theoretical modules in dance pedagogy and two long teaching placements. It explores the wider educational needs and remits for dance teachers beyond secondary schools: further education colleges, youth dance groups, dance schools and a range of community dance settings.
This programme supports emerging dance educators in a unique way: identifying and supporting the artistry inherent in dance teaching. The programme highlights the role of choreography in teaching young people and explores the creative aspects of a dance educator, exploring choreographic skills specific to making dance works with and for young people.
This programme also holds a ‘top-up’ route for PGCE Dance holders to pursue the MA on one-year, part-time course. For dance educators at any stage in their career, this course will support you in developing your creative skills and deepening your abilities to support your students in and through dance.
MA Dance: Creative Dance Education supports you to expand and refine your approaches as a dancer educator working in a wide range of educational situations.
Through the programme, you will:
- Engage with key theories, concepts and practices central to dance teaching and education
- Engage with creative trends and current issues within dance teaching, such as talent development, core UK dance curriculums and strategies for inclusive dance teaching
- Undertake two teaching placements, supporting dance education delivery in both curricular and extra-curricular/non-curricular settings
- Develop your own creative research project, drawing on your experiences in teaching and choreography and testing your future creative practices your wider work as a dance educator
- Talent development for young dancers
- Engagement with current issues through dance experience
- Workshop design
- Educational aspects of dance performance and touring
- Practice as Research approaches
- Research and development
- Audiences and strategies for engagement
- The performance landscape, including venues and arts organisations
- Networks and critical friends
- Documentation and dissemination
For students pursuing the one-year ‘top-up’ route, your programme of study would include:
TRIMESTER 1 (September-January): CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICES (30 credits)
TRIMSTER 2 (February-May): CHOREOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATIONS (30 credits)
TRIMESTER 3 (June-September): INDUSTRY PLACEMENT (30 credits) & PRACTICE-AS-RESEARCH PROJECT/DISSERTATION (30 credits)
For ‘top-up’ students on the MA Dance: Creative Dance Education course, the Industry placement would act more as a case study or test-bed for ideas you aim to develop in the Practice-as-Research Project/ Dissertation module. With support of your supervisor, this placement or work-based learning module would allow you to test and develop your ideas with students prior to your full independent research project.