Postgraduate MA

Dance: Creative Dance Education

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




One year

Next enrolment

September 2022


In a nutshell

Do you have what it takes to guide and inspire people to dance?  Can you invest yourself fully in the success of others? Do you want to share the skills and techniques behind dance and choreography? If so, our master’s in Creative Dance Education could be the perfect next step in your career.

Over three trimesters, you’ll explore the creative and professional skills needed to work as a  dance teacher, community dance practitioner or youth dance leader.  On this course you’ll study practical and theoretical modules, as well as undertaking an educational and industry focussed  teaching placement. You’ll get an insight into teaching dance in a range of contexts to suit your ambitions as a dance artist, including formal education, youth dance settings and community dance environments. This programme develops emerging dance educators by helping you to identify and support the artistry rooted in dance teaching. You’ll understand the role of choreography in teaching young people and explore the creative elements involved in being a dance educator.

For dance educators at any stage in your career, this course will support you in developing your creative skills and deepening your abilities to support your students.

You will:

  • Practice in a creative university with leading industry partnerships, including relationships with Arts Council England in talent development, OneDanceUK, and many regional youth dance companies.
  • Combine theoretical modules with real-world industry placements to develop yourself fully as a dance educator.
  • Graduate with a portfolio of work and experience that you can use in your wider career.

Want to learn more about studying a master’s in dance education at Salford? Why not sign up to our upcoming Open Day?

If you have any general questions in the meantime, you can contact course enquiries or explore all of our Dance courses.


options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You’re an emerging or established dance educator who would like the opportunity to refine your craft and take your career prospects to the next level.


You want to develop as both a dance teacher and creative artist, enabling you to pursue a long-term career in your field.


You’re interested in the key theories, concepts and practices central to dance teaching and education.

Course details

All about the course

Our master’s in Creative Dance Education programme combines theoretical learning with teaching placements in order to properly equip you for a career as a dance educator.

Spread over three trimesters, you will study modules that give you a deeper understanding of crucial aspects of dance such as choreography techniques, as well as the creative opportunities and challenges associated with dance. In addition, you’ll also cover modules on teaching strategy in dance, and learn how to deliver dance education through workshops.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity to put the things you’ve learned into practice through two industry placements throughout the year. Both of these placements  will give you the chance to work in curriculum based and non-curriculum based settings.

Throughout this MA in dance education, you’ll learn key theories, concepts and practices that are vital to dance and education, as well as look into trends and current issues around teaching dance.

You’ll finish this course by completing a creative research project in which you’ll draw on your experience as a teacher and choreographer.

Learn more about each module by reading the full course breakdown below.

Full-time: semester one (September)

Choreographic Practices

This module interrogates key concepts, theories and practices inherent in contemporary choreographic practice. It integrates a mixture of practical workshops and seminars.  The practical workshops will introduce a range of approaches to dance-making with specific sessions focused on making work with and for young people. The seminar series will include both screening and discussions of professional practitioners and their work.

Full-time: semester two (January to May)

Approaches To Dance Pedagogy

In this module, you will be introduced to the creative and physical techniques implicit in dance workshop development and delivery. This course explores the methods and practices of teaching dance, but specific to Community Dance setting, including areas such as:

  • Engagement with current issues through dance experience.
  • Inclusive Dance Practice
  • Workshop design
  • Educational aspects of dance performance and touring.

Teaching Strategy and Design In Dance

This practical and theoretical module delves into the concepts and approaches central to dance teaching within a curriculum setting. Module content will consider the function of curriculum as the ‘spine’ of the learning experience and explore creative and physical approaches to engage students with new skills and knowledge within and through dance. This module is taught in an intensive, two-week block and will equip you with a foundation of pedagogic theory and practical knowledge central to work in the dance studio as a classroom.

Dance Teaching Placement

This module embeds the student in a placement within a dance teaching setting.  Working alongside established dance teachers and/or workshop leaders, you will develop knowledge, skills and experience in teaching dance.  The Dance Teaching Placement works in conjunction with the Industry Placement module, ensuring that students have a balance of placements in both curriculum based (i.e. schools, colleges) and non-curriculum based settings. You will be supported by a staff supervisor who will support you in connecting the placement experience with your own development as a creative dance educator.

Full Time: semester three ( June to September)

Industry Placement

This module embeds the student in a second placement within a dance teaching setting. Having completed the Dance Teaching Placement, this module will complement that experience, ensuring that you have held placements in both curriculum based (i.e. schools, colleges) and non-curriculum based settings.  Knowledge, skills and experiences developed in the first placement will be re-interrogated in this differentiated setting.  Your staff supervisor will continue to support you in connecting the placement experiences to the areas for creative research proposed for the Practice-as-Research Project/ Dissertation module.

Practice-As-Research Project/Dissertation

In this final project, you will be asked to propose an area of exploration, arising from your experiences in the previous modules and focused on future work within profession. Upon submitting a proposal, you will be assigned a supervisor to support you on this journey of enquiry. Either individually or in collaboration with others, the results of these investigations will be presented at New Adelphi alongside a wider programme of dance performances and events.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


As part of this dance education master’s degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.
Your classes will be based at our New Adelphi building.

Throughout your modules, you’ll learn through practical workshops, lectures, seminars, as well as being encouraged to enter into discussions with other students. We aim to ensure that theoretical learning can be related directly to your practical experiences, so that you can put theory into practice.

You will be supported by staff supervision in your dance teaching/industry placements and independent research projects.


Assessments help you to gauge how well you’re grasping the concepts and techniques you’re exploring on this course. You’ll take part in formal and informal assignments which aim to support your ongoing personal and professional development.

You’ll be assessed through a combination of performances, portfolios of creative, reflective and analytical written work, presentations, and essays.


All our Dance courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Student Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.

Dance Facilities

This Dance degree course is based at our £55 million New Adelphi building, the home of performance and creativity on campus.  

Our range of performance facilities include: 

Dance studios – our industry-standard studios are where you’ll spend much of your time, honing your skills in a professional environment to best prepare you to enter the world of dance. 

New Adelphi Theatre – this 350-seat venue provides opportunity for you to stage performances in front of live audiences. It also regularly hosts of professional shows and performances. 

Studio theatre - this classic black-box performance spaceoffers a more intimate venue than the New Adelphi Theatre. Itfeatures flexible seating and staging, so you canshape the space to meet your creative needs. 

Explore our Dance facilities at New Adelphi, or take a 360 tour of our New Adelphi building. 

Teacher Profile

Sarah Jane Lockwood, Programme Leader of MA Dance: Creative Dance Education

Sarah is an experienced Independent Dance Artist from Lancashire. She graduated from Middlesex University with BA (Hons) Dance Performance and Laban Conservatoire for Contemporary Dance.In 2013 Sarah was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for Professional Excellence at Middlesex University, which enabled her to study for her MA in Professional Practice and the Dance Technique Pedagogy.

Her research area focuses on CPD provision in the North of England, looking specifically at the technical training for professional dancers. Sarah was recently selected for Dance UK Future Leaders Teacher Mentoring Programme and is excited to work with a mentor to further develop her practice in line with her MA research.

Explore the Dance faculty at the University of Salford.

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What about after uni?


After graduating with a master’s in dance education, you’ll be perfectly positioned to begin teaching dance in a range of working environments. You may choose to pursue a career as a dance teacher in a school or college, a dance instructor or a choreographer, to name just some of your options.

More widely, you may also consider working in a related field or role, such as becoming a yoga or fitness instructor, or working in an administrative capacity elsewhere in the arts sector.

The transferrable skills you gain during your time studying dance education will translate well into a wide variety of roles. Your ability to research, develop and deliver ideas in a creative and professional way will be highly valued by many employers.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further academic research path through our doctoral (PhD) programmes on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

A taste of what you could become

A dance teacher

A creative educator/lecturer

A freelance dance artist

A dance animateur or youth dance leader

An arts administrator

And more...

Career Links

This programme has links with a number of industry bodies, including OneDanceUK, The Lowry’s Youth Development Team and Commotions Youth Dance Company, Dance Manchester, as well as Ludus Dance and LYDC.

In addition, we have an annual dance artist-in-residence scheme which has engaged with companies such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Kapow Dance Theatre, along with many independent dance artists. These schemes bring workshops, apprenticeships, performance, project and mentoring opportunities to our dance students. In addition, we hold two intensive masterclass weeks each academic year, hosting a range of national and international dance artists to work with our under and postgraduate dance students. This has recently included working with choreographers Gary Clarke and Gemma Nixon, among many others.


What you need to know


To gain a place on this MA Creative Dance Education degree, you’ll have to submit a personal statement and meet our entry requirements when you apply.

Within your personal statement (up to 4000 characters), we’ll want to understand:

• what motivates you and what current experiences do you have in terms of dance education?

• how have you been involved and what did you do?

• why do you want to work in the performance and dance education sector?

• and why the University of Salford and this degree is the right choice for your future goals.

For some applicants, you’ll be asked to provide us with a portfolio of work and potentially take part in an informal group seminar discussion/interview or audition– either live or on camera – to demonstrate your skills.

Normally we'd invite you to attend a face-to-face audition. At the moment though, we’re reducing the number of people we have on our campus. Once you’ve made your application to study with us, we’ll contact you and let you know the next steps.

Want to find out more about our MA Creative Dance Education degree? Sign-up to an Open Day or attend a campus tour.

Our supportive course enquiries team can help you with any general questions you may have. You can also explore all of our Dance courses. 

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

Applicants to this programme must have a good degree in a dance-related subject

The application process will also involve a practical audition and record of a piece of choreography (live or pre-recorded). In a personal statement (approximately 400 words), students will be asked to write about the ways that this specific MA programme will help them advance from their current work within dance towards specific career aspirations. Both skype and digitally transferred materials can be considered in support of the application’s practical elements.


For international students

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.5 with no element below 5.5. We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,100per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15,030per year
Full-time home 2022/23 £8,280per year
Full-time international 2022/23 £15345per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships. 

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Enrolment dates

September 2022