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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
7195

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Dance at Bath Spa University

Explore, create and reflect in this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests.

  • Explore and create choreography for live performance and film.
  • Develop skills as a dance maker with other students from around the world.
  • Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional.

This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You'll mature as a 'maker of work' while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

We offer a range of creative opportunities to enhance your dance studies, including the University's careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, the dance programme has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who'll enhance your study experience.

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'I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Dance MA course. It was an opportunity to really explore who I wanted to be as a dance artist and what kind of art I want to make. I particularly enjoyed working with film and creating screen-dance pieces that were different to anything I've done before.'

Abz Irwin, MA Dance graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We'll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you'll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.

Course structure

This MA will take one full year, or two if you choose to study part time. As a full-time student you'll take two 30 credit modules in term one, two 30 credit modules in term 2, and one 60 credit module (your final project) in term 3. As a part-time student you will take 2 modules in your first year and three in your second, the last of which is your final project.

Trimester 1
This trimester has a substantial taught element, with a number of optional classes.

Trimester 2
Following your first trimester, your second also has a substantial taught element, with optional classes available.

Trimester 3
Trimester three, your thesis module, is largely self-directed with tutorials and peer presentations leading to course completion.

Modules

Research Methodologies
This module gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of, and ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. You will engage with current scholarship and research in an area that is of relevance to your own practice.

Creative Practice 1
This module concerns itself with interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You'll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example writing, painting, textiles or soundmaking. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on 'screendance' as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.

Professional Engagement
This module may locate you in an individually relevant professional environment, which may be your existing workplace, a negotiated placement of your own, or with a company or individual associated with the course. Examples of projects undertaken in this module are planning a tour, writing a funding application, and creating a regional screendance festival.

Creative Practice 2
This module responds to the potential offered by non-theatre performance locations, and draws upon collaborative opportunities to work with artists and students studying other Bath Spa courses to construct cross-disciplinary performance work that responds to a 'site' of your own choosing. Work may be submitted live or as a film.

Thesis Project
Your final project will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. The content is negotiated with course tutors but might, for example, be a work for the single screen, an interdisciplinary site- specific work, a written project, or a stage performance work that draws upon an area of practice that is central to your interests and aspirations.

How will I be assessed?

Work is assessed through a range of methods including: performances/screenings; presentations; written work and journals. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process as well as the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.

How will I be taught?

Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including: technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you'll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University's production company, provide regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition there a regular open lectures covering for example science, videogames, literature and globalisation.

Opportunities

Study abroad

You can apply to study abroad through our GALA and Erasmus schemes. Previous students have performed or created work in Indonesia, Malta and China.

Careers

Having a postgraduate qualification opens up a range of options in the world of dance related work, and beyond. You'll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We'll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You'll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Resources

MA Dance students have access to a range of quality filmmaking equipment using the university's free equipment loan service. In addition fully up to date editing software is installed on open access computers and your work is supported by specialist technicians.

'The past year has been the most amazing 12 months. I have found so many new ways of creating work and doing this course has not only given me the confidence to put my work out there but has also enabled me to really find myself as a choreographer and performer.'

Naomi Hunter. MA Dance graduate

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out
  • The awardMAHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £7,195 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,600 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £13,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for dancers and dance makers with a specialist interest in: performance; screen-based dance practice; alternative performance spaces; and interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect.

You'll need a dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.

What students think about Bath Spa University

    Yasmina Van De Peer, BA (Hons) English Literature and Film Studies, Spain

    Where to start with this year? There have been so many new friends, a new life-style with freedom and no muYasmina Van De Peerm bossing me around. My year has not been easy but I would do it all again, life challenges you in many ways and this experience definitively has.

    When I arrived in September, I felt like a lost girl trying to find something that I could grasp and change my life forever. My first year in a foreign country was fantastic and thanks to the creative writing department, I will never forget my second year as I have the privilege of studying in Chicago for a full academic year! However, this has no real connection with why I chose Bath Spa University.

    I worked as an ambassador for this University and a lot parents have asked the same question, why did I choose it? After 50 parents it gets tiring- especially when I was unsure. As everyone else I want to succeed in life. I have dreamt about going to Oxford, Harvard or any well known University. But the one thing that I have learnt in life is that you can be successful and come from the smallest place in the world. The key to success requires determination to reach your goal.

    Bath Spa just felt right and it allowed me to combine my subjects [English Literature and Film Studies], be myself and it also has an inspiring and picturesque scenery. For me it was perfect.

    Johannes Gerdes, BA Business and Management, Germany

    I chose BA Business and Management as I have always been inspired by my dad who runs a world leading business. The opportunity to work for him during holidays gave me a chance to look inside a company and to experience what management, leadership and communication is all about. I wanted to widen my knowledge and hence started my Business & Management career here at Bath Spa.
    My parents always wanted to give me the opportunity to study abroad. My old school, near Bristol, where I stayed as a boarding student for the last two years, helped me to discover where most of my interests lie. In addition, friends of mine started studying here at Bath Spa.

    I would describe Bath Spa in three words as: Cultural, Wonderful, Friendly.

    In the future I hope I will be working together with my dad and widen the market to countries which haven't been discovered yet.


    Don't be afraid of university life. University is the best time in your life. You meet so many new people from different nationalities and all come together! You will settle down easily. You make friends so fast and there is always someone around to help you! Even language barriers can be fixed with a perfect Writing and Learning Centre [the English Language Unit (ELU) is also available for all international students to access where English is not their first language] here at Bath Spa. Come to Bath and experience the whole range of activities they offer and be open to new things!

    Nassos Polyzoidis, MMus Songwriting, Greece

    Even though I live in Greece, I'm familiar with many British Universities, as I work for some English Examination Boards for Music and I've attended some Summer Schools in UK over the years. Bath Spa University's reputation in Songwriting and Commercial Music was known to me for a long time. Being a guitarist and working for the RGT at the same time, I have heard stories about Bath being the birthplace of guitar magazines and other music and artistic events. I was accepted to study Commercial Music as an undergraduate student about 4 years ago, but due to some sudden accidents I have to decline my offer. After this unfortunate event, I decided to become better Musician and Songwriter, so that I can return as a postgraduate applicant. When I noticed that there was a distance learning degree, MMus Songwriting, I knew I had to do this. Meanwhile, I did my research, which only lead me to ensure my initial decision to study at Bath Spa University.


    I was attracted to this course as I was already familiar with Bath Spa University's reputation in this field. In addition to that, Songwriting isn't taught in my home county at all. I knew that only few Institutes offer Songwriting as a postgraduate degree, so I did my research over the last 3 years. During this time, I was only ensuring myself that I have to apply for this course. I really want to become a successful songwriter, and also, probably one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece, so I know that this course is best for me. I knew that the course will help me become more confident and enhance my professional skills in the field. Finally, being mainly inspired by British Songwriters, it was really important that my songwriting skills would develop a lot lyrically, which can help me open the door to an international market.


    I would describe Bath Spa University in three words as: Innovative, modern, artistic.


    Once I have my degree, I am really hoping to become a successful songwriter. Being inspired mainly by British Songwriters, I would really like to write songs for the UK and international market. In addition, I will probably become one of the first songwriting teachers in Greece. Last, but not least, as I'm already collaborating with several English musicians, I'm considering in my future plans to apply for a PhD and probably seek for more collaborations in UK, which might extend my visits there.


    My advice I would you give to other international students who want to study in the UK would depend on the ethics and societal context of each county. So, a general advice I would give is "Do not be afraid of failure, do your best and apply to the courses that you really like!"

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