Dance and Contemporary Circus (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award
MA

How long you will study
years

Domestic course fees
GBP 800 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

All study options

About Dance and Contemporary Circus at University of Derby

This postgraduate course in Dance and Contemporary Circus is the first of its kind in the UK and is a fantastic opportunity for artists to further their practice within this growing field and be at the forefront of sector development. Artists will have the opportunity to tap into regional, national and international networks and have access to an exceptional body of infrastructure and resources. Key areas that will be covered include:

  • Narrative Development and Dramaturgy - the outside eye
  • Fusing the two forms (exploring how an artist incorporates what is traditionally seen as a 'trick' into the choreography/narrative of a piece)
  • Role/involvement of the audience in a work (the fourth wall and when/how/what happens when you break it)
  • The unique challenges of making work for indoor and outdoor contexts
  • Funding landscape and opportunities
  • Partnerships - who to develop them with and how to develop them
  • Developing commissions
  • Basics of health and safety in relation to the field (safe working practices/risk assessments/rigging)
  • The sector on a national and international level

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-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course starts Domestic course feesGBP 800 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally hold a first degree and have a minimum of three years relevant professional experience.
  • Equivalent experience and achievement will be taken into account for applicants with less formal qualifications. Evidence of equivalence of knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a first degree are required.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is used both to provide evidence of equivalence for entry and as evidence of advanced standing for entry. Applicants can be awarded up to a maximum of 80 RPL credits on proof of articulation with the programme content.
  • Where English is not the first language for international applicants, applicants need to provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. Students, especially those who enter with this minimum score, are encouraged to engage with additional study in order to develop their knowledge and application of academic English.
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with members of the Programme Team which may involve a practical element. The purpose of the interview is to gain a fuller understanding of your particular research interest and reasons for wanting to enrol on the programme, as well as making sure we will be able to support you fully.

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