Qualification: MA Contemporary Dance Performance PAS
Duration: 1 year (full-time) 11 September 2017 - 24th August 2018
Validated by: University of Kent
This one-year, full-time programme provides an opportunity for students to undertake extensive professional development and refine their skills as a performer, whilst being an apprentice with a professional dance company.
The distinctiveness of this programme lies in the offer of a work placement with a professional dance company of between five and nine months. As Postgraduate Apprentices, students work alongside professional dancers at their chosen host company, experiencing the creation, rehearsal, production and touring of a professional performance programme or project, including any related education and community outreach work. Whilst on their placement, students are supported by a tutor at NSCD. The placement experience is supplemented by a wide range of technical and creative work delivered at NSCD, involving performance platforms, classes with VERVE and research-based activities. Crucially, apprentices develop an understanding of the wider skills required of a professional dance artist, through small-scale projects, introductions to local networks and awareness of a variety of activities such as workshop teaching and project management.
Companies in which students have previously been placed include: 2faced, ACE Dance and Music, Company Chameleon, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Protein Dance, BlackBox Dance Company (Denmark), Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Mark Bruce Dance Company.
The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for either 15 or 30 academic level 7 credits, with the final major research project being worth 60 credits. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10-20 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, directed study and assessment activity. Students on this programme take modules worth 60 credits per term. All students take a total of 180 credits for the MA as a whole.
Entry is through successful audition and interview, plus completion of a written task. Our postgraduate programmes are open to graduates of two/three year dance training programmes at higher education level, who would therefore usually be 21+ years of age, or to dance artists with some professional experience. Application to PAS can also be made through a remote audition for EU and EEA applicants.
Please note: PAS is not open to applications from International students due to UKVI restrictions. This course is for recent graduates or graduates with extensive performance experience. If you are an independent artist or dance graduates who is looking to shift your focus from performance to becoming the creative independent producer, have you considered applying for our MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise programme.
Students will take modules worth a total of 180 credits at level 7. Our teaching is informed by research, and module content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
You are taught through a combination of practical classes and workshops, lectures and seminars. Seminars and small group tutorials enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your academic tutors. You use industry-standard facilities throughout your course.
At level 7 (as a guide) you typically have around 24-30 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:
Photo: PAS student Asmara Cammock and dancer Luke Crook performing with Tavaziva at the National Theatre. Credit: James Bellorini
NSCD employs a wide variety of assessment methods including formative, continuous and summative assessment.
Assessment evidence is collected through:
Students receive ongoing feedback in practical classes and through the tutorial system in which professional and academic development are considered and evaluated. Through placement, students have a professional mentor within the company who will offer formative feedback in all areas of their placement activities. Achievement is measured against module assessment criteria and in accordance with programme and module learning outcomes. Students must meet the specific attendance requirements for the Programme.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 24-30 hours per week, on top of this independent learning which is expected to be at least 2 hours per module, rehearsals (vary according to each company’s schedule) and assessment activity with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 32 hours. While your actual contact hours may depend varying aspects of delivery e.g. intensive rehearsal periods or technical weeks or touring, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.Download Course Fact File
Based on a comparison with other HE Dance degrees of the same price, NSCD are devoted to the experience we give our students and to what we try to offer them as ‘value added’ for their course fees:
Our Alumni go on to work with a wide range of companies. Many go freelance or set up their own company.