Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Full time course: 10th September 2019 - 16th August 2020

Validated by: University of Kent

This one-year full-time (two-year part-time) Masters degree is designed to equip you with the experiences, skills and knowledge to advance your career as an independent dance artist and producer. Develop your voice as a maker, find a potential market for your work and learn the tools to make your choreographic ideas and ambitions a reality.

Apply by 20th May 2019

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Course overview

This unique programme enables you to further develop your artistic voice whilst learning the appropriate fundraising, marketing and business skills to make your creative ideas in dance a success. It is for dance graduates, dance professionals and movement artists, who are looking to shift their focus from performer to creator and producer. The course encourages further development through individual and collaborative approaches to arts practice and enterprise, with guidance from some of the UK’s leading academics, practitioners and specialists in both the art and business of dance.

The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise explores:

  • Creative Practice as research
  • Project/arts management
  • Funding within the arts
  • Audience development
  • Digital marketing
  • Developing professional practice

Alongside the creation and performance of work during the course, focus is given to developing academic, management and business skills, essential for today’s independent artists.

Entry requirements

Entry is through online application, the submission of a showreel and written piece of work, and a Skype interview. The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise is 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 and equivalent vocational dance training at an appropriate level.

The MA DaCE welcomes applications from EU, EEA and International applicants.

NB: 50% of this programme focuses on developing skills in business, fundraising and marketing, the other 50% is focused on developing your voice as an artist and maker. For this reason it is very different to our other MA Programmes (VERVE / PAS) where performance is the sole focus.

What will I study?

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. Students on this programme take modules worth 60 credits per term; 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.

  • Dance Research & Perspectives in Practice (30 credits) Compulsory module
  • Arts Project Management (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Dance Techniques or Creative Modes of Enquiry (15 credits) Option module
  • Dance Professional Practice (Placement or project) (30 credits) Option module
  • Funding for the Arts (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Digital Representation and Marketing (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Final Major Research Project (Dissertation) (60 credits) Compulsory module

Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 32 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, directed study and assessment activity.


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Teaching and Learning

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 26 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • approx. 18 hours of practical classes or workshops
  • 2 hours of seminars /tutorials
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours directed study

on top of which is independent learning (expected to be at least 3 hours per module), rehearsals / placement (varies) and assessment activity. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 32 hours. Actual contact hours may vary depending on aspects of delivery e.g. intensive rehearsal period or placement.


Independent Learning

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, filming and editing video work, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for assessments.  Students also access studios in their own time to continue practical work as a movement ‘jam’ session. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, studios, video editing suite, gymnasium, Pilates equipment, online access to NSCD VLE and access to Riley Theatre, our on-site performance venue.

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NSCD Value for money

‘NSCD value for money’ (in comparison to other HE Dance Masters degrees of the same price). NSCD is committed to providing an holistic experience for its students and offers the following as ‘value added’ for their course fees:

  • Additional tuition including classes, support and guidance
  • On average more contact hours per week  (including creative workshops and technique classes)


  • Enrichment classes in the evening, some of which are free to NSCD students – these have included pointe work, fitness, men’s ballet vocabulary, yoga, percussion, lighting for dance and gymnastics for dancers
  • Workshops with guest choreographers and companies
  • Access to visiting artists’ and practitioners’ talks
  • Health and well-being days
  • On-site injury intervention and support
  • Reduced-price theatre tickets and deals
  • On-site counselling service
  • Access to additional rehearsal spaces
  • Access to projects and research run by staff and our network of partner organisations