Qualification: MA Dance & Creative Enterprise
Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Full time course: September 2018 - August 2019.
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.
We encourage all applicants to the MA DaCE programme for September 2018 entry to apply prior to 20 May to guarantee their application is reviewed. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.
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:
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 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.
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.
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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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:
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.
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.Explore our facilities
‘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:
Our Alumni go on to work with a wide range of companies. Many go freelance or set up their own company.