MA DANCE & CREATIVE ENTERPRISE

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

Shape your future as an independent maker and/or producer of dance. The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise programme allows you to:

  • Define and develop your choreographic interests and artistic voice
  • Learn tools in project management, business planning, fundraising and marketing; essential for independent artists
  • Test your ideas using industry-standard facilities
  • Gain opportunities to realise your creative ambitions
  • Join a network of dance makers, performers and professionals

This course is suitable for emerging and more established dance artists.

Apply by 20th May 2019


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Course overview

As well as making work, independent artists today need a good grasp of fundraising, project management and business to really stand out from the crowd.

The uniqueness of this course lies in the 50:50 balance of choreography and research-led activity with the vital business skills to establish your creative voice in the field.

We teach you business planning and how to manage a business effectively; fundraising and how to manage those funds well. Learn the skills to realise your creative ideas, and understand how to better get your work in front of audiences who matter to you most.

The course encourages further development through individual and collaborative approaches to arts practice and enterprise. All under the guidance of some of the UK’s leading academics, practitioners and specialists in both the art and business of dance.

What will I study?

The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise explores:

  • Dance research and perspectives
  • Fundraising for the creative industries
  • Digital marketing & representation
  • Arts Project Management
  • Dance techniques/modes of enquiry
  • Developing professional practice

Choose between Professional Practice Placement or Project modules to gain real-world experience. Our teaching is informed by research, and module content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

Students on this programme take modules equating to 60 credits per term, and a total of 180 level 7 credits across the MA.

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FACILITIES

Students have access to our wide range of excellent industry-standard facilities to develop their practice, carry out research and test ideas in a supportive, creative learning environment:

  • 8 large dance studios
  • Riley Theatre, our on-site performance venue
  • lighting studio
  • video and sound editing suite
  • arts and dance library
  • fully resourced Bodywork Studio
  • Pilates equipment
  • NSCD VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
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PROJECT & ARTS MANAGEMENT

This course allows you to focus on topics that interest you. Modules are geared towards helping you further develop your ideas in both academic and real-world contexts.

Arts Project Management enables you to put forward a proposal and take steps to make it happen, taking into account operations, budgeting, strategy and marketing in parallel to artistic content.   Example projects from students currently on the course include:

  • BAYT (HOME), an intercultural arts event in Milan comprising a symposium and performance around migration, asylum and integration.
  • York’s first ‘pay as you feel’ performance festival – SLAP York, bringing high quality dance, theatre and live art to new audiences and reducing barriers for access and engagement
  • Movement Artists Meeting Point (MAMP)- a three day workshop and cabaret event providing professional development for movement based artists and networking opportunities for dancers, circus artists and physical theatre actors.
  • An immersive two-day retreat designed to support participants in learning through social activism about Global Warming.

RESEARCH

In the final term, students undertake a substantial major research project on a topic of their choice. Current students’ research topics include:

  • Editing, Drama, Hype and Hyperreality. Performance of Self in a Post-Internet World.
  • The Multi-Self: Using interdisciplinarity as a narrative approach in order to perform multi-facets of myself.
  • Dance as an act of protest against ‘Modern Iran’ after the Islamic Revolution
  • Masochistic Contract: investigating the relationship between artist, audience and the body
  • Location, location, location: ‘stratified awareness’ in performance and personal development contexts, and the value of Life Coaching methods in the education and creation of dance. 
  • Traditional forms reimagined; how traditional dance from Scotland and Spain can be dovetailed through contemporary performance to discover a new movement and music vocabulary.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

You will be taught through a combination of practical classes, workshops and lectures. Seminars and small group tutorials enable you to enhance your understanding of topics covered, while timetabled meetings with your academic tutors deliver additional support.

NSCD Postgraduate courses offer more contact hours on average than most comparable Level 7 courses. As a guide, you will typically have around 26 contact hours per week, consisting of:

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

Actual contact hours may vary depending on aspects of delivery e.g. intensive rehearsal period or placement.

On top of this, the course consists of independent learning, rehearsal sessions, placement work hours and assessment activity; each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 32 hours.

WHO CAN APPLY?

We welcome choreographers, movement-based artists and performers looking to develop their voice as a maker and/or producer. Above all we are looking for ambition and commitment to your practice.

The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise is open to graduates of two/three-year dance training programmes at higher education level, or to dance or movement artists with some professional experience and equivalent vocational training at an appropriate level.

We welcome applications from EU, EEA and International applicants.

Entry is through online application, the submission of a showreel, and a Skype interview.

NSCD Value for money

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

  • Access to projects and research run by staff and our network of partner organisations
  • Access to additional rehearsal spaces
  • 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
  • On-site counselling service
  • Reduced-price theatre tickets and deals