Course Structure

for the MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

Dance Research & Perspectives in Practice MADR1 (30 credits) Core module – Autumn and Spring Term

This module enables you to develop and contextualise your dance practice through both practical and theoretical research. With support from MA lecturers you will be taught key ideas and issues arising from making movement-based works today, looking at a range of historical and contemporary artists, concepts and responses in order to begin to establish a research identity. By the end of the module you will have developed and articulated a specific line of research-based enquiry using research frameworks, with the potential for further development.

Arts Project Management MAAP1 (15 credits) Core module – Autumn and Spring Term

Arts Project Management provides you with space to consider the business side to art production. You will look at the significance of projects as an instrument of change, their scope and definition, and the roles and responsibilities of people within them. You will learn a range of tools to assist you in the initiation, planning, execution, management and evaluation of projects. By the end of the module you will know how to write a proposal for a significant arts project that is feasible, manageable and could be brought to a successful conclusion on time and within a specified budget, increasing your confidence and competence.

OPTION 1: Dance Techniques MADT1 (15 credits) – Autumn and Spring Term

This optional module focuses on advancing your technical dance skills through complex and challenging movement forms/variations. Classes are delivered at a professional level, usually with live accompaniment, and are led by an appointed tutor or guest artist, to oversee your technical / performance standard as it improves. Students take responsibility for their own warm-up and cool-down before and after class and are expected to practice and rehearse outside of class hours. Critical reflective discussion and further reading contribute to the process of understanding the individual’s body as an expressive tool.

OPTION 1: Creative Modes of Enquiry MACM1 (15 credits) – Autumn and Spring Term

In this optional module you work on developing skills as a creator and maker both individually and in small collaborative groups.  You are encouraged to explore a range of ideas and processes related to choreography, improvisation, movement research, conceptual and performance art, looking in particular at collaborative working practices. Although largely practical, these sessions are underpinned by historical and theoretical study. Students are introduced to current debates surrounding intellectual property rights and the affect this has on the creator and their practice.

OPTION 2: Professional Practice: Project MAPP1 (15 credits) – Autumn and Spring Term

This module enables you to develop and refine your creative and performance skills to a sophisticated level, identifying your own stylistic preferences and aptitudes. As part of this module you will engage in collaborative approaches to devising, rehearsal and performance, building understanding of physical dynamics, musical phrasing and creative expression as well as marketing and project management. This project is delivered intensively in blocks of rehearsal over a number of weeks and normally includes extended rehearsals to facilitate a high level of creative and physical involvement.

OPTION 2: Professional Practice: Placement MAPP2 (15 credits) – Autumn and Spring Term

The Professional Practice: Placement module provides the opportunity to combine practical work experience, academic reflection and professional development, focusing on a particular professional role in a related area of practice.  This may include arts administration, project development, health or dance pedagogy. Placement experience allows students to develop and reflect on professional practice in these areas, in real and often complex situations, and to integrate this with the study of their dance specialism. Where relevant, you develop, reinforce and apply professional expertise in an employment context.

Fundraising for the Creative Industries MAFC1 (15 credits) Core module – Early Summer Term

This module enables you to explore current funding structures and opportunities for generating income and resources for the Arts. You explore the theoretical and practical underpinnings of industry fundraising in relation to policy, political economy, socio-cultural literature, and professional and industry sources.  Solutions explored include; sponsorship, foundations and trusts, awards, national government funding, dance development agency funding and self-generated income.

Marketing and Digital Representation MAMD1 (15 credits) Core module – Early Summer Term

The marketing and digital representation module explores the social paradigm (through social networks) fuelled by digital technologies. The module supports dance artists to develop a critical awareness of the opportunities and challenges that this shift presents.  Through a series of seminars you will explore strategic approaches to digital marketing and tools to create platforms online that represent artists in a complex and ever evolving digital environment.

Research Project MARP1 (60 credits) Extended Summer Term

Building on your experiences and expertise developed across the course, this is the final module in the last term and an opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate your learning. With support from MA lecturers via tutorials you will be encouraged to work independently on a focused and original research project directly relevant to your ongoing professional development. This may take a range of forms including performance, choreography, lecture demonstration or dissertation.  You will have the opportunity to work individually or collectively within a performative context including the possibility of staging public performance events.