MA Dance + Creative Enterprise


Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

Duration: 1 year full-time (Home & Overseas students)
or 2 years part-time (Home students only due to visa regulations)

Validated by: University of Kent


This unique course enables you to:

  • Define and develop your choreographic interests and artistic voice
  • Learn tools in arts 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.

Applications for 2022 entry are open

Apply by: 31 July (Overseas and Home/UK students)

Postgraduate loans are available for Home fee-paying applicants

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Course overview

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.

Learn how to manage creative projects effectively, develop your awareness of fundraising and marketing, and gain the tools to realise your artistic ambitions.

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
  • Creative modes of enquiry
  • Developing professional practice

Undertake a professional project that allows you to implement the skills learnt throughout the course 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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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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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 who have studied 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.


In the final term, students undertake a substantial major research project on a topic of their choice. Recent 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.


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, offering a range of learning including:

  • Practical classes focusing on your development as individual artists
  • Workshops developing your professional practice and creative approach
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Lectures, directed study and independent learning
  • Project-based assessment activity that relates to real-world outcomes

Actual contact hours may vary depending on aspects of delivery. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours.

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.


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 added

We are committed to providing a holistic experience for our students. Based on a comparison with other HE Dance Masters programmes of the same price, we offer the following as ‘value added’:

  • 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