MA Dance Teaching & Facilitating


Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: MA Dance Teaching & Facilitating

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

Advance your knowledge and skills as a teacher and facilitator of dance.

Investigate aspects of teaching and learning that are important to you, and work towards developing your professional practice in a particular field.

Suitable for graduates of three-year dance degree programmes or related courses at HE level, and those with equivalent professional experience.

Applications for 2023 entry are now open

For closing dates please see How To Apply for this course

Postgraduate loans are available for Home fee-paying applicants.

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Course overview

Working on placement, students observe, assist and lead on dance activity, looking at different learning and teaching styles, different learner profiles and how to most effectively educate in an inclusive learning environment.

In a very hands-on way you’ll learn how to plan, deliver and assess dance activity effectively, supported by a specialist mentor.

Please note: an enhanced DBS check is required for those working with children and young people whilst on placement. This is processed on your behalf  by NSCD.

NSCD programmes of study are validated by the University of Kent. The Programme Specification is available here: MA Dance Teaching Facilitating – Programme Specification

What will I study?

The MA Dance Teaching and Facilitating explores:

  • Dance Teaching and Learning in Context
  • Inclusive Creative Practice
  • Dance Workshop Design and Planning
  • Professional Practice
  • Independent Action Research Project

Our teaching is informed by research, and module content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. There are no optional modules as part of this programme of study.

Students on this programme take modules equating to a total of 180 level 7 credits across the MA.


You’ll spend 3-4 days a week on placement during the course. Placements are tailored to your interests and experience and can include:

  • Secondary schools & academies
  • Further Education colleges
  • Higher Education settings
  • community groups
  • private dance schools
  • museum and gallery learning teams
  • regional dance agencies
  • dance company outreach departments

Placements are sourced in the Yorkshire region or the wider north. If you are currently employed and wish to make your employer your host institution this is also possible.


When not on placement, students have access to our wide range of excellent industry-standard facilities on-site to develop their practice, carry out research and test ideas in a supportive, creative learning environment:

  • 7 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)


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.

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, most 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 wellbeing days
  • On-site injury intervention and support
  • On-site counselling service
  • Discounted theatre tickets and deals