MA Dance & Creative Enterprise course structure - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Course Structure

for the MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

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

This core 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 learn a range of advanced research and organisational tools to assist you in the initiation, planning, execution, management and evaluation of a project throughout all its phases. 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 and adapting your technical dance skills through complex movement forms/variations to meet the demands of the current dance market. 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 and are expected to practice and rehearse outside of class hours. Critical reflective discussion and further reading contribute to the process of understanding the body as an expressive tool.

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

In this optional module you will work on developing skills as a creator and maker both individually and in small collaborative groups.  You will 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 effect these have 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. You will engage in collaborative approaches to devising, rehearsal and performance alongside peers and professional artists, building an 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 enables you 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 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. Continuous assessment and formative feedback from both your academic tutor and professional mentor will provide evidence of your development of key skills and technical principles.

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 opportunities and challenges fuelled by digital movements, video technologies and social networks. Through a series of seminars, you will explore strategic approaches to digital marketing and tools to create online platforms that represent your work in a complex and ever-evolving digital environment.

Research Project MARP1 (60 credits) Extended Summer Term

Building on experiences and expertise developed across the course, this final module provides an opportunity to consolidate and demonstrate your learning. With support from MA lecturers via extensive 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.