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Contemporary Dance Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma aims to provide students with full-time, intensive training as part of the ‘mapdance’ company. 

This route is suitable for students who wish to commit to developing their professional skills through the creation and touring of repertory works. 

This is an 11 month full-time programme. 

Find out more in the application pack here.

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Nicolas Kyprianou
The course is really intense, always making me think and connect ideas across different subject areas. The community vibe also means that I feel safe to be myself and know that there will always be a friendly face around every corner.

Course content

Mapdance is the University of Chichester’s touring performance company and offers dance artists, the chance to undertake a Masters degree or Diploma level in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. It is an intensive year of training and provides performance opportunities to a variety of theatres, arts centres and educational settings.The programme enables students to develop their dance practice as a performer. Options to study as an Independent Researcher or Choreographer, individually or in collaboration with other artists, are also available. There are also opportunities to engage in leading research with interactive technologies.

Mapdance has worked with cutting edge choreographers including Shobana Jeyasingh, Charles Linehan, Liz Aggiss, Gregory Maqoma (Vuyani Dance Theatre, South Africa), Ben Wright, Matthias Sperling, Ben Duke (Lost Dog) and Darren Ellis.

Performers studying for the Postgraduate Diploma do not present a dissertation but are able to develop skills to support their practice with the opportunity to select one optional module. Students undertaking the Pedagogical Approaches module take part in educational work on tour linked to the mapdance repertory.

The flexibility of the programme means that you can achieve your postgraduate diploma after successful completion of modules to the value of 120 credits, or you can continue your studies to attain 180 credits and include the Dissertation module to achieve the MA.

Application form and reference form

Application Pack MA and PG Dip Dance 2017

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Dance courses are delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.  There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources you need for your course, both on the shelves and online. 

Our Dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

Where this can take you

Recent Dance graduates have achieved a wide range of successes since moving into areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research.

The Postgraduate Diploma will equip you for a range of careers in choreography, performing arts, dance development, arts administration, performance, teaching or dance research. You can also continue to further study at masters level.

Dancers from mapdance have gone on to work with many companies as performers or arts managers, including Lila Dance (Choreographers and Arts Council-funded touring company) Udifydance, Balletboyz, English National Ballet, South East Dance, Rambert Dance Company to name a few.

Work placements

Links to employment and future careers are essential and you will be gaining valuable professional experience and practice as part of our mapdance touring dance company. You’ll be guided by the module tutors and our active careers service to identify and channel your knowledge, skills and talent.

Guest lecturers will introduce you to issues affecting dance employment, and your learning is supported by individual tutorials and group meetings to discuss your progress.

Indicative modules

The diploma comprises two core modules and one optional module:

Core modules-

  • Repertory 1 (60 Credits)
  • Techniques for Performance (30 Credits)

Optional modules-

  • Dance Writing and Performance (30 credits)
  • New Media and Performance Practice (30 credits)


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Teaching and assessment

The Dance department is a leading provider of excellence in dance education and draws on the expertise of the teaching team. The team is made up of international professional dancers, choreographers, researchers, writers and directors. Each member of the team is renowned for his or her theoretical and practical expertise. You’ll work with, and learn from, a wealth of professional specialist tutors whose backgrounds stem from highly respected performance companies.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, including Individual and group seminar presentations, essays, performance and exhibitions, devising for various teaching situations and compositional devising. You will be encouraged to monitor your own progress, giving you the opportunity to discuss any issues with your lecturers during your course.

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