Dance students rehearsing a piece

Expand your independent choreographic research as an established or mid-career artist on this flexible course 

14 months part time (distance learning)
Bishop Otter Campus

Overview

Explore your own practice and examine your working methods as a dance-maker

This MA Choreography by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals wanting to compete a research focused qualification, who may not wish to engage with a taught programme. This flexible course will be of interest to established and mid-career artists regionally, nationally, and internationally.

You will have the opportunity to validate your independent choreographic research through accreditation of prior standing, the completion of a reflective practice module (which can be taught through evening and or weekend sessions), and a Dissertation project.

For further information about the course please contact Vicky Hunter on v.hunter@chi.ac.uk.

The Course

What you will study

Our MA Choreography by Independent Research course offers you a means of validating and accrediting your prior experience and professional standing and an opportunity to develop your specific interests in choreography and practical/theoretical dance-performance research.

The programme provides you with opportunities for developing an understanding of your choreographic work in relation to current trends, practices, and opportunities within the wider fields of contemporary dance practice.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

Your prior experience (prior standing) as a dance maker will be assessed through the submission of a portfolio and a written essay. This will make up 90 credits of the 180 credits required for a Master’s degree.

Portfolio

The portfolio will be in the form of an extended curriculum vitae, with supplementary materials (i.e video evidence, reviews, images, web site and or digital archive materials) that evidence the following:

  • Evidence of three years of professional choreographic experience
  • Evidence of choreographic productions/presentations
  • Evidence of funding/commissions from recognizable industry bodies (i.e. ACE, Welcome, Leverhulme, Nesta etc.)
  • Evidence of engagement with Continuing Professional Development opportunities
  • Evidence of professional reviews/endorsements of your work
  • Link to website and or online examples of dance works.

Written essay

The written essay includes a draft proposal for a possible choreographic research project of at least 1,500 words and should include Harvard Referencing and a full bibliography.

Additional modules

To complete the Master’s degree you will also take the 30-credit compulsory module ‘Reflective Practice’, which explores a range of dance research techniques aimed to facilitate the articulation of practitioner knowledge.

This work will then be further developed through either the completion of a 60-credit practical dissertation (with a written commentary) exploring particular choreographic ideas, or a 60-credit written dissertation submission that explores a particular aspect of Choreography or dance research in an in-depth manner.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£5,292
International fee
£7,371

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

Honours degree
2:2 or higher
in a related discipline.
IELTS
6.5
with no element lower than 5.5.

You will need to audition for this course.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to our postgraduate application form. We will consider your application and you may be invited to audition and interview.

You will need to provide a portfolio along with your application form and references. This should consist of the following:

  • Portfolio
  • Written essay

Your prior experience (prior standing) as a dance maker will be assessed through the submission of a portfolio and a written essay. The portfolio will be in the form of an extended curriculum vitae with supplementary materials (i.e video evidences, reviews, images, web site and or digital archive materials) to support your application.

1. The Portfolio will include:

  • Three years of professional choreographic experience.
  • Evidence of choreographic productions/presentations.
  • Evidence of funding/commissions from recognizable industry bodies (i.e. ACE, Welcome, Leverhulme, Nesta etc.).
  • Evidence of engagement with Continuing Professional Development opportunities.
  • Evidence of professional reviews/endorsements of your work.
  • Link to website and or online examples of dance works.

2. The Written essay will include:

  • A written draft proposal for a possible choreographic research project of at least 1,500 words and should include Harvard Referencing and a full bibliography.

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