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1 year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

UK 2020 fee: £8460 (£7614 Alumni applying within 5 years of graduation) 

International 2020 : £12,360 

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

Entry is by interview (Skype or live) + by audition or video submission of portfolio/showreel/written work 

Course content

The MA Dance: Advance Practice is a programme designed to enable you to further your Dance studies at a higher level.  It will provide you with the choice to specialise in areas such as pedagogy or working with a choreographer in repertory whilst focusing your employability in the module Artist as Producer. 

The modules offered will enable you to select how you want to study and if you need to balance this alongside working, it maybe that you will select more intensively delivered modules.  Alternatively, you might want to be more involved by taking daily Techniques for Performance alongside weekly modules. 

The highly experienced lecturing staff and dance practitioners all specialise in their chosen fields and this ranges from dance critics, to dance company directors and choreographers. 

The Dissertation is the opportunity for you to undertake an extended research project and this might be fully written or a practical piece of choreography/practice as reserach or a combination of the two.  This will really enable you to develop your skills and practice in the area that you are most interested in.

Class sizes will vary according to the student selections but for example the dance technique classes will be approximately 20 people and performing politics may be about 10.

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

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

Dance Studios

Dance Studio 1         Dance Studio 2

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre 1       Studio Theatre 2

Rehearsal Space

In addition, there is a large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the Academic Building.

Rehearsal Space 1         Rehearsal Space 2



The library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your dance knowledge and research. There are a number of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are also:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media and equipment loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

The MA Dance: Advanced Practice programme will support your development of a portfolio career that can progress into areas such as dance performance, teaching, choreography, arts administration.

Work placements

There is a placement element within the Pedagogical Approaches module that will enable you to focus you teaching specialisms in areas such as Primary/Secondary education or in a community setting. This could include placements working with a youth dance group, or an older aged group such as Parkinson Group.

Indicative modules

  • MA Dance: Advanced Practice: 180 credits
  • PG Diploma Dance: Advanced Practice (without dissertation): 120 credits

Core modules (choose three core modules):

  1. Performing Politics (30 credits) OR Philosophy & Aesthetics (30 credits)​
  2. Artist as Producer (30 credits) (weekly and intensives across both semesters)
  3. Repertory 2 (30 credits) (intensive semester 2) OR Pedagogical Approaches (30 credits) (weekly across both semesters)

​Dissertation (60 credits) (weekly all year)

Optional modules (choose one optional module from the list beneath or an additional module for the core listed above):

  1. Dance Writing and Criticism (30 credits) (weekly and intensive semester 1) 
  2. Techniques for Performance (30 credits) (daily across both semesters)
  3. Developing Dance Practice (30 credits) (intensive and long distance both semesters)
  4. Body in Site (30 credits) (Intensive in semester 2)
  5. New Media & Performance Practices (30 credits) (intensive or semester 2)

NB: not all options will run in any one year, the availability of optional modules will be communicated in the induction week in liaison with students. Normally, a maximum of two optional modules will run in each semester.

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