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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

1 year Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £8,750

2021/22 International fee: £12,700

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

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

Entry Requirements 

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline
  • If English is not your first language then English language proficiency required is IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) – or equivalent qualification
  • You will be required to audition.


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 research 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.

Read our Postgraduate Dance brochure.

Dance brochure


This course starts in September

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

Core Modules

Artist as Producer: 30 credits 

This module runs across both semesters and supports you as an independent dance artist to develop strategies for promoting yourself through the examination of current dance trends, professional protocols, funding processes and industry infrastructures. 

Dissertation: 60 credits 

Your dissertation can be fully or part-written with practice to explore a research area of your own interest. This module runs across the whole year and combines group lectures, workshops/presentations and individual tutorials to support your independent research. 

You will then need to select 1 further core module and 2 optional modules to make up your programme to the 180-credit total from: 


Core Optional Modules

Repertory 2: (30 credits) 

The opportunity to work on the creation or re-staging of a repertoire work. This highly practical module is where you will engage with choreographic devising and performance as an independent group or as part of our MA company mapdance. It is delivered in intensive blocks and includes a reflective creative notebook. If you select this module, you must also take Techniques for Performance. 

Pedagogical Approaches: (30 credits) 

Here you will explore and define your own teaching practice and values, both within the University through studio-based micro-teaching tasks, workshops addressing both technical and creative approaches. This module runs across both semesters and includes a placement, teaching in an off campus setting during semester 2. 

Philosophy & Aesthetics: (30 credits)

This theoretical module will explore how knowledge about dance is rooted in philosophical and aesthetic ideologies, from both historicised and contemporary perspectives. It will look through a wide lens at dance and its evolving beliefs, with the main focus on dance as art, and contemporary dance. This module runs in semester 1. 


Optional modules

Techniques for Performance: 1 30 credits 

This studio-based module is usually delivered daily across both semesters, to offer eight highly practical technique training classes per week in styles such as release-based, Ballet, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Cunningham and is taught by a variety of specialist tutors. It is compulsory to take this module if you select Repertory 2. 

Body in Site: (30 credits) 

This module is delivered through a distance-learning approach and is usually offered during the late spring/summer months. Students will access lecture material and self-directed choreographic exploration tasks through the University’s virtual learning environment to create a site dance film work 

Scientific Principles of Dance Practice: (30 credits) 

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and independent exploratory tasks (in semester 2 or intensive blocks), this module will exam interrelated theories from motor learning and control, physiological training principles, psychological approaches to dance practice, and embodied perception, it will consider the applicability of these principles in advancing and enhancing dance practice. 

New Media and Performance Practices: (30 credits) 

This practical and theoretical module is offered over an intensive period (semester 2) + initial lectures where you will engage in the conceptual issues of digital media in the context of choreographic works and installations. You will develop the skills required to produce creative work using digital media and/or documentation and dissemination of performance/performative practices on DVD, Web-based or other digital formats.

Developing Dance Practice (30 credits)

This module explores strategies for developing dance practitioner processes, working practices, and creative / organisational methods specific to a work-based context. Through a combination of taught sessions and a distance-learning approach the module enables students to explore a practice of their choice and engage with tutorials either in person or remotely


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