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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

12 months Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,400

2021/22 International fee: £14,300

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

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Degree: honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline.

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent.

You will also be require to audition for this course.


Student view

Anna Des Clayes
MA Choreography and Professional Practices

My route into becoming an aspiring choreographer is somewhat dissimilar from the norm. After completing a science degree and working as a secondary school teacher for four years, I decided to have a career change and focus on another passion: dance and choreography. I applied for the University of Chichester due to its wide range of module choices and scope for interdisciplinary research projects. The quality of the course has exceeded my expectations, finding it both intellectually challenging and a nurturing environment to develop my artistic vision. The lecturers and teachers within the dance department provide bespoke guidance and are always willing to connect you with like-minded artists. Now having completed the Masters degree, I feel equipped with the skills and mindset necessary to embark on a new career pathway.

Course content

The MA Choreography and Professional Practices draws on expertise from a number of professionals within the dance industry and is delivered in close relationship with regionally based dance industry providers and agencies.

The degree incorporates opportunities for engaging in Continuing Professional Development opportunities such as workshops, career planning, master classes and residencies alongside the development of your own choreographic skills.

The MA offers an introduction to research methods in the arts and to strategies for documenting live performance practice and promoting your work to wider audiences.

It provides opportunities to pursue live performance practices as a choreographer and to consider how your work is situated in relation to the wider field of professional contemporary dance practice.

It allows for you to develop your own artistic voice and to explore single discipline or interdisciplinary practice-based arts research projects involving choreography, performance, fine art, music, installation, and so forth – led by you and your interest in performance making.

The MA is designed to cater both for students who wish to develop their dance-making skills in order to further their careers as reflective practitioners, and as a foundation programme for those hoping to pursue practical and/or theoretical research at M.Phil or Ph.D level.

The flexibility of the programme means that you can exit after successful completion of modules to the value 120 credits with a postgraduate diploma at Level 7.

For the award of the MA you need to attain 180 credits at Level 7 including the Dissertation module.

The MA Dissertation project can involve practical performance and or written work determined by your needs as a performance researcher and maker.

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent.

For more information, please read our MA Choreography and Professional Practices Application pack.

Read our Postgraduate 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 in Choreography and Professional Practices will equip you for a range of careers in choreography, performing arts, dance development, arts administration, performance, teaching or dance research.

It will also prepare you for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.

Work placements

The programme has an industry-facing identity facilitated through the relationship with South East Dance, the region’s dance development agency, and you will be able to draw on the skills and expertise arising from this partnership.

The programme includes opportunities for presenting your work at choreographic platform sharings, participating in artist networking opportunities, developing your marketing, fundraising and ‘pitching’ / presentation skills.

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

Choreographic Practices

Students will participate in choreographic workshops prior to undertaking initial research into self-selected/devised compositional methodologies, and implement the chosen methodologies in the creation of new performance work. They will develop a practice-led research proposal through direct investigation of selected compositional practices and performance contexts and ultimately present a performance work. 

Artist as Producer

Students will undertake initial research into a range of contemporary dance and performance related platforms, festivals, projects and artist-development schemes both within the U.K and within European / International contexts. Students will develop an articulation of their work and practice through the development of a website resource that includes a distinctive artist’s ‘statement’. 


The Dissertation emphasises independent research where students select an area of investigation in performance with the advice of tutors. This may arise from earlier modules studied in the degree. The research may focus on performance practice or on more applied critical, historical or epistemological issues.

Optional Modules - choose one from:

New Media and Performance Practices

You will be introduced to various software programs in tutor-facilitated sessions. You will practically explore the programs for use either as a creative medium or for documentation/dissemination purposes and will practice their skills through exercises using the software. Seminars addressing theoretical issues will be conducted throughout the semester. 

Body in Site

In this module, students will consider approaches to and the implications of site-dance. A range of site-specific dance, movement installation, perambulatory performance and durational approaches will be explored through practical experiments and theoretical study. The module will explore how the moving body relates to site and will explore a range of socio-political and cultural theory through which body-site relationships can be considered.

Techniques for Performance

Daily technical training, which develops interpretive and presentational skills in preparation for performance. Motion complexity, qualitative interpretation, musicality, alignment, flexibility, core strength, and stamina will be priorities in developing technical skills to a professional dancer. 

Scientific Principles and Practice

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. 

Developing Dance Practice

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.


N.B. This list is indicative not all optional modules will be available in any one academic session.

Options - Choose 2 optional modules from the list below

  • 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

International English Studies

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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.

As an MA student you will have access to the lively arts research culture at the University including:  regular full programmes of research presentations given by staff, web-based learning, research students and visiting artists/researchers, performances by visiting artists/companies, theatre trips to performance events, arts research training events and national arts conferences.

Some of the optional modules enable you to work alongside students from other Masters programmes. 

Learning is assessed using various methods chosen as the most appropriate for demonstrating achievement of the learning outcomes for each module. All modules are assessed by means of programme work in the form of practical choreography presentations, essays, reports, presentations, learning journals, portfolios, online tasks and group working.

Students are expected to carry out an independent research project on a topic relevant to the field of choreography. For this module students are supported through seminar sessions and tutorials during the two semesters so that they can develop research skills which are essential for lifelong learning, career flexibility; and for professional practice as well as for personal and professional development. In addition, students have the option to become involved in a number of collaborative projects through which they can, as part of the degree, develop project management, time management and interpersonal team work skills.

Additional Costs

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