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Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

12 months - September Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

MA Performance: Dance (mapdance):

2021/22 UK fee: £11,050

2021/22 International fee: £15,700


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

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


Applications & course pre-requisites

  • Application to the course is made by completing the online application form and completing the additional requirements.
  • You will also be invited to attend an audition and an interview.
  • We cannot provide intensive academic support for the completion of these additional requirements but will be able to offer applicants some guidance prior to completing these tasks.

Entry requirements

  • An 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

Eva Escrich Gonzalez
MapDance has been a chance to take time to evaluate what it is to be a performer. The programme provides an environment that lets you focus on your own dance development. The extensive physical training during the course is led by tutors who are thoughtful and supportive whilst still challenging you. As students, you get a chance to work with a really varied group of choreographers allowing difference sides of your performativity to develop. This year I have worked with Lea Anderson, Shobana Jeyasingh, Cai Tomos and Hagit Yakira. During my time at Chichester University I have grown as an individual whilst nurturing my artistic practice, preparing me for the first stages of my career.
Ane-Iselin Brogeland (map 2014)

mapdance enabled me to develop and deepen my skills within my moving and thinking self. I became more confident in my technical dancing and in my contribution to creative processes. I developed critical thinking with regards to dance practices and theories, becoming a reflective thinker and artist. Mapdance pushed me in a positive way past my comfort zone and limits both physically and mentally. It has also given me friendships and connections for life, which I will treasure.

Since graduating in 2015 Ise has worked with Uta Engle – Sticky Trace Dance Company, Hamburg, Germany touring and delivering workshops across Europe. Ane currently works with Flexer & Sandiland, Bettina Carpi and Manny Emslie as well as receiving funding for her company Ori Dance. She has been selected for David Zambrano’s Flying Low intensive training has taught as part of an artist residency at the University of Chester and is currently teaching at The University of Stavanger, Norway, alongside her freelance and choreographic work.

Will Hodson (map 2018)

Mapdance was a huge learning experience in what company life would entail, from the creative side, working with new choreographers to teaching workshops around the country to different ages and abilities. Touring the UK and to Israel really allowed me to understand how to look after my body on tour. This has made professional life easier, knowing how to keep my body adaptable when auditioning, being able to optimise energy and reduce physical and mental fatigue when touring. My experience with mapdance has given me the opportunity to be able to teach in a higher education setting which I would like to do once I have finishedperforming, allowing me to have a long and varied career in dance.

Will is currently working full-time with 2Faced Dance company and recently toured the triple bill ‘Everything [but the girl]’ with works by Fleur Darkin and Tamsin Fitzgerald. Since completing mapdance he has worked as a freelance dance artist, teaching for ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and a facilitator for Luke Brown Dance. He also performed for the opening of Dundee’s V&A Museum with Shaper/Caper and in Tribe dance company’s processional performance through Brighton.

Course content

The MA performers route is led by mapdance company Artistic Directors, Yael Flexer and Detta Howe.

Working intensively with international guest choreographers, students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches. 

Mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals. From mid-February to May, the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops.

The 2020/21 repertory includes new works by Joseph Toonga, Yael Flexer and Robert Clark as well as the re-staging of Ceyda Tanc's piece AYIN. 

To find out more about MA Performance Dance visit the mapdance website.

The Techniques for Performance module accompanying the repertory module (and compulsory for performers route) focuses on excellence in contemporary dance performance involving daily technical training in various dance techniques including release and contemporary techniques, contact improvisation, pilates and Ballet work.  This module normally runs autumn and spring semesters.

The MA Performance Dance operates in the context of a professional performance programme and a series of presentations by visiting artists and researchers.

Guest lecturers on the MA have included practitioners and curators all working at the edges of dance research.

There are also opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research with interactive technologies or to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.

Take a look at our 2020 mapdance souvenier booklet to find out more about this pathway.

mapdance 2020 booklet

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       Dance Studio

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre      Studio Theatre

 Rehearsal Space

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

Rehearsal Space       Rehearsal Space



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

"On graduating from mapdance I moved back to the North East and began working at Dance City teaching community classes and working on the Ticket Office.  Over the years I've also taught and choreographed for YDT, Dance City CAT, Big Dance and on many other projects.  I have also performed for Neville Campbell, Dansformation and in the Millionth Runner Ceremony to name a few.  Over the past 6 years I have also been developing my work as a producer delivering a scratch platform called FRESH North East.  A highlight was also being part of a cohort of North East artist to travel to the Eastern Cape in South Africa to collaborate with local artists to create and perform.

Currently I teach classical ballet, contemporary and creative for the Dance City CAT as well as run the CAT Health and Wellbeing programme.  I also co-direct a dance producing company called Moving Art Management delivering different cultural projects."

Hannah Marshall, graduated 2010

This course is suitable for you if you are a recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their technical and performance skills (and have completed a recognised BA degree).  

It will offer you …

  • an opportunity to work with international established and up and coming choreographers reflect on your professional practice and prior training
  • intensive technical training through a variety of contemporary techniques, Pilates, contact improvisation and Ballet
  • an opportunity to tour the repertoire across the UK and internationally
  • an opportunity to develop your teaching skills within the context of a touring company
  • time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship
  • professional Development
  • deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form
  • a stepping-stone toward PhD study

You will develop skills in…

  • performance
  • technique
  • teaching in the context of a touring company
  • choreographic methodology and critical thinking
  • working independently (via dissertation projects)
  • research and the articulation of that research in writing

It will give you…

  • tools and skills to support you in the transition to professional practice
  • extensive experience of working with established choreographers alongside touring and networking that can aid you in gaining work as a performer or in establishing your work as an independent artist
  • a qualification that can aid in obtaining work within educational and HE institutions
  • preparation for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications

Work placements

There are opportunities to engage with cutting edge research into interactive technologies and to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.

Indicative modules

The MA in performance includes three core modules: Repertory, Techniques for Performance and Dissertation plus one optional module.

The postgraduate diploma includes two core modules: Repertory and Techniques for Performance and an optional module.

Repertory Module:

The repertory module: mapdance encompasses intensive creation periods with international guest choreographer. Students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches. 

Techniques for Performance

The Techniques for Performance module accompanying the repertory module (and compulsory for performers route) focuses on excellence in contemporary dance performance involving daily technical training in various dance techniques including release and contemporary techniques, contact improvisation, Pilates and Ballet work. 

Optional Modules

In addition to the three core modules, students are required to select one optional module from the list below.

Options - Choose 1 optional module from the list below

Techniques for Performance:

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. 

Repertory 2:

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. 

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’. 

Philosophy & Aesthetics:

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.

Pedagogical Approaches:

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. 

Scientific Principles of Dance 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.

New Media and Performance Practices:

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.

Body in Site:

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 

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

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

Assessment on the MA performers route is based on three core modules, Repertory (60 credits), Techniques for Performance (30 credits) and Dissertation (60 credits) plus one optional module (30 credits). 

Assessment on the postgraduate diploma performers route is based on two core modules, Repertory (60 credits), Techniques for Performance (30 credits) and one optional module.

Assessment Techniques for Performance is continuous, that is process based.

Similarly the Repertory module is continuously assessed however the assessment is comprised by marks given by guest choreographers during the creation process and marks given by both Artistic Directors in rehearsal and on tour assessing both process and performance.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: