The MA Dance provides an insight into contemporary debates about dance, and trends in dance performance practice. Studying on this course will enhance your sophisticated understanding of dance and performance conventions.
You will have the opportunity to achieve a range of subject-specific outcomes by acquiring an advanced knowledge of concepts, problems and traditions in dance and a capacity to apply that knowledge in a range of professional contexts. You will develop and apply advanced critical thinking skills and higher-level transferable skills essential for career enhancement.
You will study a range of subject specific modules including areas of somatic practice, cultural studies, professional practice, contextual studies and Advanced Research Methods through tutor-led, student-led, and self- directed study. Each taught module on the course is one-week intensive and delivered during August (3 modules), January (2 modules) and Easter (1 module).
Learning will take place through lectures, seminars and tutorials as well as workshops, studio-based practice, screenings, discussions (both online and in class).
Reflective personal development practices are encouraged throughout the duration of the course, which will help you to monitor your progress.
You will receive support for your learning from: your personal tutor, the Dance subject librarian, the Dance department technician, the Dance department administrator, departmental careers support (especially in relation to teaching, post-graduate study in a range of areas, and freelance dance work).
The MA Dance course is taught in intensive blocks, with week-long delivery for each module. Blocks of teaching happen in August, January and during Easter Break. This allows you to plan your study effectively around your job, children and regular commitments.
The course includes academic as well as practical study and builds on the international reputations and expertise of staff in dance practice, dance history, cultural studies and dance performance.
There will be opportunities, where appropriate, for interaction with postgraduate students in other performing arts subjects with practice-based work.
Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The state-of–the-art facilities in the hub will give you experience of excellent dance studios and theatre/performance spaces, mac computer suites, professional level recording studios and lighting equipment. It boasts two bespoke dance studios, with sprung floors, mirrored wall and equipment for sound and lighting requirements.
The member of academic staff who leads this course is Danielle Aways.
The MA Dance degree will enhance graduates’ opportunities across a range of employment in dance; It will also enhance graduates' opportunities in the arts and related fields since dance is applicable at all levels of society. For example, school teachers will be qualified for posts in Further and Higher Education, in addition to gaining a qualification to enhance their prospects in their current institutional base; freelance artists will have additional skills and techniques to offer in the arena of arts projects in schools, theatre educational outreach work and community arts; practitioners will have a deeper understanding of their craft and a qualification recognized by FE and HE establishments.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of dance, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of their academic discipline
2. apply a comprehensive range of techniques relevant to your own research, scholarship and practice
3. apply knowledge in original ways, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and practice are used to create and interpret knowledge in dance
4. evaluate critically current practice, research and advanced scholarship in dance
5. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
6. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
You will need a good honours degree in dance or a related subject. Applicants will also be required to attend for interview/audition to assess their suitability to study on the course.
Candidates with a significant track record (five years) of professional experience in dance or a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree are also welcomed. Applicants in this category will be required to attend for interview/audition and asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability.
The MA Dance will require students to be capable of a high level of communication skills, both oral and written. International students who do not have English as a first language should have achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.