Master Dance Choreography

University of Roehampton


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Tuition fee:
  • € 5,926 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,511 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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Who is the MFA Choreography aimed at?

This programme is tailored to the needs of young choreographers who feel that they would benefit from the opportunity to develop their craft within an institution, which is highly regarded as a location for postgraduate research and has a rapidly rising profile in the field of practice as research.

Why study Choreography here?

The MFA is a highly regarded "terminal" qualification in America but the programme offered here at Roehampton is the first of its kind in the UK.

The 2008 national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) rated Roehampton number one in the UK for its dance research and acclaimed 55 per cent of its work in dance as "world-leading". Grades also indicate that this represents the fifth highest concentration of world-class activity of any department in the country in any subject, higher than can be found in most of the old as well as other new universities. This is also the best record in any RAE for dance.

General programme information

The MFA course enables students to develop their skills in choreography, performance, teaching, and writing about dance as a practitioner. In addition to experiencing a range of technique classes in Ballet, Contact, Cunningham, Graham, Limon and Release-based techniques, students have access to visiting artists, acquire theatre lighting and production skills, and are provided with rehearsal space and opportunities for work experience.

Key areas of study

* choreography, performance and improvisation
* dance practice as research
* dance technique
* analysing dance.

You prepare and perform original work in each term of your first year of study and produce a sole-authored thesis concert at the end of your final year.

Special features

This is the only postgraduate course of its kind currently available in Europe. It offers a breadth of study including options that explore reflective practice, dance and technology, and dance education and community. You are offered a portfolio of technique classes, choreography workshops, laboratory sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials and mentored workplace learning. You also benefit from the close links Roehampton staff have with dance professionals in the UK and overseas.

Research areas

* Choreography and performance practice;
* choreo-musical relationships;
* dance and technology;
* improvisation and performance;
* dance education.

Module titles

Compulsory modules:

* Technique and performance
* Composition and choreography
* Looking at dance (compulsory module year 1)
* Dance as cultural practice (compulsory module year 2)

Optional modules:

* Music and dance
* Dance and technology
* Dance in philosophical perspective
* Teaching dance

Contents

The instigation of this Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programme in Dance acknowledges the needs of new graduates who wish to pursue their choreographic studies within a mentored environment. The MFA provides a qualification in Dance which has previously only been offered in North America where it has been recognised as a terminal degree. The programme emphasises the acquisition of skills within a breadth of practice in Dance and therefore, is a two-year full-time programme, which is designed to integrate practical, creative and academic studies in a distinctive way. The two year/240 credit format of the degree allows for the maturation of artistic, technical and performance skills and encourages kinaesthetic learning which requires consistent practice over an extended period of time.
The MFA enables students to develop their skills in choreography, performance, teaching and writing about dance as a practitioner. These studies are designed to reflect the choreographic and performance interests of individual students as well as to provide access to interdisciplinary study. The programme provides a coherent sequence to the current BA Dance Studies programme in recognition of the career paths of previous Roehampton graduates who have sought study at MFA programmes in North America.
The programme will afford access to superb studio facilities in order that choreographic studies can be fully and rigorously prepared. Facilities include two purpose-built dance studios, located in the Davies building. These spaces will allow students to have full access to rehearsal, laboratory time, peer review and tutor evaluation. In conjunction with a portfolio of technique classes (offered in Ballet, Contact, Cunningham, Graham, Limón and Release), students can pursue new or familiar areas of practice alongside a range of self-motivated choreographic projects with regular submission and discussion of compositional studies.

This intensively practical programme will reflect the values inherent in the methodology devised by American choreographer and pedagogue, Alwin Nikolais, in which dance technique, improvisation, dance composition, choreography and dance pedagogy are linked through reflective practice. Using this grounding, students will consider how contemporary practices in choreography have evolved or departed from this premise.

Requirements

Entry requirements

* Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Postgraduate Diploma should have a degree in dance at second class Honours or above.
* Applications from candidates with professional experience in performance or choreography are also welcomed.
* All candidates will be interviewed, and will be issued with a bibliography of required preparatory reading.
* British Council IELTS at band 6.5 overall with no less than 6 in each band of the test

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