Postgraduate MA

Dance: Creative Dance Education

School of Arts and Media

Attendance

Full-time

Part-time

Course

One year

Two year

Next enrolment

August 2020

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Introduction

In a nutshell

This course explores the creative and professional skills needed for dance teachers, educators and youth dance leaders. The programme has a similar structure to a PGCE Dance: theoretical modules in dance pedagogy and two long teaching placements. It explores the wider educational needs and remits for dance teachers beyond secondary schools: further education colleges, youth dance groups, dance schools and a range of community dance settings.

This programme develops emerging dance educators in a unique way: identifying and supporting the artistry inherent in dance teaching. It will highlight the role of choreography in teaching young people and explore the creative aspects of a dance educator through choreographic skills specific to making dance work with and for young people.

PGCE Dance holders have the opportunity to undertake a ‘top-up’ route to pursue the MA on one-year, part-time course. For dance educators at any stage in their career, this course will support you in developing your creative skills and deepening your abilities to support your students in and through dance.

You will...

  • practice in a creative university with leading industry partnerships, including relationships with Arts Council England in talent development, OneDanceUK, and many regional youth dance companies.
  • have the opportunity to apply through a possible part-time ‘top-up route’, should you hold a PGCE Dance and want to pursue an MA Dance.
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

you are an emerging or established dance educator needing the time and support to deepen your creative work and advance your career towards a new aspiration.

2.

you want to develop as both a dance teacher and creative artist, enabling you to pursue a sustainable career in your field.

3.

you wish to engage with key theories, concepts and practices central to dance teaching and education.

Course details

All about the course

We will support you to expand and refine your approaches as a dance educator working in a wide range of educational situations.

Throughout the programme, you will:

  • Engage with creative trends and current issues within dance teaching, such as talent development, core UK dance curriculums and strategies for inclusive dance teaching
  • Undertake two teaching placements, supporting dance education delivery in both curricular and extra-curricular/non-curricular settings
  • Develop your own creative research project, drawing on your experiences in teaching and choreography and testing your future creative practices your wider work as a dance educator
     
Semester one

Choreographic Practices

This module interrogates key concepts, theories and practices inherent in contemporary choreographic practice. It integrates a mixture of practical workshops and seminars and is delivered in two, 4-week blocks. The practical workshops will introduce a range of approaches to dance-making. The seminar series will include both screening and discussions of professional practitioners and their work and engage with basic concepts in scenography, such as lighting and costume design, and production elements.

Approaches To Dance Pedagogy

In this module, you will be introduced to the creative and physical techniques implicit in dance workshop development and delivery. The course will be delivered intensively in a two-week block. This course explores the methods and practices of teaching dance, but specifically to a workshop setting, including areas such as:

  • Talent development for young dancers
  • Engagement with current issues through dance experience
  • Workshop design
  • Educational aspects of dance performance and touring

Teaching Strategy and Design In Dance

This practical and theoretical module delves into the concepts and approaches central to dance teaching within a curriculum setting. You will consider the function of curriculum as the ‘spine’ of the learning experience and explore creative and physical approaches to engage students with new skills and knowledge within and through dance. This module is taught in an intensive, two-week block and will equip you with a foundation of pedagogic theory and practical knowledge central to work in the dance studio as a classroom.

Semester two

Choreographic Investigations

This module builds on your creative practices established in the first semester, focusing more on the dance studio as a laboratory space: testing conventions, trying new approaches, challenging and re-thinking your own modes of dance making. Weekly practical workshops will be accompanied by a seminar series (shared with the MA Contemporary Performance Practice programme) addressing some broad strategies in creating performance, including:

  • Practice as Research approaches
  • Research and development
  • Audiences and strategies for engagement
  • The performance landscape, including venues and arts organisations
  • Networks and critical friends
  • Documentation and dissemination

Dance Teaching Placement

During this module you will be embedded in a 12-14 week placement within a dance teaching setting. Working alongside established dance teachers and/or workshop leaders, you will develop knowledge, skills and experience in teaching dance. The Dance Teaching Placement works in conjunction with the Industry Placement module, ensuring that students have a balance of placements in both curriculum based (i.e. schools, colleges) and non-curriculum based settings. You will be supported by a staff supervisor to connect the placement experience with your own development as a creative dance educator.

Semester three

Practice-As-Research Project/Dissertation

In this final project, you will be asked to propose an area of exploration, arising from your experiences in the previous modules and focused on future work within profession. Upon submitting a proposal, you will be assigned a supervisor to support you on this journey of enquiry. Either individually or in collaboration with others, the results of these investigations will be presented at New Adelphi alongside a wider programme of dance performances and events.

Industry Placement

In semester two, you will be asked to establish an area of professional practice highly relevant to your developing practice as a choreographer. With the support of a supervisor, you will organise and take part in an industry placement related this developing area of practice. Students are encouraged to view the industry placement as a case study or testing ground for fledgling ideas and relate them to the Practice-as-Research Project/ Dissertation module.

Top-up route

Top-up Route

For students pursuing the one-year ‘top-up’ route, your programme of study would include:

  • TRIMESTER ONE (September-January): CHOREOGRAPHIC PRACTICES (30 credits)
  • TRIMSTER TWO (February-May): CHOREOGRAPHIC INVESTIGATIONS (30 credits)
  • TRIMESTER THREE (June-September): INDUSTRY PLACEMENT (30 credits) AND PRACTICE-AS-RESEARCH PROJECT/DISSERTATION (30 credits)

For ‘top-up’ students on the MA Dance: Creative Dance Education course, the industry placement would act more as a case study or test-bed for the ideas you aim to develop in the Practice-as-Research Project/Dissertation module. With the support of your supervisor, this placement or work-based learning module would allow you to test and develop your ideas with students prior to your full independent research project.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

As the course is highly practical in nature, you will be taught in a mixture of physical and practical methods. This includes practical demonstration in technique classes and workshops, with a mixture of verbal and embodied feedback given throughout.

Modules are also supported by practical workshops, lectures, seminars and facilitated student discussion. In many areas, theoretical or screened content is related directly to the students’ practical experiences to underpin their holistic development as dance educators.

You will be supported by staff supervision in your dance teaching/industry placements and independent research projects. In these final projects, student-centred approaches consider the individual’s chosen area of enquiry and combine instruction with guidance and feedback to support your personal development and exploration.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment on this course is done through a combination of formative and summative assessment, supporting and promoting the slow and ongoing nature of your personal development. There will also be formal means to present the outcome of your learning through writing, practical presentations and performances.

You will be assessed through: performances, portfolios of creative, reflective and analytical written work, practical/creative and oral presentations, as well as essays.

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from fashion image making and styling, television and radio, creative writing and music to journalism, animation, design and performance.

This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.

Facilities

New Adelphi Theatre, Studio Theatre and specialist dance spaces.

Digital Performance Lab at the MediaCityUK campus.

Teacher Profile

Sarie Mairs Slee, Programme Leader of MA Dance: Creative Dance Education

Sarie is an artist/academic who has been working in the messy hinterlands between dance and theatre for the past 15 years.

Originally from the US, Sarie emigrated to the UK from Washington DC in 2003, leaving her work with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange for postgraduate study at Laban. Her work in physical performance led her into Grotowski’s tradition of theatre laboratories and, from 2010-2013, she worked with Studio Matejka at the Grotowski Institute (PL) as lead academic and rehearsal director.

Her current practice takes ‘laboratory frameworks’ into interdisciplinary collaborations. Since 2013, she has been working with poet Scott Thurston in the exploration of poetic language, movement and the creative possibilities of writing as a physical act. Her collaboration with composer Alan Williams has spanned from work with opera singers to percussionists, including an ongoing collaboration with Evaristo Aguilar in Tampico, Mexico.

Sarie’s research and practice also delves into the intersection between artistic career development and creative entrepreneurship. Through collaborative work with Arts Council England, the Lowry, Castlefield Gallery, Salford City Council, Dance Manchester and a range of other regional arts organisations, we explore how artists can feed into the development of their cities and communities and develop sustainable and interconnected careers.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

Graduates will be able to work in a range of environments within the cultural sector.

A taste of what you could become

A dance teacher

A creative educator/lecturer

A freelance dance artist

A dance animateur or youth dance leader

An arts administrator

And more...

Career Links

This programme has links with a number of industry bodies, including:

  • OneDanceUK
  • The Lowry’s Youth Development Team and Commotions Youth Dance Company
  • Dance Manchester
  • Ludus Dance and LYDC

In addition, we have an annual dance artist-in-residence scheme which has engaged with companies such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Kapow Dance Theatre, along with many independent dance artists. These schemes bring workshops, apprenticeships, performance and project opportunities and mentoring opportunities to our dance students. In addition, we hold two intensive masterclass weeks each academic year, hosting a range of national and international dance artists to work with our under and postgraduate dance students, recently including work with choreographers Gary Clarke and Gemma Nixon, among many others.

Requirements

What you need to know

This course is for emerging and established dance educators needing the time and support to deepen their creative work and advance their careers towards a new aspiration. As such, we are seeking graduates from dance-related undergraduate programmes at any stage in their career as dance teachers or youth dance leaders.

  • This course is based at our Peel Park campus
  • Part-time study option
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

This course is for emerging and established dance educators needing the time and support to deepen their creative work and advance their careers towards a new aspiration. As such, we are seeking graduates from dance-related undergraduate programmes at any stage in their career as dance teachers or youth dance leaders.

This programme will require students to challenge, explore, expand and potentially re-think their practices in creative dance education. As such, students will need to be prepared for intensive studio-based creative work, as well as rigorous, independent and creative research.

English language requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Which qualifications do I need?

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above.

The application process will also involve a practical audition and record of a piece of choreography (live or pre-recorded). In a personal statement (approximately 400 words), students will be asked to write about the ways that this specific MA programme will help them advance from their current work within dance towards specific career aspirations. Both skype and digitally transferred materials can be considered in support of the application’s practical elements.

Standard entry requirements

Standard entry requirements

To join this MA you should have a second class honours degree, 2:2 or above

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019/20 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

August 2020