DanceBath Spa University
Frequent Asked Questions
· What are the objectives of this course?
The course supports a broad range of artistic practice and includes specialisms in screen-based practice, interdisciplinary performance work, and site based performance. We’ll also help you to develop your postgraduate level research skills, which will help you improve your own creative practice. In addition, professional engagement forms a key part of the programme; you’ll gain highly useful skills in business, marketing, and the touring of work.
· Who is it intended for?
Having a postgraduate qualification opens up a range of options in the world of dance related work, and beyond. You’ll be well placed to become a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, or a combination of these things. We’ll help you develop versatility and understanding of how to market and present your work in a professional manner. You’ll graduate with the entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in a challenging and changing workplace.
A dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.
What you'll learn on the course
This MA will take one full year, or two if you choose to study part time. As a full-time student you’ll take two 30 credit modules in term one, two 30 credit modules in term 2, and one 60 credit module (your final project) in term 3. As a part-time student you will take 2 modules in your first year and three in your second, the last of which is your final project.
· Research Methodologies
This module gives you the opportunity to develop an understanding of, and ability to, research at a sophisticated and professionally applicable level. You will engage with current scholarship and research in an area that is of relevance to your own practice.
· Creative Practice 1
This module concerns itself with ‘live’ interdisciplinary, or screen-based, performance making. Interdisciplinary work might exist at the interface of dance and at least one other ‘media’ which might include, for instance, video, writing, painting or textiles. Screen-based performance, in the context of this module, focuses on ‘screendance’ as a creative interface between the body and digital technology to design and produce work for the single screen.
· Professional Engagement
This module may locate you in an individually relevant professional environment, which may be your existing workplace, a negotiated placement of your own, or with a company or individual associated with the course. Examples of projects undertaken in this module are planning a tour, writing a funding application, and creating a regional screendance festival.
· Creative Practice 2
This module responds to the potential offered by non-theatre performance locations, and draws upon collaborative opportunities to work with artists and students studying other Bath Spa courses to construct cross-disciplinary performance work that responds to a ‘site’ of your own choosing. Work may be submitted live or as a film.
· Thesis Project
Your final project will draw upon skills and knowledge acquired in modules 1, 2, 3 and 4. The content is negotiated with course tutors but might, for example, be a work for the single screen, an interdisciplinary site- specific work, a written project, or a stage performance work that draws upon an area of practice that is central to your interests and aspirations.
· Trimester 1
This trimester has a substantial taught element, with a number of optional classes.
· Trimester 2
Following your first trimester, your second also has a substantial taught element, with optional classes available.
· Trimester 3
Trimester three, your thesis module, is largely self-directed with tutorials and peer presentations leading to course completion.
Work is assessed through a range of methods including: performances; presentations; written work; journals; and a 3000 word research paper. Practical project assessment may focus on your creative process or on the final product. All work is assessed against generic criteria so you can compare your achievements against your previous work.