Developing Artistic Practice

London Contemporary Dance School’s new modular MA programme Developing Artistic Practice offers unrivalled flexibility and allows you to focus on shaping and defining your individual artistic voice as choreographer, teacher or performer. It caters to individual needs and enables practicing artists to gain Masters level qualifications over a period of between one to six years, allowing you to combine your study with your ongoing professional practice and the option to finance the modules separately.

There are many possible routes through the programme; you can specialise in one particular area or take the opportunity to gain from the wide range of different modules available in order to create your own bespoke pathway. All modules are artist-led and expertly delivered. Advanced training in a range of techniques supports a variety of performance opportunities. Other options include modules in Choreography, Teaching Practice, Advanced Somatics, Improvisations and Screen Dance, amongst others. With its emphasis on the breadth of professional practice the programme aims to give you the transferable skills and knowledge to be successful in the ever-evolving dance profession.

Choreography modules provide you with the opportunity to investigate and re-examine your choreographic practice through studio-based research, performances in studios, site-specific settings and in the UK’s boldest dance theatre at The Place. As part of a small group of choreographers you will explore how and why we create dance; various approaches will be researched and the wider social and political settings in which dance takes place will be considered. You will receive advice and practical support in costuming, scenography, music and all technical aspects of your work. These modules are aimed at artists with an already established choreographic voice and have proved particularly fruitful for mature students who have been choreographing for some time and who wish to reflect on their work within a supportive environment.

Students who choose to concentrate on teaching are assigned experienced mentors who observe their work in the studio and maintain a dialogue with them throughout their studies. They typically choose related modules such as Studio-based Techniques, Advanced Somatics and Improvisation. More theoretical options, such as Theory of Education lectures, often complete the portfolio of work undertaken. Teachers who have successfully completed this programme have progressed onto rewarding positions where their knowledge has contributed to the development of conservatoire-level training and university courses.

Amanda Britton (newly appointed Principal of the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance) said of the programme: “Quite simply, there is no way I would have been considered for my current job without this course. The enormous experience, enthusiasm and integrity of the staff made my postgraduate experience exciting and rewarding; without the skills and guidance of my teachers, I would not be doing the job I now find myself qualified for.”

Modules & Credits

Developing Artistic Practice (full or part-time) for the award PGDip (120 credits)
Select your modules from the wide range available in the areas of Choreography, Teaching, Performing (including part-time Apprenticeships), Studio-based Techniques, Advanced Somatics, Improvisation, Screen Dance and more (subject to availability). (120 credits)

Developing Artistic Practice (full or part-time) for the award MA (180 credits)
Practice-based Modules selected from the list available, as above (100 credits)
Research Lab (20 credits)
Dissertation. Wholly written (60 credits)
Dissertation (30) and Practice-based module (30) (60 credits)