Postgraduate

Brand New Course - MA Expanded Dance Practice

This new course is expansive in how it interrogates the conventions of cultural, aesthetic or historical assumptions about contemporary dance. Our aim is to address the need to decolonise the canon, adopting a plural approach to how the contemporary moment is constituted and lived. You will explore how dance practices are experienced and how they can be situated within wide social, political and artistic contexts. 

Applications will open soon for January 2022 entry.

If you would like to register your interest in this brand new MA course, please click on the button below and we will send you a one-off email with more information as soon as we can.

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The course supports artists at different stages of their career who are forging their own paths as dancers, makers, teachers and facilitators, helping graduates to transition into or continue working confidently within the independent dance sector.  

Throughout this course you will develop a portfolio of work which aims to build your confidence in how you contextualise your practice and how you can communicate your ideas.

The course:

  • Has a strong research focus.
  • Is centred around the learning journey of the individual within a community of researchers.
  • Offers group learning and peer feedback.
  • Explores different modes of communication and presentation including live performance, presentation, project proposals, digital outputs, and reflective portfolios. 
  • Is a 12-month MA programme running from January to December.

You are encouraged to:

  • Critically reflect on your own practice, acknowledging your own personal narratives and histories.
  • Be autonomous and self-motivated in your own learning.
  • Come with an open mind – be curious and be willing to take risks!

It will give you the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a range of embodied, collaborative and reflective practices, choreographic approaches, political debate and creative experimentation. 
  • Build the necessary skills to be able to initiate and realise creative projects independently. 

Course units:

1. Locating Practice - Who are you as an artist?

Locate your practice within wider international, social, and political contexts. You will be encouraged to share and value your own historical and cultural narratives. Critical race studies and postcolonial practices will be a major departure point for critiquing existing power structures.

Studio practice will include embodied techniques, choreographic workshops and the development of your own creative practice.

2. Resourcing PracticeHow do you present your work?

Using what you have learnt in Locating Practice, you will now work to develop this in relation to wider contexts, audiences and applications. You will gather the professional skills you require to take your work beyond the institution. Developing a sustainable and responsible arts practice that has longevity!

3. Applying Practice - Realising your ideas and presenting them.

You now have skills, but most importantly the space to work on your final project or portfolio of work. You will work closely with a supervisor who will guide, support, and challenge you throughout this process.


We are excited about this development and about our new partnership with UAL. 
If you have any questions please get in touch.

 

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