Programme details

The course will be delivered over 40 weeks and the overarching structure of the modules has been adapted to fit the timescale, while retaining the way the modules flow and build on each other. 

On achieving 180 credits, students will be awarded Master of Arts in Screendance by the London Contemporary Dance School, validated by the University of Kent. Students who do not wish to complete the dissertation module will have the possibility of exiting the course with a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) after completing 120 credits within the taught modules.


The MA in at London Contemporary Dance School is divided into two stages. Stage 1 comprises of four taught compulsory modules and one optional module, totalling 120 credits.

‘Screendance Integrated Practice’ (SIP, 40 credits) spans the whole of Stage 1 and aims to integrate all aspects of your practical, theoretical and technical learning throughout the programme. In this module, you will explore the fundamental elements of the screendance making process and have an opportunity to reflect on and analyse your own creative projects. During this module, you will also engage in technical workshops that will lay a foundation for the entire programme.

The other three compulsory modules in this stage offer different lenses with which to approach screendance. In ‘Screendance Theories, Histories and Current Issues’ (STHCI, 20 credits), you will engage with key texts, debate relevant questions, analyse and reflect on theoretical and contextual issues relevant to the field. In ‘Presenting Screendance Works’ (PSW, 20 credits) you will be asked to consider creative, ethical and practical questions that arise when selecting and screening work. As part of that, you will also collaborate with your peers in organising, programming and delivering your edition of the Frame Rush Festival. In the ‘Professional Portfolio’ module (PP, 20 credits) you will further develop your professional skills and practices, equipping you to resource, communicate and situate your creative practice. You will work on ways of clarifying intentions and consider how those are communicated in your artistic work, and how other professional practices give context to your work.

As part of Stage 1, you must choose an optional module that could be either a 'Work-Based Learning' module (WBL, 20 credits) or another from a range of 20 credits modules delivered as part of other PG programmes at LCDS. In the Work- Based Learning module, you will engage in a practical experience with a work-based learning provider, which could be a partner mentor or organisation.

The range of PG options will vary from year to year depending on guest lectures, scheduling and a minimum number of enrolled students. Not all optional modules will be offered every year.

Once you have completed and passed the modules in Stage 1, you will be eligible to continue on to Stage 2 and complete the 'Dissertation' module (D, 60 credits). The area of research inquiry and the output format for that module should be selected through negotiation, depending on your needs and interests.

You may embark on: a wholly written research project resulting in a written document (or equivalent Viva); or a practice as research project resulting in a Screendance work accompanied by a written critical or reflective essay (or an equivalent Viva).

At the bottom of this page you can find a downloadable infographic displaying the provisional modules and timeline for the programme.

Professional Opportunities

Professional Portfolio

During the Screendance Professional Portfolio module, students will be required to actively engage with submitting films to festivals; working with collaborators in different capacities; applying for funding; budgeting, scheduling and managing a production; and promoting work using social media and crowdfunding campaigns. Through this work they will leave the course with a robust knowledge of professional opportunities.

Students will each have a budget of up to £400 that will help fund their productions.

Work Placement

Students will have the option undertaking a work placement module with one of our partner institutions or artists. More details about the work placements will be available here soon.

Meet the Artist Sessions

Every term students will meet five different Screendance artists, curators or producers, who will show films, talk about their work and creative processes.

Modes of delivery and assessment

Full colour image of Colour Play by Anders Duckworth

Image: Colour Play by Anders Duckworth

The programme will be delivered by a combination of practical workshops, lectures, seminars, demonstrations, assignments, watching and discussing dance films, reading academic texts, critiques, meetings with artists, and feedback sessions.

Modes of assessment include:

  • screendance pieces (film, video, digital, single or multi screen)
  • critical and reflective essays
  • screendance festival production and curation
  • professional portfolio
  • peer assessment
  • video essay


Full colour image of Fill by Venetia Lim

Image: Fill by Venetia Lim

Students will be prepared to apply their creativity, knowledge and critical skills in a wide range of areas within the creative industries, such as:

  • Directing or choreographing dance films, screen based installations, advertising, music videos, moving image pieces, and other genres
  • Collaborating with other dance artists for live performances
  • Documenting creative process and live performance, as well as creating trailers and promotional material
  • Producing and curating Dance, Film or Screendance Festivals
  • Embarking on an academic career by pursuing a PhD or a teaching qualification
  • Working within cultural institutions such as broadcasters, theatres, companies, festivals.

The course will nurture innovation and entrepreneurship, by encouraging students to create their own professional opportunities where few exist. Those qualities will be fostered throughout the programme; professional skills are embedded in the curriculum in every module.