Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years

UK fee

£7,200 for the full course or £800 per 20 credits* (2022/23)

International fee

£14,700 for the full course (2022/23)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start date

September

Location

Déda, Derby

Course description

This postgraduate course in Dance and Choreography is a fantastic opportunity for Dance Artists to further their practice and be at the forefront of sector development. The MA is designed to guide and nurture those with a keen interest and skill in choreographing, providing a space in which you can push your creative boundaries and generate new and innovative work. Artists will have the opportunity to tap into regional, national and international networks and have access to an exceptional body of infrastructure and resources. Key areas that will be covered include: 

  • Narrative Development and Dramaturgy – the outside eye
  • Role/involvement of the audience in a work (the fourth wall and when/how/what happens when you break it)
  • The unique challenges of making work for indoor and outdoor contexts
  • Funding landscape and opportunities
  • Partnerships – who to develop them with and how to establish them
  • Developing commissions
  • Basics of health and safety in relation to the field (safe working practices/risk assessments/rigging)

Take a look at the below video and be inspired by this highly practical MA that allows Dance Artists to train, create original work and perform in the professional studios and theatre at Déda.

MA Dance and Choreography students train and perform

View MA Dance and Choreography at Derby video transcript

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I’m really looking forward to owning my skills as a choreographer and dancer and further developing my own identity as an artist. Exploring new ideas and pushing boundaries on this exciting course.

Kyle Spencer
MA Dance and Choreography applicant
Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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What you will study

You will study the below modules:

  • Choreography 1 (40 credits)
  • Advanced Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Choreography 2 (40 credits)
  • Artist as Entrepreneur (20 credits)
  • Major Project: Dissertation OR Performance Piece (60 credits)

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

You will learn in the working environment of Déda, a sector leading organisation for dance and choreography based in Derby city centre. You will learn through creative lab sessions in our dance studios, where you will be able to try out new ideas on your peers, yourselves and others that you choose to work with.

You will be supported by the MA Programme Leader, as well as specialist guest lecturers from the dance sector, including specifically those working with choreography and generating funded performances.

You will be able to create work that will be professionally presented by Déda’s Technical Stage Management Team in the Déda Theatre or at an alternative venue/location as required. This unique opportunity will enable you to work in a professional capacity, providing knowledge and connections for producing work after your MA.

How you are assessed

You will be assessed through a mixture of papers, practical demonstrations, performances and vive voce (oral examination).

Explore Déda's Dance Theatre: 

A 360 look around one of the studios used by our Dance students

People you'll meet

The main members of the teaching team are experienced dance professionals who are still working within the industry. The team are:

  • Alice Marshall: Programme Leader for the course as well as a performer and choreographer. Having worked for companies such as Company Chameleon, Retina Dance company and New Art Club, Alice now choreographs for her own company Adaire to Dance, supported by Déda and Arts Council England. This work often collaborates with Illuminos exploring dance and digital fusion.
  • Liz Foster: Senior Lecturer with years of experience in the dance industry both as a performer and choreographer. Liz has worked as a lead dance artist with various companies including Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet School, Rambert Dance Company and as movement director for performances at the Buxton Festival.

Who will teach you

Alice Marshall

Alice Marshall (Vale)
Programme leader

Choreography is at the core of Alice’s practice, exploring digital projection and dance with her company Adaire to Dance. This research feeds into her teaching on the MA Dance & Choreography and she is committed to training and nurturing the talent of aspiring dance artists.

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Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally hold a first degree of dance.
  • Equivalent experience and achievement will be taken into account for applicants with less formal qualifications. Evidence of equivalence of knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a first degree are required.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is used both to provide evidence of equivalence for entry and as evidence of advanced standing for entry. Applicants can be awarded up to a maximum of 80 RPL credits on proof of articulation with the programme content.
  • Where English is not the first language for international applicants, applicants need to provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. Students, especially those who enter with this minimum score, are encouraged to engage with additional study in order to develop their knowledge and application of academic English.
  • All applicants will be asked to attend an interview with members of the Programme Team which may involve a practical element. The purpose of the interview is to gain a fuller understanding of your particular research interest and reasons for wanting to enrol on the programme, as well as making sure we will be able to support you fully.
  • If you are considering studying this course part-time, please contact us to discuss your options.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees (August 2022 - July 2023)

TypeFull-timePart-time
UK

£7,200 for the full course or £800 per 20 credits*

£800 per 20 credits

International

£14,700 for the full course

N/A

Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

Additional costs and optional extras

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

AwardCredits
Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


UK students

Students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

On-campus courses starting in September 2022 and January 2023 are now closed to new applications from international students due to unprecedented demand. Applications for September 2023 will open in October. If you have any questions, please email askadmissions@derby.ac.uk.

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Careers

Students who complete this programme will be able to produce their own work and have a wider network to allow themselves to further their work as choreographers and dancers.

You will be pioneers in this field and it is therefore anticipated that you will either have your own companies or undertake commissions for work from other parties.

Aside from generating your own work, you will also have the ability to be Creative Directors, Movement Directors and have the chance to produce papers discussing your specific area of choreography.

Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Please also note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, if your course offers fieldtrips, the location of these may change or be cancelled. If this happens, you will be communicated to in advance and we will do our very best to seek out other practical opportunities to ensure your experience is not affected.

The information provided on this page is correct at the time of publication but course content, costs and other individual course details do change from time to time and are updated as often as possible, so please do check these pages again when making your final decision to apply for a course. Any updated course details will also be confirmed to you at application, enrolment and in your offer letter.

Included in your fees
  • Support and guidance from Déda staff
  • Technical support for performances at Déda
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
  • Tickets to see shows at Déda (student deal of £5 per ticket)
  • Dance clothes (£15-£40 per outfit)
Optional costs not included in your fees
  • Props/costumes if needed for your work (£40-£100)

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.