MA in Dance

Bath Spa University

Program Description

MA in Dance

Bath Spa University


Explore, create and reflect on this flexible MA course, designed to meet your individual interests.

Explore and create choreography for live performance and film.

Develop skills as a dance maker with other students from around the world.

Collaborate with other artists, and learn skills needed to succeed as a professional.

This MA programme focuses on you as both artist and entrepreneur, with a specialist emphasis on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. You’ll mature as a ‘maker of work’ while gaining an understanding of, and an ability to respond to, trends and opportunities in the workplace.

We offer a range of creative opportunities to enhance your dance studies, including the University’s careers specialists. Alongside guidance from your tutors, the dance programme has support from a number of high profile Associate Artists and Industry Specialists who’ll enhance your study experience.


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.

Course structure

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.

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.


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 interdisciplinary practice with a particular emphasis on screen-based, performance making. You’ll be encouraged to draw on other media as part of your creative work, for example, writing, painting, textiles or sound making. 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.

Weekly seminars form the central axis of the course. These are complemented by optional classes including technique; choreography; and research seminars. In addition to these regular sessions, there are one-off events and intensive weekends where you’ll work with tutors and visiting artists.

Bath Spa Live, the University’s production company, provides regular performance events in music, drama, dance, poetry and more. In addition, there are regular open lectures covering, for example, science, video games, literature and globalisation.


Study abroad

You will be given the opportunity to undertake some study from a distance. Previous students have performed or created work in Indonesia, Malta, and China.


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.


We’re looking for dancers and dance makers with a specialist interest in performance; screen-based dance practice; alternative performance spaces; and interdisciplinary work where the texts of dance and one or more other media intersect.

You’ll need a dance-based first degree (2:2 or above) or a relevant professional qualification/experience equivalent.

Interview and portfolio guidance

An applicant's suitability will be assessed through an application statement and a sample of work on video (5 minutes maximum). Applicants will be invited to interview. This can be online through Skype or similar.

Cost & Fees

Year 1 tuition

  • UK/EU students full-time: £7,000 / part-time: £3,500
  • International students full-time: £13,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 29, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
- Tuition fees for 2019-2020 school year are to be published in January 2019.
United Kingdom - Bath, England
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