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A Master of Arts, or MA, is a type of master’s degree that students earn after completing a postgraduate program. These programs may require an additional year of two of schooling and may or may not require a thesis or exam before the degree is awarded. The MA typically focuses on humanities subjects as opposed to practical sciences. Whether the program focuses on dance performance, the anth… Read more

A Master of Arts, or MA, is a type of master’s degree that students earn after completing a postgraduate program. These programs may require an additional year of two of schooling and may or may not require a thesis or exam before the degree is awarded. The MA typically focuses on humanities subjects as opposed to practical sciences.

Whether the program focuses on dance performance, the anthropology of dance or the use of this art in a global perspective, there are some common threads. What is an MA in Dance? This program develops a highly creative environment where students are supported and pushed to stretch their limits. Some topics may include entrepreneurial skills, production, choreography, dramaturgy, historical and critical analysis, dance theory, costume design, techniques and the use of digital media. Course work may involve written papers, collaboration with students and professionals, seminars, and workshops.  

Students benefit from a hands-on program with plenty of opportunities to develop and strengthen their use of creativity with skill. As students work through thesis projects and collaborative projects, they have access to talented faculty members and artists from the community. At graduation, students should have built up a useable portfolio and a supportive network with designers, artists and other professionals.

The costs associated with attendance in these programs can vary a great deal, especially as programs are available in a number of schools that lie across international borders. For accurate information regarding tuition and fees, contact the schools individually.

Graduates may go on to become performers, teachers, costume or set designers, choreographers, program coordinators, researchers and performance organizers. Graduates may choose to continue with further postgraduate work or might move directly into one of many competitive job positions. The need for talented and well-rounded professionals in this industry is constantly growing. Those who complete the program will find that they are uniquely qualified for leadership positions throughout their careers.

There are many opportunities waiting for you! Learn more about this exciting industry as you review the schools in the program listing. Fill out lead forms for the schools that are most interesting to you. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Tilburg, Netherlands

This part-time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts i ... +

This part-time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. The programme is designed to support experienced movement makers from a variety of fields while they carry out research into questions initiating from their current practice. -
MA
Part-time
24 months
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatr ... +

Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Bath Spa University
Bath, United Kingdom

Within the context of contemporary movement practice, our postgraduate dance programme has a specialist focus on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. Our Dance degr ... +

Within the context of contemporary movement practice, our postgraduate dance programme has a specialist focus on site, collaboration, and screen-based practice. Our Dance degree offers a creative environment that supports you to explore and develop your specialist practice within an international community of emerging dance artists. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 

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University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom

Practice is at the heart of MA Choreography and Performance Practices at Lincoln. This studio-based programme is designed to attract dance and movement practitioners intereste ... +

Practice is at the heart of MA Choreography and Performance Practices at Lincoln. This studio-based programme is designed to attract dance and movement practitioners interested in dance performance, choreography, facilitation, and research. The programme is designed to directly addresses the changing landscape of contemporary dance and performance by encouraging students to engage with, and challenge, existing ideas and trends. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Arts Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

In the Master’s Program in Dance Pedagogy, art pedagogy is seen as a form of artistic activity where pedagogical questions are ever-present. In the context of art pedagogy, ar ... +

In the Master’s Program in Dance Pedagogy, art pedagogy is seen as a form of artistic activity where pedagogical questions are ever-present. In the context of art pedagogy, art, performance, and teaching are viewed as encounters where aesthetic, ethical, and political phenomena are intertwined. Art and pedagogy feed off each other, which gives rise to change in both. The program consists of advanced studies in the arts, studies in the theory and practices of art pedagogy, research studies, teaching practices, international interaction, and elective studies that support the development of the student’s identity as an art pedagogue. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish, Swedish
Aug 2022
19 Jan 2022
Campus
 
University of Roehampton London
London, United Kingdom

Develop your choreographic identity over two full years as part of a creative, collaborative and supportive environment.

Develop your choreographic identity over two full years as part of a creative, collaborative and supportive environment. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Zurich University of the Arts
Zürich, Switzerland

The Master of Arts in Dance offers two specializations: Choreography, on one hand, Teaching and Coaching Dance Professionals on the other. It builds the choreographic and teac ... +

The Master of Arts in Dance offers two specializations: Choreography, on one hand, Teaching and Coaching Dance Professionals on the other. It builds the choreographic and teaching skills needed to work with dance professionals and to qualify for the relevant professions. Coursework includes choreographic methods, teaching skills, and artistic research with a view to developing an individual artist or teaching profile. The programme promotes interdisciplinary collaboration and helps students to establish a sustainable network within the international field of dance. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, German
Feb 2022
Campus
 
Antioch University
Yellow Springs, USA +4 More

The DMT program presents both nonverbal and verbal approaches, enhanced by training in MFT. Students determine the methods that resonate with their professional identity as da ... +

The DMT program presents both nonverbal and verbal approaches, enhanced by training in MFT. Students determine the methods that resonate with their professional identity as dance/movement therapists and best serve a diverse clientele. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of New Mexico - College of Fine Arts
Albuquerque, USA

The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis in Dance History and Criticism is a two-year program that prepares the student for teaching, practice, and/or pur ... +

The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre and Dance with an emphasis in Dance History and Criticism is a two-year program that prepares the student for teaching, practice, and/or pursuit of a Ph.D.The program develops research skills and an effective scholarly approach to the study of dance. The degree requires a thesis of original research and writing that explores in depth a particular, carefully focused subject related to your area of emphasis. The experience of researching and writing a Master’s thesis is invaluable preparation for the rigors of completing a doctoral dissertation. -
MA
English
 
University of Arts Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

The Master’s Degree Program in Dance Performance is comprised of two years of full-time studies that develop your skills as a performer and as an independent and reflective ar ... +

The Master’s Degree Program in Dance Performance is comprised of two years of full-time studies that develop your skills as a performer and as an independent and reflective artist. After graduating, you will have the preparedness to work in diverse and variable contexts of dance art. You will be able to develop as a solo performer and as an active member of an artistic team. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish
Campus
 
University of Arts Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

The Master’s Degree Program in Choreography is comprised of two years of full-time studies that will help you develop into an independent artist. You will develop your critica ... +

The Master’s Degree Program in Choreography is comprised of two years of full-time studies that will help you develop into an independent artist. You will develop your critical awareness and understanding of the practices and strategies in contemporary choreography and of the interactional relationship between art and society. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English, Finnish
Campus