Master of Art Programs in Dance

Compare 7 Masters of Arts in Dance

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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 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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Master of Arts in Dance

Zurich University of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years February 2019 Switzerland Zürich

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. [+]

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.

The Master Dance, Choreography programme equips students to work as choreographers in the field of professional stage dance.... [-]


MA in Dance

Bath Spa University
Campus Full time 1 year September 2019 United Kingdom Bath

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Master in Choreography

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Campus Part time 24 months September 2019 Netherlands Tilburg

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 program is designed to support experienced movement makers from a variety of fields while they carry out research into questions initiating from their current practice. [+]

Programme in brief

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. The course occurs within a learning environment that exposes students to a broad range of approaches, movement disciplines and creative domains while supporting them in retaining connections with their own working field. Students are co-creators of the course and will be responsible for shaping the content of particular assignments and for creating a productive learning cohort with their peers. The course is carried out in 2-week intensives that take place 3 times a year at either the campus of Codarts in Rotterdam or Fontys in Tilburg, both of which have full dance, theoretical and circus facilities.... [-]


Master in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Utrecht University
Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2019 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

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. [+]

Dive into expanding theatre and dance and interdisciplinary dramaturgy

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. Theories and concepts derived from the performing arts are progressively deployed in cultural theory and (social) science. Such a field in transition demands an approach that studies theatre and dance as intermedial and interdisciplinary phenomena and addresses the interrelationships of these phenomena, the audience, and the socio-cultural context.... [-]


Master in Choreography

University of Lincoln
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years August 2019 United Kingdom Boston + 1 more

Practice is at the heart of the MA Choreography programme at Lincoln. This studio-based programme focuses on examining, exploring and performing choreographic strategies relevant to your chosen field. [+]

The Course

Throughout this Master’s programme, you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical underpinning of your practice. You can be guided through a wealth of contemporary literature in the field of dance, choreography, philosophy, and performance, and have the chance to engage in critical debate about your own and others’ practice.

You can benefit from working closely with academics who have extensive professional experience and from our programme of lectures and seminars from visiting artists. Residential trips are designed to provide the opportunity to encounter and engage with the widest possible range of choreographic practice and discussion.

The School’s close links with industry mean you can be introduced to professional dance agencies as a means of establishing your work as a choreographer.... [-]


MA in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy

Middlesex University London
Campus Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 1 more

The MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy is a highly flexible postgraduate qualification designed for newly qualified or experienced dance teachers working in and beyond schools. This is a low residency programme using online/distance learning, with the opportunity to visit Middlesex University's London campus. The programme has been developed especially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional expertise with academic learning. [+]

Why study MA Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy at Middlesex?

As one of the top universities in the UK for dance, we are recognised worldwide for our high calibre of teaching and innovative research. Our department's student satisfaction rating is one of the best in the UK at 94% (NSS, 2013), with academics who are renowned experts in their fields. It is this level of excellence and pioneering approach to the subject of dance that led us to develop the MA Professional Practice in Dance Technique Pedagogy, the first course of its kind in the UK.

Designed to allow you to explore your teaching practice in depth, our course takes dance professionals in the early, middle or later stages of their career and harnesses their experience so that they can evolve their teaching practice with expert guidance from some of the UK's leading dance academics and practitioners.... [-]


MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Pioneering programmes aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement directing and teaching. Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify, people who work with actors, or practitioners from sport or holistic practice who want to enhance their understanding of practical/theoretical interfaces regarding movement in contemporary performance. [+]

MA/MFA Movement: Directing and Teaching Overview

Pioneering programmes aimed at performance and movement practitioners interested in movement directing and teaching. Students may be actors or dancers who want to diversify, people who work with actors, or practitioners from sport or holistic practice who want to enhance their understanding of practical/theoretical interfaces regarding movement in contemporary performance.

About the course

These courses offer specialist, vocational teaching in the field of movement for actors and production practice for movement directors. Bespoke movement placements at Central and in other professional theatre settings, such as other conservatoires, or theatre, opera or film organisations (both in Britain and internationally), are a key part of the course.... [-]