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Master of Art Programs in Dance

Compare 6 Masters of Arts in Dance

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.

6 Results in Dance

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 2019 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 in Professional Practice Dance Technique Pedagogy

Middlesex University London
Campus Part-time 1 - 2 years October 2019 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.


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.


Master of Arts in Dance

Zurich University of the Arts
Campus Full-time 2 years February 2020 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.


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.


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.