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Performance: Dance (mapdance) MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

The MA Performance Dance has grown from a longstanding tradition of postgraduate study in dance at Chichester. Offering dance graduates as well as dance artists, at different stages of their artistic lives, the chance to undertake a Masters Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in the UK’s leading Practice as Research department. The programme enables students to develop their dance practice as a performer working intensively with a wide variety of established and up and coming international choreographers and performing with the University’s touring performance company: mapdance. Assessment Techniques for Performance is continuous, that is process based. Similarly the Repertory module is continuously assessed however the assessment is comprised by marks given by guest choreographers during the creation process and marks given by both Artistic Directors in rehearsal and on tour assessing both process and performance. This course is suitable for you if you are a recent graduate or a dance artist who wishes to extend their technical and performance skills (and have completed a recognised BA degree). It will offer you: an opportunity to work with international established and up and coming choreographers reflect on your professional practice and prior training; intensive technical training through a variety of contemporary techniques, Pilates, contact improvisation and Ballet; an opportunity to tour the repertoire across the UK and internationally; an opportunity to develop your teaching skills within the context of a touring company; time to deepen your understanding of your professional skills through practice, research and scholarship; professional Development; deepening your ability to articulate what you do in written and spoken form; a stepping-stone toward PhD study.

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Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The repertory module: mapdance encompasses intensive creation periods with international guest choreographer. Students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen understanding of the creative process through experiencing varied choreographic methodologies and artistic approaches. Operating as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals, the creation periods begin in Sept through to February. From mid-February to May, the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Alumni Discount 15&

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold the equivalent of a good honours degree (2.1 or above) from a recognised university and students who have completed a 'top-up' degree at a UK university. And also accepting HND level qualifications if students have: relevant and substantial professional work experience and/or qualifications; completed a recognised pre-masters or graduate diploma in a relevant subject.

University information

The University of Chichester has two campuses: one in the centre of Chichester, a charming and historic town, and the other close to the sea in Bognor Regis. This year the University celebrates its 180th year of teaching and research excellence. As a silver-rated institution by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the University is recognized as delivering high quality teaching and learning for students. They actively embrace the unique...more