Taught course

Choreography by Independent Research

University of Chichester · Dance

Entry requirements

Dance or Arts degree - 2:2 or above OR Any other degree or relevant professional experience or an academic qualification equivalent to a degree, plus relevant professional experience

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The M.A Choreography by Independent Research degree offers Higher Education study to professionals who may not wish to engage with a taught programme of study but seek to validate their independent choreographic research through accreditation of prior standing and through the completion of a Reflective practice module (this can be taught flexible through evening and or weekend sessions) and a Dissertation project.

The programme will be of interest to established and mid-career artists both regionally, nationally and internationally for whom flexibility of study is of key importance.

For further information please contact Vicky Hunter: v.hunter@chi.ac.uk

The fees for 2016 are: £8805.00

A portfolio needs to be presented along with your application form and references. This should consist of the following (as an indication):

Your prior experience (prior standing) as a dance maker will be assessed through the submission of a portfolio and a written essay. The portfolio will be in the form of an extended curriculum vitae with supplementary materials (i.e video evidences, reviews, images, web site and or digital archive materials) that evidence the following:

1.The Portfolio will include:

Three years of professional choreographic experience

Evidence of choreographic productions/presentations

Evidence of funding/commissions from recognizable industry bodies (i.e. ACE, Welcome, Leverhulme, Nesta etc.)

Evidence of engagement with Continuing Professional Development opportunities

Evidence of professional reviews/endorsements of your work

Link to website and or online examples of dance works

2. The Written essay will include:

A written draft proposal for a possible choreographic research project of at least 1,500 words and should include Harvard Referencing and a full bibliography.

Our facilities

At Chichester, we teach in small groups and pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we have created for our students. The Dance courses are delivered on our Bishop Otter Campus where the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is the hub of your learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources with dedicated areas for silent work or group study, while on the ground floor you will find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. There are over 130 open access PC workstations, 45 Apple IMacs and ample printing and media facilities. A state-of-the-art wireless network offers fast internet as well as access to all our online resources. You will also have a dedicated subject librarian who will be available to help you access all the library resources you need for your course, both on the shelves and online.

Our Dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

Where this can take you

The MA in Choreography and Professional Practices will equip you for a range of careers in choreography, performing arts, dance development, arts administration, performance, teaching or dance research.

It will also prepare you for further study i.e. PhD or professionally-related qualifications.

Indicative modules

  • Choreographic Practices
  • Artist as Producer
  • Dissertation (practical and written components)
  • Optional Modules
  • Choose one from
  • New Media and Performance Practices
  • The Body in Site distance learning module over the summer period
  • Technique for Performance
  • Writing and Performance
  • Performing Politics

Teaching assessment

Through the assessment and accreditation of professional experience assessed through portfolio presentation and the completion of a Reflective Practice (30 credits) and a Dissertation module (60 credits), the programme addresses the needs of mature learners and professional dance artists who seek to extend and develop their choreographic practice and professional learning through Masters study.

Assessment of prior standing will be achieved through the presentation of portfolio material and through a formal lecture-demonstration presentation (this can be live on BOC campus or via a video or web link). Dissertation supervision will draw on existing staff research expertise and can be delivered through a combination of face-to face tutorials, Skype, and email correspondence.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Vicky Hunter