Taught course

Performance: Dance

University of Chichester · Dance

Entry requirements

Dance or Arts degree - 2:2 or Any other degree or relevant professional experience or An academic qualification equivalent to a degree plus relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

Student on the Performers’ pathway join mapdance company (Artistic Directors, Yael Flexer and Detta Howe). Working intensively with international guest choreographers, students develop their technical and performance skills and deepen their understanding of the creative process. mapdance operates as a professional company with daily technique classes and rehearsals. From mid-Feb to May the company tours nationally and internationally whilst also offering educational workshops. Choreographers have included Shobana Jeyasingh, Ben Wright, Nik Haffner (Ex-Forsythe), Liz Aggiss, Nigel Charnock, Matteo Fargion, Saju Hari, Keira Martin,Charlie Morrisey, Jorge Crecis and Yael Flexer. The 2013/14 Repertory is being created with Liz Aggiss, Kerry Nicholls, Gary Clarke and Hagit Bar together with the re-staging of Yael Flexer’s Undoing ‘Undone’.

Students taking the Independent Researchers’ pathway develop their knowledge and skills through a wide range of creative and theoretical options to produce a project of their own. Emphasising the link between practice and theory, this will centre on a creative initiative such as the production of a film, choreography or a lecture demonstration, and is tailor made to suit individuals. In each case students write a paper expanding on the process involved – alternatively they may focus on a purely theorist written project. Students work with guidance from a supervisor and attend group seminars. Recent independent projects have focused on choreographic practices for secondary school students; an investigation into Kurt Jooss’s Green Table and questions of authenticity, a solo work exploring Strindberg’s The Stronger and a study on Dyslexia in dance students.

The Performers and independent researchers’ pathways operate in the context of a professional performance programme and a series of presentations by visiting artists and researchers, for example Siobhan Davies, Liz Aggiss, Lucy Cash, Guy Dartnell. Practice is also developed through a module entitled Reflective Practice that leads students towards a deepened understanding of Practice as Research. Guest lecturers on the MA have included practitioners and curators all working at the edges of dance research – Rosie Lee, choreographer and video artist, Mark Jeffery, Performer (Goat Island), curator and maker, Lea Anderson and Scott Smith.

Duration of Course

Normally 14 months full time (September 2015 – November 2016)

Core Subjects

Reflective Practice

Repertory (Performers and choreographers routes only)

Techniques for Performance – see option below – is compulsory for all taking the Repertory module

Independent Research Project (Independent researchers route only)

Compositional Practice (Choreography route only)

Dissertation (all routes)

Optional Subjects

We offer 1 optional module per year for Independent Researchers and Choreographers from the following programme:

New Media and Performance Practices

Dance Writing & Criticism

Why this course?

The MA Performance: Dance enables you to develop your dance practice in a university context; as a performer or choreographer in the university’s touring performance company or as an independent researcher, individually or in collaboration with other artists. There are also opportunities to engage with cutting edge research into interactive technologies and to market yourself professionally as an artist using DVD and website technologies.

Contact Details:

Administrator: Sue Francis

Email: s.francis@chi.ac.uk

Home/EU Fees 2016

MA Performance Dance - Full Time including dissertation £12,540.00

Independent Research £8550.00

Alumni Discount 10% for students applying within five years of completion of an undergraduate course at Chichester.

Overseas fees 2016 are £14,040.00

For further information please download these documents for the application process:


Reference Form for Postgraduate Study


University of Chichester Application Form


For further information on the course please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/dance/postgraduates.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
14 months

Course contact details

Sue Francis
01243 816474