Taught course

Dance Philosophy and History

Institution
University of Roehampton · Department of Dance
Qualifications
MA

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Entry requirements

Applicants with a 2:2 or better at undergraduate level will be accepted. Some professional experience is preferred.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Taught by leading experts in a truly international study environment, this MA will engage you in critical explorations of the philosophical and historical frameworks which underpin dance study and practice.

Our exciting programme draws on different branches of philosophy, including the continental and analytic schools, a range of approaches to dance history, and contemporary critical theory. It will introduce you to key areas of study such as aesthetics, the ethics of dance, phenomenology, restaging and re-enactment, questions of authenticity, and dance as cultural history, with theorists ranging from Descartes to Foucault among others. The programme will also equip you with transferable skills across the arts and humanities.

The degree includes a research methods module entitled Ways of Knowing, which is taken by all Dance master's students, the core module History, Philosophy and Dance, which is taught in a small bespoke group, and a dissertation module. Flexibility is built into the programme, allowing you to choose additional optional units to suit your needs and interests.

The School is home to the internationally recognised Centre for Dance Research, which explores dance as a key form of cultural and artistic expression in theatre performance and beyond. The Centre fosters a compelling research culture through seminars, forums and conferences involving staff and international guests.

We offer superb studios and a theatre for dance students and have excellent links with dance companies and creative organisations. A green retreat in south-west London, the campus is within easy reach of central London's vibrant dance scene and cultural attractions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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Email
Info@roehampton.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 8392 3000