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Choreography
Postgraduate course
MA

Choreography

Top image Rachel Krische in the 'The Swimmer'. Photo copyright: Chris Nash.
International Scholarships available

Overview

Whether you are an established choreographer intent on refining and hot-housing your practice, a dance artist looking to retrain or a recent graduate from a performance-related subject, this course will give you the opportunity to find new and innovative ways to produce exciting choreography.

A range of modules will enable you to create a bespoke programme of study through which you will explore your artistic interests and make several new pieces of choreography. You will engage with the latest academic research and insights and learn how to apply this to real-world situations, developing the skills to respond to a brief, curate inventive work for festivals and events, and to collaborate on or initiate interdisciplinary and experimental projects.

You will explore traditional and alternative settings for dance and performance, from the studio and theatre to galleries and museums. You will have the opportunity to work with community groups, using participatory, immersive and specialised collaborative approaches to develop new choreographic methods.

You will share ideas and experiences with fellow students from a range of backgrounds, collaborating, critiquing and engaging with each other's choreographic identity.

Leeds Dance Partnership

We are members of the Leeds Dance Partnership. The partnership has a vision for Leeds to become an international centre for dance. The other members are Northern Ballet, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Gary Clarke Company, ProDanceLeeds, DAZL, RJC Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds City College and Leeds Playhouse. The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts is leading on research for the partnership, coordinated by Senior Lecturer in Dance, Rachel Krische. Find out more about the partnership on the Northern Ballet website.

*Source: Leeds City of Dance
You will be taught by a small, dedicated dance team of industry professionals who perform, create and write alongside teaching. They are engaged with leading choreographers, dance companies and festivals nationally and internationally, and their insights will feed into your learning. Professional curators, producers, choreographers and dramaturgs will be invited to share their experiences and inspire your learning.

You will have access to our dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus, as well as studios at Northern Ballet and Yorkshire Dance. All of these spaces are of a professional standard and will allow you to explore working in a range of settings and atmospheres. We will also encourage you to explore alternative spaces such as galleries, museums and the outdoors as venues for your work.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

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Entry Requirements

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Dance, Performance, Physical Theatre or Performing Arts, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training from professional practice within the dance, arts or cultural industries. We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone and will be required to submit a video link to examples of their artistic/choreographic practice. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements


Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Dance, Performance, Physical Theatre or Performing Arts, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training from professional practice within the dance, arts or cultural industries. We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based overseas will be supported to undertake this electronically and/or by telephone and will be required to submit a video link to examples of their artistic/choreographic practice. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Ellie Harrison

Careers

Teaching and learning

This module will introduce you to the notions of choreographic research at masters level and prepare you for the rest of your course. You will discover some key frameworks and principles for approaching choreographic research, enabling you to develop autonomy and self-direction in your practice and research.

Engage with the professional model of responding to a commission. You will be presented with a range of mini/micro choreographic commissions, each posing a number of aesthetic, formal, conceptual or pragmatic challenges, and asked to produce imaginative and innovative responses to these commissions.

Further develop the thinking and practices introduced in the Research & Development and Commission modules as you enhance your ability to interrogate reflectively in and on the creative development of your own choreographic ideas. You will employ dramaturgical strategies to open up your own and others material and thinking.

The culmination of your learning, the major project will give you the opportunity to design and fulfil a choreographic research project and to realise a finished piece of work (or series of works) which will be performed publicly in a festival of work from the MA Choreography course.

This module will give you the opportunity to work closely with an established and professional choreographic artist, establishing a mentor-mentee relationship. Through this relationship a professional working environment will be established where your choreographic practice is developed further through workshops, showings of work and critical discussions.

Study choreographic practices that have been characterised as sitting within what has been called the 'Expanded Field'. This includes a study of conceptual and post-conceptual dance practices and the notion of choreographic propositions existing in a wider context to include multiple formats and expressions, experimental and interdisciplinary practices.

Your opportunity to make work in and/or with a community, this module will focus on the use of models of socially engaged practice, including critical consideration of participatory practice. You will consider the political and ethical questions that may arise through this practice such as authenticity, empowerment and activism.

This module enables you to explore and critique the political and cultural contexts of important national and international dance festivals. You will witness a range of international choreographic works, and participate in talks and master classes, as a way of contextualising the work. You can use your own experiences as a tool to inform your critique. As part of the module, you will attend an international dance festival.

In response to the professional standards of the industry this module addresses the ways in which choreographers can share and develop their practice as teachers and the skills required to do this effectively, with the aim of giving you the confidence and skills to pursue teaching as part of your professional practice.

Foster your skills in improvisation as a performed choreographic practice. You will study and train in improvisational methods and skills in a range of frameworks of practice, including ensemble practice, performer/maker, director/facilitator and as collaborator.

Leeds Beckett University
Beth Cassani
Senior Lecturer
An independent choreographer, Beth is a specialist in contemporary practices and in mentoring emerging artists. Beth has created commissioned work for Scottish Dance Theatre and Company Chameleon. She has taught company class for DV8, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Swedish Dance Theatre amongst others. Her awards include a National Critics’ Choice award, a Herald Angels award and the Peter Darrell Choreographic Award.
Watching choreographers push their ideas and challenge their practice as postgraduate students is fascinating and exciting. I feel privileged to be directly involved in fostering choreographic talent and supporting the critical development of the artists who will shape the choreography of the future.
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Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £7500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies.

MA Choreography

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Study materials

    We provide all core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake. Any costume or props that you may need are also purchased by the department.

    Additional costs
    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for their travel expenses to and from that placement.

    Course-specific optional costs

  • Educational visits: Travel, accommodation and subsistence (varied costs) for optional trips. When attendance is compulsory, travel, accommodation and tickets will be paid for by the department.
  • If you decide to take up a placement where a DBS is required, the department will pay for this.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £13000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

MA Choreography

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Study materials

    We provide all core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake. Any costume or props that you may need are also purchased by the department.

    Additional costs
    In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

    Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for their travel expenses to and from that placement.

    Course-specific optional costs

  • Educational visits: Travel, accommodation and subsistence (varied costs) for optional trips. When attendance is compulsory, travel, accommodation and tickets will be paid for by the department.
  • If you decide to take up a placement where a DBS is required, the department will pay for this.

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.


Facilities

  • Beckett dance studios
    Beckett dance studios

    Our Leeds Beckett performance spaces include dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus.

  • Yorkshire Dance studios
    Yorkshire Dance studios

    You will also work in the dance studios at Yorkshire Dance, based in the centre of Leeds.

  • Northern Ballet studios
    Northern Ballet studios

    As a choreography student, you will work alongside two professional dance companies and benefit from the facilities at Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre's centre for dance.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

City Campus

City Campus

It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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