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MA Dance: Choreography and Professional Practices

University of Salford

This programme explores the art and craft of choreography, as well as the wider professional demands of a choreographer, such as skills in producing and pedagogy. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make work in professional contexts, creating dance as a dance maker, devisor and collaborator.

This programme takes the focus of a choreographer as both an artist and a creative entrepreneur, exploring the creative practices innate in dance making and the concentric circle of work related to choreography as a ‘portfolio career’. We explore the importance of creative collaboration, exploring interdisciplinary work and embedding an industry placement into the development of the students’ final choreographic project.

The course is also designed to work with the rhythm of the professional field of dance and allow you to integrate your professional work with postgraduate study. Final choreographic works will be co-produced in a festival each September and framed to be developed further in professional contexts beyond the MA course. For established choreographers, the part-time mode of study enables you to embed the development of a new professional project into the MA study, enabling you to deepen and inform your professional practice at the same time.

You will:

  • learn as part of a creative university with leading industry partnerships, including an artist-in-residence programme, relationships with Arts Council England and leading venues such as HOME and The Lowry. An industry placement is an integral part of this programme and will allow you to benefit from these partnerships
  • develop as both professional dancer and dance professional, enabling you to pursue a sustainable career in their field
  • work with choreographers at all stages of their careers, offering full and part-time models that can be integrated with professional choreographic projects

Find out more by signing up to our upcoming Open Day, or if you have any general questions please contact course enquiries.

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Graduates will be able to work in a range of environments within the cultural sector.

Graduates of this programme would be well-positioned to pursue practice-based MPhil/PhDs, which would build on and further develop the work established within this MA.


This programme has links with a number of industry bodies, including:

  • Joss Arnott Dance
  • The Lowry
  • HOME
  • Dance Manchester
  • Ludus Dance

In addition, we have an annual dance artist-in-residence scheme which has engaged with companies such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Kapow Dance Theatre, along with many independent dance artists. These schemes bring workshops, apprenticeships, performance and project opportunities, mentoring opportunities to our dance students. In addition, we hold two intensive masterclass weeks each academic year, hosting a range of national and international dance artists to work with our under- and postgraduate dance students, recently including work with choreographers Gary Clarke and Gemma Nixon, among many others.

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
1 year


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time