Education for the higher educated

Choreography MA

Middlesex University

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MA Choreography focuses on the creation of dance and the contexts in which this takes place in Britain today. On this masters course, you will have the opportunity to investigate one of the fastest growing and most vibrant art forms in the UK today.

Please apply direct to the university. Candidates should complete an application form and submit it with dvd-vhs recording of recent choreographic work.

English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based) 575 or TOEFL (internet based) 90 with specified minimum scores for each component.


Former students follow a range of career pathways and are currently working as choreographers, performers, film-makers, arts education workers, teachers, lecturers amongst others.

The programme has a modular structure and the content covers, among other topics, investigations of choreographic processes; the relationship of choreographic practice to its artistic and social context; and contemporary issues in the performing arts. You have opportunities to develop your own choreographic practice as well as exploring the context for choreographers in Britain today.


The Independent Project has been formulated to be flexible in focus so that if you wish to pursue an analytical inquiry you can do so through purely written study, or you can concentrate on practical choreographic work. This recognition of the importance of both choreographic processes and the analytical understanding of dance creation is fundamental to the growing acknowledgement of choreography as an endeavour encompassing conceptual and critical capabilities.


The MA Choreography programme is studied either full time on two afternoons a week Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm or on a part-time basis, one afternoon a week over a two-year period Thursday from 2pm to 6pm. There is a period of more intensive attendance for ten days in January or February for the Independent Choreographic Research module. It is vital that you maintain an excellent attendance record in order that you can gain full value from the experiential components of the programme. You create and-or write your Independent Project following completion of the taught modules.


Assessment takes a variety of forms as appropriate to a programme which focuses on a synthesis of practical and theoretical knowledge. We may, by agreement, assess your practical work outside of the University's facilities and it may form part of your working practice.


Choreography in Performance 1 (30 Credits) - Optional
The module aims, through study of current choreographic practice, to develop knowledge and understanding of the genres and styles which constitute dance as art in contemporary Britain. The development of students own choreographic work will take place via exploration of choreographic processes, aspects and modes of presentation. The module assumes that the students have knowledge, understanding and experience in the craft of choreography.
Choreography in Performance 2 (30 Credits) - Optional
Current choreographic practice increasingly reflects the permeability of the boundaries between dance forms themselves, as well as increased interactions between other art forms and practices. The modules offer students the opportunity to investigate, through practical exploration, the range, characteristics and choreographic principles of selected dance/theatre genres or media, in order to develop individual approaches to the synergy between them. Study will focus on the commonalities and distinctions between the student s own background and those of another genre or medium e.g. other art forms, non-Western dance forms, digital media, performance contexts.
Contemporary Issues in the Performing Arts (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The focus is on late twentieth and early twenty-first century issues, concentrating initially on the emergence and nature of post modernism and its implications for performance. Other issues in the performing arts are then explored. Students are encouraged to investigate the wider impact and implications of gender roles, stereotypes and associated assumptions and conventions as manifested in the performing arts. Other current developments considered might, for example, include live art, body politics and intercultural performance. The main focus is on current western views and issues; historical and cross-cultural material may be used for comparison and contextualization. The module will enable the student to develop a knowledge and understanding of significant issues and inflections in the performing arts; to relate existing individual expertise and experience to the theoretical and comparative study of the performing arts; and to become confident in the development, articulation and presentation of views and findings in relation to the performing arts.
Critical Perspectives and Choreography (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module aims to enable the student to articulate the relationships between dance and its aesthetic, artistic and cultural contexts, and to be able apply selected analytical and critical perspectives in order to enhance their knowledge, understanding and experience.
Independent Choreographic Research (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module examines the application of skills and methods of independent research in current choreographic practice. The student, by treating the studio as a laboratory of enquiry will engage in research imperatives, and the development of paradigms employed in the practice of choreography. The module will also examine the documentation of research processes, reflective practice, evaluative approaches and the presentation of evidence in relation to those processes.
Independent Project (60 Credits) - Compulsory
This element of the programme allows students to undertake a substantial project that is characteristic of study at this level. The various stages from initial proposal to retrospective evaluation extend into an additional term. The structure of the programme appropriately places this module at the end of the progression from closely directed and supervised study to independent and individually-based work. The module allows students to explore in-depth an area or areas of particular interest which have arisen from previous modules. Students are expected to conceive, manage, create, execute and evaluate a substantial piece of work.


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 15 months
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma