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MA Choreography

1 year 2 years School of Fine and Performing Arts Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Practice is at the heart of the MA Choreography programme at
Lincoln. This studio-based programme focuses on examining, exploring and performing choreographic strategies relevant to your chosen field.

Throughout this Master’s programme you will have the opportunity to explore the theoretical underpinning of your practice. You can be guided through a wealth of contemporary literature in the field of dance, choreography, philosophy and performance, and have the chance to engage in critical debate about your own and others’ practice.

You can benefit from working closely with academics who have extensive professional experience and from our programme of lectures and seminars from visiting artists. Residential trips are designed to provide the opportunity to encounter and engage with the widest possible range of choreographic practice and discussion.

The School’s close links with industry mean you can be introduced to professional dance agencies as a means of establishing your work as a choreographer.

Days Taught

Students on this programme should expect to receive 6 hours of contact time per week and are expected to engage in at least 10 hours of independent self-study per week.

How You Study

The programme is delivered by a professional team of choreographers, practitioners, theoreticians and educators at the University of Lincoln, plus a range of visiting artists. All modules are studio-based and are combined with discussion and seminar sessions. The programme promotes individual and collaborative working practices. You will be expected to engage in an ongoing studio practice in order to experiment with and develop your choreographic practice.

Term 1

  • Facilitating Dance Creation
  • Choreographic Strategies

Term 2

  • Practice as Research Methods
  • Examining Choreography

Term 3

  • Final Projects: Dissertation by Practice

Students can be mentored by academics and practitioners working in the field. This programme can be taken on an individual module basis for continued professional development.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment occurs at the end of each module and consists of the presentation of live works-in-progress, lecture demonstrations, performances, written critical reflection and documentation.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Applicants meeting the criteria will be invited to an interview with the programme leader, a Skype interview can be arranged for international students. A show reel of work will need to be submitted alongside the application in advance of the interview.

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree or relevant professional experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent.

Key Contacts

Tessa Palfrey

+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Choreographic Strategies (Core)

This module is designed to introduce current debates and practices within the realms of choreography which acknowledge the reciprocity and interdependence of theory and practice. The focus of this module is how dance artists use various strategies when presented with problem-solving within choreographic work.

An emphasis throughout the module is on you as producer of your own choreographic development, whilst input from different artists will be an important feature of the module providing opportunities for you to engage with different choreographic perspectives at first hand.

Through the module you will have the opportunity to develop the skills to reflect on the interrelationships between choreographer, performer and audience in a range of choreographic contexts. You will have the chance to develop and explore alternative strategies and processes to interrogate dance material. Throughout this you are expected to reflect on the process of making work and the reception of the resulting product.

Examining Choreography (Core)

This module focuses on student-led research processes and provides students with the opportunity to further examine, experiment with, and reflect on their choreographic practices.

Students will have the opportunity to examine, interpret, adopt and adapt choreographic concepts leading to the re-writing and re-authoring of an iconic choreographic work of their choosing. In order to do this, students are expected to identify and examine the recurring themes and understand their developments within the context of 20th and 21st Century choreography.

Students will generate appropriate methodologies for choreographic development and develop the necessary skills of critical discernment to navigate the re-authoring process.

Facilitating Dance Creation (Core)

This module focuses on providing the chance to develop a critical and reflective understanding of facilitating choreography and ethical implications of facilitative working processes.

You will have the chance to examine and experiment with participatory ways of facilitating the choreographic process as a means of developing creativity and equality. Autocratic and democratic modalities of engaging people as creators and performers of work are designed to lead to discussions around the experience of dance creation.

You can engage with a variety of practices and theories by seminal dance practitioners who have challenged traditional concepts of dance making; in doing so you will have the chance to experiment with your own creative practices and engage in collaboration, debate and reflection.

Final Project (dissertation by practice) (Core)

This is the final module of the MA Choreography programme and successful completion leads to the award of Master of Arts. It is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated research and production, based on an area of their choice. The dissertation should demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives pertinent to students’ practice, to contain a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. A technical competence commensurate to postgraduate standards is also expected. The module is assessed by a negotiated submission of practice and written analysis.

Practice as Research Methods (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of research methods and skills necessary for undertaking a practice-based dissertation as part of their degree. It will be based on a series of seminars, lectures, technical workshops and tutorials that allow the student the chance to develop a written and practice-based prototype or first version of the dissertation submission. The module aims to encourage the production of innovative source materials, plans, conceptual and technical experimentation and research work which maps the subject matter and the formal strategies to be employed.

Special Features

Students have the opportunity to enhance their careers and develop their choreographic skills through this programme’s links with the creative industries.

Career and Personal Development

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

Postgraduate Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses has been introduced in the UK. Find out if you are eligible.

  2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
(including Alumni Scholarship 25% reduction)**
International £15,700
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)**
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £87 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.