Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CHOREOMA

MA Choreography and Performance Practices

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios, and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

CHOREOMA

Teaching and Learning During COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic has meant that at Lincoln we are making changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience here at Lincoln.

From autumn 2020 our aim is to provide an on-campus learning experience. Our intention is that teaching will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face and online sessions. There will be social activities in place for students - all in line with appropriate social distancing and fully adhering to any changes in government guidance as our students' safety is our primary concern.

We want to ensure that your Lincoln experience is as positive, exciting and enjoyable as possible as you embark on the next phase of your life. COVID-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the Lincoln experience. It has challenged us to find innovative new approaches to supporting students' learning and social interactions. These learning experiences, which blend digital and face-to-face, will be vital in helping to prepare our students for a 21st Century workplace.

Of course at Lincoln, personal tutoring is key to our delivery, providing every student with a dedicated tutor to support them throughout their time here at the University. Smaller class sizes mean our academic staff can engage with each student as an individual, and work with them to enhance their strengths. In this environment we hope that students have more opportunities for discussion and engagement and get to know each other better.

Course learning outcomes are vital to prepare you for your future and we aim to utilise this mix of face-to-face and online teaching to deliver these. Students benefit from and enjoy fieldtrips and placements and, whilst it is currently hard to predict the availability of these, we are working hard and with partners and will aspire to offer these wherever possible - obviously in compliance with whatever government guidance is in place at the time.

We are utilising a range of different digital tools for teaching including our dedicated online managed learning environment. All lectures for larger groups will be delivered online using interactive software and a range of different formats. We aim to make every contact count and seminars and small group sessions will maximise face-to-face interaction. Practicals, workshops, studio sessions and performance-based sessions are planned to be delivered face-to-face, in a socially distanced way with appropriate PPE.

The University of Lincoln is a top 20 TEF Gold University and we have won awards for our approach to teaching and learning, our partnerships and industry links, and the opportunities these provide for our students. Our aim is that our online and socially distanced delivery during this COVID-19 pandemic is engaging and that students can interact with their tutors and each other and contribute to our academic community.

As and when restrictions start to lift, we aim to deliver an increasing amount of face-to-face teaching and external engagements, depending on each course. Safety will continue to be our primary focus and we will respond to any changing circumstances as they arise to ensure our community is supported. More information about the specific approaches for each course will be shared when teaching starts.

Of course as you start a new academic year it will be challenging but we will be working with you every step of the way. For all our students new and established, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant community this Autumn. If you have any questions please visit our FAQs or contact us on 01522 886644.

Tessa Palfrey - Programme Leader

Tessa Palfrey - Programme Leader

Tessa Palfrey is a Lecturer in the College of Arts and Programme Leader for MA Choreography and Performance Practices.

School Staff List Make an Enquiry

Welcome to MA Choreography and Performance Practices

Practice is at the heart of MA Choreography and Performance Practices at Lincoln. This studio-based programme is designed to attract dance and movement practitioners interested in dance performance, choreography, facilitation, and research. The programme is designed to directly addresses the changing landscape of contemporary dance and performance by encouraging students to engage with, and challenge, existing ideas and trends.

Students can benefit from guidance through the process of examining and exploring choreographic strategies relevant to their chosen fields, and work towards creating and performing professional-level dance performance works. The programme aims to enable students to enhance their skills as professional artists, and offers the opportunity to explore the qualities needed for a multi-faceted career in dance by exploring facilitation in a variety of contexts.

Throughout the course, students have opportunities to explore the theoretical underpinning of their practice. Our academic staff can guide students through a wealth of contemporary literature in the field of dance, choreography, philosophy, and performance, and students may engage in critical debate about their own and other students' practice.

In keeping with the drive within contemporary industry and scholarship towards collaboration and interdisciplinary research, this course is designed to incorporate specialisms from adjacent disciplines within the School of Fine and Performing Arts, including theatre, music, fine art, and musical theatre. Students can benefit from working closely with academics who have extensive professional experience, and from our programme of lectures and seminars from visiting artists.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts has close links with industry meaning students may be introduced to professional dance partnerships as a means of establishing their work as innovative and skilled dance artists.

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.

Students will be expected to engage in an ongoing studio practice in order to experiment with and develop their choreographic and performance practice. They 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. Please contact the programme leader for further information.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

Find out More

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This is the final module of the MA Choreography programme and successful completion leads to the award of Master of Arts. The module is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue self-initiated research and production, based on an area of their choice. The final project should demonstrate an understanding of theoretical perspectives relevant to students’ practice, contain a coherent implementation of research methodology and pre-production planning, and show evidence of original research. The module is assessed by a negotiated submission of practice and written analysis/presentation, or a fully written dissertation.

Module Overview

This module offers the opportunity to develop and explore the working practice of the technical skills and knowledge required for advanced dance creation and performance. Students can work intensively with a choreographer to develop an ensemble dance performance. Students are exposed to professional working practices and may be given the opportunity to take on further roles typically found within a small scale touring company. Students can participate in weekly technique classes aimed at the continuous development of technical performance. The module works alongside ‘Artist as Researcher’ and ‘Artist as Facilitator’ to prepare students for work as a dance industry professional, which may include freelance performer, rehearsal director, or choreographer.

Module Overview

This module encourages students to consider methods of leading and facilitating dance in different contexts. There is a strong pedagogical focus as well as opportunities to share and refine innovative methodologies for 21st Century learning. Students will be given the opportunity to design and facilitate workshops for specific contexts, whilst engaging with a variety of practices and theories by seminal dance practitioners that have challenged traditional concepts of performance and choreography. This module runs alongside Performance and Collaboration and aims to prepare students for work as freelance practitioners and facilitators.

Module Overview

This module allows students to explore their own independent research interests. Students can develop the practical skills necessary to implement a research style for performance, production, and written material. The module directly addresses the interrelationship between theory and practice, and students are asked to consider their own interests and projects in relation to current research frameworks and methodologies. Students can explore the journey from designing and implementing a research project, to presentation/publication. The module spreads across two terms and works alongside other modules to prepare students for work in the fields of education, research, and choreography.

Module Overview

This module focuses on students’ individual development as a choreographer and creative practitioner. Students will be introduced to a range of choreographic strategies and encouraged to locate their practice in the current contemporary dance landscape. The module promotes critical feedback between peers, and encourages an appreciation of choreography as a continuous creative process. The module culminates in a choreographic work which may be presented at a public showcase in the LPAC theatre.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course students 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 students 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 the fee. Where these are optional, students will normally be required to pay their own transport, accommodation, and general living costs.

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

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent professional experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

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 15 hours of independent self-study per week.

Interviews and Applicant Days

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

Career and Personal Development

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.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

Find out More

Related Courses

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.
-->