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MA Dance: Creative Dance Education

University of Salford

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Do you have what it takes to guide and inspire the next generation of dancers? Are you interested in developing your teaching practices with support from industry-leading dance professionals? If so, our master’s in Creative Dance Education could be the perfect next step in your career.

Over three trimesters, you’ll explore the pedagogical approaches, creative practices and professional skills needed to work as a dance professional, community dance practitioner or youth dance leader. On this course, you’ll study practical and theoretical modules and undertake an educational and industry-focused teaching placement. You’ll get an insight into teaching dance in various contexts to suit your ambitions as a dance artist, including formal education, youth dance settings and community dance environments. This programme develops both emerging and experienced dance educators by helping you to identify and support the artistry rooted in dance teaching. You’ll understand the role of choreography in teaching and explore the creative elements involved in being a dance educator.

For dance educators at any stage in your career, this course will support you in developing your creative practice and deepening your abilities to support your students.

This master’s in choreography is designed to work with the rhythm of the professional field of dance, allowing you to continue to work on professional projects alongside your studies. For established choreographers, the part-time option enables you to develop a new professional project as part of your modules, allowing you to develop your professional practice alongside your studies.

You will:

  • Practice in a creative university with leading industry partnerships, including relationships with Arts Council England in talent development, OneDanceUK, and many regional youth dance companies.
  • Combine theoretical modules with real-world industry placements to develop yourself fully as a dance educator.
  • Graduate with a portfolio of work and experience that you can use in your wider career.


This programme has links with a number of industry bodies, including Joss Arnott Dance, The Lowry and Company Chameleon.

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, as well as mentoring opportunities to our dance students. We also hold intensive masterclasses each academic year, hosting a range of national and international dance artists to work with our under- and postgraduate dance students. This recently included working with choreographers Phoenix Dance and Company Chameleon, among many others.

Students can also exit with PGDip and PGCert.

Tuition fees

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£ 15,345per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Salford

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  • Campus address

    University of Salford, The Crescent, Salford, Manchester, M5 4WT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    60th out of 102 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    133 71%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    47.0 47%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%



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