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MA/PgDip Dance: Performance and Professional Practices

University of Salford

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Salford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22, SEP-23

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This MA Dance Performance and Professional Practices programme is professionally focused course, co-designed and co-delivered with our industry partner, Joss Arnott Dance (JAD). In this intensive course, your will focus on contemporary dance and contemporary dance performance at the highest level. As part of MA Post Graduate Dance Company, Emergence, you will work with internationally acclaimed choreographers to produce a programme of new performance works each year.

This course addresses the wider needs of the dance professional and includes modules that focus on producing, teaching workshop design and delivery, and practice as research. You’ll also expand on your skills by undertaking Emergence company roles throughout the year in marketing, social media design, production, and rehearsal directing. As part of the tour, you’ll be involved in both production and workshop delivery, giving you a real-world experience of working in the industry.

This prestigious and highly selective programme has industry collaboration at its very heart and mirrors working environments in the creative industries. Join us to expand yourself as a performer, an artist, a collaborator, and a well-rounded dance professional in the thriving cultural scene in Salford and Manchester.

You will:

  • Develop as a performer through opportunities to work with Joss Arnott and Internationally acclaimed choreographers
  • Enhance your ability as both a professional dancer and dance professional, developing your skills as a creative entrepreneur and enabling you to pursue a long-term career in dance
  • Be given the opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and performance scene in Salford and Manchester, and expand your creative horizons with a national tour


As part of this postgraduate dance performance course, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests. Your classes will be based at our New Adelphi Building.

When studying on this course, you’ll learn through a mixture of physical and practical sessions. This could be a practical demonstration in a technique class, or a rehearsal with your company.


If you study a Master’s in dance performance, you’ll be well-positioned to forge a career as a freelance dance artist, a performer within an established dance company, a dance animateur, a creative educator, or an arts administrator.

Studying on this course will equip you with a wide range of transferrable skills that can be used in a variety of roles and industries. You’ll be able to generate, develop and present your ideas to a professional standard, as well as have strong research and evaluation skills, all of which are highly valued by employers.


This Master’s degree in Dance Performance has links with a number of industry bodies, including Joss Arnott Dance, The Lowry and , Company Chameleon


Our annual dance artist-in-residence scheme which has included companies such as Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Kapow Dance Theatre, as well as independent dance artists. As part of this scheme, our dance students benefit from workshops, apprenticeships, performance and project opportunities, mentoring opportunities. Each academic year, we run a range of Masterclasses to devlop your knowledge of the wider dance ecology and to assit you in developing your personal career trajectory. als. Recently, this has included work with artists such as Kerry Nichols, James Wilton Dance, and Gemma Nixon, among many others.

. Students Can also exit with PGDip award.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,400per 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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