Type: Postgraduate

Qualification: MA Dance & Creative Enterprise

Duration: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time). Full time course: 11 September 2017 - 24th August 2018.

Validated by: University of Kent

Our MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise enables dance graduates and professionals at varying stages of their careers to evolve and advance their artistic practice, whilst gaining further understanding of its value as a creative enterprise.

At NSCD we believe dance artists in the 21st Century need to understand the ‘business’ of dance.

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Course overview

This programme enables dance graduates and professionals to gain a broader perspective on the arts sector, realise their ideas and find a potential market for their work. This course will encourage further development as a creative artist through its use of individual and collaborative approaches to arts practice and entrepreneurship. This MA explores artistic principles and theoretical concepts closely related to the art form, as well as the practices of project management, funding within the arts, audience engagement, publicity and marketing (including digital technologies). Alongside the creation and performance of work during the course, which can be individually led, focus will be given to developing academic and entrepreneurial skills by framing work as a collective, with guidance from some of the UK’s leading dance academics and practitioners, in both the art and business of dance.

The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for either 15 or 30 academic level 7 credits, with the final major research project being worth 60 credits.  Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10-20 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study, directed study and assessment activity. Students on this programme take modules worth 60 credits per term. All students take a total of 180 credits for the MA as a whole.

Entry requirements

Entry is through a remote online application via the submission of a show reel, written piece of work and an online skype interview. The MA in Dance & Creative Enterprise is open to graduates of two/three year dance training programmes at higher education level, who would therefore usually be 21+ years of age, or to dance artists with some professional experience and equivalent vocational dance training at an appropriate level.

Application to MA DaCE welcomes remote applications from EU, EEA and International applicants

Please note: This course is for independent artists or dance graduates who are looking to shift their focus from performance to becoming the creative independent artist / producer. 

Fifty percent of this programme focuses on business, funding and marketing skills development, the other fifty is focused on developing your voice as artist and maker, for this reason it is very different to our other MA Programmes (Verve / PAS) where performance is their sole focus.

What will I study?

Students will take modules worth a total of 180 credits at level 7. Our teaching is informed by research, and module content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.

  • Dance Techniques or Creative Modes of Enquiry (15 credit option choice)
  • Dance Professional Practice (Placement or project) (30 credits) option module
  • Dance Research & Perspectives in Practice (30 credits) Compulsory module
  • Arts Project Management (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Funding for the Arts (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Digital representation and marketing (15 credits) Compulsory module
  • Final Major Research project (Dissertation) 60 credits

Teaching and learning

You are taught through a combination of practical classes and workshops, lectures and seminars. Seminars and small group tutorials enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in smaller groups. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your academic tutors. You use industry-standard facilities throughout your course.

At level 7 (as a guide) you typically have around 26 contact hours per week, typically consisting of:

  • approx. 18 hours of practical classes or workshops
  • 2 hours of seminars /tutorials
  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours directed study


When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, filming and editing video work, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for assessments. Students use independent study time for using the gym and attending / having rehearsals. Students also access studios in their own time to continue practical work as a movement ‘jam’ session. Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, studios, video edit suite, Gymnasium, Pilates equipment, online access to NSCD VLE and access to the Riley theatre.

Assessment and Feedback

NSCD employs a wide variety of assessment methods including formative, continuous and summative assessment.

Assessment evidence is collected through:

  • Continuous and summative assessments in technique modules, creative and performance modules
  • Assessed rehearsal processes
  • Showings of performance, choreographic work, improvisation & movement research
  • Lecture demonstrations
  • Written essays and dissertations
  • Written /verbal project reports and evaluations / reflections
  • Individual and small group verbal presentations
  • Observation of teaching practice
  • Viva Voce
  • Digital website creation

Students receive ongoing feedback in all classes and through the tutorial system in which professional and academic development are considered and evaluated. Achievement is measured against module assessment criteria and in accordance with programme and module learning outcomes. Students must meet the specific attendance requirements for the Programme.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 26 hours per week, on top of this independent learning which is expected to be at least 3 hours per module, rehearsals / placement (varies) and assessment activity with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 32 hours. While your actual contact hours may depend varying aspects of delivery e.g. intensive rehearsal period or placement, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

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NSCD Value for money

Based on a comparison with other HE Dance degrees of the same price, NSCD are devoted to the experience we give our students and to what we try to offer them as ‘value added’ for their course fees:

  • A full term extra of tuition (May-August) including classes, support and guidance
  • On average more contact hours per week  (creative workshops and technique classes)


  • Enrichment classes are offered in the evening, some of which are free to NSCD students – these have included pointe work, fitness, men’s ballet vocabulary, yoga, percussion and Lighting for dance, Gymnastics for dancers
  • Visiting workshops with guest Choreographers and companies
  • Access to visiting artists and practitioners talks
  • Cost of travel to placements, performances etc
  • Career development workshops inc. audition preparation
  • Sponsored Theatre Visits
  • Health and well-being days
  • On-site injury intervention and support
  • Reduce priced theatre tickets and deals
  • On-site counselling service
  • Access to additional rehearsal spaces
  • Access to projects and research run by staff and our network of partner organisations
  • Subsidised support for injury support including Physiotherapy