THE MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION (DANCE TEACHING) ALLOWS YOU TO FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE THROUGH RESEARCH IN YOUR OWN PRACTICE. We are one of the first organisations to offer an award at this level, specifically designed for practicing dance teachers. As a teacher with at least two years’ professional dance teaching experience, the programme offers you an opportunity to engage in continuing professional development through completing a higher degree, postgraduate research based on your own professional practice, career progression which puts you at the forefront of dance education and practice based research. The Master’s focuses specifically on your role as a teacher, allowing you to extend your knowledge. Your student experience The programme begins with a compulsory one week induction seminar at RAD headquarters in August. Individual modules are delivered via distance learning through access to the RAD’s virtual learning environment. Each module has a study guide which introduces you to key topics, concepts and readings, and leads you through a series of study tasks in preparation for a final assessment. You are allocated a specialist tutor for each module, supporting your studies through regular communication via email, telephone, Skype and online forums. Modules are studied across two semesters per academic year. Learning is flexible in that you study from home during hours which suit your employment and personal commitments
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods, Dance, Education and Culture, Research Project Module Options: You will undertake three module options (or one module option for holders of a PGCE: Dance Teaching with QTS or international equivalent, or PDPTC with the Master’s Access Module); Dance Pedagogy, Leading Learning, Somatic Approaches to Dance Education, Society, Politics and Youth Dance, Inclusive Dance Practice, Dance in the Private Sector: Its Scope and Influence, Assessment Issues in Dance Practice, Laban Studies: Shaping Education Practice, Dance and Lifelong Learning. The Master’s programme builds upon the Postgraduate Diploma by providing you with the opportunity to design and undertake a research-based research project of your own choosing within your professional teaching context. The Master’s programme can be studied over two or three years.
Modules are assessed through essays, case studies, portfolios, practical teaching, presentations and small-scale research projects. The Research Project module requires submission of a dissertation.
A good honours degree in dance or a degree with a significant dance component. You should hold a recognised dance teaching qualification and be employed as a dance teacher for the duration of the programme. We welcome applications from professional dance teachers who do not hold traditional academic qualifications, but have equivalent experiential learning. Appropriate English Language Proficiency test for applicants whose first language is not English. Exemptions and APL are applicable to the Postgraduate Diploma and full Master’s programme. These are: Students who hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or accepted international equivalent in a relevant subject, are automatically accredited for 30 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma or 60 credits for the Master’s programme; Students who have successfully completed the Professional Dancers’ Postgraduate Teaching Certificate (PDPTC) with the Master’s Access Module are also automatically accredited for 30 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma or 60 credits for the Master’s programme; Students who have Prior Certified or Prior Experiential Learning at Level 7 may apply for APL for up to 45 credits for the Postgraduate Diploma or up to 60 credits for the Master’s programme.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7210*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7210*||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£7210*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.