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Professional Practice (Somatic Studies) MA

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Code
PGW506
Start
January 2018
October 2018
Duration
Usually 18 months
Attendance
Low residency/distance learning
Fees
£60 per credit (UK/EU) *
£60 per credit (INT) *
See the Fees and funding tab to view January 2018 start fees
Course leader
Adesola Akinleye
Helen Kindred

The next start date for this course is January 2018 and it runs across 12 months. Pay the same fees as students who started in October 2017.

This is a highly flexible online distance learning MA designed for movement practitioners whose professional practice is rooted in dance but also straddles other areas of movement enquiry. This course has been developed specially to allow you to continue working, integrating your professional practice and expertise with academic learning.

Why study MA Professional Practice (Somatic Studies) at Middlesex University?

Building on the success of the MA Professional Practice (Dance Technique Pedagogy) (the first programme of its kind in the country) this unique MA combines critical reflection and individual practice at one of the UK’s top Universities for dance practice and research.

Course highlights

  • You’ll have the flexibility to shape your studies around work commitments so that you can pursue your ambitions with structured support from experienced practitioners
  • Your practice is placed at the centre of your research investigation, making your findings applicable within the profession and of value to colleagues, employers and students
  • You’ll be part of a vibrant online dance research culture, with access to influential and internationally respected work across the field
  • You’ll have the opportunity to make a claim for academic credits against prior formal and informal learning
  • As a student you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Professional Practice (Somatic Studies)?

This Masters programme is rooted in reflective practice – the course enables you to use your existing skills and knowledge, and find ways to explore your current practice. The course is divided into three modules with flexibility to pay per module and complete each phase in a time frame that works with and around your professional commitments and individual ambitions.

  • Core modules

    • Study of Professional Dance Practice (90 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will review any somatic-based practice you already have as well as prior learning, formal or informal, that contributed to your professional experience. This process allows you to better understand how you know what you know, and in some cases, discover that you know more than you think you do about your practice.

      Through online discussion groups, guidance from your Academic Advisor and your module handbook, you are encouraged to reflect on your prior experiences and learning, culminating in a submission of a portfolio of short essays reflective of your career to date and supportive of your claims for academic credit at level 7. This is also a chance for you to apply any existing credits to this course, with a maximum of 50% of total credits for your MA achieved by the end of this module.

    • Advanced Dance Practitioner Inquiry (30 credits) - Compulsory

      In this module, you will choose an area of somatic practice to research in-depth and explore any existing work related to your chosen subject. This is a chance for you to not only explore your own work but to look at the work of other practitioners and researchers, and explore new paths for your practice.

      By the end of this module you will have produced a detailed research proposal that relates to your own professional practice. You will have accessed key sources, gained preliminary investigative experience and critical analytical skills that will further enhance the final phase of this course, as well as your career.

    • Independent Professional Dance Practice Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      In this final module you will carry out the research proposed in the previous module and critically review the implications it has on your chosen area of somatic practice. This is a chance for you to explore your chosen subject in greater depth, collect, analyse and evaluate data, articulate your research within an academic framework and through dissemination to your field of practice.

      As part of this module you will complete a 6,000-word critical review, give an oral presentation, and produce a professional artefact. The oral presentation and artefact allow you to find ways other than the written word through which to articulate your research.

      On completing this module you will be able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skills in your chosen area of somatic practice, with transferable skills in reflective study, research and critical analysis that are increasingly valuable in today’s competitive job market.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indivative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Professional Practice (Somatic Studies) taught?

This course is taught through distance learning. Students are advised to set aside at least one day a week to complete the appropriate reading, research, practical and written assignments required at each level of the course. Contact is normally maintained by email, Skype and phone as well as optional campus-based tutorials, and every module has a detailed module handbook.

There are no traditional taught elements requiring attendance at the University, however as a student on the course you will have full access to our state-of-the-art learning resources and library facilities, on campus and online.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mixture of practical, theoretical and oral assignments, including critical reviews, reflective essays and presentations.

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How can the MA Professional Practice (Somatic Studies) support your career?

On completion of this course, you will benefit from an academic qualification (MA) that demonstrates advanced academic standing, including practice as research skills. You will have the ability to articulate the range of practice based and theoretical ideas involved in your own practice as well as in terms of larger world contexts. You will have experience developing and carrying out practice based, academic research. You will also have an internationally recognised qualification that may allow recognition of your pedagogical experience and/or that you can use to pursue teaching positions in educational and higher educational institutions.

Adesola Akinleye, PhD, FRSA, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Dance Professional Practice

Dr. Akinleye began her professional career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, she has been teaching in HE internationally for 15 years. She continues her dance practice choreographing, teaching dance technique & theory, and publishing (written work and film).

Read more on Adesola's blog

Helen Kindred, MFA, PGCHE, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Helen has a background in dance as a performer, choreographer and community dance practitioner and has extensive experience of teaching within and beyond formal education. Helen has worked in HE for 10 years and her professional practice continues to move between choreography and performance teaching and presenting at Festivals and Conferences in the UK and Europe.

Read more on Helen's blog

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