Why study at Roehampton
- Study with artists and teachers with a wealth and range of choreographic experience.
- No. 1 university in the UK for dance research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
- A welcoming and creative environment.
- Flexibility in the design of your programme in your second year.
Roehampton Dance's MFA provides a unique environment for emerging choreographers to develop their artistic practice. The two-year programme gives you time to nurture and mature your artistic, technical and performance skills and to experiment with, and build, your portfolio. You are supported by the mentorship and teaching of experienced staff in our superb studios and well-equipped theatre. You will have many opportunities to engage with a creative community of peers and to interact with a range of visiting artists.
This course forms part of Roehampton Dance’s unique cluster of a range of Masters courses in practical and theoretical areas.
A rich creative environment
Experienced staff, including practising performers and choreographers, lead:
- technique classes
- choreography workshops
- laboratory sessions
- dialogue and reflection in the studio.
Underpinning this intensively practical programme are theoretical modules that provide new perspectives and tools for understanding, analysis and writing about dance.
Shape a flexible pathway
On top of core modules, you tailor your course by choosing two flexible modules in the second year (practical, theoretical or both) from a wide selection – from ‘Dance, Education and Community’ to ‘Applied Lighting Design and Production for Dance’.
These options draw on the multidisciplinary expertise of our teaching staff and open new perspectives in dance that will enrich your understanding and experience. Some modules blend practice with theory, and they are also a chance to mix with students with a world of academic and creative interests – from South Asian dance practitioners to ballet scholars.
You develop your skills in choreography, performance, teaching and writing about dance as a practitioner through a portfolio of technique classes (Ballet, Contact, Cunningham, Graham, Limón and Release), choreography workshops, laboratory sessions, dialogue, reflection and a series of self-directed choreographic projects.
To core modules, you add two flexible modules from a wide range open to all Roehampton Dance postgraduates – allowing you to tailor your portfolio of theoretical, practical and technical skills.
You develop, rehearse and present a full-length choreographic work for your dissertation.
Virginia Munday moved from New York to begin her MFA with Roehampton Dance in 2011: "It’s a great way to keep working on projects or start new work, and be able to bounce that off peers."
Find out what more students say about Roehampton Dance.
- Choreographic Thesis
- Dance Technique
- Creating Event Spaces
Graduates from this programme can be found working as independent artists in London, Berlin and New York; presenting their work at a number of venues in London and at the Edinburgh and Stockholm Fringe Festivals; teaching in higher education in the UK and abroad; and curating programmes and events for dance artists across Europe.