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The MA is unique in that it facilitates two independent streams of dance, Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance. Although independent, interactivity between these two dance genres is facilitated in the form of shared workshops, seminars and electives. The programme offers advanced tuition in both forms of dance and is designed to cater for the creative and artistic needs of contemporary and Irish traditional dancers.

The MA in Dance Performance is a one-year, full-time postgraduate programme. It is unique in that it facilitates two independent streams of dance, Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance. Although independent, interactivity between these two dance genres is facilitated in the form of shared workshops, seminars and electives. The programme offers advanced tuition in both forms of dance and is designed to cater for the creative and artistic needs of contemporary and Irish traditional dancers. Objectives The programme provides a learning environment for advanced performance in either Irish Traditional Dance and Contemporary Dance; it explores aspects of repertoire and style within each of the two performance genres and it facilitates interactivity through the elective system with other related areas of study.

Entry requirements

A primary degree with first or second class honours or an equivalent qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland). An equivalent capability based on prior professional experience.
An interview will be required in all cases, as well as an audition where necessary. Candidates may be required to submit additional audio visual and/or written material.

What to include with your application
•Qualification transcripts and certificates
•English language qualification if English is not your first language
•Certified English translations of your transcripts/certificates where the originals are in a language other than English.
•A copy of your birth certificate (long document)

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet one of the criteria below (no longer than two years prior to application):

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:
•Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
•Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
•TOEFL – 580 (paper based) or 90 (internet based)
•IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
•English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
•GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
•University of Cambridge ESOL –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade A
•GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

Duration

1 year

Careers or further progression

The programme is beneficial for students wishing to pursue careers in dance performance, artistic directorship, and arts development.

Further enquiries

Dr Mary Nunan,
Course Director
Contemporary Dance Stream:
Tel : 353-61-213464
Fax : 353-61-202589

Email : mary.nunan@ul.ie
Dr Orfhlaith.NiBhriain
Irish Traditional Dance Stream
Tel : 353 61-202470
Email : orfhlaith.nibhriain@ul.ie

Subjects taught

Programme Content- Irish Traditional Dance Performance.

Semester 1
DA6041 Embodying Irish Dance Practices 1
DA5111 Dance Practicum 1
MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
MD6061 Introduction to Somatic 1

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
MD6111 Colloquium 1
MD6051 Independent Study 1
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques

Semester 2
DA6032 Embodying Irish Dance Practice 2
DA5112 Dance Practicum 2
MD6082 Choreography for Camera
MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
MD6102 Colloquium 2
MD6052 Independent Study 2
BR5001 Broadening Through Awareness Activism and the Arts

Semester 3: MD5522: Final Presentation

Contemporary Dance Performance
Semester 1
DA6031 Contemporary Dance Techniques for Performance 1
DA5141 Practicum: Dance Performance Repertoire 1
MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
MD6111 Colloquium 1
MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
MD6101 Interdisciplinary Improvisation
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
BR5001 Broadening through Awareness, Activism and the Arts
MD6051 Independent Study 1

Semester 2
DA6022 Contemporary Dance Techniques for Performance 2
DA5142 Practicum: Dance Performance Repertoire 2
MD6082 Choreography for Camera
MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Art Practice 2
MD6062 Critical Contexts of Arts Management and Cultural Policy

Options: students can choose one option from the list below
MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
MD6102 Colloquium 2
MD6052 Independent Study 2

Semester 3: MD5522 Final Presentation

Application date

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Course fee

An Application Fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank Draft/Cheque will apply to all taught postgraduate programmes.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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