The Specialist Diploma: Choreological Studies is a vocational programme aimed at practising artists and educators working in the field of the performing arts. It is the only programme of its kind in the world providing specialist study in the area of Choreological Studies with a focus on contemporary developments of Rudolf Laban’s praxis.
As an analytical tool for observing, creating, performing and directing performance, choreological studies enables our students to evaluate their practice. It provides them with the means to develop and enhance their practice as well as facilitating integration of theory and practice as studio-based scholarship.
- Rosemary Brandt, Year 1 Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in Choreological Studies
The programme runs over 3 years and is structured into 3 modules (1 per year), each focused on discinct areas that accumulates in assessment. Each module follows the same pattern of delivery:
- 5 Day intensives of studio practice and delivery: October
- 5 Day intensives of studio practice and delivery: February
- 5 Days for tutorials and practical assessments: July
Each module of study will culminate with assessed assignments before the commencement of the next module. This pattern of study over three years allows you to enter the course in any one year of the three-year cycle.
You will be taught by a team of expert choreologists with diverse interests, experience and expertise. In an environment of intellectual inquiry, movement exploration, creative experimentation and analysis you will:
- engage in intensive studio-based practice and interrogation of Rudolf Laban’s movement theories and contemporary developments of these
- refine your movement observation skills and develop your movement literacy and communications skills
- Develop your physical articulation and performance skills
Participants are expected to pursue their own lines of enquiry through personal independent practice and research.
The 3 modules are delivered in the same order. On entering the programme students will start with which ever module is running that year.
- Relatedness in Motion (2017)
The module includes practical and theoretical exploration of relationships as they are embodied in human movement and theatre practice.
- Living Architecture (2018)
The module includes exploration of Laban’s Choreutics theories and space harmony as they are embodied in human movement and theatre practice.
- The Dynamic Body (2019)
The module includes practical and theoretical exploration of Laban’s Eukinetic (dynamic) theories as they are embodied in human movement and theatre practice.
You will have prior knowledge of Laban Studies or Choreological Studies, or a practice-based BA (Hons) in movement or dance studies with a movement analysis component, or a Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) qualification or equivalent professional experience.
English Language requirements: IELTS Band 6 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material.
Non-academic Entry Requirements
- A current CV and copies of relevant qualifications
- A personal statement including your background in Choreological Studies and your reasons for wishing to study on this programme; You will have prior knowledge of Laban Studies or Choreological Studies, or a practice-based BA (Hons) with a movement analysis component, or a Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) qualification or equivalent professional experience.
- A recent headshot (passport photos are fine)
Assessment is in three parts per module to evaluate knowledge, skills, values and application. Each module has the three assessments listed below as the culmination of each year of the programme.
- Written Document: evidences your reflective and critical thinking in relation to your theoretical research and wider reading.
- Embodiment and Symbology: evidences your application of the theories to the creation of movement and to your own bodily execution.
- Lecture demonstration: evidences your individual application of the theories to a particular area of interest and practice alongside your communication skills.
Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2017-2018, the tuition fees are:
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
The course is part time and consists of intensive weeks of studio based delivery and study as a cohort and then time for individual study, practice and application with tutorial support leading up to assessment tasks. The week includes practical workshops and lectures. Tutorials are offered in a range or forums, face to face or online.
Blended learning - Students have the opportunity to engage with each other throughout the year via an online forum.
Each year is 61.5 hours. This is made up of two intensive weeks of 5 days of 6 hours/day and 1.5 hours of tutorials per module.
|Duration||3 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
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