Available: Full- Time
Duration: 1 Year
Faculty: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
Course Type: Taught
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural context. The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.
The MA in Ethnochoreology considers dance in its cultural context. By applying theoretical concepts developed in the Social Sciences and by testing these within the context of field research, Ethnochoreology provides an alternative approach to the study of Irish Traditional Dance, popular Dance and World Dance. This approach embraces Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Area Studies and Education in addition to other relevant areas in Dance Studies.
The aim of the course is to provide a thorough grounding in the theory of, and methods in, ethnochoreology and to consider dance within its academic framework. It provides an invaluable foundation for those wishing to pursue dance research to doctoral level.
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|DA5001 Ethnochoreology: History and Theory
MD6021 Introduction to Fieldwork Techniques
DA6021 Dance Ethnography
MD6031 Media Technologies for Performing Arts and Arts Research
MD6041 Introduction to Ritual Studies
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
•MD6051 Independent Study 1
•MD6061 Introduction to Somatics 1
•MD6091 Professional Development for the Performing Arts
•MD6071 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 1
•MD6081 Critical Engagements with Irish Traditional Music
|MD6042 Current Issues in Ethnochoreology
DA5022 World Dance Survey
DA6002 Critical Encounters with Irish Traditional Dance
Options: students can choose one option from the list below
•MD6052 Independent Study 2
•BR5001 Broadening Through Awareness, Activism and the Arts (Postgraduate)
•MD6062 Critical Contexts for Arts Management and Cultural Policy
•MD6072 Writing and the Documentation of Arts Practice 2
•MD6092 Introduction to Somatics 2
|Semester 3: MD5522 Final Presentation|
Content of modules can be found by using the search option on the book of modules.
A primary degree in a suitable discipline with first or second class honours or an approved professional qualification (Primary degree: Level 8 - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland).
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 applicaton
- Qualification transcripts and/or certificates (including certified English translations if applicable)
- English language qualification(s) (if English is not your first language)
- A one page supporting statement
- A copy of your birth certificate
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
- Cambridge Assessment English - Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
- 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.
Jennifer de Brún “As a graduate of the MA in Ethnochoreology, the programme has provided me with a solid theoretical grounding and superb practical experience in field research. I feel the programme has aided the development of both, my conceptual and practical practice and has presented me with the opportunity to delve deeper into the research and understanding of dance. I am delighted about being involved in a programme that is characterized by its willingness to embrace an open-minded approach to the anthropological study of dance.”
RAS Mikey Courtney “The MA programme in Ethnochoreology has broadened my knowledge of cultural dance and increased my ability to examine movement as a possible reflection of the culture from which it originates. I feel this course has prepared me to bridge gaps of cultural misunderstandings by drawing connections between cultures through movement. I am currently involved in researching Ethiopian Traditional dances and their influences on my creative practices as a Western contemporary dancer.”
Nic Gareiss “The MA in Ethnochoreology at the Irish World Academy gave me the invaluable chance to explore dance from a research-based perspective via history and the social sciences, while also engaging with the same dance traditions in my own body. This unique approach to thinking, writing, and moving all in one setting provided me an opportunity to encounter the dance traditions of other cultures, as well as enriched my understanding of my own dance practice. I now work as both a professional dancer and dance researcher: concertizing, teaching, and presenting at academic conferences on traditional music and dance, Irish studies, and social theory.”