MA Dance Producing & Management
Designed for professional performers from all genres of dance looking to transition in their careers, the programme envisions the dance producer as a driving force to develop and shape the performing arts industry. Learning from industry professionals, small and select cohorts will be equipped to take advantage of commercial and artistic opportunities and tackle complex challenges. Placements within dance and theatre organisations will develop their knowledge and skills in creating, producing, engaging audiences, marketing, business, finance and management. A strong emphasis on work-based learning through placements and projects will enable students to put their knowledge and skills into practice while building networks in the industry.
The programme was developed in collaboration with 25 industry partners, who represent the best of the artistic vibrancy of dance today, which has resulted in an ever growing pool of prospective placement providers from all areas of the field. This includes dance companies, independent dance artists, producers, and choreographers who work in a range of genres including ballet, contemporary dance, hip hop, music theatre, film and television. Based in artsdepot, students have access to two professional theatre spaces in which they can produce and stage work.
The programme runs for 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. The programme is subject to validation by Middlesex University.
"The demand for dance producers in the industry has never been greater. London Studio Centre is addressing an urgent need to train skilled dance producers, who can work as a catalyst to create new opportunities and respond to growing artistic ambition in the performing arts industry. I look forward to a close collaboration on this much needed and exciting MA programme, mentoring these students through workshops, projects and placements.”
- Farooq Chaudhry, Course consultant and Producer of Akram Khan Company
“When I started working as a producer, I had to learn the role on the job. The highly pressurised environment of the current industry means that new dance producers often don’t have that same luxury to learn from mistakes. Getting to grips with how the producing side of the industry works and having an opportunity to learn in a placement setting will give the students on this programme a real advantage in the industry.”
- Chantal Spiteri, LSC Alumna and Executive Producer of ZooNation
“Producing and management is often seen as a natural progression for dancers and choreographers, and many skills that artists gain over the course of their performing career are transferable: being highly motivated, working as part of a larger a team and excellent attention to detail to name a few. Too often dancers move into these new administrative roles without enough training and support. Ballet Black is keen to help develop students on this MA through opportunities for shadowing and work placements so that professional dancers moving into a different phase of their career can feel confident in their new responsibilities and bring their wealth of knowledge of the arts into management.”
- Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder & Artistic Director of Ballet Black
"London Studio Centre has strong connections to the performing arts industry and a longstanding commitment to developing performances of the highest standard with its students. It is good to see the College share these assets with a new generation of postgraduate students in Dance Producing and Management."
- Anthony Van Laast, Choreographer
Students take part in seminars, workshops and masterclasses with industry professionals in creative producing, engaging audiences, marketing, business, finance and management, on Saturdays from October to December. From January to March, students receive tutorials in preparation for the submission of coursework and briefing sessions about setting up their placements. Between March and July, students complete two placements in response to their personal interests and learning objectives: one shadowing an industry professional and another fulfilling work responsibilities within a dance or theatre organisation. In parallel to the taught modules and placements, students work collaboratively on a group production project through incubation activities and R&D, which culminates in an intensive production period during August and September. Students are assessed at various stages during the year and receive feedback to gain knowledge of their progress.
Tuition fees per annum:
Home/EU students: £7,000 (Full-time) and £3,500 (Part-time)
Overseas students (subject to UKVI requirements): £10,500 (Full-time) and £5,250 (Part-time)
Tuition fees are subject to an annual inflationary increase.
In addition, students should specifically budget approximately £4,000 to cover subsistence and expenses during the work placement. Generally, in addition to the Tuition Fees, additional costs students may incur would be travel and maintenance. Optional additional costs include college merchandise, discounted offers, production DVDs, college performances (discounted), printing costs, stationery costs, NUS membership, TFL discount card, reading list (all essential materials available in the college library), Library fines, and theatre trips.
The programme runs from the start of October until the end of September.
Applications for the 2019-20 academic year will open this autumn.