BA PERFORMING ARTS
CONTEMPORARY DANCE
Introduction

The BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance) is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your dance skills and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of artistic expression. As a student you will spend extensive studio time developing technique and work in the world-class dance studios at the Academy.  You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own discipline and genre.  Importantly, you will be introduced to other dance and performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of dance and the performing arts, enhancing your creative potential.  You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music).  However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice. Here you will focus and develop your own dance practice and be introduced to the critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional, contemporary, world dance and music through a performative lens.

From the second year of the programme you will focus on Contemporary Dance and students will undertake specialist modules in dance studies, experiential anatomy and movement analysis as well as dance pedagogy.

You will learn a range of Contemporary Dance Techniques, Choreography, Ballet and movement awareness techniques such as Yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais. The course will also give the opportunity to engage with other practices including Aerial Dance, Hip hop and Irish traditional dance. You will gain the contextual understanding and the critical, analytical and reflective skills which will inform your artistic practice.

As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and  international guest artists and researchers.

The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.

Programe of Study

Year 1

Semester 1

MD4101 - Performance 1A

MD4091 - Practicum C1

MU4001 - Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (Irish Music and Dance)

MU4011 - Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (World Music and Dance)

Electives

Semester 2

MD4102 - Performance 2A

MD4111 - Practicum C2

MU4012 - Critical Encounters with Music and Dance (Western Art Music and Dance)

MU4002 - Critical Encounters with Popular Music and Dance

Electives

Year 2

Semester 3

MD4103 - Performance 3A

MD4092 - Irish World Academy Practicum C3

MD4123 - Dance Studies 1

MD4113 - Performing Arts Technology

Electives

Semester 4

MD4124 - Performance 4A

MD4112 - Irish World Academy Practicum C4

MD4134 - Experiential Anatomy and Movement Analysis

MD4034 - Contextualising and Vocational Studies 3

Electives

Year 3

Semester 5

Co-op Placement

Semester 6
(Students have an option for International Exchange)

MD4106 - Performance 5A

MD4116 - Irish World Academy Practicum C5

MU4106 – Arts and Health

MU4013 - Research Skills: Ethnomusicology/Ethnochoreology/Arts Practice

Electives

Year 4

Semester 7

MD4137 – Performance 6A

MD4147 - Irish World Academy Practicum C6

MD4157 - Irish World Academy Final Year Project 1 (FYP)

MU4007 - Professional Skills for the Performing Art

Electives

Semester 8

MD4118 – Performance 7A

MD4128 - Irish World Academy Practicum C7

MD4138 - Irish World Academy Final Year Project 2 (FYP)

MD4148 - Dance Pedagogy

Electives

Applications

HOW TO APPLY:

All Irish and EU applications (including mature applications) are processed by the CAO (www.cao.ie).  Applications from outside the European Union are processed by the international office of the University (http://www.ul.ie/international/)

All enquiries in relation to admission of students should be addressed to:

Admissions Office

University of Limerick

Limerick

Ireland

tel : +353-61-202700

fax : +353-61-334859

email : admissions@ul.ie 

Web site: http://www2.ul.ie/web/WWW/Services/Student_Affairs/Student_Administration/Admissions/

UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK ACADEMIC CALENDAR:

http://www.ul.ie/acacal/academic_cal.html

UNDERGRADUATE FEES:

http://www3.ul.ie/finance/docs/FeeScheduleAY1415.pdf

SCHOLARSHIPS:

Click here for a list of scholarships available to prospective Irish World Academy of Music and Dance students.

Media

Erasmus

For information on the Erasmus options available in the third year of study please see this link.

Contact

Enquiries in relation to the course can be made to:

Dr Grant McLay

Course Director, BA Performing Arts (Contemporary Dance)

Room No: IW2.19,

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance,

University of Limerick,

Limerick, Ireland.

Tel: +353-61-234967

e-mail: Grant.McLay@ul.ie