Duration
Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
City
Points
240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Dance Movement Therapy is an internationally recognized professional accreditation. Over two years of study and research, students become fluent in key aspects of dance movement therapy including anatomy and kinesiology, movement analysis, psychology, dance-based interventions in community and clinical settings, and individual and group therapeutic relationship. You will critically examine practices, theories and issues enabling you to contribute to the field of dance movement therapy in practice and theory.  

Programme structure

Your first year of study will involve taught courses, practicums and independent research with experienced dance therapists, practitioners and researchers. International and local expertise and networks will support your future in dance therapy.

The second year is comprised of an advanced practicum in dance therapy and a written thesis, which will draw extensively on community and clinic-based experience. You have the opportunity through this to develop a speciality within the field of dance movement therapy.

Courses 240 points

  • Type:
    Core courses
    Points:
    150 pts
  • Type:
    Thesis
    Points:
    90 pts

2019 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelors degree or higher.

Further programme requirements

Research 240 points

You must have completed the requirements for the bachelors degree or higher in a relevant field with a GPA of 5.0. Relevant fields include Dance Studies, Counselling, Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport Science, Theatre Studies, and/or qualifications that lead to registration as a health professional.

You must provide a CV, written statement, and attend an interview. You will also be required to consent to the disclosure of criminal convictions.

Written statement

Your written statement should outline the following:

  • Why are you applying for the Master of Dance Movement Therapy
  • Why you think you are suited to a career as a dance movement therapist
  • What skills and background you bring to this course
  • Future goals for your work in this field, including populations you may be interested in working with

CV

This should cover relevant training, experience (professional and amateur), involvement in community and extracurricular activities, dance experiences and accomplishments.

Interview

Once you have completed your online application for admission and uploaded your written statement, CV, and academic transcripts you will be contacted via email regarding scheduling in your interview time.

Other pathways to study

The University’s Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt) degree is a suitable pathway into this programme. You may also be eligible to transfer credit towards your BDanceSt if you hold an undergraduate degree in a dance-related discipline.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    Undergraduate degree or higher.

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Research 240 points

You must have completed the requirements for the bachelors degree or higher in a relevant field with a GPA of 5.0. Relevant fields include Dance Studies, Counselling, Exercise Sciences, Health Sciences, Physical Education, Psychology, Sport Science, Theatre Studies, and/or qualifications that lead to registration as a health professional.

You must provide a CV, written statement, and attend an interview. You will also be required to consent to the disclosure of criminal convictions.

Written statement

Your written statement should outline the following:

  • Why are you applying for the Master of Dance Movement Therapy
  • Why you think you are suited to a career as a dance movement therapist
  • What skills and background you bring to this course
  • Future goals for your work in this field, including populations you may be interested in working with

CV

This should cover relevant training, experience (professional and amateur), involvement in community and extracurricular activities, dance experiences and accomplishments.

Interview

Once you have completed your online application for admission and uploaded your written statement, CV, and academic transcripts you will be contacted via email regarding scheduling in your interview time.

Other pathways to study

The University’s Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt) degree is a suitable pathway into this programme. You may also be eligible to transfer credit towards your BDanceSt if you hold an undergraduate degree in a dance-related discipline.

How much does a Master of Dance Movement Therapy cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,200*
International students
NZ$39,584*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

We strongly recommend you get in touch if you have any questions or would like to know more about postgraduate study in the Dance Studies programme.

Postgraduate Adviser
Dr Alys Longley
a.longley@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 9 923 5297

Where could this programme take you?

The Master of Dance Movement Therapy provides qualification as a certified dance movement therapist, for registration in New Zealand, Australia and beyond, in clinical and community contexts. This programme leads to career opportunities bringing together dance and health in diverse national and international contexts.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Activities coordinator in aged care
  • Arts therapist
  • Counsellor utilising dance therapy techniques
  • Dance movement therapist
  • Disability dance specialist in schools
  • Group facilitator (disability, children, families, high needs populations)
  • Teaching, training, education
  • Therapeutic dance teacher

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