Dissertation and Internship

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSCC2DP4004

Semester and Year Offered: Winter

Course Coordinator and Team: Ranjana Dave and Mandeep Singh Raikhy

Email of course coordinator: ranjana[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in, mandeep[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: This course will be suitable for students on the MA Dance Practice. Completion of all other courses in the programme is a pre-requisite for this course.

Course Objectives/Description:


This course is the culmination of the MA Dance Practice program that consolidates the learning and experiences of the previous two years. In this course, students will take ownership of their individual practice through an interplay between theory and practice, and position their personal research in the larger professional context.

This course is comprised of two components, Dissertation and Internship


At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • The capacity to employ, extend and challenge their own practice in the development, realisation and dissemination of their ideas within a rigorous research context, cultivating abilities of critical reasoning, leadership qualities and problem-solving skills.
  • An ability to position their own aspirations as dance practitioners in relation to the wider professional context, with an awareness of the moral and ethical responsibilities students have as practitioners to the larger landscape.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the artistic perspectives and aesthetic values that inform the field of dance in India and a multicultural competence through the ability to establish global comparative frameworks in one’s understanding of the dance landscape
  • Detailed disciplinary knowledge in student understanding of dance technique and multiple vocabularies

Overall structure:

  • Dissertation
  • Internship

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

This course is comprised of two components, Dissertation and Internship.

The Dissertation is an opportunity for students to pursue a topic of their interest in some depth and to identify a mode of presentation under the guidance of, and in agreement with, a supervisor. This component is characterised by a period of independent study and rigorous self-directed research, experimentation and reflection. Students are encouraged to use the knowledge and understanding gained in other parts of the programme. The actual body of research carried out for the project must, however, go well beyond the material covered in other courses. This component will provide opportunities for experimentation with ideas and forms that promote autonomy over the research process. Critical and contextual framing of research will be required in the realisation of ideas, which can take a variety of forms (eg. choreographic work, moving image installation, scholarly writing, portfolio of performances, etc), as appropriate to the area of interest. Outcomes could be practice based or wholly written with a maximum weighting of 80%. Besides any choreographic/ performance work that students may produce, they will also hand in a research document and process document.

Internships at the end of the programme will be initiated by the students themselves and planned and carried out with partners and institutions across India and other parts of the world. Internships based in India will be planned with practitioners and institutions such as Spaces (Chennai), Padmini Chettur (Chennai), Attakkalari (Bangalore), Dance Dialogues (Mumbai), Adishakti (Pondicherry), Nachom Arts of Contemporary Movement (Manipur), Kha Foundation (Bangalore), Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (Bangalore), Gati Dance Forum (Delhi), Art Think South Asia (Delhi). International Internships in countries such as Australia, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the UK will be through partnerships with Critical Path, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Japan Foundation, Pro Helvetia and Independent Dance.

Assessment Details with weights:

The objective of the assessment is to discover how well the student is able to understand and apply skills introduced to them through the semester to organizing their internship and dissertations.

  • Submission of final dissertation project, which can be either wholly written or practice-based with a supporting document (max. weightage of practice 80%). (60%)
  • Oral presentation and written report examining and critically reflecting on the experience of internship in relation to their own practice. (40%)

Reading List:

(To be developed by students in consultation with their independent supervisors)