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BA (Hons) Dance & Professional Practice

You will explore and challenge your potential as a creative artist, developing your dance practice in various genres.

UCAS code: W540
Duration: 3 years full-time

Entry requirements: 2 A-Levels and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent) plus a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
1 A-Level, a Foundation course (or equivalent) and 3 GCSEs in other subjects grade 9-4 or A-C (or equivalent) plus a portfolio of work or audition to demonstrate ability in the specialist area.
English requirements: Applicants who have English as a second language and do not have a GCSE in English will be asked to present an IELTS UKVI certificate or equivalent as part of their offer conditions. They will need to achieve an overall score of 6.0, with 6.0 in the writing element and 5.5 in all other sub-elements.
Tuition Fee: £16,500

The assessment of your application will include a review of your grades, interview, portfolio/audition and any experience.

UAL degree DanceCourse Information

Course Content

Course Content

This course maintains four complementary, interlocking strands in dance pedagogy: technique, performance, creation and contextual studies.

You will take part in regular practical classes to build on your technical and performance skills, providing you with individual feedback and progress reviews.

Performance is an integral part of your skills development, and you will be provided with opportunities, including studio, theatre and external performances, where you will gain valuable and varied experience.

There is a strong focus on developing skills suitable for teaching or leading workshops; this will help improve communication skills, understanding of dance development, safety in dance and delivery of sessions.

The programme has a strong creative focus with choreography at its heart. You will learn to consolidate your practical skills and artistry through discussion, reflection and critical thinking.

Teaching Method

Teaching Method

We use a variety of teaching methods, including: 

  • practical and creative studio-based workshops
  • discussions
  • lectures/seminars
  • tutorials
  • small group study
  • self-directed study
  • study trips

Key Features

Key Features

  • Excellent facilities support the development of specialist skills.
  • Explore what interests you most, whether you want to pursue performance, choreography or teaching.
  • Collaboration is a fundamental part of the course, and you will work with students from other courses to develop material as part of the Northbrook Theatre team.

Course Structure

Year One

Skills and knowledge acquisition.
The first semester develops core techniques in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern dance. Other core principles will be explored including, skills assessments, safety in dance, research, reflecting and reviewing. The second semester stretches training by focusing on the learning and development of choreography, rehearsal processes and refining performance work alongside Level 5 students.

Unit 1: The Dancing Body
Unit 2: Ideas in Context: Performance and Everyday Life
Unit 3: Dance Analysis
Unit 4: Performance Practice
Unit 5: Live Project 1
Unit 6: Performance in Context

Year Two

Level 5 focuses on a broad approach to dance practice, creativity, and dance within the wider community. The first semester will introduce different perspectives on dance practice to enhance understanding and individual learning. There will also be an optional unit to explore a chosen area related to theatre arts to inform individual practice. The second semester will continue to hone technique and performance, whilst it develops creative skills and collaborative practice by devising new, original work. It engages with live projects and external projects to develop competence and confidence in independent practice. This is supported by a deeper analysis of contexts for practice in preparation for Level 6.

Unit 7: Dance Deconstruction
Unit 8: The Holistic Performer
Unit 9: Live Project 2
Unit 10: Ideas in Context: Theatre and Performance Ideologies
Unit 11: Creative Practices

Year Three

Level 6 focuses on entrepreneurial activity and consolidation of personal identity as a dance practitioner. Technical classes will continue, and the projects can be approached as performers, teachers, choreographers, or other chosen pathways. The first semester develops opportunities to work across pathways and courses to explore your practices alongside others. Academic practices from Levels 4 and 5 are consolidated and developed. The second semester explores the self as a professional practitioner and how this is presented to wider audiences and employers.

Unit 12: The Skilled Performer
Unit 13: Professional Development
Unit 14: Dissertation
Unit 15: The Dance Practitioner
Unit 16: Live Project 3