University of Roehampton

Course Introduction

The BA Dance is an exciting degree where you can pursue your interests in a lively environment which integrates theory with contemporary dance practice. You will be taught by leading researchers and experts in a range of academic disciplines and interrogate the ways in which dance informs and is shaped by society, context and culture.

You will explore a variety of dance practice from Ballet to Capoeira to advance your skills in the context of dance as it is seen and performed in broad multi'cultural and artistic contexts. You will also develop an understanding of foundational dance techniques such as Cunningham, Graham, Limón, Release and Contact Improvisation by working with experienced teachers and professional dancers and choreographers in classes with live music.

The programme enjoys many stimulating partnerships with choreographers, dance artists and companies because of its convenient location on the edge of London. Our campus and facilities are places where you can share your ideas and work collaboratively with our alumni, dance organisations, and the wider community.

There is a popular study abroad option in the second year and there are specialist opportunities to learn theatre lighting, stage design and management, or screendance in the third year. Lively student initiatives for extra'curricula dance classes, performances, choreographic platforms and an annual summer dance festival enable our students to acquire a broad range of range of experience and skills alongside their academic programme.

Our graduates go on to thrive not only in the performing and creative industries, but also in management, business and in research and postgraduate studies.

Course Modules

Over this three year degree, you will follow your own interests gaining a strong understanding and knowledge of dance in theory and practice. You will discover many different ways to experience dance, not only in theory and practice, but in a variety of roles including a community dancer, artist, educator, policy'maker, curator, or screen dance maker.

Dance techniques are drawn from a range of contemporary styles (including Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release, contact improvisation and ballet). You will work in our spacious and airy studios, the professional'standard theatre and state'of'the'art MAC lab.

In your first year, you will engage with a diverse range of practical and theoretical areas of dance. Topics include choreography, taught dance techniques dance history, dance psychotherapy, dance in society and communities, dance analysis, the relationship between music and dance, and the role of gender in dance. Dance Science offers a new understanding human anatomy, strength and conditioning. You will develop your writing skills to better understand how to represent yourself and stand out within the dance profession today. You will also discover where your work sits within dance practice and history to help you choose your career path.

In your second year, you can choose your modules and focus on areas of special interest to you. You will also further your understanding of choreography and technique building upon your foundation skills from year one. This programme will provide you with the space to experiment further and explore your curiosity as a thinking dancer, gaining a well'rounded viewpoint of the dance field.

In your third year, you will become an independent and confident dancer with the knowledge and direction in which you will take your learning. You will have the chance to lead the annual dance festival, Footprint or take work experience modules on offer such as Dance Criticism in Practice, the Teaching Artist, Applied Lighting, and Dance Performance and Repertory, for preparation for your career in the dance sector.

Start Date:

17/09/2018

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £13,000 Overseas Fees