BA honours in combination with another subject Dance 2017/18

Year of entry

Our Dance degree is a three-year course designed to prepare you for entry into the dance profession as a dance artist. It develops your skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance techniques and styles, creative responses and ways of making dance and performance within a broad artistic, multicultural and international context. The new combined honours Dance pathway will provide opportunities for you to develop your interests and specialist areas in dance technique, choreography and performance.

The Dance Education course enables you to learn ballet, contemporary, African, South Asian and aerial techniques and styles.

The tutor team comprises published academics, dance pedagogues and industry professional artists and choreographers.

This course is particularly tailored to developing you as a dance practitioner/artist. It has made links with local, regional and internationally recognised dance schools and companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Laban, The Avanti Project, Magpie Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Cascade Dance Company and Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company.

Top reasons to choose this course

  • A wide variety of dance techniques are studied – ballet, contemporary Limon, contemporary Cunningham, jazz, African, South Asian and aerial
  • High quality tutor team including practitioners, artists, performers, managers, choreographers, researchers and published authors
  • Graduates could pursue careers as dancers or choreographers however to combine subjects may provide greater opportunities for students to develop as independent artists with portfolio careers

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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You will study:

  • Aspects of the historical, social and political development of dance, in Dance In Society
  • A variety of techniques, in Technique and Style and Repertoire
  • Different ways of making work, in Choreography
  • Interdisciplinary modules enabling you to work with music, drama and performing arts students

The majority of sessions are practical with theory and research integrated into practice. You will have a Personal Academic Tutor who works to support and challenge you through enabling greater understanding of assignment information, assessment marking and feedback, and target setting.

This course shares its modules with Dance Education which has recruited students from all over England, Slovakia, Greece and Cyprus since it began in 2009. Dance Education has consistently achieved high satisfaction scores in the National Student Surveys and is now jointly rated as best in the country.

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Students on this course enjoy opportunities for many trips, visits and workshops, and a variety of performance opportunities. Past students have joined Canterbury Dance Company and/or Motion Alpha Dance Company, and enjoyed professional dance classes in partnership with Loop Dance Company and Kent Dance Network.

Core modules

Year 1

In Year 1 (level 4) you will take the following core modules:

Dance in Society 1 (20 credits)

Here you study the roots of dance, European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance.

Technique and Style 1 (20 credits)

In Year 1, you engage in dance classes in contemporary, ballet and undertake a cultural study e.g. African dance.

In Year 1 (level 4) you can take one of the following option modules:

Choreography (mainstream making)

In your first year, you study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.


This module focuses on interdisciplinary working and the devising processes. The investigation and development of ideas through exploration tasks is central to the work you will produce. You will study mainstream/traditional devising devices and compositional structures and be introduced to aspects of production and design. In interdisciplinary groups (which may include students from music, performing arts, dance and drama) you will create a devised performance piece from a given stimuli.

Year 2 modules

In Year 2 (level 5) you will take the following core modules:

Technique and Style 2 (20 credits)

You study Limon-based and Cunningham-based contemporary styles, modern ballet and South Asian styles.

Choreography 2 (20 credits)

You explore different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. You create a group piece of choreography.

In Year 2 (level 5) you can take one of the following option modules:

In teaching block 1

Dance in Society 2

You study the development of new/independent dance and post-modernism.

OR Interdisciplinary module:

Arts and Politics

You examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance. Art’s ability to act as a catalyst for political change, and the use and abuse of arts by political movements have always been an urgent talking point of artistic and academic debates. You will engage with a variety of key artistic practices and political concepts that have underpinned interactions between arts and politics. Topics may include (but are not limited to): the use of arts by courts, Church, and political regimes, key artists shaping and responding to national romanticism, national anthems, arts as a vehicle of revolution, and arts that offended moral standards.

Year 3 modules

In Year 3 (level 6) you will take the following core modules:

Dance in Society 3 (20 credits)

The focus is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in-depth.

Repertoire (20 credits)

You become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. As part of this module you study a choice of dance techniques.

In Year 3 (level 6) you can take one of the following option modules:

In teaching block 1

Dance Pedagogy 3

You can apply skills, knowledge and understanding of dance to the workplace through a context -based project and practicalities of project development, management and completion.

OR Interdisciplinary module:

Community Arts Project

You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project. You will develop the idea and produce the performance project with a community-based audience in mind. As an interdisciplinary group, you will agree the outcomes of the project, be clear about role and responsibilities, undertake appropriate risk assessments with support from your University-based tutor and draw on your understanding of ethical considerations, child protection, consent and safe practice. You will also undertake relevant reading and research to support the project.

In teaching block 2

Choreography 3

You continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work and are encouraged to take greater risks and work with increasing greater independence. You choose whether you create a solo, group or larger ensemble piece choreography and the way to present your work.


Interdisciplinary module: Multimedia Performance

This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Multimedia performance embraces a new technology as means of extending both the self and place. These techniques reflect developments in the use of technologies within our social environments and it is important that creatives attempt to analyse their use within performance practice. The module will introduce you to a range of current practitioners, and you will explore a range of multimedia performances and interactive performance installations and create your own.

The Dance Combined course is studied over three years full-time. Study is generally undertaken at 3 levels (1 for each year of study).

Graduates could pursue careers as dancers or choreographers, however combining subjects may provide greater opportunities for you to develop as an independent artist with a portfolio career. You will also gain transferable skills ranging from confidence and stamina to teamwork and communication skills.


The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Part-time N/A N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Additional travel cost only (as tickets paid for) for trips using local theatres if an enrichment activity. Travel to theatres/exhibitions/events that are not in Canterbury are funded by the School of Music and Performing Arts.
Travel for Placements Where possible, students are placed in a context near their home or within the normal travel distance from home to University. There may be additional travel costs for placements if placed in contexts beyond the normal travel distance from home to University but students can claim the money back after their placement.
Clothing / Kit A basic dance kit and soft sole ballet shoes are needed at cost to student.
Learning Materials If students want costumes and props for Choreography/teaching then these are paid for by students.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.
Composition of the course

Each taught module has a standard 50 hours of student contact. This will typically be composed of practical work such as technique classes, workshops and performances with theory-research integrated. You will also be expected to engage in 150 hours of self-directed study per taught module – this can be in the form of dance practice, choreography, practical projects, directed tasks, reading and written work.

Academic input

There are nine members of staff involved in this course.

The Subject Lead, is a Principal Lecturer and has extensive experience as a dancer (ballet and contemporary), teacher (a variety of ages and stages), choreographer (a number of pieces have been performed in different venues in Kent and London), manager (a range of projects as a community practitioner, artist, advisor, Artistic Director and Programme Director/Subject Lead and Director of Learning, Teaching and School Experience in the School of Music and Performing Arts) and academic (she teaches ballet, Dance Pedagogy, Dance Research and Choreography modules as well as providing PhD supervision, and is an active researcher and published author of text books and academic texts as well as Editor in Chief of Research in Dance Education journal. There are 2 additional Lecturers and 6 sessional staff. All have industry experience as dancers, teachers/community practitioners, choreographers and in academia in Higher Education.

The assessment methods include technique classes, practical presentations, practical demonstrations of teaching, creative and choreographic projects, performances and written assignments.

You will enjoy the use of two sprung-floors, surround sound dance studios, a performance studio theatre with full lighting rigs and tech. room and a ‘concert’ hall. We have artists in residence who work on longer term projects and work with a number of professional dance artists and companies each year for shorter term workshops and projects. We also have partnerships with two local theatres – The Marlowe and Gulbenkian – giving you access to free tickets to a number of performances.

We work with industry stakeholders aligned to the continued development of our teaching programme and research and consultancy work. Our links include local, regional and internationally recognised dance schools and companies such as The Royal Ballet School, Laban, The Avanti Project, Magpie Dance Company, Loop Dance Company, Cascade Dance Company, Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company and The Marlowe Theatre.

The Subject Lead, Dr. Angela Pickard, works closely with the Dance Strategic Body in the UK, the National Dance Centre for Advanced Training Centres, Magpie Dance Company and The Avanti Project. Dr. Angela Pickard and Nina Atkinson are members of Kent Dance Network and Nina Atkinson is Artistic Director of Loop Dance Company. Matthias Sperling works with us and Siobhan Davies Dance. Nicola Gaines works with us and The Royal Ballet School. Akosua Boakye is part of the choreography team for The Lion King.


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  • 3 years full-time


  • September 2017

Entry requirements

  • The offer of a place will be based on an audition (you will need to bring a two/three minute solo piece of original choreography that you have created using any dance style, music or theme) and a short interview.

    A typical offer would be 112 UCAS Tariff points



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