Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date



Déda, Derby

Course description

Skills for your career

The course will provide you with skills for your career as a professional Dance Artist, concentrating on being a performer, choreographer and dance teacher. You'll learn in Déda - a creative centre for Dance, Contemporary Circus and Outdoor Work in the East Midlands – connecting locally, nationally and internationally. You'll have opportunities to present your own work in Déda Theatre, with full professional technical support and mentoring.

Déda's professionally equipped studios and new purpose-built facilities will provide the ideal environment for students to engage with the dance profession through teaching, producing and residencies.

Alongside this, Déda's sister company Déda Producing will provide opportunities to work on a wide range of events, from large outdoor spectaculars to more intimate productions presented at regional venues.

100% of students said that they were satisfied with the overall quality of this course according to the National Student Survey 2019. 

This specialist BA (Hons) Dance degree will develop you as a high quality technical Dance Artist for performance, entertainment, theatre or film. You will also have the opportunity to apply the skills you've gained in a range of community, health and education settings to enhance your skills as a dance teacher. There will be opportunities to present students' own work in the Déda Theatre with full professional technical support and mentoring.

Four key strands create the signature of the course:

100%overall satisfaction - BA (Hons) Dance**National Student Survey, 2019

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Take a look at what you'll get up to on the BA (Hons) Dance course in the below video...

Why you should study Dance at the University of Derby and in partnership with Déda

A day in the life of a dance student 

Ever wondered what it's really like to study Dance at Derby?

We followed third year BA (Hons) Dance student, Steph, around our dance studios at Déda for a day. Take a look at what she got up to...

A day in the life of a BA (Hons) Dance Student Video.

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Megan Smith, BA (Hons) Dance

'Facilities were great at Déda. The dance studios were a good size, bright and had great sound systems. They have the equipment for aerial classes, an art genre of which we explored throughout second and third year.' - Megan Smith, BA (Hons) Dance

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Fundamental Principles of Choreography
  • History of Western Performance Dance
  • Technical Dance Training 1
  • Performance Skills
  • Developing your Performance Skills
  • Exploring Choreographic Genres
  • Exploring Current Dance Practice
  • Technical Dance Training 2
  • Technical Dance Training 3
  • Advanced Performance Skills
  • Dance and Professional Practice
  • Independent Study in Dance

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Dance

The best way to find out if studying at Derby is right for you is to experience an Open Day. Get a feel for the city and campus, tour our first-class facilities and see where you could be living.

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How you will learn

Teaching will be through a mixture of taught teachnique classes, guided practical sessions, group discussion, studio-based workshops, independent learning, seminars, talks and visits, as well as tutor-directed and student-directed rehearsals.

You’ll learn from expert lecturers who are also practising artists, as well as from other professionals in the dance industry. There will also be the opportunity for you to take part in master class residencies by visiting companies and artists, and go on local and national field trips. Companies we have worked with in the past include: James Wilton Dance Company, 2Faced Dance, Déda Artist Jorge Crecis, Circus Artists Nikki and JD, and Company Chameleon

Facilities Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of our expert facilities at Déda below.

A 360 look around the facilities at Deda

How you are assessed

Assessment is through a range of methods including practical assessed classes, essays and presentations, sharings, workshops and performances. End of year performances will be fully supported by Deda’s excellent technical team, in facilities that meet the highest professional specifications.

Degree Show

Every year students from the School of Arts celebrate their time at University by showcasing their work at an end of year Degree Show.

On the Dance course this takes the form of an End of Year Show in May, performed in Déda’s theatre. This show involves all year groups and is a celebration of work choreographed by the students, and also work created on them by professional Artists. In the past this has included work by HumanhoodJoss Arnott and Company Chameleon.

With full professional Tech support from the Déda team, this show will provide you with a performance opportunity like no other. A fantastic opportunity to showcase your talent to friends and family, as well as prospective employees.

Take a look at highlights from the end of year show...

University of Derby Students at a end of year dance show.
Students taking part in a dance performance at Deda


Déda is a regional creative centre for dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work and has theatre, studio and gallery space in Derby city centre. It is the base for our BA (Hons) Dance course.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionYes - see interview details

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree


There is a need within the UK Dance Sector for highly trained technical dancers and dance teachers who also have an understanding of how the industry operates. Current professional dance artists are required to operate as sole traders with a working knowledge of their physical practice but also how to run their business.

The aim of this BA (Hons) Dance course is to produce capable and versatile dance professionals who can adapt to the needs and demands of the dance sector, applying their learning to working in a range of professional, community, health and education settings.

You could also consider our MA Dance and Contemporary Circus (please note this requires professional experience).

Alice Marshall

Alice Marshall (Vale)
Programme leader

As Programme Leader and Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Dance courses, Alice Marshall is a key player in the dance industry. With an ever-growing cohort Alice will aim to train and make the best of every student that studies with her. 

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Contact us

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Mandatory costs not included in your fees

Optional costs not included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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