Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 Years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2019/20)

International fee

£13,250 per year (2019/20)

UCAS points

112 (September 2019 entry)

UCAS code


Course level



BA (Hons)

Start date




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.

Employable Graduates – we’re ranked 15th highest amongst all UK universities and 12th for English institutions with 96% of graduates in work or further study within six months of completing their degree: HESA 2016.

BA (Hons) Dance at the University of Derby will give a unique experience of learning within the working environment of the East Midlands' dedicated Dance House. Based at Déda, 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. Students will learn first-hand how a production is conceived through to presentation along with how it is financed, instilling an entrepreneurial instinct – a necessary quality working in the arts sector currently.

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: the development of knowledge and understanding of choreography; technical dance training and performance enhancement; How to develop excellent performance skills in a wide range of contexts; and the study of dance historically and sociologically including the process of producing dance. 

Year Zero Dance

If you haven't got the relevant qualifications to go onto our BA (Hons) Dance you can study the Year Zero Dance course at Expressions Performing Arts school based in Mansfield. You will need to apply directly to Expression Performing Arts.

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

Circus and Dance Symposium

The creative experiment – University of Derby, School of Arts

During a week’s intensive workshop students from the BA (Hons) Dance course worked with circus professionals Nikki and JD, from Crying Out Loud and Programme Leader and Artistic Director of Adaire to Dance Alice Marshall on exploring the concept of combining dance with circus skills.

By skill sharing and creatively experimenting with the two opposite ways of approaching movement, the students and creative team created a piece of work that combined circus and dance in innovative ways.

This was a starting point to a much larger chorographical exploration. The students were able to use their skills learnt on the course to help this journey begin, and found the experience very valuable.

Professor Chris White, Head of Media and Performing Arts, says: "This is the kind of experience we can provide for students on the BA (Hons) Dance programme, where they get the opportunity to work on research but also industry issues that currently face the performing arts disciplines, about categorisation and professional skills.  That is why we know that the programme which we deliver in partnership with Déda is the only one in the country that can offer these challenging and interesting opportunities in first class facilities, with cutting edge practitioners."

As part of our commitment to improving student experience and improving our course offering, changes are being made to this course to reflect the evolving nature of the industry and to keep the course in line with industry standards. Curriculum changes proposed will ensure that we equip our graduates with the prerequisite skills and subject knowledge to be successful in their careers. To find out more get in touch or attend an open day.

What you will study

You will study modules such as:

  • Fundamental Principles of Choreography
  • History of Western Performance Dance
  • Introduction to Dance Technique and Performance Enhancement
  • Introduction to Performance Skills
  • Developing your Performance Skills
  • Exploring Current Choreographic Genres
  • Exploring Current Dance Practice
  • Exploring Dance Technique and Performance Enhancement
  • Advanced Dance Technique and Performance Enhancement
  • Applied Performance Skills
  • Dance and Professional Practice
  • Independent Study in Dance

How you will learn

Teaching will be through a mixture of taught 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, Deda Artist Jorge Crecis, Circus Artists Nikki and JD, and Company Chameleon.

How you are assessed

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

People you'll meet

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

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
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.

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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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Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees


£9,250 per year



£13,250 per year


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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Information 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.

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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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, state-of-the-art 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

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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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