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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

8T16

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

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.

In the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS), 100% of students were satisfied with the overall quality of the course. The NSS is managed by the Office for Students and gathers opinions of current students on the course. Additional results include:

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, 2020
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The lecturers are 100% committed to student success and providing the best possible university experience. The course provided ample opportunities to work with professional choreographers, preparing me for the dance sector post graduation.

Lucy Riordan
Dance graduate

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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...

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Megan Smith, BA (Hons) Dance

"This course allowed me to grow as a person, enhance my dance skills and gain valuable working skills in the outside world." 

Ashley Wriglesworth, Dance graduate

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4DA508

Fundamental Principles of Choreography

This module covers the fundamental principles of choreography, exploring the relevant techniques and applying them to your own choreographic practice. You will study choreographic processes formed by influential practitioners of contemporary relevance through lectures and practical sessions. Learning how to implement these into your own work through choreography laboratories and workshops.

Initially you will concentrate on basic choreographic principles using methods formed by Rudolf Laban, and other notable practitioners of 20th and 21st Century. You will then develop your understanding of choreography as a process of inquiry, by exploring ideas developed from the 1950’s onwards.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4DA509

Technical Dance Training 1

This is a foundation module and introduces a range of recognised dance techniques and methods including release-based, Cunningham, Graham, and Limon in order to develop the student’s technical capabilities and to facilitate physical versatility and performance. In experiencing a range of dance techniques, you will be able to consider your own physicality with respect to the demands and challenges of these techniques.

Ballet technique and complementary, somatic practices and methods will also be explored including Pilates, Yoga, Acrobatics and kinetic conditioning, and viewed in relation to your participation in the regular dance technique classes as a means of supporting and improving your performance and to cultivate your understanding of the principles of movement.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4DA510

History of Western Performance Dance

This module covers the history and development of dance as a performance art in the Western world from the 16th to the 20th Century. You will study key movements, practitioners and dance works, and examine their socio-historical context.

Through lectures, seminars and workshop sessions, you will gain a working knowledge of the heritage of the dance techniques and choreographic methodologies studied and performed today.

Through research and essay writing you will develop analytical and critical skills needed to understand dance as an expressive art form both influenced by, and influencing, the time and place in which it was made.

Alongside the content of the written work, you will develop your skills in research, planning and academic writing, including referencing and citation

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4DA511

Performance Skills

The focus of this module is on the re-staging of a work by historical practitioners. Working in an intensive structure with a public performance as its conclusion, you will be focussing on developing your performance skills.

This module will provide you with the insight into working within a dance company. Classes and rehearsal sessions will take place in a professional setting and showcased in the Déda Theatre.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5DA508

Exploring Choreographic Genres

This module covers the choreographic processes of specific genres of current contemporary dance, giving you the opportunity to create your own work in the styles explored. This module will equip you with the skills to develop and produce two contrasting pieces of work through practical exploration of differing choreographic research and development processes.

It examines the role which Physical Theatre and Dance Theatre plays in relation to Contemporary Dance. Key practitioners and companies and their methods will be explored including, Pina Baush, Lloyd Newson (DV8), Jasmin Vardimon, Company Chameleon, Marisa Von Stockhart.

Following on from this you will explore the approaches used to fuse contemporary dance with other forms or genres.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5DA509

Technical Dance Training 2

This module will develop your awareness of a range of recognised dance techniques and methods and further increase your versatility by introducing elements of aerial practice and acrobatics to extend and challenge your technical capabilities and range of performance options.

In experiencing a range of dance and theatrical techniques, you will also be able to consider your own physicality with respect to the demands and challenges of these techniques.

Ballet technique, improvisation and complementary somatic practices and methods will also be explored including Pilates, Yoga, and kinetic conditioning and viewed in relation to your participation in the regular technique classes as a means of supporting and improving performance and to cultivate a general understanding of the principles of movement. You will be exploring in more detail the anatomy and physiology relevant to a dancer’s understanding of movement.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5DA510

Exploring Current Dance Practice

This module introduces key themes and trends in 21st Century dance practice and develops critical and analytical thinking. Exploring performance dance as it exists today across a range of genres and contexts, to develop an understanding of the state of the art form, you will study key living practitioners and companies, alongside different models of dance production in the UK and abroad. You will also explore and develop the theory and language of dance and movement analysis, to support your critical thinking, discussion and writing.

Through this module, you can begin to develop areas of personal interest for in-depth independent study at level 6.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5DA511

Developing your Performance Skills

The focus of this module is on developing your performance skills with a professional choreographer/company. This module will provide you with insight into working within a performance company. Classes and rehearsal sessions will take place in a professional setting and showcased in a relevant performance setting.
20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6DA505

Technical Dance Training 3

This is an advanced module, which will build on the dance, and complementary somatic techniques practised and reflected on in Level 4 and Level 5, and further increase your versatility as a technician and performer.

On-going workshops and classes will challenge your technical range and an increased emphasis will be placed upon your ability to present yourself and your work in a professional manner.

You will continue to participate in Contemporary Dance and Ballet classes, aerial and acrobatics, as well as complementary somatic and conditioning classes as experienced in Level 4 and 5. The Level 6 sessions will be delivered with an increase in technical difficulty and intensity appropriate to Level 6 study.

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40 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 6DA506

Dance and Professional Practice

This module introduces key theories and methodologies for dance work in applied contexts. These include primary and secondary school dance education, youth dance, including the National Centres for Advanced Training scheme (CAT), community dance for a range of client groups, and dance in healthcare settings. You will also explore the work of professional dance company education and outreach departments.

This knowledge will be carried forward into a placement in an applied or educational dance setting. The exact nature of the project is decided through negotiation with your tutor and outside agencies involved: dance companies and practitioners, schools and colleges or health settings.

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20 Credits
core
Practical

Code: 6DA507

Advanced Performance Skills

The focus of this module is on preparing you to work collaboratively with a choreographer and with other dancers as part of an ensemble. You will have an intensive experience with a guest choreographer or Module Tutor researching, developing and producing a new piece of work.

This module will provide you with the insight into working within a dance company. Intensive rehearsal sessions will take place in a professional setting and showcased in a professional theatre.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6DA996

Independent Study in Dance

In this module you will conduct an individual exploration drawing on the techniques and professional practices learnt from Level 4 and Level 5 study. The work should demonstrate creativity, individuality, independent study and a competent command of your chosen area of focus. The produced work is intended to be an expression of your professional potential. The audience and setting for the work or paper should be considered and you will be required to reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the work in this context.
40 Credits
core
Coursework

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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Undergraduate Live Online Events

While we’re not able to welcome you in person to our campuses at the moment, we’re not going to let that stop us showing you all the great things about studying at Derby.

We’re currently planning our autumn Open Events to bring you the best possible online and on-campus experience.

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Virtual Open Day

Delve deeper into the course with our Virtual Open Day, packed with subject and course information to help you make your choice, including tours of facilities, 360° views of award-winning accommodation plus advice and insight from students and academics.

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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.

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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

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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Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Alice Marshall

Alice Marshall (Vale)
Programme leader

As Programme Leader and Lecturer on the 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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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
PortfolioN/A

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.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112
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
PortfolioN/A

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

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

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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Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Call our Clearing hotline on 01332 592020 and explore your options.

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Careers

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).

Contact us

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Additional information about your studies

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.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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