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Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: Up to 6 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

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road and Britannia Mill, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Do you have a passion for dance and performance? Would you like to use the power of dance in educational and health settings or for the benefit of the wider community? Then this innovative course is for you.

Develop your understanding of the body, dance and movement – and gain the skills to work creatively with others to foster self-discovery, wellbeing and communication.

In-depth knowledge, broad experience

You’ll deepen your knowledge and experience of dance and movement, building your abilities in choreography and improvisation as the basis of studio practice. At first you’ll work individually and then in small groups, culminating in a public performance.

A key focus of this course is on the health and social aspects of dance and movement. You’ll consider the impact of disability, gender and society, looking at how dance can bring people together to promote inclusion. You’ll also explore different cultural perspectives of dance and movement, including the chance to apply eastern beliefs to your practice.

Through optional modules you can study the structure and function of the human body, discover how people develop creatively and undertake your own research into dance and movement.  

Strong professional links

Our flourishing partnership with Déda, the only dedicated dance house in the East Midlands, will open doors for you. It gives you the chance to engage with Déda’s exceptional programme of dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work. This could include opportunities to attend performances and technique classes and to take part in dance development projects which are helping Déda to strengthen its community profile and reach new audiences.

Depending on the optional modules you choose, you could undertake a placement or internship. Our students have enjoyed vital work experience with cultural organisations such as Déda, with charities and with hospital arts co-ordinators. Some return to their former schools to harness dance and movement in ways which promote young people’s personal development.

Showcase your ideas and talent

We provide an inspiring environment in which you can practise your skills, including a light, airy dance studio with great dimensions, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and a bespoke sprung floor.

A highlight of the course is the opportunity for you to showcase those skills in a professional context, with a public performance. Our final-year students work with professional dance artists to develop original pieces of choreography to perform at Déda. There may be the chance for students in the first and second stages of the course to take part in these performances too.

Pursue your personal interests

By combining Dance and Movement Studies with another subject as part of a joint honours degree, you can build a distinctive degree to achieve personal goals. Popular subjects to combine with Dance and Movement Studies are Psychology, Education Studies and Sport Science.

Our Independent Scholarship module also enables you to pursue themes which reflect your own interests and career ambitions. Recent examples of studies undertaken include the use of dance in the treatment of depression; body image issues in adolescents; comparisons of dance and rock climbing; an exploration of dance and neuroscience with a particular focus on mirror neurons; and a detailed look at the development of musical theatre.

You can also complete a body of work as your Independent Scholarship option, which entails using your art form as a research tool. This often provokes interesting studies in choreography where your assessed work is a performance, supported by written work.

Expertise to inspire you

You’ll be taught by an experienced, dedicated and enthusiastic team including active dance practitioners and specialists in eastern beliefs of movement.

This includes David Home who specialises in movement and mindfulness as well as eastern practices such as T’ai Chi and Shiatsu. David is a registered teacher with, and current chair of, the Shiatsu Society UK.

Teamwork that counts

There are opportunities at each stage of your course to learn with, and from, students from other disciplines. This is really important in preparing you to work in a multi-professional team after graduation. By learning to work together, you can help achieve the best outcomes for patients, clients and service users.

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

You'll study modules such as:

  • Dance Making: Physicality, Choreography and Technique

You’ll also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:

  • The Moving Body
  • The Mindful Body
  • Dance Making: Choreography as Creative Story

You’ll also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:

  • Dance, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Applied Arts Project
  • Dance, Production and Performance

You may also study some of the following, depending on your pathway choice:

  • Independent Scholarship
  • Working Creatively in Context
  • Community Placement
Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4TA504

Human Development and Creativity

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of how humans develop. The ‘nature versus nurture’ debate will be explored; along with consideration of psychological; sociological and biological theories of development with a focus on the development of creativity.

This module introduces learners to key theories applicable to practice in working with people. It aims to promote awareness, whilst developing understanding and insight, with which to evaluate differing experiences of the developmental process.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5TA513

Arts Placement Project

This module offers students the opportunity to undertake a placement of a minimum of 30 hours alongside their academic studies. With the support of a tutor, students will negotiate the placement setting according to their own preferences and interests. This might be in a variety of settings, for example, public service organisations, private companies, voluntary, community and charitable organisations.

Engagement in the module will enable the student to develop their self-awareness; recognise transferable skills and further develop key skills for employability.
This experience will offer opportunities to gain authentic work-place learning, and potentially to help clarify future directions.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6TA508

Community Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education / special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor-led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills.

The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life-long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

More information
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6TA509

Community Placement

In this module students design and facilitate creative arts workshops to promote health and well-being in a chosen placement setting such as education / special education, health, community and voluntary sectors or hospices. Students are supported on placement by a mentor and in the university by tutor led peer supervision.

Through active participation in this module, students develop and reflect upon their skills as arts practitioners, and critically evaluate their ability as safe, ethical and effective leaders and facilitators. Applying their learning on placement prepares students for increased independence and autonomy after they graduate and promotes the recognition of the transferability of their skills.

The student is able to integrate theory and practice through the placement experience and supervision, developing the attributes of a creative and reflective practitioner and life-long learner, able to take responsibility but also adapt in a changing world.

More information
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6TA997

Independent Scholarship

In the Independent Scholarship module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates level 6 academic abilities. Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytic and evaluative nature.

A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. The student will select a product of their scholarship that is best suited to the nature of her/his enquiry from a set of options.

More information
40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6TA999

Independent Study

In this module, students work independently to produce an analytical piece of work that demonstrates graduate-level (level 6) academic abilities.

Through the process of independent scholarship, the student will develop existing abilities in planning and organisation and also acquire new skills of an analytical and evaluative nature. A deeper knowledge of the subject is gained substantially through independent modes of study. The student will be expected to display insight in identifying problems or issues requiring critical study. They will produce a piece of written work which formulates an academic argument based upon their analysis and evaluation of existing literature and/or artistic works.

More information
20 Credits
optional
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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How you will learn

The course balances classroom-based theory with practical sessions involving studio and performance work. There are opportunities for placements, community projects and visits to see performances.

How you are assessed

You’ll receive regular formative feedback throughout the course. Assessments take different forms including essays, individual and/or group performances and presentations, portfolios, reflective journals and diaries, videos, placement reports, bodies of work, and personal projects.

Who you'll meet

You’ll be taught by a dynamic and highly experienced team with excellent professional contacts. They include:

David Home – who specialises in movement and mindfulness as well as eastern practices such as T’ai Chi and Shiatsu. David is a registered teacher with, and current chair of, the Shiatsu Society UK.

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

David Home
Programme leader

As college lead for Joint Honours Mr Home supports JH subject leaders within the college with their roles, as well as the students. He is also subject leader for Dance and Movement Studies and teaches on the Creative Expressive Therapies programme.

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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
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

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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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

£1,155 per module*

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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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Careers

Studying Dance and Movement Studies paves the way to a wide range of career paths including artistic practice, community dance and roles with arts organisations. As part of the course, you’ll receive advice on career opportunities, CV building and promoting your transferable skills to potential employers.

Our former students are now enjoying success as community dance artists, dance movement therapists, art administrators or even running their own dance organisations. A number of graduates have pursued performance opportunities in dance, working with established companies while furthering their vocational studies.

Some graduates go on to further study including masters qualifications in the science of dance and somatics. You could consider studying a PGCE to gain qualified teacher status so that you can teach dance in primary or secondary schools.

You'll also have a strong basis to apply for our MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy, which leads to registration as an arts therapist – an exciting and fulfilling career.

Ongoing careers support

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with help, guidance and support from day one of your course – and for up to three years after you’ve completed your studies.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

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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.

Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.

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