Dance BA (Hons)Coventry University
- Bachelor's degree
Frequent Asked Questions
5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.
A-Levels: BBB from Dance or Preforming Arts
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in a Dance or Performing Arts.
Access: A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.
What you'll learn on the course
Skills and Training
This course runs in 2017/18.
This course will give you the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice, through a study of dance technique, performance, choreography and the history of dance, in a professional environment informed by world leading research.WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?
This course has a long-standing reputation for helping to prepare dancers for the world of professional contemporary dance. Your classes will take place in one of our fully equipped dance studios, as well as some contextual studies in lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Throughout your time with us we will support you in your journey to realise your full potential in dance. If you choose this course you may benefit from:
- regular technique classes throughout your three years of study;
- an outstanding staff team who are all practicing professional dancers, choreographers and researchers with national and international reputations;
- a rich schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists and visiting teachers/choreographers to complement your studies;
- visiting professors of Dance who in the past have included Siobhan Davies, Helen Poyner, Miranda Tufnell and Caroline Bowditch;
- links with many Universities across the world and the opportunity to apply for exchange programmes during your studies;
- a dance research centre with staff of international standing, producing world-leading research. http://-dare.co.uk;
- regular performance opportunities;
- a professional dance organisation, Decoda, based at the University offering many additional opportunities. http://-uk.org
The course encourages creativity, exploration and a professional approach to contemporary dance. On our course you will have the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice through the study of dance technique, performance, choreography and contextual studies. The core course content includes the following subject areas:
- Regular contemporary dance technique classes, and supporting studies such as yoga, pilates, ballet and experiential anatomy;
- choreography and devising dance;
- performance skills in a range of settings, and the chance to work as a company during year two with visiting professional choreographers;
- improvisation, including contact improvisation;
- dance history and theory with an emphasis on current dance practise;
- optional studies in dance film, projects in teaching and community settings supported by theoretical studies, and placements with regional and national dance organisations;
- the chance for your final practical project to take place within a festival of dance.
With an emphasis on studio-based learning with daily technique and practical classes, our course is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, rehearsals, lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. Rather than formal exams you will gain your degree through the submission of practical and written coursework, and continuous assessment. In addition to this, all teaching staff are available to you this is a strong, impressive course which provides a robust artistic, practical and academic foundation towards a realistic career in the performing arts. ""I have seen a range of academic and practical work over the last year and have been consistently impressed with the continued evidence of strong and excellent pedagogy throughout the course which reflects current research as well as latest arts practices' - Karen da Silva - external examiner.HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: practical assessments 60%; essays 10%; group practical work 15%; presentations 15%.
A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.TEACHING CONTACT HOURS
In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:
Medium group teaching: 18 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week
Large group teaching: class sizes on this course are normally such that most of teaching is in small or medium-sized groups
Personal study: 20 hours each week of studying and rehearsing in your own time"