Dance BA (Hons)
Reasons to study Dance BA (Hons) at De Montfort University : Daily technique class
includes contemporary, ballet for contemporary dancers, fusion and contact improvisation. Personalise your studies
in Dance: Choreography and Performance or Dance: Education and the Community, aligning your Degree to your career aspirations. Enhance your employability
through excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists that enrich your experience, keep the curriculum current and reflect industry practice. Real life experience
is offered though a placement module in your final year where you gain valuable real life experience in a professional setting. International opportunity
through #DMUglobal gives you the opportunity to take part in an exciting international experience that will help shape your creative ideas. Recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts
with superb facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for dance and performance learning activities. The course is intellectually and artistically demanding, offering daily dance class in contemporary techniques; ballet for contemporary dancers; fusion and improvisation; as well as Performance and Choreography (live and screen); Dance in Education and Community, Understanding the Dance Profession; Promoting Dance; Sustaining Professional Practice, and a Placement.
In your second year, you may choose to personalise your studies in Dance: Choreography and Performance or Dance: Education and the Community , aligning your Degree to your career aspirations
You will learn about dance from internationally recognised teachers and researchers in exceptional studios and facilities.
Our dance graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are
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Placements The final year Placement module supports you to gain valuable real-life experience in a professional setting with an artistic, education or community organisation of your choice. You will be supervised by a member of Dance staff and liaise with the University’s Work Based Learning Unit to negotiate your placement with a dance, arts or educational organisation. Students have recently worked with Akram Khan, Moving Together, Forward Thinking Movement and Dance, Fuelled Dance Theatre, New Art Club and Serendipity Arts, as well as securing teaching placements in schools and colleges. #DMUglobal #DMUglobal provides opportunities to enhance your understanding and experience of contemporary dance as an international art form. Recent #DMUglobal dance trips included a visit to the Spring Dance and Theatre Festival in the beautiful city of Utrecht, Holland. Students saw cutting edge performances, took part in workshops and discussion and made their own video responses which were screened on the festival’s own website. DMU dance students visited Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat, where they provided a dance activity programme for the children of the Gandhi Ashram and the local community. Led by DMU dance graduate Emily Bolton (Moving Together’s Dance Director), the programme helped the children learn a wide variety of dance styles, as well as develop their creativity and produce theoretical work. Graduate careers Our dance graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever changing demands of the current dance profession. They are equipped to successfully work in a range of dance-related careers as educators, performers, choreographers and managers, producers. . Students have gone on to work as heads of school and college dance departments, university lecturers, community dance practitioners, a former Director of Dance at Arts Council England and award-winning choreographers, such as Akram Khan
Typical entry requirements 112 points from at least 2 A'levels or BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points GCSEs - Five GCSEs grades A* - C (9-4) including English Language or Literature at grade C/4 or above. Access - Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C/4 or above. We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C/4 or above (if required as part of our standard requirement). Interview/Practical Workshop required: Yes International students
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Achievements for this centre
- Contemporary Dance
- Dance Technique
- IT Management
- Dance Techniques 1
- Ensemble Performance
- Exploring the Dance Profession
- Dance Techniques 2
- Performance Project
- Choreography for Live Performance
- Choreography for Screen
- Dance Contexts
- Teaching and Leading Dance 1
- The Healthy Practitioner
- Creative Enterprise 1
- Promoting Dance
In your final year you choose from a range of modules, listed below. This enables you to personalise your studies in line with your interests and career pathways.
Modules offered may include:
- Dance Techniques 3
- Dance Technique and Performance
- Dance Company
- Screen Dance: Concept to Production
- Teaching and Leading Dance 2
- Dance as History
- Dance Research Project 1
- Dance Research Project 2
- Placement 1
- Placement 2
- Creative Enterprise 2
- Education and the Performing Arts
Click here for more detailed module information: Year one - Year two - Year three
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current
Teaching and learning takes place in practical classes, workshops, performances, lectures, screenings, demonstrations, small group discussions and one-to-one tutorials. In your independent study time you will undertake research by viewing, reflecting, analysing, writing and in practical explorations.
All assessment is via coursework and includes classwork, presentations, choreography, written assignments and portfolios.
We have one of the largest teams of dance staff in the UK and, as they are practising artists and researchers, you can be assured of keeping up-to-date with current research and trends in dance. Our excellent teaching and research was acknowledged when DMU was designated a Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Performance Arts.
Our academic dance staff have international reputations for performance, choreography, research and innovative teaching. World-renowned choreographer and former student, Akram Khan, has acknowledged the “inspirational teaching” he experienced at DMU.
Dance staff work closely with local, national and international dance organisations including Dance 4 and People Dancing. We also enjoy close links with artists and professional organisations, such as the Akram Khan Company, New Art Club, Moving Together and Serendipity Arts who have offered students work experience and internships.
In your final year you have practical opportunities to work with professional, educational or community organisations to develop skills in dance teaching, leading and promotion.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 22 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.
Dance BA (Hons)