Undergraduate study

BA (Hons) Dance

UCAS code: W590 BA/D

Note that we are only accepting direct entry applications for final year in 2018.

You study a range of dance techniques, learn how to choreograph and teach. You also develop your knowledge and understanding of the world of dance practitioners and how to manage yourself as a dance artist. You focus on practical skills and are taught over 16-18 contact hours a week which includes daily studio practice.

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  • Length: 1 year

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  • Not available part-time

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Through performances, shared projects with other disciplines and realistic work experiences you develop your individuality, creativity, versatility and communication skills. At the end of the academic year you take part in the 16 Degrees festival, when you and your fellow students operate as a professional dance company, taking ownership of all aspects of the performance – choreographing and performing, rehearsal direction, stage management and marketing. You have the chance to be involved with a variety of professional organisations such as the international Tees Dance Film Fest and mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art).This degree prepares you to sustain a lifelong career in the dance sector. You develop yourself as an artist. We place emphasis on innovation, using technology in the arts and operating as a healthy dancer, as well as on how to manage a career in dance including marketing and business skills.

A practical study of dance is coupled with knowledge of different traditions and uses of dance, and an understanding of the place of dance in society.

You engage in several dance techniques ranging from contemporary dance and modern jazz to somatic practices such as Pilates, yoga and body conditioning and you experience current trends with visiting artists. You develop your unique movement style by improvisation and choreography classes. The course emphasises creative ideas and innovative practice, combined with a high level of professional awareness and a dedicated work ethic.

You take part in a number of performances, led by tutors and international visiting artists, as well as your own choreographies – these are performed in theatres, art galleries, informal studio settings or on location.

You focus on being a healthy dancer, on safe dance practice and teaching skills. Underpinned by the knowledge gained in modules such as Dance Science and Dance Facilitation Skills you practice how to teach and facilitate Dance for various groups and environments. You have the opportunity to develop your teaching practice with groups in the University as well as outside organisations, and you undertake work-based projects in the community with artists or regional organisations of your choice.

We have strong expertise in dance on film and Teesside University hosts the international Tees Dance Film Fest – the only dance film festival in the UK, where you can submit your films to the young filmmakers programme. You focus on how to choreograph dance specifically devised for the camera and learn how to film and edit a dance film. You explore how to use different media creating dance, such as sound editing and using digital technology in creative processes.

Teesside University offers unique support in setting up new businesses, and you learn how to develop a digital portfolio, website and how to write a business plan. You also develop your entrepreneurial skills, which are vital to build a career in the dance sector and wider creative industry.

Your classes take place in a purpose-equipped dance studio with a professional fully sprung floor. You have access to state-of-the-art editing facilities, cameras and an industry-standard fully equipped theatre.

Course structure

Final-year core modules

Dance Professional Performance – Student Company

You perform and operate as a professional touring dance company Divers@tees. Divers@tees devises and creates exciting and inspiring repertoire with accompanying educational workshops that will appeal to regional secondary schools. You take on the role of performer, co-choreographer, workshop leader, producer and project manager. You gain industry specific experience and increase your understanding of your professional practice and working with others.

Dance Professional Practice – Performance and Professional Events

Following on from the Dance Professional Performance – Student Company module in semester 1, this module will continue to develop your professional skills by working in practice based contexts with visiting professionals and students from other disciplines within and outside the University. You will operate as a performance practitioner in a range of different contexts, learning to apply professional disciplines and work practices to apply your acquired skills in new and unfamiliar contexts. The module requires you to work autonomously, with tutor support available.

Final-year Creative Project

This is a large scale student led third year project. For this module you will be expected to research prepare and produce a performance (for any medium) or a creative arts event in a field of your choice. Lectures and workshops include: Resourcing and planning, workshop development, team building, and ethical and professional conduct. All lectures and workshops are followed by supervisory support.

Researching the Arts

This is the biggest academic project you will undertake within your degree. Once you have agreed a subject for research with your supervisor, you begin the process of investigation. You work will be disseminated in one of two ways: either as a 5,000-word written dissertation; or as a live lecture / presentation. There is scope for a performance element within the latter.

Work-related Contexts

As part of this module you undertake a work placement with an appropriate artist/practitioner or organisation. This gives you the chance to gain valuable hands on experience. For example, you might shadow and assist a dance teacher in a secondary school, work with a community dance artist on a particular performance project or work with the marketing department of a national dance agency.
Seminars support your development and equip you with essential skills such as Interview techniques and how to evaluate your work.


Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You undertake both practical and theoretical studies, including dance classes and workshops, other practical sessions, lectures, seminars and presentations, and performances. These are in a number of different learning environments and also in the wider community. There is a work placement later in the course.

How you are assessed

Your practical and theoretical knowledge are assessed through technique classes, performances, presentations, leading workshops and classes, and contextual and reflective writing around your practice.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are able to work in a number of different contexts within the dance industry. This programme is rooted in the community and educational arenas, while developing your digital and entrepreneurial skills – all these aspects contribute to your employability. You gain a wide range of transferable skills which can be applied within the dance world, in other educational and community careers and in the wider creative sector. Graduates are also equipped to continue into further study, either vocational or academic.

Examples of our graduates’ career paths:

  • internships at dance company – Fertile Ground, Newcastle upon Tyne, as dancer, company administrator
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, leading to full-time employment in primary and secondary schools and higher education
  • leading a dance school teaching vocational dance styles
  • freelance dance artist delivering dance health, fitness and the community
  • postgraduate study in degrees such as MA Dance Professional Practice and MA Management.

Entry requirements

You need to audition for this course, as well as having formal academic qualifications or professional experience. We welcome your application if you're a mature student without traditional qualifications but with relevant experience or abilities.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information


  • Length: 1 year

More full-time details


  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information