Dance with Theatre and Performance BA (Hons) – 2017 entry

I recently completed my Professional Training placement at Akram Khan Company - a professional dance company who are known worldwide for producing thoughtful, provocative and ambitious dance productions for the international stage.

What you'll study

Dance and theatre are fundamentally intertwined as avenues for expressing meaning and emotion through performance, often co-existing in the same piece of work or creative spaces.

They align beautifully in this natural Major/Minor combination, which gives you the opportunity to master critical techniques that will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of both disciplines, and also to explore your own creative ideas.

It is a sound choice for students looking to build a career in the modern performance industries, and for those who wish to become familiar with the history, techniques and contexts of theatre and dance.

Dance as your Major

Learn to balance creative independence and artistic integrity with the ability to work collaboratively within a challenging professional context. You will learn about the history of choreography, how the body can be used to express ideas, what the latest technologies mean for dance, and how dance succeeds in the modern creative industries.

We'll welcome you in to our thriving creative community, and support you as develop your ability to reflect critically on dance and its history while building your sense of self­-awareness and aesthetics.

As a member of the School of Arts there are also countless opportunities for collaborations across disciplines using the rehearsal, recording and performance facilities on our unusually well­endowed campus.

Our unique approach to your personal, professional and intellectual development means you can look forward to developing a range of specific and transferable skills for independent critical and creative practice (especially if you take the option of a Professional Training placement year).

You will thus graduate with a highly valuable head start for a career in dance or the wider performing­arts and creative industries.

Integrative module for Dance Majors

Dance as an artistic performance medium can address any subject, philosophy or field of thought. Dance as an academic discipline is all about managing creativity in order to facilitate expressive behaviour. These traits can be generalised to almost every other field of creative endeavour, and indeed beyond.

Together with your fellow Dance Majors, you'll examine how the topics that you are exploring in your Minor subjects are explored through dance, and vice versa. What are the key features of Dance as an academic discipline? Which of these are shared with the Minor subjects? And what can each learn from the other?

With careful prompting by your tutor, your group will engage in discussion and debate to share the personal experiences and insights into music deriving from study of each Minor subject.

Reflective essays and group presentations will give you the opportunity to crystallise your thoughts, communicate what you have learned and demonstrate your understanding of music from a more complete perspective.

Theatre and Performance as your Minor

Take Theatre and Performance as your Minor subject and you will develop the ability to analyse and discuss theatrical works (in text and performance), thereby improving your understanding and enjoyment of theatre in current practice.

By investigating the deeper social, cultural, historical and geographical contexts in which theatrical works are produced, you will develop a range of specific and transferable skills that centre upon independent critical and creative practice.

Module structure

Year 1
Major modules DanceIntegrative modules DanceMinor modules Theatre and Performance

Compulsory module:

Optional modules:

Year 2
Major modules DanceIntegrative modules DanceMinor modules Theatre and Performance

Compulsory module:

Optional modules:

Professional Training Placement (optional)

Professional Training placement year, taken as a professional work placement or academic exchange. Your activities during this period will be relevant to your Major subject (unless otherwise stated).

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Evaluation of Placement Learning
  • Transfer of Placement Learning
Year 3
Major modules DanceMinor modules Theatre and Performance

Optional modules:

How you'll split your time

You'll find your lectures and tutorials extremely stimulating, but a Surrey degree is so much more than just your classroom learning.

The information below details some of the extra opportunities and advantages of becoming a Surrey student. Naturally, many of these will be defined by your choice of Major (such as where you spend your Professional Training placement), but don't forget that your Minor will also add a valuable dimension to your Surrey experience.

Professional Training placements

Our unique and optional Professional Training placement gives you the chance to apply your knowledge and understanding in the context of a year-long placement, and thereby build your experience in a professional dance environment with high-quality mentoring and support from experienced placement hosts.

A pioneer in integrated professional training, the University has operated its placement scheme in partnership with industry and professional bodies for the last 40 years.

Employers interviewing graduates have been impressed by the maturity and professionalism of those with placement experience. Although dance students do not usually receive a salary, they are normally paid a bursary by their employer.

Organisations and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • Northern Ballet Theatre
  • Rambert Dance Company
  • Sadlers Wells
  • South East Dance
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet

Teaching

You will have practical classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Performance and choreography modules have higher class-contact time, while classroom-based modules have fewer contact hours but require independent study where you read, research, write and prepare work in your own time.

You will have the opportunity to develop computing skills using our e-learning facilities, in addition to word-processing, spreadsheet and database packages.

You will also be able to participate in dance classes, events, performances, seminars and residencies on campus, including extracurricular classes in Guildford School of Acting’s evening programme.

These are open not only to students studying Dance, Culture and Choreography, but also to the wider University community and the general public. This provides you with a lively and challenging dance environment.

Assessment

Modules are assessed in a format that is most suited to the content and structure of each. We therefore use a variety of assessment methods, such as essays, portfolios, seminar presentations, lecture demonstrations and performances.

Contact hours

The following represents an indicative estimate of how you can expect your time to be split on this programme, based on the information available at the time of publication (February 2016):

  • 16 per cent medium group teaching
  • 5 per cent large group teaching
  • 79 per cent studying and revising in your own time

Facilities

Our Dance degree programmes are well resourced and include the PATS dance studio and the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre. The campus is home to a unique archive, the National Resource Centre for Dance, and the School of Arts.

Global opportunities

You have the opportunity to spend time abroad on a work placement in a foreign country or studying at one of our partner universities.

These include the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech in America. Additionally we operate exchanges with La Trobe University and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Brock University and Ontario University in Canada.

The benefits of working or following courses abroad are numerous. You are exposed to a different culture with its language and traditions which broaden your horizons in terms of knowledge but also in terms of employment opportunities.

Career opportunities and graduate prospects

Graduates of our Dance degree programme are currently employed in:

  • Performance
  • Choreography
  • Education (including private, secondary, further and higher education)
  • Community dance settings (including arts centres and arts and dance projects)
  • Theatre management
  • Dance company education
  • Public relations
  • Marketing

Dance graduates have also received employment in some of the foremost dance institutions in the UK, including:

  • Greenwich Dance Agency
  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
  • The Place Theatre
  • English National Ballet

Our graduates have an excellent track record in securing places on MA and PGCE courses in dance and related subjects. Over the last few years, Surrey Dance students have gone on to careers such as:

  • West London Partnership/Surrey County Council, Graduate Dance Teacher
  • Royal Opera House, Education Department
  • Independent Dance, Administrator
  • King Edward VI School, Dance Teacher
  • East London Dance, Project Co-ordinator
  • Ludus Dance Agency, Project Manager
  • Self-employed, Ballet Teacher
  • Dance School, Maya Sofou, Athens, Dance Teacher
  • Rambert Dance Company, Development Officer
  • Arts Strategy, Arts Council, Assistant Officer
  • Greenwich Dance Agency, Programme Co-ordinator
  • South East Dance, Programme Producer
  • The Place, Education Officer
  • Laban, Education Officer

2017 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

AAB-ABB

We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking in our offers.

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

75 per cent-74 per cent

International Baccalaureate

35-34 points required

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

Dance at either A or AS-level (or equivalent) is preferable.

Grade A at A-level in an arts, humanities or social science subject.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent).

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited for an audition/workshop and interview. During the visit to the University, the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

6.5 IELTS minimum overall

6.0 IELTS minimum in each sub-skill

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years 77UT View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years 9HU4 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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Other Major/minor Courses

What does it mean to study a course as a major or minor?

A Major/Minor degree lets you build in-depth knowledge of one subject (your Major) while also studying another topic (your Minor). At Surrey, your Major/Minor degree also includes an integrative module that allows you to develop a unique understanding of how your two chosen subjects relate to each other.

The type and title of the degree conferred upon you will reflect your Major subject while acknowledging your Minor. For example, you could receive BA (Hons) English Literature with Psychology, BSc (Hons) Politics with Creative Writing, BMus (Hons) Music with Digital Media Arts, etc.

What are the pros and cons of studying a Major/Minor course?

A Major/Minor degree gives you the opportunity to build a much broader base of knowledge than a traditional single-subject degree, but without sacrificing the opportunity to acquire real expertise in a particular field. You will come into contact with students, academics and ideas from two disciplines rather than one.

There are a small number of careers that require graduate membership of a chartered institute, for which an accredited single-honours degree may be necessary, or which require particular postgraduate or doctoral qualifications that may only be gained after completing an undergraduate degree in a specific, single-honours subject. However, for the overwhelming majority of career paths this is not the case and in most cases there are conversion courses or equivalency allowances should you later decide you wish to follow a career with these requirements. Please speak to a careers advisor for further clarification.

What would studying a Major/Minor course mean for my job prospects?

Modern employers rarely demand a specific degree relevant to their field or sector, instead preferring culturally aware people who can place their knowledge in a wider context, who have used their time as a student to develop personally and intellectually as well as academically, and who leave university with impressive professional workplace experience already under their belt.

Because of this, it is the graduates who have combined academic achievement with the development of critical skills, who have acquired the capacity for independent learning across a range of subjects and who are comfortable dealing with a wide variety of colleagues and clients who will find themselves in greater and greater demand.

How will my time be split on a Major/Minor programme?

As you'd expect, the majority of your degree modules, exams, coursework and assessment marks will come from your Major subject. As a guideline, we would expect you to spend around 70% of your time studying for your Major, with the remaining 30% dedicated to your Minor. However, our Major/Minor framework allows you to choose from a flexible range of optional modules, so the actual balance will depend on your own preferences and requirements.

Remember also that Surrey Major/Minor degrees include our unique integrative modules, which bring you together with your fellow students to reflect on how your Major and Minor subjects complement each other.

See all Major/Minor courses

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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