Dance BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

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What you'll study

Over 30 years ago the University of Surrey was the first university to set up an academic dance department. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally leading centre for dance practice and research. Our unique degree gives you the opportunity to experience diverse dance practices and to interrogate dance in a contemporary globalised culture.

Programme overview

On our rich Dance programme you will train in a broad range of contemporary dance practices and gain exciting insight into dance histories and contexts. Our students work as dancers, choreographers, teachers, researchers, managers and leaders and are much sought after by the dance industry. Our unique approach rejects the artificial separation of ‘practice’ and ‘theory’, and develops your understanding of dance as a diverse and dynamic cultural practice. You will be given vital knowledge and competence for a professional career in dance, benefitting from both the heritage of the University of Surrey as well as being part of the dynamic dance community at Guildford School of Acting. We offer a fully integrated course and welcome differently-abled bodies.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

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.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

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 and the National Resource Centre for Dance.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

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, America
  • Texas Tech University, America
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne
  • Monash University, Melbourne
  • Brock University, Canada
  • Ontario University, 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. 

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

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.

If you choose to undertake a Professional Training placement, you will work with an established dance organisation based within the United Kingdom or internationally. You may choose to specialise in a particular area of dance, for example within dance management, community dance or dance company education, but whatever your specialism you will find yourself involved in a wide variety of activities.

Organisations and companies that have participated in the scheme include:

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

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

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

ABB

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

74 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

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.

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Required subjects

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates may be invited for an audition and interview. Applicants who submit a strong application and/or perform well at interview are likely to receive a lower offer.

During the visit to the University, the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

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.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years PPM3 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years PPM4 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.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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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.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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