Dance BA (Hons) – 2018 entry
Why choose this course
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.
What you will study
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.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||PPM3||View KIS data set|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||PPM4||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Our unique, optional Professional Training placement will give 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.
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
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our students work as dancers, choreographers, teachers, researchers, managers and leaders and are much sought after by the dance industry.
Graduates of our BA Dance degree programme are currently employed in:
- 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
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:
- Ballet Dance Teacher, Ballet School Eva Sergidou
- Secondary Trainee Dance Teacher, Essex Teacher Training
- PA to the Artistic Director, Akram Khan Company
- Customer and Administration Assistant, Dance Xchange
- Performer, Disneyland Paris
- Apprentice Engagement Producer, English National Ballet
- Access Worker, Stopgap Dance Company.
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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.
Our dance degree programmes are well resourced and include the PATS dance studio and the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre. Our campus is home to a unique archive and the National Resource Centre for Dance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Choose 2 from the optional 5 modules.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
Choose 3 from the optional 7 modules.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
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.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
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All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
Suitable applicants will be invited to interview. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students. Offers are normally made in terms of grades.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||£9,250||£17,500||Not applicable|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||£9,250||£17,500||£1,850|
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.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £60 approx. - Uniform including specialist footwear
- UK-based activity: £150 approx. - Dance trips (students should aim to see some live dance throughout the course of their programme)
Grand total: £210 approx.
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.
How to apply
Learn how to apply for an undergraduate course, see details about the UCAS application process and determine the steps you need to take if you receive an offer to study.
Our undergraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students.
"I would definitely recommend a Professional Training placement to others because I now have a year of industry experience before I have even finished my degree."
"The staff are leading academics in the field of dance, or amazing professional associates who are performing and teaching all over the country. Just being at Surrey, you make connections to staff members with a rich history or present activity in the field."