Dance BA (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
We were the first university to set up an academic dance department over 30 years ago. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally-leading centre for dance practice and research.
Our unique BA Dance course gives you the opportunity to experience diverse dance practices and to interrogate dance in a contemporary globalised culture.
Surrey is ranked in the top five for drama and dance in the UK by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
What you will study
On our rich BA Dance course, you‘ll train in a broad range of contemporary dance practices and gain exciting insight into dance histories and contexts. We offer a fully-integrated course and welcome differently-abled bodies.
You’ll gain the vital skills needed for a professional career in dance, benefitting from being part of the dynamic dance community at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).
In addition, our BA Dance students have the opportunity of taking extra-curricular technique classes with fellow GSA students and join the University dance squad.
We offer exposure to different approaches, including release, African, south-east Asian, and ballet-based contemporary dance practices. You’ll have the opportunity to join our student-led dance company and work with a resident dance company.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BA (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||PPM3||View KIS data set|
|BA (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||PPM4||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with 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 many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
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.
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 take 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:
- English National Ballet
- One Dance UK
- Rambert Dance Company
- East London Dance
- Greenwich Dance
- MotionHouse Dance Theatre
- StopGap Dance Company.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. 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 the 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 course are currently employed within:
- 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. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You will 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:
- Monash University, Australia
- University of Wollongong, Australia
- Brock University, Canada
- North Carolina State University, US
- Texas Tech University, US
- University of Central Florida, US
- University of Cincinnati, US.
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 courses are well-resourced and include access to Surrey’s PATS dance studio and our state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre. Our campus is also 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 (PDF) 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. 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. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
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).
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Guildford School of Acting.
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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, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development 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.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other 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.
If you are a suitable applicant you will be invited to interview. During your visit to the University you will take part in a dance class, find out more about the course and meet staff and students. We make offers following a successful interview and are usually made in terms of grades.
If you can demonstrate exceptional academic performance in your schooling to date, you could be awarded an unconditional offer following a successful interview, as part of the University’s Unconditional Offer Scheme.
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||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BA (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BA (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
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 course:
- Safety equipment and/or uniform: £60 approximately - Uniform including specialist footwear
- UK-based activity: £150 approximately - Dance trips (you should aim to see some live dance throughout the duration of your course)
Grand total: £210 approximately.
These additional costs are accurate as of September 2018 and apply to the 2019 year of entry. Costs for 2020 entry will be published in September 2019.
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.
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"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."