Why study at Roehampton

  • One of the UK’s biggest university dance departments with award-winning lecturers.
  • A well-rounded dance education that prepares you to work and live creatively in the modern world,
  • Specialist classes to develop your technique, with live music.
  • No. 1 university in the UK for dance research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Explore your enthusiasm for dance in this internationally-respected course, which focuses on dance in 21st-century Britain. You will explore dance in a broad range of multicultural and artistic contexts. The course will give you an introduction to both practical and theoretical aspects of dance, with techniques drawn from contemporary dance styles as well as ballet. We have strong links with the dance profession through our lecturers’ own creative work and choreographic research.

Dance Studies was voted by students as the Best Undergraduate Programme (RSU Awards 2014).

More details

Our BA in Dance Studies balances practical training in performance and choreography with vital academic studies for dance today. This course opens up new possibilities in moving, thinking and writing in dance:

  • you will gain a rigorous arts degree alongside your practical dance training;
  • whatever your career goals, you shape your pathway to fit your interests;
  • many options including hands-on learning in choreography, performance, teaching, dance criticism, dance therapy, theatre production and lighting design;
  • you will be part of the UK’s biggest dance studies department but you will also get individual support from your personal tutor and become part of our friendly and vibrant campus community.

Multiple pathways in dance

Deepen your understanding of dance from multiple viewpoints and expand your career prospects with:

  • academic, practical and vocational teaching by leading academics and dance professionals.
  • studies that focus on vital issues in dance today: understand the fundamentals of dance theory and learn to apply them to 21st century British dance – from ballet to breakdancing and Bollywood.
  • studio classes that cover ballet and five different contemporary techniques, plus choreography.

Year-by-year summary

First year

You develop a broad grounding in practical and theoretical areas of dance, such as choreography, technique, dance history, appreciation and contextualisation, the analysis of human movement and safe, healthy dance practice. Dance techniques are drawn from a range of contemporary styles (including Cunningham, Graham, Limón, release and contact improvisation) and ballet.

Second year

As your study develops you can begin to focus on your own interests. Areas of study include choreography and technique, and various theoretical modules offering philosophical, analytical, socio-historical, anthropological and movement-studies approaches.

Third year

While you can specialise in an area, you are expected to maintain an interdisciplinary and theoretical approach to your study. There are also modules that are more vocational in nature, such as Dance Criticism in Practice, the Teaching Artist, and Dance Performance and Repertory.

Example modules

  • Dance, Culture and Society
  • Screendance
  • Dance Criticism

Career options

This course allows graduates to go into a variety of professions, not just connected to dance. Within the dance industry, Roehampton graduates are working as community dance artists, choreographers, journalists, dancers, directors, teachers and arts managers.

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Honours

Single honours

Entry tariff

340 points

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Dance »


3 (full-time), 5–7 (part-time)

Tuition fees

£9,000 (2016; UK/EU) »

£12,500 (2016; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

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Related courses

BA BSc Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies »

MA PGDip PGCert Ballet Studies »

Further information

Contact our Recruitment team
undergraduate@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0)20 8392 3232

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