Dance (BA)

Undergraduate Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Dance at Roehampton is world-renowned, where you will join a diverse and inspiring community of staff and students. This is where you will foster academic and artistic excellence, creativity and innovation.

Dance (BA)
Entry Tariff

112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code

W500

Duration

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

Start date

September 2024

Degree Type

BA (single honours)

Modules

These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change.

 
 

This course offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further. If you choose this route, you will take the placement following year two of your course, and then return to complete your degree.

Why take a placement?

A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience, to build on the career skills we will teach you on this degree. The connections you make on the placement will improve your career prospects further, and equip you with the skills you need to secure graduate-level employment.

How we support you

The University's Placement and Work Experience Team are experts at helping you to secure a placement. They will work closely with you from the start, helping you research potential employers, discover placement opportunities, create and pitch your CV, and will coach you to perform well in interviews. We aren't able to guarantee a placement, but our sector-leading advisors will give you the best possible chance of securing one.

Find out more about how we'll support you  

We understand that your plans might change once you start your programme. If you decide not to do a placement, you will have the option of completing the three year version of your programme.

Whatever your choice, you will have access to many opportunities for work experience through our Placement and Work Experience Team, and access to face-to-face and 24/7 online careers support.

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

 

Skills

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Our BA Dance offers an innovative and broad curriculum taught by artists and researchers who are leading specialists in their fields and provides an excellent springboard for you to thrive in your career in dance and the arts.

You will engage in a comprehensive study of dance, integrating theory with dance practice in a vibrant, tight-knit community.

The skills you'll develop include those around:

  • Dance forms
  • Contact improvisation
  • Release technique
  • Ballet

You'll be encouraged to reflect on dance in imaginative ways and develop your analytical skills – for instance, by considering how dance both shapes and is shaped by society, or how choreographers respond to a multicultural and globalised environment.

 

We are ranked number one in the UK for the impact of our research in dance (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Our BA Dance course is number one for learning resources in London (National Student Survey 2020).

Excellent career and earnings prospects: Roehampton is in the top five universities in London for graduate pay in dance (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020 results, earnings three years after graduation).

How you'll learn

Your classes are led by artists and academics with qualifications from some of the world's top universities and conservatoires.

The School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences provides a virtually unparalleled breadth of curricular expertise.

The needs of each individual student are at the centre of the course, meaning that the course will be shaped around your own interests and ambitions, and will provide you with countless opportunities to flourish. 

 

 

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During this three-year degree, you will follow your own interests, gaining a strong understanding and knowledge of dance in both theory and practice. You will discover many different ways to experience dance, not only in performing, but also a variety of other roles including as an educator, artist, producer, policymaker, curator and screendance maker.

We have exciting partnerships with a host of illustrious choreographers, artists and dance companies. Our students have worked with renowned figures such as Akram Khan, Gaby Agiss, Igor and Moreno, and Rosemary Lee.

How you'll be assessed

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Your assessments reflect the real-world of dance, preparing you for your future. 

You’ll be set authentic assessments, meaning that your projects, tasks and exercises will replicate the working world of dance, ensuring that you are fully prepared for life after graduation.

Between Years 2 and 3, you can also opt for a professional placement year, meaning you can apply for a placement and gain valuable real-world experience in dance.

Career options

During this three-year degree, you will follow your own interests, gaining a strong understanding and knowledge of dance in both theory and practice.

Your future role could be:

  • Choreographer 
  • Dancer
  • Artistic director
  • Community dance artist 
  • Journalist 
  • Teacher
  • Arts manager
  • Arts Programmer

 

 

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Whether you want to be front and centre stage, behind the lights, moulding the next generation of talent or working in policy and advocacy, our world-class BA Dance course will equip you with all the tools you need to succeed. Our degree also opens up an array of opportunities in other fields and professions by developing key transferable skills throughout your three years at Roehampton.

Our successful dance alumni include Robyn Cabaret who is a Programmer at Sadler's Wells; Tom Bowes, who works at Northern Contemporary Dance School; Ceyda Tanc who runs her own dance company; Holly Blakey, an award-winning music video choreographer and director, and Maya Pindar, dance critic and reviewer.

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. We will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

Application Info

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

 

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We welcome applicants with a wide range of qualifications, including BTECs, A-levels and T Levels.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential. In some cases, we will make you a contextual offer. Contextual offers ensure that all applicants have a fair opportunity of gaining a place with us, regardless of their background. Find out more about contextual offers.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available on our How to apply page.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2024 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £15,750 £998

We offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries. See our 2024 financial support pages for UK students, and for international students.

We also provide other ways to support the cost of living, including free buses and on-campus car parking, hardship support and some of the most affordable student accommodation and catering in London. Find out more about how we can support you.

Entry tariff

We welcome applications from students studying T Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

Specific entry requirements

Applicants who are not currently taking/do not hold a qualification in dance will be asked to submit performance footage. For further information please email admissions@roehampton.ac.uk.

General entry requirements

UK students

Contextual offers

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements.

Find out more  

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Our Students

"Dance at Roehampton brings all the arts together and offers you the chance to study topics like dance philosophy, psychology and anthropology in-depth. Undergraduate students collaborate with postgraduate students, enabling them to further their knowledge and practice."

Kashish Gaba, Dance

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