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  • 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)
  • Roehampton has a global reputation. We are ranked number one for dance research in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • Our BA Dance course is number one for learning resources in London (National Student Survey 2020) 
  • We are ranked in the top 10 universities in London for dance (The Times Good University Guide, 2021)
  • A fantastic learning environment, focused on developing your artistic excellence and creative mindset, while broadening your career horizons in an inclusive and supportive community
  • The best of both worlds: study in a safe, green and peaceful environment ideal for artists and creatives, with easy access to London's cultural attractions

Summary

Dance at Roehampton is world-renowned with its international and diverse faculty. Our outstanding BA Dance fosters academic and artistic excellence, creativity and innovation, and is taught by artists and researchers who are leading specialists in their fields.

Our degree offers an innovative and broad curriculum 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.

Our School of Arts provides a virtually unparalled breadth of curricular expertise. We’re responsive to the needs of each individual student, meaning that the course will be shaped around your interests and ambitions, and provide you with countless opportunities to flourish both pre and post-graduation

Our classes are led by artists and academics with a wealth of experience and teaching expertise. They hold qualifications from some of the world's top universities and conservatoires, and are experts in their fields.

Exploring familiar and unfamiliar dance forms, from ballet to capoeira to hip hop, 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 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.

You will also have the opportunity to study dance in the context of politics, history, and cultural identity, and learn about areas such as theatre lighting, stage design and management, and screendance, to enhance your production and project management abilities. Our BA Dance is designed to fully prepare you for life both on and off the stage.

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.

Year one

  • Engage with a diverse range of practical and theoretical areas of dance.
  • Topics include choreography, dance practice and performance, dance history, dance in society and communities, dance analysis, the role of gender in dance and dance science.
  • Your first year is designed to help you discover where your passion sits within dance practice, production and history so that you can specialise in year two and forge your career path.

Year two

  • You’ll have the opportunity to choose your modules and focus on areas of special interest to you.
  • Further your understanding of choreography, dance practice and performance by building on your foundation skills from year one.
  • Have the space to experiment further and explore your curiosity as a thinking dancer, gaining a well-rounded view of the dance field. You’ll be able to tailor your degree to suit your needs and passions, and focus on the importance of dance in our culture, identity, history and politics.

Year three

  • Become an independent and confident dancer, taking your learning in the direction you want to go in once you’ve graduated.
  • Take up the chance to lead Footprint, our annual dance festival, or choose modules such as Teaching Artist, Applied Lighting, and Dance Performance and Repertory, meaning that you will be able to develop and define your own ideas for dance production as preparation for your career in creative industries.
  • Delve deeper into dance theory, philosophy and analysis through our range of optional modules available in your final year – viewing dance through numerous different lenses. 

Here are examples of the modules we currently offer:

Year 1

Dance Practice 1
Dance Performance 1
Thinking Through Dance 1
Thinking Through Dance 2
Thinking Through Dance Project
Improvisation and Dance Composition

Year 2

Students take either both of these modules. or just Dance Practice 2 if they wish to take three modules from the required selection below:

Dance Practice 2
Dance Performance 2

Students take at least two modules from the following:

Dance Science in Practice
Dance History and Politics
Dance Analysis and Philosophy of Dance
Dance Cultures and Identities

Students take one of the following three modules:

Choreography and Collaboration
Choreography and Site
Choreography and Improvisation

Students take one of the Independent Study modules:

Dance International Report
Extended Essay

Year 3

Independent study module
Dissertation

Optional practice module
Dance Practice 3

Students are required to take at least one of the following modules:

Dance, Science and Somatics
Dance Anthropology
Dance Philosophy and Aesthetics
Dance, Power and Politics
Re-presenting and Embodying Dance History

Optional practice module
Dramaturgy and Collaborative Practice
From Process to Product
Screendance

Vocational set module
Dance Performance and Repertory
Dance Movement Psychotherapy Fundamentals
The Teaching Artist
Applied Lighting and Production for Dance

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

At Roehampton’s School of Arts, you will have fantastic facilities on campus while being a stone's throw away from the performance capital of dance, drama and theatre: London.

Our modern, well-equipped theatre is used for both student and professional performances, workshops and acting classes, and is accompanied by four beautiful studios, dedicted to further technique classes and studio-based learning.

You'll have access to the perfect mix of traditional and new ways of learning, and will be able to take advantage of cutting edge technology for sound and video recording and dance-computer interaction, while having access to one of the finest dance libraries in the country, which holds more than 52,000 books, journals and videos. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with fellow students to curate and produce our annual dance festival, Footprint; and to lead or perform in our student-led dance company, Third Row.

You can gain experience in teaching dance on campus in our remarkable Dance Society, or in the local community as part of a professional placement.

You can also opt to spend some time studying abroad in countries such as the USA, Australia or New Zealand. Many of our BA Dance students have been on exchange visits to universities in California, Auckland, Baltimore and Sydney.

Roehampton graduates are working as choreographers, dancers, artistic directors, community dance artists, journalists, teachers, arts managers and programmers.

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.

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Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.