BA honours in combination with another subject Dance 2016/17

The Dance degree is a three-year programme designed to prepare students for entry into the dance profession as dance artists. It develops skills, knowledge and understanding of a range of dance techniques and styles, creative responses and ways of making dance and performance within a broad artistic, multicultural and international context. The new combined honours Dance pathway will provide opportunities for students to develop their interests and specialist areas in dance technique, choreography and performance. Graduates could pursue careers as dancers or choreographers however to combine subjects may provide greater opportunities for students to develop as independent artists with portfolio careers.

The Dance programme is studied over three years full-time. Study is, generally, undertaken at three levels (one for each year of study). In Year 3, there is a focus on greater analysis and critical response of dance works.

In Year 1 students will take the following modules to make up the 60 credits required: Technique and Style 1 (20 credits), Choreography 1 (20 credits), and Dance in Society 1 (20 credits).

Technique and Style: In Year 1, students engage in dance classes in contemporary, ballet and African dance techniques and styles.

Choreography: In their first year, students study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.

Dance in Society: Here students study the roots of dance, European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance.

Students in Year 2 can take between 40 and 80 credits from Technique and Style 2 (20 credits), Choreography 2 (20 credits), Dance in Society 2 (20 credits), Dance Research 2 (20 credits).

Technique and Style: Students study Limon-based and Cunningham-based contemporary styles, modern ballet and South Asian styles.

Choreography: Students explore different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. Students create a group piece of choreography.

Dance in Society: Students study the development of new/independent dance and post-modernism. There is a study of a range of choreographers, professional works and repertoire.

Finally, in Year 3, students can opt to take between 40 and 80 credits from the following modules; Repertoire (20 credits), Choreography 3 (20 credits), Dance in Society 3 (20 credits), Dance Research 3 (20 credits).

Repertoire: Students become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. As part of this module students study Cunningham-based contemporary South Asian technique and styles.

Choreography: Students continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as site-specific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work and are encouraged to take greater risks and work with increasing greater independence. Students choose whether they create a solo, group or larger ensemble piece choreography.

Dance in Society: The focus within this module is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in greater depth. There is a study of a range of choreographers, professional works and repertoire.

Students may wish to develop a portfolio career as a dancer/choreographer/freelance artist. They may wish to work with a dance company as a dancer. They may want to develop as a choreographer developing dance film/dance for the camera, site specific work or dance using digital media. They may wish to undertake post graduate study and would have pre-requisites for a Masters in Choreography or Creative Practice for example. Students may wish to pursue a career in teaching and could apply for a PGCE or Schools Direct course.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Confidence
  • Self-presentation
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-discipline
  • An open mind and the ability to move beyond boundaries and experiment with different ideas
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical, critical and research skills
  • Ability to cope with criticism and learn from it
  • Stamina

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with Dance


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course (with no PT option) are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact or the International Office:

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    The offer of a place will be based on an audition and short interview



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