Year 1 (Level 4)
Technique and Style 1 (20 credits)
In Year 1, you engage in dance classes in contemporary (Limon), ballet and jazz.
Dance in Society: Modern/Contemporary (20 credits)
Here you study practically European influences, early pioneers of modern dance and key innovators of early modern dance. You will also undertake a cultural study of African contemporary dance.
Year 2 (Level 5)
Technique and Style 2 (20 credits)
You study Limonbased and Releasebased contemporary styles and modern ballet.
Dance in Society: Post-modern and Independent (20 credits)
You study the development of new/independent dance and post modernism. You also undertake a cultural study in South Asian dance.
Choreography: New/Independent Approaches (20 credits)
You explore different ways of presenting work such as sitespecific, dance for the camera/dance film, use of digital image and theatre style work. You create a group piece of choreography.
Year 3 (Level 6)
Dance in Society: Pushing Boundaries (20 credits)
The focus is on innovation and development within choreography and professional works. The social and political landscape is explored in greater depth.
This is an illustrative sample of some of the options we offer. Please note that not all optional modules will run each year as these are dependent on student numbers.
In Year 1 (level 4) you can take one of the following optional modules
Dance Science: Student as Dancer (20 credits)
Here the focus is on the student as dancer through an exploration of aspects of anatomy and physiology. It is underpinned by a consideration of safe working practices and factors that help to maintain a healthy dancer.
In semester 2
Choreography: mainstream making (20 credits)
In your first year, you study mainstream choreography and ways of creating dance and create a solo piece of choreography.
Interdisciplinary module: Devising (20 credits)
This module focuses on interdisciplinary working in the devising process in groups with students from music, performing arts, dance and drama.
In Year 2 (level 5) you can take one of the following optional modules:
Global Experience in Dance (20 credits)
You will explore arts and culture in another country including a short trip abroad.
Interdisciplinary module: Arts and Politics (20 credits)
You examine the incorporation of political agendas into theatre, music, and dance.
In Year 3 (level 6) you can take one of the following optional modules:
Repertoire (20 credits)
You become a company and work on an intensive repertoire and choreography project and performance with a choreographer in residence. For example, as part of this module recently, students studied and performed work with Russell Maliphant, Kenrick Sandy (Boy blue Internationa), Luke Birch and Dam van Huynh.
Interdisciplinary module: Community Arts Project (20 credits)
You will work as interdisciplinary teams and create a community based arts project, sharing and applying skills, knowledge and understanding of arts to the context and the practicalities of project development, management and delivering a project.
In semester 2 you can choose from:
Dance Research: Applied (20 credits)
You have an opportunity to investigate a particular area of interest related to dance/dance education as an independent project.
Choreography: Risk and Independence (20 credits)
You continue to examine different ways of presenting work such as sitespecific, 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. You choose whether you create a solo, group or larger ensemble piece choreography and the way to present your work.
Interdisciplinary module: Multimedia Performance (20 credits)
This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of multimedia performance and interactive performance installation. Multimedia performance embraces a new technology as means of extending both the self and place. (Can be chosen if combined)