BA (Hons) Dance Performance

Develop your technical, creative and performance skills

Develop your technical, creative and performance skills

W505
3 years Full Time
Bishop Otter Campus
  • Develop your technical skills with intensive training and specialist performance classes
  • Complete up to 8 dance and performance techniques classes per week
  • Join the 3Fall dance company in your third year and tour around the country
  • Learn from experienced and sector-active dance practitioners and researchers.
Dance student practicing a move in the studio

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Overview

Create your pathway to success on our intensive dance performance programme

Our BA (Hons) Dance Performance course prepares you for the world of work as a versatile dance artist and performer, as you focus on the practice of contemporary dance performance.

Develop your technical skills with intensive training

With a 70:30 practice-to-theory ratio, this highly-practical course builds your technical foundations through intensive daily classes under the guidance of our expert and active dance practitioners.

Areas of focus include:

  • Cunningham
  • Limon
  • Release
  • Ballet
  • Contact improvisation
  • Somatic practices
  • Dance styles from styles influenced from other cultural perspectives

Extend your performance skillset

In addition to your daily classes, our specialist performance technique classes allow you to explore a variety of specific aspects of contemporary dance performance and physical conditioning that relate to your own training.

Explore topics that include:

  • Choreography
  • Body conditioning
  • Advanced ballet
  • Aerial
  • Yoga
  • Feldenkrais

Gain professional experience within a working dance company

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to expand your professional network as you join the 3Fall Dance Company and work with industry-active choreographers to prepare a full evening performance, which you will then tour in theatres and schools across the country.

Work with professional choreographers and practitioners

You will work with professional choreographers from both within our Dance department and visiting artists to create a mixed bill of work ready to tour to schools and theatres around the country,

Our lecturers and dance tutors are all experienced, professional, and practicing choreographers, technique tutors, dance artists, and dance science specialists.

Our tutors approach each class as an opportunity to share their expertise with you to nurture your talent, extend your creativity, as they get to know you and your aspirations.

Collaborative and supportive community

Studying and training at the University of Chichester means that you will join our close, collaborative community of dancers, choreographers, writers, and researchers.

International exchange opportunities

As part of your dance course, you can take part in an international exchange programme during your second year, as you experience new cultures whilst you continue your dance training.

Prepare for your career

With work placement and study exchange opportunities, this course expands your network of professional contacts and provides you with vital experience within commercial dance spaces that help prepare you for your chosen career within the sector.

The ‘Preparing the Dance Artist for Work’ module helps you plan for your future career as you develop a showreel, a CV, social media presence, and your knowledge of auditions and funding in the arts.

On this course you will:

  • Develop your technique and performance skills through daily dance classes.
  • Gain vital professional experience as part of the 3Fall dance company.
  • Extend your practical and theoretical knowledge of dance performance.
  • Learn from experienced and sector-active dance practitioners and researchers.
  • Join a close dance community and work with dance students from other courses.

The Course

Build your technical skills and professional confidence

Year One

Build your skillset

During your first year, you will gain a solid foundation in dance practice with intensive daily technique classes and physical conditioning sessions to improve your performance skills, as well as weekly choreography sessions that explore composition and help you find your creative voice.

Year Two

Begin to specialise

In your second year, you will continue to develop your performance skills as you begin to specialise in areas such as repertory, scenography, aerial, and improvisation.

Preparing the Dance Artist for Work

In addition, you will begin to you plan for your future career in dance.

You will develop strategies to connect with dance companies and organisations, internships, and graduate apprenticeships.

You will also gain access to guidance on self-employment, insurance and DBS requirements through workshops and individual research projects.

Year Three

Expand your horizons

In your third year, you can specialise further by choosing modules on dance practice and performance that relate directly to careers in performance, choreography, dance movement psychotherapy, teaching, and interdisciplinary arts projects.

3Fall Dance Company

Your 3Fall company experience is central to your third year and reflects professional dance company approaches. You will work intensively with choreographers and rehearsal directors to create a full bill of work for touring to a range of venues, delivering workshops in education and community settings as you learn to become a valued member of a company.

This list is indicative and subject to change

Select a year

Choreography and Devising

The module will introduce a range of choreographic techniques, structures and working methods to initiate developments of choreographic skill. You will complete a tutor-led group performance which will enable you to engage creatively with current choreographic processes, strategies and direction in the development of a performance work through a collective process.

Choreography and Performance

You will explore the creative, compositional, devising and production approaches characteristics of contemporary performance practice through the development of student-led group performance work. You are encouraged to consider theme, expression and communication through devices and strategies that extend and develop movement possibilities, theatrical modes of presentation and points of view. You will engage in processes-led investigations that reflect performative contexts within the professional dance sector, leading to an explicit outcome.

Dance Techniques 1

You will complete daily technique classes to develop your performance and dance understanding. You will refine your technical skills through reflective practice. You will explore key elements of dance fitness.

Examining Dance History

You will be introduced to ‘key figures’ who are understood to have shaped Theatre Dance (Ballet and/or Modern and Contemporary Dance practice) in the USA, UK, and the rest of Europe. Selection is made from a variety of dance practitioners and includes reference to wider artistic, cultural, and political contexts. You will also be introduced to the notion of academic writing, which encourages a more balanced and objective interpretation of the evidence under investigation.

Movement Studies: Analysis and Awareness

You will complete practical sessions informed by established models of practice and underpinned with theoretical insight. You will use the principles of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) to develop an understanding of the concepts of body, shape, space and effort in theory and practice.

Performance Project 1

This module will introduce key production skills. You will develop the skills to edit your own music and save it in different formats as well as exploring the reason and application for these decisions. You will explore types of lighting fixture and the effects they create alongside the methods for controlling and recording lighting states. In the intensive week you will work in groups to devise a short piece for a fringe-style sharing. You will use a basic lighting rig and are encouraged to be creative in developing and documenting a short dance work with lighting and audio.

Performance Techniques 1

You will develop a healthy and safe dance practice and use your body knowledge to inform your application in contemporary dance technique and performance. Your practice will draw attention to dynamic alignment, core stability, placement and kinaesthetic awareness. You will focus on safe dance practice throughout the module and learn explore the knowledge and skills you need for personal preparation (warm-up/cool-down) and safe practice in class (awareness of personal limitations and ability).

Aerial Creative Lab 1

This module focuses on the devising process and strategies for working in an interdisciplinary way with dance, aerial and physical theatre practices. Normally a group project, this module equips you with group relating skills and techniques relevant to working in a collaborative environment. Building on elements developed in aerial techniques, character and narrative modules, you will apply these skills to address a range of choreographic tasks.

Composing Dances

This module provides you with an opportunity to broaden your choreographic experience through the development of group pieces using a tutor identified research source. the module focuses on compositional processes, and structural devices. In the module, you will explore the dynamic relationship between form and content, through a range of tutor led processes, into the development of a collaboratively directed, group piece (normally a trio), that will be assessed in performance. the module provides you with a further opportunity to advance your compositional, directing, organisational and performance skills, honing your ability to reflect critically and offers you experience of working in collaboration, with your peers.

Dance Journalism

This module introduces you to dance journalism and the many openings for career development. You will explore the demand for different styles of writing, ranging from specialist and academic journals to national and international newspapers. You will examine the process of journal publishing from both sides of the fence – the writer’s and the publisher’s – looking at the work of an editor in formulating policy and commissioning work, and at the different skills involved in writing; subbing, copy editing and proof correcting. In addition, you will learn how to design pages for publication – and as the finished journal is evolving you will be helped not only with your writing but also with your journal’s design and layout.

Dance Techniques 2

In this module, your knowledge of dance technique will expand to incorporate the complexity in development of movement memory, use of timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. More demanding movement sequences and improvisational work challenges you to work in greater depth, employing problem-solving and devising. You will continue to explore key elements of dance fitness and they relate to your newly developed skills and knowledge.

Improvisation & Performance

This module focuses on further development of performance skills and vocabulary from the solo to the group improvisation. the use of spontaneous compositional practice within group situations, relationship possibilities and the development of awareness; kinaesthetic, spatial and aural will form the core of issues explored. the course will build toward the setting of structures for performance through an understanding of scores.

Movement and Character

This module creatively and critically engages you with the skills and processes of working with character, relationships and intentionality in a physical theatre style. It extends and builds on previous Dance choreography modules by exploring and contextualising the techniques used in physical theatre to devise, sustain, develop and deliver character through movement.

Performance & Place

This module explores site specific, non-theatre based dance and performance work. You will consider site as source for devising choreography alongside theoretical ideas of space and place, and explores how space or location informs the content of site-dance performance.

Performance Techniques 2

This module builds on your training and supports you to develop a healthy and safe dance practice. You will use your body knowledge to inform your application in contemporary dance technique and performance. You will be aware of dynamic alignment, core stability, placement and kinaesthetic awareness.

Preparing the Dance Artist for Work

This module uses a series of guest lectures, seminars and practical sessions to encourage and develop the exchange of knowledge and skills as you consider and plan for your future career in dance. You will develop strategies to connect yourself to dance companies and organisations, internships, and graduate apprenticeships. You will access guidance on self-employment, insurance and DBS requirements through workshops and individual research projects.

Repertory

Dancing in the construction or reconstruction of a work of repertory provides you with opportunities to extend creative practical skills in dance performance. You will apply your choreographic knowledge and performance skills to devising and problem-solving within select frameworks linked to research processes (practical and contextual) underpinning the repertory. You will be directed through a choreographic process mirrored in the profession.

Research Methodologies

You will develop a model for your future dissertation project by building on the study skills and knowledge of dance you have already gained on your course. You will learn how to write a research project and explore what methodologies and source materials are most appropriate for your project. You will consider and experiment with different methodologies including various theoretical frameworks (historical, cultural, aesthetic, ethnographic), Practice as Research, and quantitative/qualitative research to cultivate a creative approach to their research and writing. You will use formal written presentation skills ranging from referencing to the use of appendices, a bibliography and general issues relating to how to structure and develop an argument.

Scenography for Dance

Scenography, defined as ‘the dynamic role design plays upon the stage, orchestrating the visual and sensory environment’ (Howard, 2002) has had a close relationship with contemporary performance in its development through the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. Key figures in dance as diverse as Loie Fuller, Wayne McGregor and Russell Maliphant have all made contributions to the recognition and progression of scenographic art. This module introduces the role of lighting and projection as scenographic elements in dance. It addresses themes such as visual composition, the experience of light and the semiotics of performance.

Applied Dance: Community, Production & Administration (45 Credit)

This module acts as a bridge to the professional world, as you undertake a work placement in a dance related role. This may be within dance administration, technical production or work in the community dance sector. During this placement you will be required to apply your own decision-making skills and exercise your own initiative, reflect on and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. Possible placement venues could include regional dance agencies, small scale dance companies, community dance venues, educational institutions or dance magazines. In Semester One you will initiate your placement, while weekly taught seminars will enable you to develop key skills that will assist you in your placement and learn about important topics such as health & safety, welfare procedures, budgeting, marketing and industry best practice. In Semester two you will focus on your placement with weekly tutorials. Students undertaking the 45-credit option will have selected to work with 3Fall Dance Company or mapdance in an intensive technical theatre practice or administration role. You will work alongside the company in preparing for the tour in semester 1 and be fully involved in the touring schedule in the first half of semester 2. Dance Performance students might take this as an alternative to the Dance Production performer option.

Choreographic Projects

Clear dialogue between process and product allows you to research, direct and develop a work of choreography. Communication of meaning and imagery, development of personal style, dance and music partnerships and use of scenography to support thematic intent (costume, lighting, visual effects, objects and/or set) are explored in relation to imaginative, project-specific problem-solving. You will consider and analyse the choreographic process through a critically reflective lens, supported by pre-assessments furthering self and peer-appraisal of works in progress.

Dance Production

This module acts as a bridge to your professional career, you will perform as part of a company touring to professional venues, schools and colleges and develop and lead workshops in a variety of educational establishments. It builds on previous modules, providing applied experience of choreographic, performance, teaching and communication skills. You will consolidate your written skills in a project report which analyses and evaluates your individual involvement.

Dance Techniques 3

This module allows you to explore how corporeal expressivity manifests the embodiment of breath, flow, weight, skeletal articulation, and use of timing, space and focus required for skilful dance performance. Phrasing is considered in relation to use of transitions, development, and elements of risk combined to extend use of physicality and technical range. Complex movement phrases and improvisational situations challenge you to work in greater depth, allowing for development of individual style. Contextual aspects dance styles and approaches to technique arise through practice and discussions, supported by self, peer and tutor appraisal. You are expected to apply and develop key elements of ‘dance fitness’ in your personal preparation and practice of this module.

Independent Study

This investigative project encourages you to demonstrate a systematic understanding of a key area of dance practice or research applicable to the work-life of the performer. You will explore an area of research that is both of personal interest and also informed by aspects of the discipline.

Interdisciplinary Arts Project

This module allows you to develop a cohesive interdisciplinary production that can be shown within a variety of performance contexts including local and national festivals of the arts and in an international context through exchange between Universities. the module allows you to develop stage management, design and production skills in preparation for the final showing of the work. In the process of working towards a final performance and/or exhibition, you will be engaged in the planning, choreographing/making and directing/supporting of your work, replicating an environment of a professional setting, supported by daily practice, feedback and guidance.

Performance Techniques 3

This module will enable you to further develop a healthy and safe dance practice, enriching your body knowledge to inform your application in contemporary dance technique and performance. Practice will draw attention to dynamic alignment, core stability, placement and kinaesthetic awareness. You will be have developed an understanding of safe dance practice throughout Performance Technique 2 and Dance Technique 2. This provided you with the knowledge and skills for you to apply to your personal preparation (warm-up/cool-down) and safe practice in class (awareness of personal limitations and ability) as a means to support injury prevention.

Teaching Dance Technique

You will build on your experience from Teaching Dance Technique and further develop your teaching skills to effectively deliver dance lesson content to different groups of participants. Where possible your group will observe, work with or teach groups outside of the University to experience real situations in preparation for their final practical teaching assessment. You will use micro teaching and group experiential sessions to focus on exploring appropriate lesson content and teaching methods.

Robbie

BA (Hons) Dance Performance student
"The Dance Performance course is a great way to widen your dance knowledge and improve your technical abilities. The course is demanding; physically and mentally but in your lessons, you learn to channel your energy to make sure you can perform the same at the beginning and the end of each day. The teachers are really supportive and understand that everyone has different strengths. Before coming to Chichester, I had never done ballet before; I was worried that I would struggle and not be able to keep up with everyone else, but the teachers have really helped me and pushed me the right amount so that I feel more confident and comfortable in class."

3Fall Placement

Gain vital professional experience in a working dance company

Learn and tour a professional performance

In your third year, you will join the working dance company 3Fall and work with professional choreographers to tour to theatres, schools, and colleges and perform a brand-new, professional-standard performance piece.

Develop wider professional skills

In addition, you develop wider skills in arts administration and technical theatre, as you devise marketing materials, take tour bookings, and assist in the technical preparations in operating the lighting and sound.

Seize opportunities to teach

You will also gain experience in teaching as you provide educational opportunities to school groups and leading residencies, devise workshops, and run technique classes.

3Fall dancer performing on stage

Previous choreographers have included:

  • James Wilton
  • Stuart Waters
  • Fillip Van Huffel
  • Abi Mortimer
  • Aya Kobayashi
  • Yael Flexer
  • Joe Garbett

Teaching and Assessment

Feel the support of our experienced and practicing teaching staff

Teaching

Our expert and experienced dance practitioners get to know you as individual so you can feel more confident to develop your technical skills and explore your creative ideas in a supportive environment.

Outside of scheduled classes you will complete independent study including researching texts, completing individual or group tasks and working on your assignments.

Typical study weeks include:

  • Up to 8 dance technique classes every week
  • Supplemental training practices
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory skills sessions
  • Studio-based workshops

Assessment

You will complete a range of practical and contextual assessment tasks such as studio technique class assessments, live performances of your choreography, PowerPoint presentations for modules such as Preparing the Dance Artist for Work and written assignments for Research Methodologies and Independent Study Project.

In addition, you will undertake a shorter final written research project that allows you to focus on an areas of particular interest to you and deepen your knowledge and understanding.

Facilities

Discover our dedicated dance rehearsal, studio, and performance spaces

Work Placements

Reach out and gain vital experience in a range of professional settings

The Dance Department’s strong links with dance companies and organisations across the country can help you secure successful work experience and placement opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with a high-profile dance company, arts organisation, or educational setting during your degree. This will help you gain workplace experience and prepare for a range of careers.

Previous students have worked at companies including:

  • Motionhouse
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • South East Dance
  • Sussex Dance Network
  • The Point
  • Yorke Dance Project
  • One Dance UK
  • Scottish Ballet
  • National Dance Company of Wales
  • Pavilion Dance South West
  • Far Flung Dance Theatre

In your third year you’ll be in our 3Fall Dance Company, which will give you unique opportunities to perform in theatres, schools and colleges and operates as a work-based learning company.

International Exchange

See our opportunities for incoming and outgoing international study

Whether you are considering studying Dance here and want to take either a semester or year out to study abroad, or if you are currently studying at a University who has a partnership with the University of Chichester – engaging in an international exchange study programme enriches and broadens your educational experiences.

Outgoing students

As a Dance student at the University of Chichester, you will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions in your second year of study.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their dance horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

See our Outgoing Exchanges page for more information.

Incoming students

Coming to study Dance at the University of Chichester, you will be welcomed into our community of dancers and will be surrounded by creativity and cultural exchange opportunities. The city of Chichester is a beautiful and historic place for you to get to know.

You are also close to the lively cities of Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton as well as a train journey away from getting into London.

See our Incoming Exchanges page for more information.

Ellie and Tara

Dance graduates
"The exchange to Toronto was the best opportunity we both ever could have asked for. Toronto is an incredible and vibrant city and we are both grateful that we could call it home for a year. In summary, the exchange enabled us to meet amazing people that we can both call friends for life; as well as people that provide connections for future endeavours. As dance students, the exchange allowed us to try new techniques and classes that widened our understanding of contemporary dance, as well as giving us the chance to work with new Professors - that were extremely insightful and inspirational. In addition to exploring Toronto, we both chose to travel further around North America, mainly including the West of Canada and the USA, we found that this adventure was a perfect way to conclude our year abroad."

Graduate Success

Join our community of successful alumni

Previous dance graduates have moved into different areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study, and research. This shows the range of careers available to you when you graduate.

Some graduates have become community dance artists, creating their own companies such as Doodle Dance or working with diverse groups including CAT groups, Youth Dance, SEND, and the elderly.

Some of recent graduate success stories include:

  • Kayleigh: Kayleigh is currently an independent dance artist and choreographer. Her company Chhaya Collective produces some beautiful work that explores the relationships between artists in the UK and India. Kayleigh returned to Chichester to make a work on 3Fall Dance Company for the 2020 tour.
  • Andy: Went on to complete his PGCE has taught dance in several schools in Kent and is now the Lead Dance Studies Teacher at the Royal Ballet.
  • Jen and Joe: Set up aKa Dance Theatre Company in 2014. Joe has since returned to Chichester to make works on both 3Fall Dance Company and Hive Dance Collective.
  • Charlotte: Undertook the JV2 training with Jasmin Vardimon and then joined Motionhouse.

Careers

Open up your future career options

Our BA (Hons) Dance Performance degree has built-in career preparation to prepare you for a range of careers across the dance industry.

You could become a:

  • Dance performer
  • Community dance practitioner 
  • Independent dance artist (performer, choreographer)
  • Dance company education officer
  • Postgraduate student and researcher

Further study

You could choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

Study options at the University of Chichester include:

  • MA Performance: Dance
  • MA Dance Research
  • MA Choreography and Professional Practice
  • MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science
  • MA Choreography (Independent Research)
  • MA Dance: Advanced Practice

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs page.

Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

UCAS
96-120
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB-CCC
BTEC
DDD-MMM
IB
28 points
IELTS
6.0
with no element lower than 5.5.

Auditions

You will participate in a dance audition (two and half hour practical) which is designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. You will also complete an interview where you can showcase your interest and training or experience in dance. Find out more about this process below. 

Auditions and Interviews

Everything you need to know

Auditions and interviews usually run from November until March. Our dance auditions are designed to support you to showcase your skills and passion for dance in a friendly, and creative environment.

We promote an open and friendly environment so that you can enjoy your experience and feel a sense of worth and achievement from the audition process itself.

We aim to engage you in a genuine dialogue during your audition process. The audition is a chance for you to get to know us here at The University of Chichester dance department and for us to get a clear understanding of who you are, what you need, and how we can best prepare you for your degree.

We judge you on your skills, your potential, and your personality, not your background.

Audition cost

There is a £25 fee for the audition which can be paid via our online store.

Practical Auditions

You will dance alongside fellow applicants in a 90-minute high-energy contemporary dance class, designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. The practical audition is designed to mirror a first-year experience so you will also take part in a tutor-led contemporary technique class and a creative task exploration.

We are looking for your potential for contemporary dance study (technique and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks. We understand that you may feel nervous about dancing in front of an audition panel and will do our best to put you at ease so that you can perform to the best of your ability.

Please wear dance clothes that you can easily move in. For example, tights, leggings, or dance trousers with a leotard or fitted top. You will dance in bare feet for your contemporary dance and creative session.

We like our students to be enthusiastic, excited about studying contemporary dance, and prepared to have a go even if something is challenging. Please don’t worry about any aspect of the practical audition and remember that our students come from a range of dance backgrounds for all our courses. We do not expect perfection and are looking for your potential.

You will take a short ballet class as part of your audition. Ballet supports our contemporary dance practice at the University of Chichester and allows us to see you working in a different technique at the audition.

This class is beginner level welcoming applicants with a range of experiences to feel at ease in the audition. We are looking for your dance potential, so if you have never done ballet before just have a go. You can wear the same dance clothes as the contemporary technique and creative class, but you will need to put on either ballet shoes or socks.

Upload a 1-minute Solo Performance

Your solo is pre-prepared and an opportunity for you to demonstrate your performance skills. It should be in a contemporary dance style. You can choose any music you like but you should not select a pop song. You can dance in silence if you wish.

Interviews

You will also attend an interview with a member of the University of Chichester dance team for where you can discuss your training or experience in dance and specific areas that interest you.

You will be interviewed in pairs or threes. You will be asked to talk about your experience and interest in dance and why you wish to study dance. This interview format is similar to the tutorials and seminar-based activities you will experience at the University, so you are encouraged to discuss ideas with each other. We offer a range of courses, so we are likely to ask about why you have selected this specific course.

We want to see a student who is genuinely interested in studying contemporary dance and is prepared to move beyond dance practice as a hobby. We like to hear about the professionals (choreographers, dancers, researchers) who interest and inspire you and your aspirations for the future.

Written Tasks

Alongside the experiences on the audition day, we ask you to submit a short-written task where you reflect on a piece of choreography or performance that inspired you. The written course is designed to show us your potential and for you to share your ideas about dance with us.

You will need to prepare an essay reviewing a live or recorded performance you have seen recently. Your submission should be approximately one side of A4 and typed in 12-point font.

You are strongly advised not to write about any of the set works you are studying for your A level or BTEC course.

You will need to prepare an essay reviewing a live or recorded performance you have seen recently. Your submission should be approximately one side of A4 and typed in 12-point font.

You are strongly advised not to write about any of the set works you are studying for your A level or BTEC course.

How to Book Your Audition

If you are invited to audition, you will receive an email asking you to book your audition date on ChiView. If you are unsuccessful, we will email you to let you know.

You can usually book two or three different days on ChiView at one time. Once these dates are close ChiView will refresh to show new options. If none of the current dates suit you then you should wait until the dates renew and check again. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

Once you have booked your audition or interview you will have access to the relevant documents on ChiView.

Log in to the ChiView portal, click on ‘Events schedule’ and then ‘View details’ to view, download, or print documents telling you how to prepare for your audition and what to expect on the day.

If your situation changes and you can no longer attend your interview date you should cancel your booking in ChiView by visiting your ‘Event Schedule’ and clicking ‘Cancel Attendance’. You also need to inform the admissions team by emailing admissions@chi.ac.uk so we can send you a new audition invitation.

Using ChiView

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone you will not be able to see the page correctly. If this happens you should try again on another device.

You may need to clear your browser history.

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, please email admissions@chi.ac.uk with query and applicant number.

Auditioning for More Than One Course

Different courses have different requirements. If you are auditioning for:

  • BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the written essay and upload a solo and complete the ballet class
  • BA (Hons) Dance Aerial and Physical Theatre and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the written essay, upload a solo and complete the ballet class
  • BA (Hons) Dance Education and Teaching and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the written essay, upload a solo and complete the ballet class
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance: you should complete the dance science essay
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance Performance: you should complete the dance science essay, upload a solo and complete the ballet class
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance Aerial and Physical Theatre: you should complete the dance science essay and upload a solo
  • BSc (Hons) Dance Science and BA (Hons) Dance Teaching and Education: you should complete the dance science essay

In your interview we will discuss which course you are most suited to.

What is the difference between the BA (Hons) Dance and BA (Hons) Dance Performance?

BA (Hons) Dance is a broad-based dance education offering a range of modules that lead to employment options in various dance careers. The course concludes with an extended project and there are opportunities for professional placement.

BA (Hons) Dance Performance offers an increased focus on technical training and performance practice in contemporary dance, resulting in a more directed modular menu across the three years. The course concludes with the students dancing as performers in 3Fall Dance Company.

Can I change my application to a different course?

Yes. Email the Admissions Tutor for the course you want to change to; complete the preparation for that course. At your audition please highlight your change of course with a member of staff.

I am interested in Dance Science, but not sure whether I want to do the BSc or the MSci, do I need to decide now?

There are different entrance and progression criteria for the BSc and the MSci programmes. If you meet these criteria you can opt for either course. If you enrol on the MSci from the outset you will be more likely to have your funding guaranteed for the full four years. It is possible to transfer from one programme to the other after you begin your studies, up until commencing your third year.

What if I forget my written task or Health and Injury Questionnaire?

You can send it to us after the audition, although we won’t be able to process your application until we have received everything.

On The Day

Your audition day will include a practical audition, your interview, and any additional tasks you need for your course. You will have the option to attend a campus tour prior to your audition to see the student accommodation, dance and sports facilities and get a sense fo the layout of the campus.

Whilst you complete your practical audition your guests can visit our campus canteen, coffee shops or take a wander into the nearby city centre for a coffee.

After the practical audition you will take part in a small-group interview session where you can discuss your passion for dance and ask any questions you may have about the course and university life.

If you have not already uploaded the following items, please bring with you on your audition day:

  • a passport-sized photograph of you to help us identify you
  • your completed Health and Injury Questionnaire (available on ChiView after you book your audition)
  • your written task(s)

Parking

You can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket but please note that the demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, there are specific parking controls and restrictions to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both campuses.

After Your Audition

After your audition we will discuss your application and our decision onto the admissions team who will update our decision on UCAS. We aim to let you know within a few working days of your audition.

  • We make bespoke offers: Your offer is specifically for you. If we offer less than your predicted grades, this is because we want you to join us and we want to take a bit of pressure off of you heading into your exams.
  • We only offer unconditional offers in exceptional circumstances. Unless you already have your grades (you are a mature student), we normally insist on certain grade achievements because we want you to succeed in all aspects of your academic life including your A levels, BTEC, etc.
  • If you do not get the grades you wanted, don’t panic. You received an offer because you were good enough for the department at audition. Ring us on the clearing hotline so we can discuss things with you.
  • We may offer you a different course: We may offer you a place on a course within the department that is different to the one they applied for. If this is the case, we will speak to you about this at your audition or shortly afterwards. We will explain our reasoning, which will revolve around placing you on the most appropriate course where we think you will thrive.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

Click the ‘Apply now’ button to go to relevant UCAS page.

What are UCAS tariff points?

Many qualifications have a UCAS Tariff value. The score depends on the qualification, and the grade you achieved.

How do I know what my UCAS tariff points are?

Head to the UCAS Tariff Points web page where you can find a tariff points calculator that can tell you how much your qualification and grades are worth.

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