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Course Length:

3 Years Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 120

A Levels: BBB - CCC


International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Interview: Applicants will be required to participate in a dance audition (two and half hour practical) designed to assess your potential to respond both technically and expressively. Evidence of interest in and training / experience in dance is explored in a paired interview.

Student view

BA (Hons) Dance
I chose to study at the University of Chichester because of the practical focus. I wanted to feel challenged physically, as well as creatively and theoretically. I am now in my second year and am feeling yet more challenged and engaged. The theory based modules feel relevant and interesting; allowing you to explore politics, philosophy and other subjects that I have discovered link to dance. I would say that creativity and choreography is the departments strength. The teaching is very thought out and encourages students to think and create in a way they never have before.

Course content

Having the opportunity to study a broad-based dance education in the first year allows you to experience new areas of dance which you can then select to specialise in at Year Two and Three. These include Dance and Health, Film and Dance, devising repertory which is in addition to daily dance technique classes and weekly choreography class together with the introduction to dance theory and analysis. 

You can study abroad in Year Two with one of our partner institutions across Europe and in America and Canada.

You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement as well experience new areas of study such as Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Dance Journalism, Teaching Dance Technique or Dance Criticism.  

With links to high-profile dance company, arts organisation and educational school/college settings, you can start to map out your chosen career direction.

The first year is a broad-based introduction to choreography, dance theory and analysis, contextual dance studies entitled Dance Portfolio as well as daily dance technique in styles such as Cunningham, Limon, ballet, contact improvisation or release-based techniques.

The second year enables you to specialise more in choose areas such as Improvisation and Performance, Repertory, Dance Journalism as well as honing your choreographic skills and technical dance practice. 

The third year enables you to select strands of specialisation including Dance Movement Psychotherapy, Dance Teaching (including a school or community based placement), Dance Production – Arts Administration or Technical Dance Theatre specialisation, Dance Placement, Dance Criticism and Body Politics as well as Choreographic Projects, Mobile Technologies and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice.


Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre. 

Dance Studios

Dance Studio 1 Dance Studio 2

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre Dance Rehearsal

Rehearsal Space

In addition, there is a large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the Academic Building.

Dance Studio Lights 3Fall Students



The library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your dance knowledge and research. There are a number of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. 

We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.  The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. 

It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are also:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media and equipment loans
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

Dance offers a variety of exciting career options. At the University of Chichester you will be guided by our team of specialist dance tutors and visiting dance professionals to find the route that most suits your interests and skills. Preparation for further study and employment is an integral part of our Dance Programme.

Current students

Prospective students/parents/alumni

Have a look at our Alumni Album to find out about the variety of experiences our students have on graduation

Career Options

  • Choreographer
  • Independent Dance Artist
  • Community Dance Practitioner
  • Dance Education Officer
  • Arts Administrator
  • Media – radio & TV
  • Dance Journalist or Critic
  • Stage Manager 
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapist (requires postgraduate study)
  • Teacher in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education (requires postgraduate study)
  • Postgraduate study and Research


We are very proud of all our dance graduates, who have moved into different areas of performance, teaching, administration, postgraduate study and research. This variety of Dance practice gives a sense of the breadth of careers available to a Dance graduate and the success of our recent graduates from both the BA and MA programmes.

  • KJ Lawson Mortimer: dancer with Transitions Dance Company, Trinity Laban (2011); since finishing her training KJ has worked as an independent dance artist with Akram Khan, Jorge Crecis, James Wilton Dance, Sandiland & Flexer and Glasshouse. KJ is also an Ambassador for Dance Excellence in Hampshire and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Chichester
  • Kayleigh Crook: dancer with mapdance (2011); Kayleigh is currently an independent dance artist and keen photographer; her company Chhaya Collective produces some beautiful work that explores the relationships between artists in the UK and India
  • ​Emma Bright (née Breeze): Since graduation Emma has become a very successful business woman through her dance company Embody Dance
  • Eleanor Arnold Archer, Vicky Blackhall, Danielle Gardner, Ashley O'Reilly, Eleanor Parry and Amy Ware: PGCE Secondary Dance at the University of Chichester (2015)
  • Nick Kyprianou: Nick is now working as a Audience Engagament Coordinator for New Adventures & Re:Bourne 
  • Louise Kay: programming internship at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London (2015)
  • Aya Kobayashi: Dancer with Yael FlexerAnjali Dance Company and Lila Dance
  • Andy Granville and Amy Wigglesworth: successful teachers in dance at secondary and FE level; Andy is Director of Dance at Birmingham Ormiston Academy and Amy is Programme Manager for Dance at Bridgewater College (FE). 
  • Jennifer Grant and Joe Garbett: aKa Dance Theatre Company; on graduation Jen studied for an MA in Choreography at Trinity Laban (2013) and Joe took further professional development with JV2 (2013); AkA is the company in residence at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton
  • Sally Smithson: dancer with aKa Dance Theatre Company; following graduation Sally took the MA in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, she has been a dancer with aKa since 2015
  • Carmine de Amicis: has danced with Chantry Dance Company and is currently a performer with Tavaziva Dance Company

Work placements

We have long established links with a variety of dance companies and organisations and has for many year engaged successfully to place students in a work experience or placement. 

These have included:

  • Hofesh Schechter
  • Akram Khan
  • Motionhouse
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • Balletboyz
  • South East Dance
  • The Point
  • York Dance Project

Indicative modules

Year One 

  • Dance Contexts and Research Strand
    • Dance Landscapes 
    • Re-examining Dance
    • Thinking Through Dance
  • Dance Practice and Production Strand
    • Choreography and Devising
    • Choreography and Performance
  • Technique Strand
    • Dance techniques 1

Year Two

  • Dance Contexts and Research Strand
    • Themes, Trends and Discourse
    • Research Methodologies 
    • Popular Dance
    • Dance Journalism 
    • Improvisation and Performance
    • Bodies and Technologies
  • Dance Practice and Production Stand
    • Composing Dances
    • Repertory
    • The Dancer's Body
    • Scenography for Dance 
    • Site Dance
    • Performance and Place
  • Technique Strand 
    • Dance Techniques 2
    • Understanding Technique 2
    • Dance Technique B

Year Three

  • Dance Contexts and Research Strand
    • Dance Dissertation Project
    • Dance Criticism
    • Body Politics
  • Dance Practice and Production Strand
    • Choreographic Projects 
    • Post Modern Practices
    • Body, Space and Place
    • Immersive Choreographic Practices
    • Choreography and Mobile Technologies 
    • Interdisciplinary Arts Project
  • Applied Dance Practice Strand
    • Teaching Dance Technique
    • Dance Movement Psychotherapy 1
    • Teaching Dance and Creative Practice 
    • Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2
    • Applied Dance: Community, Production and Administration 
  • Technique Strand
    • Dance Techniques 3
    • Understanding Technique 3
    • Dance Technique C

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

You will build your practical experience and subject knowledge through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to your interests and breadth within the dance curriculum. 

Learning is supported by theoretical inquiry and debate, to provide you with the ability to contextualise your learning within academic frameworks.

Throughout your degree, modules are delivered in a variety of ways including:

  1. Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) for example: Improvisation and Performance
  2. Double module: A double module is spread over two semesters (30 credits normally) for example: Dance Portfolio or Dance Placement.
  3. Long thin module: A standard module can be spread over two semesters (15 credits normally) example: Somatic Practices.
  4. Summer module: Summer study, condensed into a two week period (15 credits normally) for example: Interdisciplinary Arts Project and Performance and Place.
  5. Theory modules are linked to practice and allow you to begin to develop research skills necessary for degree study. Teaching is delivered through illustrated lectures and small group seminars. For example: Critical Lenses and Identities, Research Methodologies.
  6. Daily practical classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, traveling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop technique skills needed for university dance study. For example: Dance Technique which is taken at all levels.  The Learning and teaching in dance technique allows you to develop movement memory through repetition of set sequences, timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. To extend practice, you will be involved in the ongoing rehearsal and choreography of peers.

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 

Additional Costs

Auditions and interviews

You will be interviewed in pairs or threes; you will be asked about your experience of, and interest in, dance to date.

We also want to know why you wish to study Dance at university. You will take part in a contemporary dance technique class and a creative task-based practical class.

We are looking for your potential for contemporary dance study (technique and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks.

All applicants send a short written task prior to interview.

For more information about timings, what to wear, etc - download the Dance audition booklet.

Student film work

Students at the University of Chichester are encouraged to engage with film and digital technologies in a creative and dynamic way. 

At level 4 students are introduced to creating dance for the screen as part of their Dance Portfolio module. Students learn how to use digital camcorders and import and process their footage using industry standard software in the University Mac suites. At levels 5 and 6 these skills are developed through the Performance and Technology, Choreographing with Mobile Technologies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Dance Dissertation Modules. These modules expand knowledge of digital technologies by introducing creative use of sound design, scenography and use of multi-media platforms.

Nowhere to be Found

A film by Nicola Young, Amy Toner & Roxy Hearn (2nd year students); created for the Performance and Technology module, this film is designed to be played in a loop; it explores the feeling and experience of being 'lost'


Imprint is by Victoria do Nascimento, Hannah Robinson, Jade Francis-Clark and Jody Brown (1st year students). This dance film was created as part of the Dance Portfolio module and is an exploration of painting and dancing