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BA (HONS) DANCE

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Institution C58

UCAS W500

Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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

BTEC: DDM - MMM 

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5

Audition: 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. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

Student view

Allanah
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

Dance is a broad-based course offering a range of modules that lead to employment options in various dance careers. You’ll be given the opportunity to study all aspects of this diverse and growing industry while pursuing your love of dancing in daily technique classes (five times a week). There are opportunities to perform and develop your unique choreographic ‘voice’. A second year exchange programme is available (more information below); the course concludes with an extended project and the option of a professional placement. The theory to practice ratio of this course is 60:40.

Studying BA (Hons) Dance at the University of Chichester will allow you to develop your creativity in dance in both practice and theory. We are a leading provider of excellence in dance education, which draws on the expertise of a teaching team with a wealth of professional specialisms and whose individual backgrounds stem from highly-respected academic and professional experience. This programme covers a breadth of study including Dance Technique, Choreography, Dance Research, and contextual modules that are both theoretical and practical.

A solid foundation is built in the first year with daily dance technique classes, exploring composition and finding an individual choreographic voice. By the second year, your studies become more specialised, allowing you to focus on practical areas such as Repertory and Improvisation and Performance; or broaden your understanding by selecting The Dancer’s Body, Scenography or Popular Dance. In the third year you can specialise further by engaging with areas of dance practice and performance that are related directly to careers in performance, choreography, teaching, dance movement psychotherapy, community dance, production and administration. There is also the opportunity to undertake a placement (more information below). You also have the choice to complete your dissertation by presenting it practically in the studio or lecture demonstration or as a written submission or a combination of these choices.

For more information about the Department of Dance at Chichester read our Dance department brochure.

 

Our facilities

Campus Location: Chichester 

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Perform in our Arts Council funded Dance Theatre Space and rehearse in our four superb dance studios, large gymnasium and two sprung-floor spaces. Arts Council funding also supports a programme of dance company performances, workshops and events, giving you the opportunity to see live work regularly ‘on your doorstep’.

Dance Studios

Dance Studio 1 Dance Studio 2

Arts Council funded 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

 

Library

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

Preparing students for the world of work when they graduate is built into our programmes through specific modules such as Preparing the Dance Artist for Work or Applied Dance (Placements). Several modules also support work-based learning opportunities alongside 3Fall Dance Company or mapdance and teaching experience and placements are an important part of the Education and Teaching programme. We also invite guest speakers to share their insight from a range of careers across the sector as well as workshops by choreographers and current practitioners.

Graduates from our dance programmes have gone on to have exciting and rewarding careers and taken up influential roles in all aspects of the dance profession. Our students have gone on to perform with artists such as Richard Alston, Tavaziva, Shobana Jeyasingh, Lila Dance, Protein Dance, BalletBoyz, Akram Khan and Flexer & Sandiland.

Our students have also gone on to work at leading dance institutions such as Sadler’s Wells, RAD, Trinity Laban, ISTD, The Point. Numerous graduates are teaching in primary and secondary schools across the country, following completion of our PGCE Dance programme. Others have become community dance artists, creating their own companies such as Doodle Dance or working with different groups including CAT groups, Youth Dance, SEND, and the elderly.

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

Career Options

  • Preparation for further study and employment is an integral part of this programme and there are a variety of exciting career options including:
  • Independent Dance Artist (performer, choreographer)
  • Community Dance Practitioner
  • Dance Company Education Officer
  • Dance or 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

Graduates

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

The dance department has strong links with a variety of dance companies and organisations, resulting in a vibrant network across the sector. Many students benefit from successful work experience or placement opportunities via these connections.

These have included:

  • 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

Indicative modules

The modules you take may vary

Year One Modules

  • Dance Landscapes
  • Re-examining Dance
  • Thinking Through Dance
  • Choreography and Devising
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Dance Techniques

Year Two and Three

In year two, typically, 45 credits of your 120-credit year is made up of elective modules; In year three this increases to 60 credits.

Example of Year Two Modules

  • Research Methodologies
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Safe Dance Practice (connected with Safe in Dance International certificate)
  • Popular Dance: Street, Stage, Screen
  • Scenography for Dance
  • Dance Technique

Example of Year Three Modules

  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy (1 & 2)
  • Teaching Dance Technique
  • Choreographic Projects
  • Applied Dance: Community Production & Administration (Placement)
  • Body Politics
  • Dance Technique
  • Dance Dissertation Project

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 details and FAQs

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.

Dance audition booklet

 

AUDITION FAQs

I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to chiview.chi.ac.uk and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here: help.chi.ac.uk/clearing-your-browser-data-including-cache

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, you are welcome to email admissions@chi.ac.uk. Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via admissions@chi.ac.uk so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented 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 the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here: chi.ac.uk/about-us/how-find-us

 

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

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