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BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

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Institution C58


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. You will also be required to undertake the Ballet barre and then your solo can include more expressive and physical theatre elements.

Course content

The University of Chichester Dance department has a well-established reputation for nurturing and developing creative graduates.  It offers regular opportunities to perform on your own or with others, while working with professional choreographers and dancers through our performance programmes, in The Showroom and The Studio Theatre spaces. The Dance Department provides a challenging and rewarding opportunity for you to train and explore theory through practice.

The Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre programme introduces aerial arts and physical theatre alongside a dance focused theoretical, practical and choreographic scheme of study, which develops technical skills whilst building an understanding of contemporary dance practice. It offers a unique opportunity to explore narrative, character, construction of scene and costume through movement practice which engages with various aerial techniques as well as physical theatre and site-specific work.

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   

Studio Theatre

Studio Theatre   

Rehearsal Space

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

   Rehearsal Space

Aerial Dance Facilities

Rigging for static trapeze, hoop, fabric and rope with appropriate safety provisions. 

Aerial equipment Aerial equipment

Other Facilities

Climbing walls and other training/conditioning facilities.


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

The students will have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills to enhance employability in a range of creative arts settings including dance performance, choreography, independent creative dance artist, artistic director that offers a breadth of dance theatre, physical and aerial opportunities.

Employability and progression from the dance programmes alumni graduates is very strong with students going on to the following careers:

  • Dancers within established companies
  • Independent dance artists and community practitioners
  • Artistic directors
  • Choreographers
  • Dance teachers in secondary, primary and college settings having completed their PGCE training
  • Dance movement psychotherapists
  • Dance film makers
  • Arts managers and producers
  • Technical theatre managers
  • Dance photographers
  • Lecturers and researchers

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Dance Technique  (ballet, contemporary, fitness)
  • Aerial Technique (horizontal apparatus and vertical apparatus)
  • Choreography and Devising
  • Choreography and Performance 
  • Thinking Through Dance
  • Movement and Narrative

Year Two

  • Dance Technique (ballet, contemporary, contact
  • Aerial Technique (horizontal apparatus, vertical apparatus, harness based dance)
  • Composing Dances 
  • Research Methodologies 
  • Aerial Creative Lab 1 
  • Movement and Character 
  • Plus select from: Improvisation & Performance, Scenography for Dance or Performance & Place

Year Three

  • Dance Technique (ballet contemporary, contact)
  • Aerial Technique (horizontal apparatus, vertical apparatus, harness based dance)
  • Dissertation Project 
  • Mask and Costume or Clowning 
  • Aerial Creative Lab 2
  • Plus select from: Body, Space & Place, Interdisciplinary Arts Project or Immersive Choreographic Practices 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Additional Costs

Include Additional Costs: 


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 Performance 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 training (technique and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks.

You will also take a short ballet barre and perform a 1 minute pre-prepared solo in a contemporary dance style. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your strengths. This may be in a physical theatre style, or you may incorporate gymnastic or acrobatic skills if you already have training in this area.  

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