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BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

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College C58


Course Length:

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 - 112

A Levels: BBC - 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.

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   Dance Studio

Studio Theatre

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   Rehearsal Space



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 (30 credits) [ballet, fitness, aerial hoop/trapeze, contemporary, contact improvisation]
  • Choreography and Devising (15 credits)
  • Choreography and Performance (15 credits)
  • Thinking Through Dance (30 credits)
  • Performance Project (15 credits)
  • Movement and Narrative (15 credits)

Year Two

  • Dance Technique (30 credits) [aerial fabric, aerial hoop/trapeze, contemporary, contact, fitness]
  • Composing Dances (15 credits)
  • Scenography for Dance (15 credits)
  • Research Methodologies (15 credits)
  • Improvisation and Performance OR Performance and Place (15 credits)
  • Aerial Creative Lab 1 (15 credits)
  • Movement and Character (15 credits)


Year Three

  • Dance Technique (30 credits) [aerial fabric, vertical dance, contemporary, contact, fitness]
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Project (15 credits)
  • Independent Dissertation Study (15/30 credits)
  • Mask and Costume (15 credits)
  • Clowning (15 credits)
  • Aerial Creative Lab 2 (15 credits)
  • Group Devised Project (15/30 credits)

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