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BA (Hons) Dance, Aerial and Physical Theatre

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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

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


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.

Aerial teaching

Read our Dance department brochure.


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 Facilities Aerial Facilities


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 1

Daily classes enable you to engage in healthy, safe dance practice, through floor, ballet barre, centre work, travelling exercises and improvisational exercises, designed to develop fundamental technical skills needed for university dance study. 

Aerial Technique

(Module information to come)

Choreography and Devising

Through a combination of practical workshops and lectures, the module will explore a range of questions and ideas that underpin contemporary dance. 

Choreography and Performance 

The module will explore creative, compositional, devising and production approaches characteristic of contemporary performance practice through the development of student-led group performance work. You will be encouraged to consider theme, expression and communication, through devices and strategies used to extend and develop movement possibilities, theatrical modes of presentation and points of view. 

Thinking Through Dance

Through a combination of practical workshops and lectures, the module will explore a range of questions and ideas that underpin contemporary dance. This module is about doing and thinking; for example, we will question different ways of thinking about dance performance, dance philosophy, and its’ embodiment in practice.

Movement and Narrative

(Module information to come)

Year Two

Dance Technique 2

Learning and teaching in dance technique at this level embraces complexity in development of movement memory, use of timing and musicality, use of space, and experiential learning through improvisational techniques. 

Aerial Technique

(Module information to come)

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. 

Research Methodologies 

Building on the study skills and knowledge of dance acquired at levels 4 & 5, you will develop a model for your future dissertation research project. Focus will be placed on what methodologies and source materials are most appropriate for this project and how to write a research project. 

Aerial Creative Lab 1 

(Module information to come)

Movement and Character 

(Module information to come)

Plus select from:

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 awarenesses; kinaesthetic, spatial and aural will form the core of issues explored. 

Scenography for Dance

This module introduces sceonography as an artform developing alongside technical theatre practice. You will discover the development of modern scenographic practice through analysis of historic and contemporary works and practitioners. 

Performance & Place

(Module information to come)

Year Three

Dance Technique 3

Daily classes allow you to develop and refine technical skills through reflective practice directed toward performance artistry. Corporeal expressivity manifests the embodiment of breath, flow, weight, skeletal articulation, and use of timing, space and focus required for skillful dance performance.

Aerial Technique

(Module information to come)

Dissertation Project 

This investigative project encourages you to demonstrate a systematic understanding of a key area of dance practice or research. Through a combination of written and/or practical methodologies, you will explore an area of research that is both of personal interest and also informed by aspects of the discipline. 

Mask and Costume

(Module information to come)



(Module information to come)

Aerial Creative Lab 2

(Module information to come)

Plus select from:

Body, Space & Place

(Module information to come)

Interdisciplinary Arts Project

(Module information to come)

Immersive Choreographic Practices 

(Module information to come)

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


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 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:

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 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 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: