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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 Performance
"The Dance Performance course is a great way to widen your dance knowledge and improve your technical abilities. The course is demanding; physically and mentally but in your lessons you learn to channel your energy to make sure you can perform the same at the beginning and the end of each day. The teachers are really supportive and understand that everyone has different strengths. Before coming to Chichester I had never done ballet before; I was worried that I would struggle and not be able to keep up with everyone else but the teachers have really helped me and pushed me the right amount so that I feel more confident and comfortable in class."

Course content

Eight technical dance classes a week will enable you to hone your technical dance practice.

Choreography is an essential part of training to be a dancer and working to develop your own compositional voice through theatre based work as well as site specific and screen dance will be explored. 

Improvisation and somatic approaches will enable you to develop as individual performance approach. 

Having an understanding of the business and management, and necessary arts administration is essential for setting yourself up as a freelance dance artist, community dance practitioner, being self employed or gaining work in an established dance company.

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 2

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

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

The dance department has strong links with a variety of dance companies and organisations and has for many year engaged succesffuly to place students in a work experience or placement.  These have included:

Hofesh Schechter

Akram Khan


Loop Dance

Stop Gap

Jasmin Vardimon


South East Dance

The Point

York Dance Project

Indicative modules

Year One

  • Dance Landscapes 
  • Performance Techniques 1
  • Performance Project 1
  • Choreography and Devising
  • Choreography and Performance
  • Movement Studies: Analysis and Awareness
  • Dance Techniques 1
  • Understanding Technique 1
  • Dance Technique A

Year Two

  • Themes, Trends and Discourse in Performance
  • Research Methodologies
  • Performance Techniques 2 
  • Somatic Practices
  • Repertory
  • Industry Placement
  • Composing Dances
  • Performance and Place
  • Site Dance
  • Improvisation and Performance
  • Scenography for Dancers
  • Preparing the Dance Artist for Work
  • Dance Techniques 2
  • Understanding Technique 2
  • Dance Technique

Year Three

  • Independent Study
  • Performance Techniques
  • The Conscious Dancer
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Project
  • Dance Production (3Fall Dance Company)
  • Applied Dance: community, production and administration
  • Choreographic Projects
  • Postmodern Practices
  • Immersive Choreographic Practices
  • Teaching Dance Technique
  • Dance Techniques 3
  • Understanding Dance Techniques 3
  • Dance Technique C 

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

International English Studies

Teaching and assessment

You’ll build your subject knowledge and practical experience through core and optional teaching modules appropriate to the breadth of the curriculum.

Your learning encompasses development of dance knowledge and skills intrinsic to dance practice.

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:

Standard module: A single module scheduled over one semester (15 credits normally) examples Popular Dance and Introduction to Improvisation and Composition.

Double module: A double module is spread over two semesters (30 credits normally) examples: Dance Portfolio and Dance Placement.

Long thin module: A standard module can be spread over two semesters (15 credits normally) example: Dance Technique.

Summer module: Summer study, condensed into a two week period (15 credits normally) example: Interdisciplinary Arts Project and Performance and Place.

Module strand (Level 6): This is a double module, either 2 x 15 credits or 30 credits, designed to allow for in depth subject study. For example: Dance Movement Psychotherapy 1, Dance Movement Psychotherapy 2, Teaching Dance Technique, Teaching Dance and Creative Practice.

Theory modules allow you to begin to develop research skills necessary for degree study. Teaching is delivered through illustrated lectures and small group seminars, linking dance theory to practice. 

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. 

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 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. 

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