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Course Length:

3 years Full Time


Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Postgraduate study options at Chichester include PGCE and Masters.

This dance performance route is focussed on giving you the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare you to enter the dance profession and audition as a performer/choreographer or independent dance artist. 

Whether you want to set up your own dance company or join an established company, having gained the range of experiences working with professional choreographers and expert tutors will enhance your employment opportunities.

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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
  • Motionhouse
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • Balletboyz
  • South East Dance
  • The Point
  • York Dance Project
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Where this can take you

Alumnus profile: Carmine De Amicis

"During my year at University of Chichester I felt incredibly supported and mentored for the technical, artistic, athletic and academic side of my growth. I had the chance to improve my dance technique thanks to the variety of classes and teachers we were provided. I felt stimulated and confident to start my professional career after leaving the institution."

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Entry Requirements and Fees

2020 UK fee: TBC

2020 International fee: TBC

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.

Student view

Robbie Pitt
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

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Our dance facilities include four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre and a 110-seat studio theatre.

In addition, there is a newly refurbished large gymnasium space together with two new sprung-floor spaces in the new academic building.

Our students will use the facilities within our dance technical team to enhance their understanding of scenography, sound and cameras, and the editing suites to support their choreography and creative practice situated in the Learning and Information Zone of the library.  

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range 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, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you



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

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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