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BSC (HONS) AND MSCI DANCE SCIENCE

Do you want to advance and enhance your dance practice and that of others? Are you passionate about dance and human movement sciences?

This programme is aimed at students who want to understand how and why physiological, biomechanical, psychological and somatic approaches to dance practice can be researched and applied, in order to improve dancer potential, reduce injury risk, enhance wellbeing, and ultimately keep dancers dancing for longer.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS W5C6

Course Length:

BSc– 3 years / MSci – 4 years Full Time

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • A Levels (or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical): UCAS tariff 104-120, normally to include a science-based subject at Grade C. (Note: MSci requires BBB or ABC)
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an application event where they will participate in a dance class, an informal interview (normally in pairs), and submit a short written task. 

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POSTGRADUATE PATHWAYS

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

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WORK PLACEMENTS

The departments of Dance and Sports and Exercise Science have strong links with a variety of organisations and dance companies and has for many year engaged successfully to place students in a work experience or placement. 

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Student view

Second Year BSc Dance Science student
We’re really lucky at Chichester to have the facilities that we do, the dance studios are amazing and the labs too…The staff are incredible at making sure you’re comfortable and happy with what you’re doing, and always there for support. The course has a great combination of practice and theory… It’s interesting how we learn something in a physiology lesson and then are able to apply it to technique or performance classes. This transfer of knowledge helps us understand the information from multiple perspectives.

Course content

Our Dance Science degree can be studied as a three years Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons) Dance Science) or as a four year integrated Masters of Science (MSci Dance Science)*. This exciting programme will develop your skills and passion for dance, along with your knowledge and understanding of human performance sciences.

Through a combination of core and elective modules, you will study the disciplines of Physiology, Psychology, Biomechanics and Somatic Practices, underpinned by scientific research methodologies. Daily studio practice offers you a physical dance experience whilst theoretical underpinnings are explored via group lectures and workshops. Applied research skills are honed via hands-on laboratory sessions.

Throughout the programme you will have opportunities to perform, to participate in and conduct research, to undertake work placements, and to pursue modules which are aligned with professional qualifications. There are also options to connect your research with the resident student dance companies, 3Fall (undergraduate) and mapdance (postgraduate).

As you progress through your three-year BSc or four-year MSci you will be able to choose a specific pathway of study, enabling you to focus your studies in the area of Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing. The Applied Performance pathway offers a focus of knowledge and application to dance training and performance contexts, whereas the Health and Wellbeing pathway offers a focus of knowledge and application on the potential benefits of dance for a wide range of diverse populations. Students on the MSci extend their specialism at Master's level embarking upon a significant research dissertation and pursuing modules that focus on professional and applied techniques within dance science.

Successful completion of the programme will result in the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the ever increasing demand for well-qualified Dance Scientists across a range of professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based dance and exercise settings.

KEY FEATURES OF THE PROGRAMME….

  • Our Dance Science Programme can be studied as a three-year BSc (Hons) or a four-year integrated Master's* (MSci). 
  • Daily studio practice, including technique classes (contemporary and ballet) and supplementary training practices (including dance fitness, somatic techniques, contact improvisation);
  • Choice of Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing pathways, allowing you to focus your studies on a chosen area of application;
  • Module options that link to the profession through placements and pursuit of professional industry training and certifications in dance, exercise and fitness, and dance movement psychotherapy;
  • Access to specialist facilities and staff expertise across Dance and the Institute of Sport; our specialist dance science tutors are internationally renowned for their teaching and research
  • Options to link your research interests with one of our student dance companies 3Fall (undergraduate) and mapdance (postgraduate)
  • The potential to seek employment across a range of professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based dance and exercise settings
  • The opportunity to progress onto a variety of related postgraduate programmes in the areas of Education, Dance, Dance Science, Sports and Exercise Science, Somatics offering a continuity of study and development of chosen specialism at a higher level.
  • Regular performances from visiting dance and theatre companies in the University’s Showroom
  • Links with local, national and international organisations including The Point Eastleigh, One Dance UK, the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES), the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)
  • Links with professional and pre-professional dance companies including: Lîla Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, Ceyda Tanc Dance Company, Tribe Company, AKA Dance Theatre Company and Mapdance.

*Should you choose the four-year MSci Programme you will be eligible for a tuition fee loan for the entire course.

Our facilities

Our Programme is delivered in purpose-built dance studios and fully equipped scientific laboratories. Our students can access equipment and support from our dance technical team, and our sports and exercise science laboratory technicians, along with a range of AV recording and editing equipment accessible from the Learning Resource Centre. 

Dance Facilities

  • Four purpose built dance studios
  • A fully-equipped 250-seat theatre
  • A 110-seat studio theatre
  • A newly refurbished large gymnasium space
  • Two workshop spaces in the new Academic Building.  

Sports and Exercise Science Facilities

  • Five dedicated physiology labs
  • Four dedicated psychology labs
  • Two dedicated biomechanics labs
  • An environmental chamber to simulate heat, altitude, etc
  • A sports injury clinic and adjoining rehabilitation space
  • Modern fitness suite
  • Strength and conditioning room
  • Two multi-purpose gymnasiums
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing walls and climbing boulder
  • A range of grass and astro turf pitches
  • Outdoor and indoor netball and tennis courts
  • 110m synthetic athletics track

Our Library offers a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your knowledge and research. In the upper two floors 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. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Learning Resource Centre Facilities (Bishop Otter Campus)

  • 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

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. There is ever increasing demand for well-qualified Dance Scientists and the range of specialist and transferrable skills that you will gain from your time at Chichester will appeal to a number of employment settings such as professional, training, educational, recreational and community-based settings. Dance Science graduates could pursue a variety of options including:

Further study at postgraduate level

Chichester offers a range of postgraduate programmes [EQ1] across the field of dance and sport disciplines. Our research interests’ stem from extensive applied experience and a desire to deliver meaningful research findings that relate to the ‘real world’ of dance, dance science or sports and exercise.

Within the profession

  • Dance teacher or lecturer in community or educational settings;
  • Gym instructor;
  • Fitness consultant;
  • Dance science advisor or support personnel in educational or professional settings;
  • Dance science informed dancer / choreographer;
  • Advocate for dance-science informed dance practice;
  • Employee within professional bodies representing dance science and healthy dance practice
  • Health promotion

Work placements

Module options allow for the potential to complete a placement, which could enhance your employability and will build your network within the profession. Students report that work placement offer many benefits, including:

  • Enhanced CV
  • A chance to put theory into practice in the real world context.
  • The opportunity to grow and develop both personally and professionally

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the relevant module tutor and programme leader assists students via their existing network of contacts. The departments of Dance and Sports and Exercise Science have strong links with a variety of organisations and dance companies. These include:

  • Safe in Dance International (SiDI)
  • One Dance UK
  • National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
  • International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)
  • British Association of Sports and Exercise Science (BASES)
  • Hofesh Schechter
  • Akram Khan
  • Motionhouse
  • DanceUK
  • Loop Dance
  • Stop Gap
  • Jasmin Vardimon
  • Balletboyz
  • South East Dance
  • The Point
  • York Dance Project

In addition, students can undertake work placements in community settings such as sports centres, individual clubs and organisations, mainstream schools, afterschool clubs and special educational needs organisations

Indicative modules

The first year of study is made up of compulsory core modules. These modules introduce fundamental concepts and skills. Sample content at this level includes:

Year One

  • Applied psychology for dance
  • Physiology of exercise
  • Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Movement analysis and awareness
  • Research methodologies
  • Dance techniques (e.g. contemporary, ballet, dance fitness, somatic techniques, contact improvisation);

Following the strong foundation gained in Year One, in second year students are offered a number of elective choices to accompany the core modules, allowing you to begin to shape your preferred area(s) of specialism. At this level students should consider their onward pathway of either Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing. Research methods, laboratory testing and studio practice remain central to the learning experience. Sample content includes:

Year Two

  • Performance limitations
  • Exercise prescription
  • Injury and prevention
  • Psychology of physical activity and health
  • Dance performance options (e.g. repertory, site-based performance, improvisation)
  • Somatic approaches to dance training (e.g. Feldenkrais, Body-mind Centering)
  • Biomechanics in dance, sports and exercise
  • Clinical exercise physiology
  • Nutrition in health and disease
  • Research methodologies
  • Dance techniques (e.g. contemporary, ballet, dance fitness, somatic techniques, contact improvisation);

In third year, you become increasingly autonomous, undertaking a Research Project. Your module choices should focus your studies on either an Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing contexts. Some modules provide the opportunity to gain practical experience within the industry or to conduct research with our resident student companies 3Fall (undergraduate) and mapdance (postgraduate), perhaps examining the demands of the specific choreographies, for example.  Sample content, depending on chosen pathway, includes:

Year Three

  • Body image in performance 
  • Biomechanical techniques
  • Dance Movement Psychotherapy
  • Exercise interventions
  • Psychology of injury and rehabilitation
  • Physiological monitoring in training and performance
  • Nutritional strategies for performance
  • Placement options
  • Teaching dance
  • Research project
  • Dance techniques (e.g. contemporary, ballet, dance fitness, somatic techniques, contact improvisation);

If you are pursuing the fourth year integrated masters (MSci) you will undertake a significant Research Dissertation which will extend your discipline specific knowledge. Accompanying this module you will complete three other taught modules which will advance your professional and applied techniques within dance science. Sample content, depending on chosen pathway, includes:

Year Four (only for those completing the MSci Dance Science)

  • Applied techniques in exercise physiology and/or nutrition and/or biomechanics
  • Performance psychology
  • Motor learning and control
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Somatically-informed research methodologies
  • Enhancing physical activity participation and well-being

Teaching and assessment

When you come to Chichester, you join a community of students and lecturers working in partnership to ensure that your learning experience reflects best practice. We pride ourselves on the quality of the teaching given to our students. Innovation, enthusiasm and expertise combine to deliver the excellent standards that give our institution its high reputation for learning and teaching.

HOW THE PROGRAMME WILL BE DELIVERED

Each module is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study. Along with sessions designed specifically for the dance science students, some modules include sessions that integrate with the other Dance students or with the Sports and Exercise Science students. In most modules you can expect a combination of theory and practice. A typical week within the semester will include both physical and theoretical learning experiences via dance technique classes (e.g. contemporary and ballet), supplemental training practices, lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory skills sessions, studio-based workshops and application of practice.

Many modules will require you to complete some preparatory work, such as reading or an individual/group task. You may also be given structured follow-up tasks after a session, to further progress your learning.  As you progress through your degree, you will be expected to take more and more ownership over your learning and development, directing your study into areas of most interest to you.

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Our course includes a mix of assessments, so that you may develop a wide range of transferable skills. You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including essays, examinations, portfolios, practical lab and studio-based assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Feedback is offered along the way so that you can monitor your own progress, allowing you the opportunity to discuss and plan your development with your lecturers throughout the course. Where appropriate, special arrangements can be made for students with an identified need.

Additional Costs

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Auditions and interviews

  • Applicants will be asked to attend an application event where they will participate in a dance class, an informal interview (normally in pairs), and submit a short written task. This part of the application process is important to evaluate movement and writing competencies, as well as existing understanding about the area of study.
  • You will normally be interviewed in pairs or threes; you will be asked about your experience of, and interest in, dance and dance science to date. We also want to know why you wish to study Dance Science 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 dance study (technical and creative practice) and how you work with others on practical tasks.
  • All applicants will be requested to send a short written task prior to interview. This task should be approximately 1 side of A4 and you will be given a topic to choose from. We are looking for your ability to express your views in writing and to get a sense of your understanding of what dance science is, at the time of applying.

Entry requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary)

  • A Levels (or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical): UCAS tariff 104-120, normally to include a science-based subject at Grade C. (Note: MSci requires BBB or ABC)
  • Or: equivalent portfolio of relevant dance training and subject knowledge, for example RAD, vocational dance training or EPQ
  • Or: a BTEC/ Cambridge Technical: DDM (Science, Sport, or Performing Arts (Dance)). (Note: MSci requires DDD)
  • GCSEs: English and Mathematics at Grade C / 4 or above
  • Applicants will be asked to attend an application event where they will participate in a dance class, an informal interview (normally in pairs), and submit a short written task. This part of the application process is important to evaluate movement and writing competencies, as well as existing understanding about the area of study.