BA (Hons) Choreography and Dance

Choreography and Dance at Winchester uses a wide range of approaches to develop an enhanced understanding of contemporary dance practice. The programme empowers students to become enquiring, critical and articulate within and beyond choreographic practice.

BA (Hons) Choreography and Dance at University of Winchester

UCAS code: W500

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 96-112 points

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

25 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing)or equivalent

Selection process: 

Suitable Single Honours applicants are invited to attend a group interview and an audition - the audition involves performing a self-choreographed solo and participation in a technique class and improvisational creative workshop.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years)

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details click here

Additional Costs: 


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due to limited availability students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is possible for students to second-hand copies. Cost £30 per academic year.
  • Field trips: Students will be encouraged to attend live performance whenever they are able, to develop their understanding of dance performance. Cost £30 per academic year.
  • Performance: Students will have the opportunity to perform at festivals and platforms in the region throughout their degree. Costs for travel and expenses will need to be covered by the student. Approximately £20.
  • Overseas trip: Students will have the opportunity to participate in an overseas visit (7-10 days) to further enhance their training and awareness in dance in during all years of study. This will be at Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA. Approximately £800. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):


Work placement:

Students have the opportunity to work with local professional dance organisations.


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Second and third year students can audition to join the performance company D@Win.

Student Satisfaction:

Choreography and Dance achieved 100 per cent overall student satisfaction (NSS 2015).

Students on the course have commented positively (NSS open comments, 2014) on:

  • "The course modules have been varied and allowed me to have well rounded understanding of the subject as a whole."
  • "Performance exercises have really helped me improve on my confidence in performing to an audience and speaking. I feel I have grown as a person."
  • "The staff do really care about the subject and you can feel the passion within the classes."

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2017/18 Home and EU students are £9,250 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

Throughout the programme you integrate critical, creative and physical approaches to develop strong choreographic and performance skills. A range of analytical and theoretical frameworks overarch a reflective practice of dance. You are encouraged to work both independently and collaboratively in order to facilitate and produce performances with a clear artistic vision. Regular technique classes allow you to build physical skills through diverse training approaches including Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Jazz, Release, Somatic Practices, and Improvisation.

In Year 1, you are introduced to choreography and performance, and to the wider interdisciplinary artistic, cultural, social and historical contexts which underpin the study and practice of dance. You work with music and with the body as a source of creativity. You are encouraged to view performances of professional dance work, supported by visits from established dance companies and practising artists.

In Year 2, you extend your choreographic skills to explore collaborative processes through site, screen and broader interdisciplinary perspectives, expanding and refining your ideas about dance performance. A range of specialist performance practices are available to study as optional modules.

In Year 3, you work towards either a Collaborative Project or an Extended Independent Study Project. The latter may take the form of a self-choreographed or directed performance, an investigation of movement, choreography, technology, performance or facilitation or a written dissertation. This work is supported by a range of theoretical and practical classes and placements through which you explore current aspects and features of the contemporary field.

You create and perform your own works on campus, in local theatres and at other venues. You also have the opportunity to engage with professional dance practice and performance via visiting artist teachers. The programme has strong links with regional and national dance organisations such as The Point, Theatre Royal Winchester, Wessex Dance Academy, Pavilion Dance SW, Yorke Dance Project and Zoielogic. Artists from Protein Dance, Tavaziva Dance, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Sole Rebel Tap, Formed View and Blue Apple Dance Theatre have recently created work with students, supporting their learning in and through devising and performance. 


The University offers excellent facilities for both performance and rehearsal. The Performing Arts Studios provide six bespoke spaces and offer the latest technology for student productions. The Studios are located on the King Alfred Campus close to the Performance Gymnasium and other facilities in the Bowers Building.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Physical Skills 1
  • Making
  • Histories and Contexts
  • Improvisation and Creativity in Dance Practice
  • Moving Music

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Physical Skills 2
  • Choreography
  • Dance Perspectives

Optional modules:

  • Student Dance Company 1: D@win
  • Physical Theatres
  • Digital Performance
  • Immersive Performance
  • Puppetry and Object Manipulation
  • Musical Theatre in the UK and USA
  • Performance Criticism
  • Writing for Performance
  • Contemporary Cultural Heritage
  • Performance Criticism
  • Open Project
  • Transcultural Practices
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Study or Collaborative Project
  • Physical Skills 3
  • Dance Performance and Facilitation: D@win
  • Performance Now: Debates and Discourses
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship

Optional modules:

  • Dance Facilitation
  • Student Dance Company 2: D@win
  • Internship
  • Dance Performance and Facilitation:D@win

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

The University aims to shape 'confident learners' by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Students study a combination of practice and theory through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and placements. In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors and the wide range of services to students within the University.

A distinct feature of the programmes is the opportunity to engage with professional practitioners and experience real-world learning in rich and varied ways, ie through visiting dance artists, choreographers, facilitators and managers, and through placements, work-based learning and intensive-making and performance opportunities. The course has close links with local theatres and dance organisations, companies, artists and international partners to support students in making essential connections with the professional field. Through such networks student work is seen in Hampshire and the surrounding counties as well as further afield.

The programmes are highly practical and students perform in commissioned works, create their own choreographic projects and study theories of movement and dance and their sociocultural dimensions. Students explore ways to engage with dance and performance to articulate processes and outcomes with confidence. Staff work closely with students through one to one tutorials to feedback on their progress. As is key to dance, this programme encourages a strong sense of community and collaboration to build up understanding through participation and exchange.

Key features of the student experience are:

  • The programme is highly practical and students create and perform in their own works and in specially commissioned works at the university and externally.
  • There are many opportunities to engage with artists through workshops, performances and placements.
  • Students have the opportunity to audition to join D@win, the student performance company which is modelled on a small scale professional company and which tours in the region.
  • The programme has close links with regional and national dance organisations such as The Point, Wessex Dance Academy, StopGap and Tavaziva.
  • Students may apply to study in the USA on a semester exchange, or participate in a short term group visit. Other international exchanges are also available.

Programme Leader

Dr Cathy Seago MFA is a practice based researcher with a focus on choreographic processes. Cathy received her MFA from the New York liberal arts college Sarah Lawrence, a professional certification from the Merce Cunningham Studio and a Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies from Laban. Her PhD drew on these wide ranging influences, informing her research and teaching. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. As Evolving Motion Cathy produces dance based multimedia works through collaboration. To date, eight large scale performance works and a number of small projects and dance films have toured in the South East/South West of England and to London, New York, Edinburgh, Paris, Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. She has been supported by Arts Council England and the Asia-Europe Foundation. She has received commissions in the UK and abroad, developed cross-cultural artist exchange projects in China and Thailand and undertaken international artist residencies at KLPAC Malaysia, ODT Singapore and Swindon Dance.

Teaching team

Debbie Lee-Anthony - since completing her training at The Place (1982) Debbie has worked extensively as an independent dancer and choreographer. She has taught and facilitated projects in a broad range of professional, education and community contexts, managing and directing choreographic projects with youth and community groups nationwide. Debbie has co-directed her own dance company Soma/Numa, collaborating with video artists, writers and composers. Her solo dance work and accompanying papers have been presented at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and at International conferences exploring issues of age, performance and health. Debbie's collaborative performance work has been programmed in established venues nationally. Her writing has also been published exploring issues pertinent to sustaining one's practice and the mature dancing body. She has been lecturing at the University since 1999 and since September 2015 part-time, allowing her to develop her facilitation with elders within community dance practice as well developing her own performance work.

Paul Jackson MMus FRSA is a Reader in Choreography and Dance. He trained in both music and dance and has taught both subjects internationally. He has been a member of the education teams of London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Extemporary Dance Theatre and Ballet Rambert. As a pianist he has worked with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra and as an accompanist to most of the major figures in dance including; Martha Graham, Robert Cohan, Siobhan Davies, Viola Farber and Richard Alston. He has written extensively on dance and in 1997 was awarded the Chris de Marigny Dance Writers Award. He is a regular contributor to Dance Now. He has written biographies of the Oscar winning composer of Sir Malcolm Arnold and of Robert Cohan. He is currently completing a series of essays on British ballet music to be published by Dance books. He acts as an assessor for dance and music for Arts Council England.

Dr Noyale Colin is a dance practitioner and researcher in choreography and collaborative performance practices. She is co-editor of the book Collaboration in Performance Practices: Premises, Workings and Failures (2016) published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has also published several journal articles and produced practical works related to her ongoing research around the notion of the collaborative self in performance. Noyale studied at the Conservatoires of Nantes and Lyon, before training in postmodern dance and presenting work at leading performing spaces in New York. She subsequently pursued her career by exploring different movement and somatic practices including yoga, Ohashiatsu, physical theatre and Contact Improvisation. In 2008, Noyale graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with an MA (Distinction) in Performance Making, before undertaking a PhD at Middlesex University which examines the politics of co-working in contemporary performance making. Together with Dr Stefanie Sachsenmaier, she organised two Symposia On Collaboration held at Middlesex University in 2012 and 2013.

David McCormick is a professional practising artist working in the fields of dance, video art and film making. He has created works with DV8 Physical Theatre, Richard Alston Dance Company, Siobhan Davies Dance, Random Dance Company, Imlata, Wendy Houston and Angela Woodhouse. As a video artist David directed and staging video for the Olivier Award-winning Pied Piper by Boy Blue Entertainment at the Barbican. His video, performance and installation works have been internationally toured, exhibited and screened at major venues including The Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Royal Opera House and Tate Modern. David is a researcher with Dance Partners for Creativity at Exeter University, funded by the AHRC to explore creative partnerships between artists and teachers in dance education. Independent research projects have included a Creative Partnerships commissioned document, analysing creative practice in cross-curricular approaches to teaching and learning (2009) and a New Direction commissioned game design project exploring cross-curricular approaches to learning through digital online Alternative Reality Games (2010), both funded by Arts Council England.

Noyale Colin 

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Assessment includes practical presentations of solo and group choreography; performances in public venues, lecture demonstrations; essays; online journal writing; and live debates. Students also complete either a practical or written Independent Study Project on a subject of their choice during Year 3.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. The Choreography and Dance programme operate a verbal feedback system to best enable discussion of work, progress and achievement throughout the semester. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates go into the field as dance facilitators, teachers, performers, choreographers, managers and administrators.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Vicki - Artistic Director, Commotion Dance


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