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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Our course regularly appears in the Top 15 Choreography and Dance courses in the National Student Survey
  • Dancing is at the heart of the course – performing in commissioned choreographic works, touring repertoire with the University Dance Company and creating your own performance projects
  • Regular technique classes allow you to build physical and performance skills, and interactive dialogic one-to-one feedback supports your individual progress
  • Work with artists from internationally-recognised dance companies such as Protein Dance, ZooNation, Luke Brown Dance and Tavaziva Dance on choreographic projects
  • Develop innovative practices through placements, performances and collaborations with groups such as Blue Apple Dance Theatre and Wessex Dance Academy

If you aim to create inspirational and innovative dance then this course is a fantastic place to start. It immerses you in a world of dance practices, artists and styles which empower you to become creative, critical and articulate within and beyond choreographic practice.

Studio experience and performance making are at the heart of our vibrant three-year programme. You learn dance in modern studios and performance spaces where you take regular physical skills classes each week. Throughout the programme you learn ways to integrate creative and physical approaches to dance with critical and reflective thinking to develop strong choreographic and performance skills.

You work independently and collaboratively in order to facilitate and produce performances with a clear artistic vision. The outcome is an enhanced understanding of contemporary dance and choreography, high-level practical dance skills and bountiful job prospects.

We have close links with regional and national theatres and dance organisations, companies and artists who provide the inside knowledge you need to get ahead in your career. There are opportunities to engage with talented professional dance artists, choreographers, facilitators and managers through work placements in local theatres and community projects and through your own ground-breaking performances hosted on campus. You can study abroad for a semester or visit and take classes at one of our American University partners.

In Year 1, you are introduced to choreography and performance, and 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.

In Year 2, you extend your choreographic skills and explore collaborative processes through site, screen and broader interdisciplinary perspectives. A range of specialist performance practices are available to study as optional modules including Digital Performance and Puppetry and Object Manipulation.

In Year 3, you produce a self-choreographed performance, dance, movement or teaching investigation. Alternatively you can opt to work on a collaborative project with your peers. You take a vibrant module focused on cultural entrepreneurship and dance management, and you can audition for D@win, the University’s hugely successful dance company that performs at leading events in theatres and arts centres.

Our course gives you the skills, experience and confidence to play your part in the creative economy. Graduates work as performers, dance facilitators, choreographers, administrators and teachers at established dance companies and in the theatre, arts and media industries. Others use skills from our Cultural Entrepreneurship module to found an independent dance or performance company. What are you waiting for? Break a leg!

Careers

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

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Choreography and Dance course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA).

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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.

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 180 hours
Independent learning: 672 hours
Placement: 348 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 336 hours
Independent learning: 864 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 120 hours
Independent learning: 660 hours
Placement: 420 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

29% coursework
0% written exams
71% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

37% coursework
0% written exams
63% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

27% coursework
0% written exams
73% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

2018 Entry: 96-112 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 25 points

If English is not your first language:  Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Interview and Audition

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 enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1 Credits

Improvisation and Creativity in Dance Practice 15

Through the participation in a range of physical systems, techniques and disciplines the student will be encouraged to develop a holistic understanding of embodied creativity and expression.  Students will creatively explore both solo and group improvisational strategies and structures to support their growth and development as dance-artists in both individual and cultural dimensions.

Physical Skills 1 30

The module focuses on the development of the dancer by building skills, knowledge and understanding through safe dance practice. Contemporary techniques, practices and approaches will underpin the classes on the module, supported by viewing live and video dance performance. Students will explore a range of movement styles and approaches with an aim of building their physical and expressive capacity.  Focus will be on strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination to enable the exploration of different dance techniques and performance styles.  Students will be encouraged to integrate these approaches to develop an individual embodiment for application in choreographic and improvisational contexts dancing alone and with groups.

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment.

Histories and Contexts 30

The module will be presented as a series of lectures introducing performance practitioners, concepts and their contexts, exploring how the history of ideas informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures and art forms.
It will encourage the students to study its historical, cultural, social and political contexts through case study of key practitioners. It will actively question performance in all its manifestations and encourage students to build on their personal experience. By studying performance as ‘living history’ and placing the study firmly within these specific contexts, the students will be able to reference and manipulate the information to inform their own future creative work.

Moving Music 15

This unit will provide both a practical and theoretical overview of the collaboration between music and dance. The course will provide an overview of a number of different musical styles and their possible uses in choreography. The students will be able to explore and critically discuss a wide range of musical styles in relation to their choreographic development. There will be extensive viewing and discussion of choreo/musical examples through recording and live performance.  The student will learn the basics of a musical terminology, to better communicate with musicians.

Semester 2 Credits

Physical Skills 1 30

The module focuses on the development of the dancer by building skills, knowledge and understanding through safe dance practice. Contemporary techniques, practices and approaches will underpin the classes on the module, supported by viewing live and video dance performance. Students will explore a range of movement styles and approaches with an aim of building their physical and expressive capacity.  Focus will be on strength, flexibility, alignment and coordination to enable the exploration of different dance techniques and performance styles.  Students will be encouraged to integrate these approaches to develop an individual embodiment for application in choreographic and improvisational contexts dancing alone and with groups.

Making 30

This module takes students on a year-long journey that introduces them to the process of making Performance in the current artistic environment. Building on understandings of performance creation and composition developed at pre-University level, students will be guided, largely through practical workshops accompanied by appropriate critical and practitioner readings, through exercises and formative tasks in inventing new work that take them into the realm of the unknown and that help them expand their capacity to create unique and original creative material for their academic age and experience. This module is a university-level primer in creative and compositional technique for the ensemble group and will engage students in a range of strategies for making work, and will require extensive in-class showings and critical feedback sessions in preparation for the assessment.

Histories and Contexts 30

The module will be presented as a series of lectures introducing performance practitioners, concepts and their contexts, exploring how the history of ideas informed – and was informed by – social and cultural developments across cultures and art forms.
It will encourage the students to study its historical, cultural, social and political contexts through case study of key practitioners. It will actively question performance in all its manifestations and encourage students to build on their personal experience. By studying performance as ‘living history’ and placing the study firmly within these specific contexts, the students will be able to reference and manipulate the information to inform their own future creative work.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Dance Perspectives 30

The art of dance is a transient art - an art of the moment - that moment/event/performance is part of a chain of activities without which the event would not take place. This module seeks to promote debate about the ways that practices extend beyond the traditional parameters of dance-making and performance in studios and theatres and choreography as a final outcome. It invites different ways of looking at dance at all its stages and iterations within both the process and performance environment. The module will discuss analytical, reflective and creative approaches to performance. Students will work with a range of guest researchers, choreographers, artists and educators who will examine strategies and activities that support a flourishing dance practice. Different perspectives on practice and performance will extend students’ comprehension of what choreography can be.

Physical Skills 2 30

The module focuses on the development of the dancer’s skills through their application in creative and critical reflection. Contemporary techniques, approaches and reflective practices will underpin the classes on the module at a more advanced level than level four, supported by an engagement with literature on experiential learning.  Awareness of and sensitivity towards a range of approaches to studio practice and materials will prepare students to refine and demonstrate their learning. Students will integrate their physical and creative skills and comprehension in phrasing movement patterns and ideas. Student will be encouraged to develop their responsivity to working with others to generate dance performance and practice.

Choreography 30

This module will provide opportunities for students to develop and define their choreographic experiences, equipping them with strategies for rigorous experimentation in dance-making. Through practical exploration and theoretical enquiry students will be introduced to a variety of approaches and motivations for making movement based performance. Methods will be introduced for documenting choreography and ways of critically reflecting on contemporary choreographic practice. Experimentation and creative collaboration will be encouraged alongside the evaluative skills necessary in realizing and analysing dance performance.

Optional Credits

Year 2 Optional Modules

Student Dance Company 1: D@win – 30 Credits
Physical Theatres – 30 Credits
Digital Performance – 30 Credits
Immersive Performance – 30 Credits
Puppetry and Object Manipulation – 30 Credits
Musical Theatre in the UK and USA – 30 Credits
Performance Criticism – 30 Credits
Writing for Performance – 30 Credits
Contemporary Cultural Heritage – 30 Credits
Performance Criticism – 30 Credits
Open Project – 30 Credits
Transcultural Practices – 30 Credits
Volunteering – 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1 Credits

Collaborative Project 30

This module explores project facilitation and implementation with specific focus on collaboration and process analysis. On this module students will shape, facilitate, organise and implement their own project, or participation in a project. This project can be within the university or within a professional context. The criterion for their project is that they are involved in a collaborative structure and process that involves team work, dialogue and negotiation. The aim is that students see themselves and their work and practice within a larger context, and that they develop an understanding of process. This will enable students to place and record their own practice, and that of others, in a wider and current context.

The collaborative project itself can be interpreted in different ways and ‘collaborative’ can be defined according to the specific project. For example the project can take the form of volunteering, or students can work with a member of staff or research student on a project, either as research assistant or other, or they can be involved in a performance project. They can also choose to direct or to devise a performance, however they will not be assessed on the performance. Delivery would be through supervision, discussion seminars as well as staff presentations on collaborations, process analysis and self-evaluation.

Extended Independent Study Project 30

The Extended Independent Study Project is an advanced level module aimed at engaging students in an in depth investigative project. Students will select the context and parameters for their specified investigation. Students will be expected to forge their own sense of identity as dance makers and researchers, which will be enhanced by continuous enquiry.

Performance Now: Debates and Discourses 15

This module engages with current performance practices, debates and discourses relevant to the study of various subject areas (interdisciplinary and devised performance, new writing, dance and vocal work). It thus places performance in a contemporary interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary context acknowledging the wider cultural and political dimensions which inform the diversity of performance practice and theory today.
The precise content of the module will depend on the issues of the day and students will be encouraged to bring in issues that have particular relevance to them.

Physical Skills 3 30

The module focuses on the development of the student as articulate creative dance practitioner through embodied understanding.  In developing a reflexive approach to refining physical skills, students will integrate a range of approaches.  Students will explore the balance of thinking and doing through dance as a professional and vocational practice and as a process of enquiry.  Contemporary techniques, approaches and reflective practices will underpin the classes on the module, at a more advanced level than level five, supported by an engagement with literature.  Focus on personal skills and strengths in working alone and with others will encourage students to recognise their own artistic position within the current context of dance.  Students will be encouraged to develop their individuality in generating dance performance and practice through reflection.

Cultural Entrepreneurship 15

Arts practitioners need to be aware of how their work is produced in on a practical level, how to create productive and sustainable relationships with creative producers, how to become creative entrepreneurs and producers themselves, and to develop wide ranging skills associated with this function such as writing bids, funding applications and business plans. They may want to embrace the profession of creative producer as part of defining themselves as practitioners and to understand the problems associated with the tasks at a practical and artistic level.

The module will look at the function of the creative producer and entrepreneur both practically and critically, seeing the student as both as creators and stakeholders within the wider infrastructure of creative production. They will present and defend a project to a panel. They will also apply their knowledge to negotiating their own collaborative projects.

Semester 2 Credits

Collaborative Project 30

This module explores project facilitation and implementation with specific focus on collaboration and process analysis. On this module students will shape, facilitate, organise and implement their own project, or participation in a project. This project can be within the university or within a professional context. The criterion for their project is that they are involved in a collaborative structure and process that involves team work, dialogue and negotiation. The aim is that students see themselves and their work and practice within a larger context, and that they develop an understanding of process. This will enable students to place and record their own practice, and that of others, in a wider and current context.

The collaborative project itself can be interpreted in different ways and ‘collaborative’ can be defined according to the specific project. For example the project can take the form of volunteering, or students can work with a member of staff or research student on a project, either as research assistant or other, or they can be involved in a performance project. They can also choose to direct or to devise a performance, however they will not be assessed on the performance. Delivery would be through supervision, discussion seminars as well as staff presentations on collaborations, process analysis and self-evaluation.

Extended Independent Study Project 30

The Extended Independent Study Project is an advanced level module aimed at engaging students in an in depth investigative project. Students will select the context and parameters for their specified investigation. Students will be expected to forge their own sense of identity as dance makers and researchers, which will be enhanced by continuous enquiry.

Physical Skills 3 30

The module focuses on the development of the student as articulate creative dance practitioner through embodied understanding.  In developing a reflexive approach to refining physical skills, students will integrate a range of approaches.  Students will explore the balance of thinking and doing through dance as a professional and vocational practice and as a process of enquiry.  Contemporary techniques, approaches and reflective practices will underpin the classes on the module, at a more advanced level than level five, supported by an engagement with literature.  Focus on personal skills and strengths in working alone and with others will encourage students to recognise their own artistic position within the current context of dance.  Students will be encouraged to develop their individuality in generating dance performance and practice through reflection.

Optional Credits

Year 3 Optional Modules

Dance Facilitation – 30 Credits
Student Dance Company 2: D@win – 30 Credits
Internship – 30 Credits
Dance Performance and Facilitation:D@win – 30 Credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students. Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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.

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

Key course details

UCAS code
W500
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
96-112 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester