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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Join a unique course that concentrates on building up individual dancers’ skills and understanding through small class sizes and interactive feedback on progress
  • Take part in up to three classes a day of practical sessions including techniques and creative workshops
  • Perform and tour nationally as part of our University Dance Repertoire Company D@win
  • Work with artists from internationally-recognised dance companies such as Avant Garde Dance Company, Protein Dance, ZooNation, Luke Brown Dance and Tavaziva Dance on choreographic projects
  • Build your professional portfolio 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 newly validated Dance degree. It’s a unique three-year course with a conservatoire-style approach to dance focusing on practical development. With two daily training classes alongside choreographic workshops, there is plenty of time to build on your strength, aptitude and stamina in the studio.

Each semester, you are able to focus on a particular way of working through single projects. Performance projects are led by established artists and offer opportunities for you to work in a variety of professional settings including theatre and dance venues, festivals, and education and health contexts. Contextual work on each project supports you in building knowledge and understanding. All theory is delivered in conjunction with the practical work you are doing in the studio.

The new Dance course is designed with interconnected strands. It aims to provide you with an experience similar to that of working in the industry where dance practitioners are often called upon to connect the activities of performing, creating, organising, designing, evaluating and facilitating within each project they undertake.

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.

Your achievement is measured through interrelated assignment tasks, which allow you to cohere and synthesise skills, knowledge and understanding.

The assignments feature various modes of assessment including performance, choreography, contextual discussion through presentation alongside journals, planning, self-reflection and annotated bibliography in Year 1.

In Year 2 you will work on a reflective blog, a professional pitch, a digital artefact, a visual essay, a podcast and project documentation. Assessment continues in your final year through facilitation and research documentation, an individual professional report, debate and presentation.

On graduation you will be able to perform professional dance pieces from national and international choreographers and create your own work and facilitate dance in relevant contexts including schools and health settings.

In addition, you will display key skills for the workplace in your ability to communicate through a range of channels
including oral, written, performance modes and to do this critically, analytically and creatively, with confidence.

Many dance graduates build on these skills, knowledge and attributes, progressing into careers as facilitators and teachers. They facilitate creative choreographic practice, establish dance companies with clear artistic vision, set up businesses as teachers and facilitators and work as development officers, organisers, administrators and managers to help make dance happen in a range of contexts.

Careers

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

94% of our 2016/17 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) 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: 456 hours
Independent learning: 744 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 480 hours
Independent learning: 720 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 456 hours
Independent learning: 504 hours
Placement: 240 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during term time. Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

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)*:

35% coursework
0% written exams
65% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

45% coursework
0% written exams
55% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

40% coursework
0% written exams
60% 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

2021 Entry: 96-112 points

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

International Baccalaureate: 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 Higher level IB certificates at grade 4 or above.

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components.

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)

Modules Credits

Dance Repertoire Project 60

This module develops students' dance and performance skills through technical classes, dance repertoire and contextualising lectures and seminars. Students undertake an intensive physical training through classes in a range of contemporary dance techniques, jazz and somatic movement approaches. The module includes a practical and theoretical exploration of a broad range of approaches to dance training and enable students to critically reflect on their training needs and technical development. Lectures will be taught alongside technical and creative practices to provide students with an introduction to contemporary and historical theories and debates. Connecting practice with theory, the module allows the students to develop an understanding of dance as a cultural discourse through exploring and performing a piece of repertoire from the dance canon. 

Dance and Creativity Project 60

This module builds on the core skills developed in Dance Repertoire Project including technical, performance and critical skills by introducing creative methods of making dance. Through technical classes, choreography workshops and contextualising lectures and seminars students continue to develop an intensive physical training in a range of dance techniques and methods of dance compositions. Choreographic projects will introduce the students to improvisational and compositional methods linked to specific historical key development of dance, which they will explore in practice and through contextualising lectures and seminars. Students will draw on these creative strategies to make their own choreography and evaluate their professional development and learning process through contextual reflection upon performance practice. 

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Collaborative Dance Project 60

This module builds on the core skills developed at level 4 by offering physical, creative and reflective practice at a more advanced level. It focuses on the collaborative aspect of performing and making contemporary dance and its social impact in society. Daily technique classes will focus on reflective and collective approach to movement through the introduction of improvisation and partnering dance practice. Students will take part in taught choreographic workshops focusing on ensemble and group work strategies alongside contextualising lectures and seminar on the development of collaboration in dance performance. Students will draw on these practical and theoretical insights and further independent research to critically reflect on their own collaborative dance skills and plan for future collaborative dance projects within the university or within a professional context.  

Interactive Dance Project 60

This module is designed to provide students with a practical and critical framework for undertaking creative and participatory works in a range of interactive environments through engaging with community participants, health settings and technology. Sessions will consist of a combination of technique classes, creative workshops and contextualising seminars.  

The first part of the module will have an outward-facing perspective in the facilitation of specific participants groups including a short placement in a school, college, community or health settings. Students will be guided to document and evaluate the project and their own work-based skills as well as building a CV. 

The second part of the module will be focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to technology for creating dance for films through lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the impact and opportunities of digital technologies in dance with particular attention to notion of body, space, time and place.

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dance Company: D@win 60

Building on students’ high level of technical and creative skills developed at levels 4 and 5, this module acts as a bridge to their professional career. Students will perform as part of a company touring to professional venues, schools and colleges and develop and lead workshops in a variety of educational establishments. Throughout the year, students will be able to expand their experience of choreographic, performance, teaching and communication skills through both collaborative practice and independent research. In the first part of the module, students will be working with commissioned choreographers and artists to devise new pieces of repertoire and engage in intensive period of rehearsals. In semester 2 the show will tour to schools and small venues throughout the region. Students will consolidate their reflective and critical skills in a project report which analyses and evaluates their individual involvement. They will develop high levels of self-motivation and excellent organisational and time management skills. Students will be expected to engage with independent research outside of the session time and attend extra rehearsals, when required.  

Dance Placement Project 60

This module facilitates the engagement of students with the professional dance sector post-graduation. It builds upon the small work experience that students undertook at Level 5 in order to offer a more advanced intensive placement at Level 6. Moreover, it provides them with an opportunity to pursue an area of specialist interest which will develop their professional development portfolio and enable students to set realistic goals for future development. Students will build up a network of potential contacts and approach specific schools, artists, companies, agencies, venues or festival organisers to negotiate a four weeks placement. They will develop an awareness of the skills and qualities they possess as individual and as potential dance practitioners and the ability to communicate this to future employer effectively. 

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.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s academic regulations.

2021 Course Tuition Fees

 UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland 

International*

Year 1 £9,250 £13,800
Year 2 £9,250 £13,800
Year 3 £9,250 £13,800
Total £27,750 £41,400
Optional Sandwich Year** £1,385 £1,385
Total with Sandwich Year £29,135 £42,785

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2021, 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 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.

UK 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 £6,935.

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 £115 and a 15 credit module is £1,725.

*Please note, the tuition fees for students from the EU (excluding UK and Republic of Ireland) are yet to be confirmed by the University.

** Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

***The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

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. Indicative cost is £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. Indicative cost is £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. Indicative cost is £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. Indicative cost is £800.

Mandatory

Placement
Students will be involved in placement opportunities during their degree.  Depending on the placement location, travel expenses may be incurred. Indicative cost is £20-£50 per academic year at levels five and six.

Printing and Binding
The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.Our Reprographics team also offer printing and binding services, including dissertation binding which may be required by your course with an indicative cost of £1.50-£3.

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
On campus, Winchester