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Dance BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHU020

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

Learn how you could turn your love of dance into a fulfilling and enriching career with our Dance BA.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice, through a study of dance technique, performance, choreography and the history of dance, in a professional environment informed by world leading research.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Course information

Whether you are interested in performing, teaching, facilitating or choreographing, our degree is designed to realise your full artistic potential, providing ample opportunities to learn and practice your art form, together with the skills, knowledge and understanding to sustain a career in dance.

Closely allied with the independent contemporary dance sector in the UK, Europe and United States, our comprehensive curriculum aims to cover all aspects of contemporary dance within its wider artistic, historical and socio-cultural context. This includes dance practice, improvisation, choreography, study of the body in motion, experiential anatomy, teaching and community practice, dance film, site specific practices, performance, contextual studies, collaborative and cross art form study.

95%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 1

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 2

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 1

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 2

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 1

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 3

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 4

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 3

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 4

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 3

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 4

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Study abroad

  • Professional placement

Overview

Modules

  • Dance Dissertation

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 5

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 6

  • Dance Graduating Project and Placement

  • Building a Practitioner Portfolio

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

In more detail...

  • Regular performance opportunities.
  • Regular technique classes throughout your three years of study.
  • A dance research centre with staff of international standing, producing world-leading research.
  • A professional dance organisation, Decoda, based at the University offering many additional opportunities.
  • Links with many Universities across the world and the opportunity to apply for exchange programmes during your studies.
  • Visiting professors of Dance who in the past have included Siobhan Davies, Helen Poyner, Miranda Tufnell and Caroline Bowditch.
  • An outstanding staff team who are all practicing professional dancers, choreographers and researchers with national and international reputations.
  • A rich schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists and visiting teachers/choreographers to complement your studies.

The course encourages creativity, exploration and a professional approach to contemporary dance. On our course you will have the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice through the study of dance technique, performance, choreography and contextual studies. The core course content includes the following subject areas:

  • Regular contemporary dance technique classes, and supporting studies such as yoga, pilates, ballet and experiential anatomy;
  • choreography and devising dance;
  • performance skills in a range of settings, and the chance to work as a company during year two with visiting professional choreographers;
  • improvisation, including contact improvisation;
  • dance history and theory with an emphasis on current dance practise;
  • optional studies in dance film, projects in teaching and community settings supported by theoretical   studies, and placements with regional and national dance organisations;
  • the chance for your final practical project to take place within a festival of dance.

With an emphasis on studio-based learning with daily technique and practical classes, our course is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, rehearsals, lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. Rather than formal exams you will gain your degree through the submission of practical and written coursework, and continuous assessment.

In addition to this, all teaching staff are available to you this is a strong, impressive course which provides a robust artistic, practical and academic foundation towards a realistic career in the performing arts.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical assessments: 60%
  • Essays: 10%
  • Group practical work: 15%
  • Presentations: 15%

 

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

60% practical assessments

In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Medium group teaching: 18 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Large group teaching: class sizes on this course are normally such that most of teaching is in small or medium-sized groups.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 20 hours each week of studying and rehearsing in your own time.

Our students can also enhance their learning through international exchange and study abroad programmes. These range from a few weeks to a full year. Currently we have links with USA, Estonia, Sweden, Cyprus, Italy and France. Our staff team, both permanent and visiting, are all highly respected dance artists or academics with international links and standing.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU020
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB from Dance or Performing Arts DDM in a Dance or Performing Arts. 31 points to include 5 points in Dance at Higher level

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Table of qualificationsUCASBTEC
GCE A2 Level Tariff points L3 Extended Diploma
A*A*A*       168 D*D*D*
A*A*A       160 D*D*D*
A*A*B
    152 D*D*D
A*A*C AAA     144 DDD
A*A*D AAB BBA*  A*AC 136  
  AAC BBA   128 DDM
  AAD BBB ABC 120  
  AAE BBC ACC 112 DMM
    BBD
108  
      CCC 96 MMM

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe

Career prospects

From the time you commence your studies we will treat you as a professional dance artist. You will be offered opportunities not only to study with professional choreographers and performers but also to apply for work placements with associated dance organisations, artists and choreographers.

As part of your final year you plan, rehearse or facilitate, and then realise a dance project which will be tailored to your skills and interests, giving you real world experience with which to take your first steps into the professional dance world or on to further study. Professional skills and project management activities are delivered throughout the course but particularly during this Final Project. 

100%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent examples of the destinations of some of our graduates include: employment in professional dance companies, studying at the Limon Institute in New York; developing their own choreographic practice in companies formed at Coventry University; MA studies; teaching in primary and secondary education and in Further Education Colleges; working for companies such as Chisenhale Dance Space, Decoda and Dance4.

£18K

Our graduates earn an average salary of £18,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.

Ella Tighe
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.