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Dance BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

W500

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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Overview

In a professional environment informed by world leading research, we’ll help you to develop your dance skills through a study of dance history, technique, performance and choreography.

Ranked among the best 16 universities in the country for ‘Drama, Dance and Cinematics’ by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, Coventry University has a long-standing reputation preparing dancers for the world of 21st century contemporary dance. In a supportive environment informed by world leading research and professional practitioners, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your skills in dance through the study of contemporary dance technique, performance, choreography, dance history and dance in education. 

Coventry University’s collaboration with Motionhouse Dance Theatre means that you will have the opportunity to benefit from a programme of workshops, masterclasses and placements with this world class dance-circus company throughout the undergraduate degree.

As a dance student at Coventry, you will have the chance to experience a diverse schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists, visiting choreographers and professors housed in professionally-equipped dance studios and performance spaces.

From the outset, you’ll become a member of CUPID (Coventry University Performance in Dance), our very own Performance Company, and you’ll be offered opportunities to perform in our in-house Dance Theatre and also tour local and regional venues.

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 at Coventry helps to develop a great maturity and appreciation for contemporary dance and the supporting practices that enrich your study. It provides ample opportunities to discover and work within your area of preference in the arts. It’s innovative and the more you put in, the more you get out of it!”

Alexis Garner, second year student, BA (Hons) Dance

Course information

This course is underpinned by a focus on creativity, exploration and a professional approach to contemporary dance to help you to successfully launch and sustain a career in dance or broader entertainment sector, nationally or internationally.

Coventry University’s partnership with Motionhouse Dance Theatre means that you may have the opportunity to benefit from a programme of workshops, masterclasses and placements with this world class dance-circus company throughout the undergraduate degree.

As a dance student at Coventry you will have the opportunity to experience a diverse schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists, visiting choreographers and professors housed in professionally-equipped dance studios and performance spaces.

From the outset, you’ll become a member of CUPID (Coventry University Performance in Dance), our very own Performance Company, and you’ll be offered opportunities to perform in our in-house Dance Theatre and also tour local and regional venues. Whether you are interested in performing, teaching, facilitating or choreographing, our well-established and internationally renowned degree is designed to realise your full creative 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 curriculum covers all aspects of contemporary dance within its wider artistic, historical and socio-cultural context. This includes dance technique, improvisation, choreography, movement studies, experiential anatomy, teaching and community practice, dance and technology, site specific practices, performance, contextual studies, collaborative and cross art form study.

Study in the 2021 UK City of Culture and join a vibrant, multicultural creative learning community with a focus on vocational and professional practice linked to the demands of the current performing arts industry. Throughout your studies, we’ll help you to develop the project management and professional skills needed to promote your talent and learning aligned with professional artists, agencies and companies. Each year, you’ll have the opportunity to gain real-life work experience teaching dance in local schools. In your final year, you’ll undertake a placement which should help to set you up for a successful start into the profession of your choice.

95%

of our students are satisfied by the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

During your first year, you’ll be introduced to the basic skills and application necessary for acquiring a sound dance technique through movement and dance classes. You will have opportunities to participate in choreographic workshops, investigating compositional structures and the methods employed by contemporary choreographers. We aim to develop your understanding of key processes and current practices within the arts through active learning and by cultivating skills in critical analysis of the performing arts in this media led age, both your own and that of others. A range of dance techniques are taught throughout the year, including released based and dynamic flying low contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation, Ballet and African-Contemporary fusion. Other related movement practices, such as Yoga and Pilates help to consolidate and develop technical aptitude. Basic principles of anatomically efficient movement, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention along with class etiquette and professional practice will also be introduced.

Modules

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 1 and 2

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 1 and 2

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 1 and 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

In the second year, you will have the opportunity to further develop multi-dimensional approaches to dance technique through continuing a range of contemporary dance methods, including improvisation, the Skinner Releasing Technique and contact improvisation. Choreography and performance projects in this year intensify the practical experience of learning dance and consolidate the application of the kinaesthetically tuned body that is fostered in this course.

Modules

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques 3 and 4

  • Choreography and Performance Practices 3 and 4

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts 3 and 4

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement (which may be subject to additional fees, application process and/or availability). Past students have assisted at Dance UK symposia, helped to archive for Motionhouse, studied at one of partner institutions abroad, organised a Flamenco festival for a European project, performed with local dance companies and assisted at a national gathering for Contact Improvisation teachers across the UK.

Modules

  • Study abroad or professional placement

Overview

The final year is designed to fortify your understanding of the relationship between technical skill, personal artistry and performance. You will have the opportunity to create and present a substantial piece of creative work in collaboration with others within our annual festival of dance Follow Me Out. Past students have performed, choreographed for theatre and screen, created site-specific events across Coventry and in Birmingham, conducted projects with local school children, and focused on the production. Please note Placements may be subject to additional costs, application processes and/or availability of spaces

Modules

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.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Coventry University is ranked 16th for ‘Drama, Dance and Cinematics’ by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 18th for ‘Drama and Dance’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019.
  • An outstanding team of staff who are all practicing professional dancers, choreographers and researchers with national and international reputations.
  • Daily dance technique classes throughout your study with additional weekly classes in Ballet, Yoga and Pilates
  • Performance opportunities from Year 1 with our Performance Company CUPID
  • Workshops and masterclasses opportunities with Motionhouse Dance Theatre
  • Placements and a focus on Dance in Education with opportunities for gaining real-world teaching experience throughout your studies
  • Access to professionally-equipped facilities, including: a dance performance space with lighting/sound control rooms and comprehensive and up-to-date technical equipment, dance studios, theatre workshop space, wardrobe facilities and storage with around 3,500 costume items and 1,500 accessories, dressing rooms and box office facilities.
  • Dedicated technical support for theatre and dance performance, wardrobe needs and music technology, as well as a range of equipment available on loan, such as video, recording, sound and lighting

Proximity to our Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) which brings together artists, scholars and partners from across the creative and cultural industries to carry out world class research in the field of live and digital dance and somatic practices. Opportunities to attend and participate in national and international dance conferences, symposia and training programmes, including the biennial International Conference on Dance and Somatic Practices and the annual Digital Echoes Symposium.

  • Contemporary Dance Techniques: Aims to develop your awareness and understanding of the dancing body as an interrelated whole. Practices are designed to develop efficiency of movement, flexibility, power and expressiveness. You’ll explore how dance and movement can both deepen your understanding of and become an expressive tool in relationship to individual, cultural, social and environmental contexts.

  • Choreography and Performance Practices: Aims to develop your practical knowledge of choreographic processes and artistic voice. You’ll look at contemporary choreographic practice – from the choreographer’s voice as an autonomous artistic practice, to collaborative styles of choreographic practice whereby the dancers and the choreographers evolve egalitarian approaches to dance making.

  • Dance Education & Community Practice: Aims to develop skills and knowledge around the key approaches to education for a range of groups and contexts.

  • Cultural and Historical Contexts: Aims to develop critical and theoretical skills through the study of dance and performance from the late 19th century through to the present day. You will investigate key practitioners and developments within modernism through to postmodernism, situated both in relation to the UK and Europe as well as a wider global context. Different theoretical models used for the analysis and appreciation of dance will include linguistic and cultural studies models and will address issues of gender, culture, embodied practices and the body in dance.

The course typically lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can opt to spend a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad (which may be subject to additional costs, application process and/or availability if applicable). Past students have spent a year studying at University of Illinois in the US and University of Tartu, Viljandi Campus in Estonia and Cyprus.

This course offers a robust artistic, practical and academic foundation towards a realistic career in the performing arts. With an emphasis on studio-based learning with daily practical classes, our course is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, rehearsals, lectures, seminars and small group tutorials.

Throughout your studies, you will be expected to practice class material beyond timetabled time, maintain appropriate fitness levels and read relevant texts and articles to extend your understanding of dance technique. You are also required to keep an artistic journal to map your progress and processes. 

Our core teaching staff embody a broad range of experience and expertise in areas including: performance and choreographic practice, dance and technology, dance education and community practice. The team who are at the forefront of practice and scholarship in the field feature regularly in live performance events, conferences and publications.

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers from organisations like Dance4 and Independent Dance covering topics such as surviving as a young artist, how to apply for sector specific jobs and how to apply for funding.

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Rather than formal exams, you will gain your degree through the submission of practical and written coursework and continuous assessment.

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

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

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of processes by which contemporary dance and related performance practices are made and performed, including the principles and values of relevant dance techniques and movement practices.
  • Apply the skills, processes, techniques and technological knowledge required for the creation, realisation and management of work as an independent dance practitioner in the UK situated within a global perspective.  
  • Engage intellectually and critically with relevant issues and make informed conclusions which are communicated clearly.
  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the disciplines of dance and other performance that enables a balanced critique to evaluate yours and others’ performance practice and work.
  • Engage with creative practice to promote artistic and personal growth.
  • Show a level of professionalism across technical, creative, interpretive and conceptual skills related to dance and related performance practices where appropriate.
  • Show an ability to identify and develop your individual strengths and interests as an independent Dance Artist.
  • Engage effectively in and contribute positively towards the realisation of a range of creative projects, both independent and collaborative.

 

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 18 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: a 1-hour smaller tutorial each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 12 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 5 hours of lectures each week.

 

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 17 hours per week of self-directed studying, coursework and revising in your own time.

The course offers opportunities to apply for international exchange and study abroad programmes, which range from a few weeks to a full year (which may be subject to additional fees, application and/or availability). 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. Most recently our students took part in an Online International Learning (OIL) project with drama students at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

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 (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

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


12

global programmes

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

What our students say...

“The course at Coventry helps to develop a great maturity and appreciation for contemporary dance and the supporting practices that enrich your study. It provides ample opportunities to discover and work within your area of preference in the arts. It’s innovative and the more you put in, the more you get out of it!”

Alexis Garner, second year student, BA (Hons) Dance

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 2019.

What our students say...

“The course at Coventry helps to develop a great maturity and appreciation for contemporary dance and the supporting practices that enrich your study. It provides ample opportunities to discover and work within your area of preference in the arts. It’s innovative and the more you put in, the more you get out of it!”

Alexis Garner, second year student, BA (Hons) Dance

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 2019

£9,250 (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 2019

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2018 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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 at Coventry helps to develop a great maturity and appreciation for contemporary dance and the supporting practices that enrich your study. It provides ample opportunities to discover and work within your area of preference in the arts. It’s innovative and the more you put in, the more you get out of it!”

Alexis Garner, second year student, BA (Hons) Dance

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis within the course on your future career; we will inform you about the career structures and opportunities within the independent dance artist sector in the UK and internationally.

There could be numerous career pathways open to you; from professional dancing, teaching and choreography, to working as community dance practitioners, promoters, producers, designers, publicists, technicians, physiotherapists, medical and alternative practitioners, therapists, writers and academics.

There is a strong emphasis within the course on the route to your future career; career structures and opportunities within the independent dance artist sector in the UK and internationally are explored within the course.

From the outset, you will be treated as a professional dance artist. Opportunities to study with professional choreographers and performers and to apply for work placements with associated dance organisations, artists and choreographers are fostered as part of the course.

The skills you develop in dance can be applied to any career path – in particular, the confidence gained through performance helps to build social skills and increase self-esteem.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated Enterprise Officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

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; and working for companies such as Chisenhale Dance Space, Independent Dance and Dance4.

What our students say...

"My time at Coventry University has prepared me to enter the industry with a strong sense of who I am as a dance artist. I have been provided with the skills I require to confidently approach all opportunities presented to me, be they performative, administrative or creative. I look forward to the advancement of my career as a freelance dancer comforted by the knowledge that the content of my degree was of such a high calibre."

Hannah Adams, BA (Hons) Dance, graduated in 2018

Hannah Adams, BA (Hons) Dance, graduated in 2018
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.