Qualification: BA (Hons)
Course Length: 3 years / 4 years
UCAS Code: PPM3 / PPM4

Programme overview

On our Dance programme you will train in a broad range of contemporary dance practices and gain insight into dance histories and contexts. Our graduates work as dancers, choreographers, teachers, researchers and leaders.

We teach four dance practices: contemporary, African-based contemporary, Asian-based contemporary and ballet. You will have the opportunity to join our student-led dance company and work with a resident dance company. In addition, BA Dance students have the opportunity to take extra-curricular technique classes with fellow GSA students and join the University dance squad which specialises in hip-hop, jazz and modern.

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Programme structure

The first year provides you with key skills in dance practice and theory. You will develop new physical, choreographic and academic skills and get started in creative research into contemporary dance practices.

You will explore your own body as a source for solo choreography and movement analysis, examine the role of dance in culture and society, and encounter the foundations of somatic body work and release-based techniques.

Module title Status Semester
CHOREOGRAPHY I: SOLO PROJECT Compulsory 1
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 1 Core 1
MOVEMENT ANALYSIS I: EXPERIENTIAL ANATOMY Compulsory 1
THE BODY IN DANCE I: THEORY AND AESTHETICS Compulsory 1
CHOREOGRAPHY II: GROUP PROJECT Compulsory 2
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 2 Core 2
MOVEMENT ANALYSIS II: HEALTH AND WELLBEING FOR THE DANCER Compulsory 2
THE BODY IN DANCE II: WRITING DANCE ANALYSIS Compulsory 2


 

In the second year, you make and develop dance work, exploring dance and its relationship to the creative industries. You will engage with professional dance practice, history, policy and politics, choreography and dramaturgy, movement analysis and devising performance.

We work closely with external partners, companies and organisations to offer you the opportunity to follow a performance project from inception to completion.

Module title Status Semester
CHOREOGRAPHY III: COMPOSITION AND CHOREOGRAPHIC PROCESS Compulsory 1
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 3 Core 1
MOVEMENT ANALYSIS III: DEEPENING SOMATICS AND THEORIES OF EMBODIMENT Compulsory 1
THE BODY IN DANCE III: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES Compulsory 1
CHOREOGRAPHY IV: SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE Optional 2
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 4 Core 2
DANCE FACILITATION AND THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES Compulsory 2
DESIGN DIALOGUES Optional 2
DRAMATURGY: DEVISING FOR DANCE, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE Optional 2
MOVEMENT ANALYSIS IV: MOVEMENT FOR ACTORS AND DANCERS Optional 2
 

The third year offers you further opportunities to specialise in your chosen career direction and to develop your professional profile.

You will concentrate, through independent research and a final dissertation project, on your expertise in choreography, dance education, arts management, movement analysis and somatic practice or other areas.

In addition to a range of module options, the final year enhances your overall proficiency in independent creative research and critical reflection, and provides opportunities for collaboration with students across Guildford School of Acting.

Year 3

Module title Status Semester
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 5 Core 1
GLOBALIZATION AND PERFORMANCE Optional 1
PERFORMANCE AND THE POLITICS OF FEAR Optional 1
PERFORMING AUDIENCES Optional 1
RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES Compulsory 1
SPECIAL TOPIC Optional 1
VISUAL NARRATIVE COLLABORATIONS Optional 1
COLLABORATIVE CHOREOGRAPHIC PROJECT Optional 2
CONTEMPORARY DANCE PRACTICES 6 Core 2
DISSERTATION Compulsory 2
INTERNATIONAL ARTS PROGRAMMING Optional 2
 

If you choose to undertake a Professional Training placement, you will work with an established dance organisation based within the United Kingdom or internationally.

You may choose to specialise in a particular area of dance, for example within dance management, community dance or dance company education, but whatever your specialism you will find yourself involved in a wide variety of activities.

Disclaimer: Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

 

Disclaimer: Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

2019 entry requirements

 

A-Level BBB
BTEC DDM
European Baccalaureate 75 per cent
International Baccalaureate 32 overall, including English HL4/SL4 and either Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4
Scottish Highers ABBBB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels
Access to HE Diploma 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year. Find out more about the International Foundation Year.

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above (or international equivalent)

Entry is also subject to successful interview. Candidates who can satisfy the panel of their ability to complete the programme may also be considered.

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

 

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

 

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it. Find out more about bursaries and scholarships.

 

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

Graduates of our Dance degree programme are currently employed in:

  • Performance
  • Choreography
  • Education (including private, secondary, further and higher education)
  • Community dance settings (including arts centres and arts and dance projects)
  • Theatre management
  • Dance company education
  • Public relations
  • Marketing

Dance graduates have also received employment in some of the foremost dance institutions in the UK, including:

  • Greenwich Dance Agency
  • Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
  • The Place Theatre
  • English National Ballet
  • Akram Khan Dance Company
  • One Dance

Our graduates have an excellent track record in securing places on MA and PGCE courses in dance and related subjects. Over the last few years, Surrey Dance students have gone on to careers such as:

  • West London Partnership/Surrey County Council, Graduate Dance Teacher
  • Royal Opera House, Education Department
  • Independent Dance, Administrator
  • King Edward VI School, Dance Teacher
  • East London Dance, Project Co-ordinator
  • Ludus Dance Agency, Project Manager
  • Self-employed, Ballet Teacher
  • Dance School, Maya Sofou, Athens, Dance Teacher
  • Rambert Dance Company, Development Officer
  • Arts Strategy, Arts Council, Assistant Officer
  • Greenwich Dance Agency, Programme Co-ordinator
  • South East Dance, Programme Producer
  • The Place, Education Officer
  • Laban, Education Officer
  • Tavaziva, Intern
  • Candoco, Intern