Why GSA?

Over 30 years ago the University of Surrey was the first university to set up an academic dance department. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally leading centre for dance practice and research. Our unique degree gives you the opportunity to experience diverse dance practices and to interrogate dance in a contemporary globalised culture.

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.

Programme structure

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Dance and context

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.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Dance and the creative industries

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.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (two of the following):

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Dance and professional practice

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.

Core modules:

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules (three of the following):

Professional Training placement (optional)

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.


You will have practical classes, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Performance and choreography modules have higher class-contact time, while classroom-based modules have fewer contact hours but require independent study where you read, research, write and prepare work in your own time.

You will have the opportunity to develop computing skills using our e-learning facilities, in addition to word-processing, spreadsheet and database packages.

You will also be able to participate in dance classes, events, performances, seminars and residencies on campus, including extracurricular classes in Guildford School of Acting’s evening programme.

These are open not only to students studying Dance, Culture and Choreography, but also to the wider University community and the general public. This provides you with a lively and challenging dance environment.


Modules are assessed in a format that is most suited to the content and structure of each. We therefore use a variety of assessment methods, such as essays, portfolios, seminar presentations, lecture demonstrations and performances.


Our Dance degree programmes are well resourced and include the PATS dance studio and the state-of-the-art Ivy Arts Centre. The campus is home to a unique archive and the National Resource Centre for Dance.

All students are invited to join the Actual Size Dance Company - the University of Surrey Dance Company.

2018 entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-Level ABB
European Baccalaureate 74 per cent
International Baccalaureate 32 overall including 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level
Scottish Highers Scottish Advanced Highers ABB/Scottish Highers AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-Levels
Access to HE Diploma 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

Other international qualifications

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 here

Required subjects

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

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades. Suitable candidates will be invited for an audition and/or interview.

A non-­refundable audition fee is usually charged.

English language requirements

IELTS minimum overall: 6.5

IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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.

Course options

Qualification BA (Hons) BA (Hons)
Course Length 3 years 4 years
Professional Training

Tuition fees

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.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

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

International students

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.

How to apply

Find out how and when to apply to study at Surrey.

Global opportunities

You have the opportunity to spend time abroad on a work placement in a foreign country or studying at one of our partner universities.

These include the North Carolina State University and Texas Tech in America. Additionally we operate exchanges with La Trobe University and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and Brock University and Ontario University in Canada.

The benefits of working or following courses abroad are numerous. You are exposed to a different culture with its language and traditions which broaden your horizons in terms of knowledge but also in terms of employment opportunities.

    Graduate prospects

    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