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Dance (BA)

Preparing you for a lifelong career as a dance artist of the future.

BA Dance is a highly practical course. Designed to prepare students for careers as dance artists, this programme is delivered by some of Wales’ leading contemporary dance artists and practitioners.

Students will experience the latest approaches to dance training in contemporary dance and ballet. They will explore creative and choreographic skills, perform in works by leading artists, develop community-based practice and collaborate with students from other disciplines. Student are prepared to become fully rounded, collaborative artists and practitioners upon graduation.

The specialist skills taught will be underpinned by acquired knowledge of, and experience in, entrepreneurship and digital know-how. Developing this range of skills prepares students to enjoy life-long and varied careers in performance, choreography, community practice and/or dance pedagogy. 


Dance (BA)
UCAS Code: W502
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9,000 (Home/EU)
£11,850 (Overseas)

Why choose this course?

  • Delivered by leading professional artists and practitioners.
  • Receive a rigorous dance training at the highest level.
  • Work with professional choreographers and teachers from day one.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Focus on international approaches in performance, training and choreography.
  • Several performance opportunities each year.
  • Develop individual choreographic practice through bespoke mentoring and coaching.
  • Close-knit and supportive rural campus, ideal for students to focus on their training. 
  • Collaborate and develop valuable links with industry professionals.
  • Work in a challenging, yet supportive, learning environment that celebrates student success and encourages you to achieve excellence in your chosen area of dance.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The first year of the BA Dance programme concentrates on building foundations in the latest approaches to contemporary and ballet training and movement skills development. Students will experience highly demanding performance opportunities and work with professional choreographers from the outset.

During the second year, students further develop their skills and experience in performance, choreography and collaborative practices. They also gain, in a range of inclusive settings, practical experience through the development of their teaching practice and workshop leading competence. 

Students in their final year are supported to cultivate their own expertise as performers, choreographers and collaborative professional artists and practitioners, so that they are ready for employment as dancers, choreographers or community practitioners when they leave. 

Significant opportunities to perform in full-scale productions, with guest choreographers, are offered throughout the programme. Students are also closely mentored to support their progress towards individual career goals. 

Module Topics

Modules at Level 4:

  • Core Techniques 1
  • Introduction to Choreography
  • Movement
  • Dance Performance
  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference

Modules at Level 5:

  • Core Techniques 2
  • Specialised Performance Practice 
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Choreography and Creative Practice
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment 

Modules at Level 6:

  • Independent Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Dance Performance Project
  • Major Project

Students regularly have the opportunity to take part in performances/events throughout their degree, in which we can see growth and application of skills and knowledge. 

Regular tutorials
We hold formal and informal tutorials throughout the degree in which each student discusses their work with the module tutor or Programme Director. We look at practical development, conceptual growth and future intentions.

Presentations normally take place at the end of a module, exhibition or performance, in order to measure a student’s performance against assessment criteria.

Process workbooks
At level 4 & 5 students will document their process and practical work in a workbook which demonstrates their learning and individual pathway. 

Written assessments (essays/mini studies)                                                      

Over the three years, students will be required to submit a range of written assessments in the form of essays and/or mini studies. These will give context to practical work and will demonstrate students’ level of research and conceptual understanding and analysis. 

During this course students may be required to explore texts containing themes and issues that might be perceived as challenging.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

You will be invited to audition via a technique class, after which you will be required to present a short 90-second, self-choreographed, solo and attend an interview with the Programme Director. 

The programme requirements are a minimum of 64 UCAS points.

However, we are keen to judge each application on merit, and this entry is on an individual basis.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers and further study, including:

  • Dancers/Performers
  • Teachers including inclusive dance practitioners
  • Choreographers
  • Health and well-being practitioners - fitness and personal training, Pilates instructors
  • Dance in Education
  • Movement Therapy
  • Community dance workers

Suggested academic progress routes:

  • MSc Dance Science
  • MA Choreograph and/or Performance
Additional Costs

Optional Dance Pass (cost tbc - approximately £50) permits access to all campus shows and a certain minimum number of theatre trips during the year. Paid at the start of the year.

Training clothes: 

  • Flesh-coloured underwear (including dance support for men)
  • Jogging bottoms
  • Leggings
  • Leotards
  • Shoes (Trainers, Soft ballet shoes)
  • Shorts
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • T-shirts
  • Vests

Sundry items:

  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Water bottle
  • Yoga mat
Student Quotes

Luke Ames, BA Dance

Luke is a current student on the BA Dance course. Starting his dance journey at the age of 10 with the DanceEast CAT scheme, he has had the pleasure of working with companies and choreographers, such as Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Alexander Whitley and Tamsin Fitzgerald from 2faced Dance. He hopes, after his time at university, he will become a fully-qualified teacher at college level so he can attract more students into the world of dance.

“We study a variety of different things in the first year – technique, choreography, health and well-being, context, exploring dance styles … helping us to develop our skills for the future. We’ve also had a lot of workshop opportunities – we did one with the National Dance Company of Wales – and have had many opportunities to collaborate with other artists in the industry.

"When I was auditioning for the university, I found that this course was better suited to what I want to do in future.

"I also found overall that UWTSD had a much more friendly and homely atmosphere than other universities. I like how small it is, giving you more one-to-one time with the lecturers. Lecturers give you time as an individual – you’re not just a name in a class.”

Cerys Worsfold, BA Dance

“My favourite module had to be health and well-being. I found it a lot easier to write about in my process workbook, as it was lesson based, as I learn better with someone teaching me.

"I could make notes as we were going along so I knew exactly what points I had to talk about and go into further research with. The health and well-being module was my highest mark and I definitely think it was because of the way it was taught.

"The support from the lecturers, and other practitioners, was great. There are so many different opportunities to be had with this course. I loved helping out with the performing arts students and choreographing a piece for their third-year end of year show. I was totally in my comfort zone and they were amazing to work with. There are also many opportunities to work with different companies, whether it is within our course criteria or not. These are so good to take part in, as they build on so many different skills.

"I’m looking forward to starting the course and see what the second year brings.”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Embrace the opportunity to spend a semester abroad at universities in the US or Canada. We have exchange links with the following institutions: 

  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Douglas College, Vancouver
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro