This course is designed to develop professional skills and techniques across a range of dance forms. We’ll give you a broad understanding of the dance industry and the ability to manage a successful career in this exciting field. You’ll become a thinking practitioner of dance and spend time looking at performance development through choreography and dance science. This dynamic degree programme will also give you the opportunity to work with professional dancers, choreographers and arts organisations.
What will this course cover?
This degree programme will focus on commercial dance forms that range from street, to classical ballet and jazz. With the West End just a short train ride away, you'll be perfectly located to immerse yourself in the performing arts.
You’ll take key modules in strength and conditioning for dance as well as dance technique. We’ll also spend time working on entrepreneurship and enterprise. This will help you to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to go into the field as a self-employed professional, or launch your own dance related business.
Regular master classes
During this course you’ll be able to take advantage of regular master classes. Taught by leading industry professionals, these classes allow you to further develop techniques and acquire a deep understanding of a range of dance styles. This also provides ample opportunity to network with professionals working in the field.
UCAS CODE: W500
We have excellent facilities at Bucks including a well-equipped gym, dance studios, fitness studio and a brand new Human Performance Lab. Our lecturing team have a wealth of industry and academic experience and will nurture your learning and professional development throughout your time with us.
Human performance laboratory
Our Human Performance Laboratory has been designed to increase athletes’ performance through improved technique, and also assists with injury prevention and rehabilitation. The lab is home to an indoor three-lane running track that incorporates 3D motion-capture technology and is equipped for assessing a range of physiological, biomechanical and psychological parameters.
Wycombe Swan Residency
We also have access to the Wycombe Swan Theatre and Wycombe Town Hall as part of our Wycombe Swan Residency. The Swan Theatre sits adjacent to the University and is one of the UK’s leading regional theatres.
How will I be taught and assessed?
The overall aim is to use innovative teaching and learning methods to guide students towards becoming more independent learners by the end of the programme, and to allow them to explore issues fully in the context of their work.
Formative assessment creates a point from which students and lecturers can appraise development, consolidate learning and plan ahead. Summative assessment allows recognition for progression to further study, informs those involved of the level of achievement, and validates the learning process.
The emphasis will be on enabling the student to develop essential skills (both in practice and theory) and knowledge that are needed to learn and to demonstrate learning.
The focus of practical engagement will remain but the nature of skills and assessment will be further developed. Students will be expected to apply theoretical understanding in a variety of different scenarios, and employ a number of approaches to expression and articulation in assignments.
The focus is upon the student attaining a level of independent learning and the ability to apply the knowledge and theoretical understanding they have developed in the rest of the course to a particular case study or project of their own devising. As this study will be predominantly self-directed, students will have developed the necessary subject specific and generic skills needed to enter the industry.
Teaching and Learning
Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.
Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.
The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.
Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.
You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.
Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.
Balance of assessment
The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.
You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.
Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
All candidates will be invited to discuss their work during a portfolio review/interview and the interviewing tutor will be looking for:
- The ability to articulate your views on your own work.
- A commitment and enthusiasm for the subject.
- The potential for sustained professional development
Before the audition you will be given time to warm up. During the audition, candidates will be required to participate in a one hour group master class, which will be within the genre of dance taught on the course. You will need to be ready to start the class promptly.
The audition is an opportunity to show your skills and development potential. However, it is more important that you display the correct attitude, rather than aptitude. All candidates will need to also display their motivation, enthusiasm and work ethic.
What you must bring with you:
For the audition please ensure that you are wearing movement/dance clothes and appropriate footwear. Formal attire is not required. Please also bring a piece of written work from your school or college.
Please note, students who live overseas and are unable to attend an interview/audition may submit a DVD and electronic portfolio demonstrating their dance work to date.
Please bring a bottle of water with you.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Year 1 Modules
- Creative Dance and Community
- Teaching and Learning in Dance
- The Dance Industries
- Applied Anatomy, Nutrition & the Self
- Dance Industry Technique
Year 2 Modules
- Dance Industry Technique and Repertoire
- Applied Physiology, Training Principles and Self-confidence
- Dance Careers and Creative Enterprise
- Choreographing the Body
- Dance for Film
Year 3 Modules
- Applied Injury Prevention and Performance Optimisation
- Dance Industry Technique and Performance
- Independent Dissertation Project
- Collaborative Performance Project & Professional Practice
How much does it cost
Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
Full Time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full Time International: £10,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.
For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow
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