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.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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.
What are the course entry requirements?
A typical offer will be a UCAS Tariff score of 80. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.
For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a degree course, can apply for a four-year programme including a Foundation Year; find out more.
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 an electronic portfolio demonstrating their dance work to date.
Please bring a bottle of water with you.
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
- Independent Project: Practical (optional)
- Applied Injury Prevention and Performance Optimisation
- Dance Industry Technique and Performance
- Independent Project: Written Thesis (optional)
- Collaborative Performance Project & Professional Practice
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks
Our students are our best ambassadors and their voices here will provide you with a clear sense of their Bucks experience.
"I love my course as I'm given the opportunity to focus solely on dance. I'm widely involved with societies, sports teams, volunteering and student representation through the Student's Union, which helps build my CV and career prospects."
‘Dance and performance at this university has helped me to grow and excel as a dancer. Providing opportunities such as being able to go out in to the community to teach and learn new skills. There are beneficial and exciting masterclasses whereby a variety of dance styles are taught which enables communication between the students and the dance creatives within the dance industry. Lastly, the lecturers provide excellent support.’