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Dance BA (Hons)

Why choose this course?

Kingston's dance degree offers a diverse and exciting curriculum by combining critical and creative practice. 

You will develop your own dance identity by exploring areas such as choreography, dance technique and performance, cultural dances, teaching dance and event management. There are opportunities to undertake a work placement or collaborate across disciplines (eg with a composer or filmmaker).

You'll work in a range of workshops and active technique classes, across a wide range of performance styles. This reflects professional practices and covers a range of dance styles, including: 

  • urban, cultural and popular dance styles (for example, hip hop and street dance styles, salsa and classical Indian dance)  

  • Western dance styles (for example, contemporary and contact improvisation) 

Additional dance technique classes are available to participate to further intensify your dance training.

The dance degree enhances your employability through a placement module in your third year. The Dance Teaching and Leading module develops your teaching skills and can lead to teaching placements.

The dance course also capitalises on London's vibrant multicultural dance scene, enabling you to access well-known dance centres like Sadler's Wells, the South Bank Centre, the Barbican and the Place.

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time W500 2020
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2020
Location Penrhyn Road

Reasons to choose Kingston

  • You will be exposed to real-life dance companies through guest workshops and in-house residencies from the likes of the Olivier award winning Botis Seva and Far From the Norm, What is Written Dance Company, and Adriano Olivera (African) and Paradigmz (Dance Hall). 
  • You will perform regularly in public. There are opportunities at Kingston's Rose Theatre and at events such as the International Youth Arts Festival, and in Edinburgh. Through these exciting performance projects you will extend and develop your project management skills. 
  • A placement module in Year 3 will offer you valuable and relevant work experience, which will add to your employability. Example placement opportunities include BalletBoyz and The Place.

What you will study

During this degree you'll learn to watch, discuss, make and perform dances in new ways, using eye-opening perspectives. As well as introducing you to new dance techniques and forms, this degree will enable you to develop your own dance identity. 

Three core strands run throughout the course: 

  • Understanding Dance
  • Artistic and Creative Practice
  • Professional Practice

Each level is made up of four modules each worth 30 credit points.  Typically a student must complete 120 credits at each level.

Year 1

Year 2

Optional Year

Year 3

Year 1 focuses on developing your dance technique and knowledge of dance history. You will also learn about non-Western dance forms, develop your knowledge of anatomy and expand your creative skills.

Core modules

Dancing Histories

30 credits

This Level 4 module is designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of Western Theatrical Dance history. The module introduces you to the histories and practices embedded in Western theatrical dance and the research methods associated with the study of dance history.

The combination of practice and theory will enable you to establish, identify and experience the relationship between dance histories, theory and practice. In a series of tutor-led seminars/practical sessions and workshops, you will consider the historical contexts that gave rise to and changed dance practices, the dancing body and dance performances. For example, discussions and practical sessions may include theories and histories embedded in the dancing body; Natural Movement in Britain; Reconstructing the past: re-enacting the cannon; Judson Church: rethinking dance performance and the dancing body.

Besides learning subject-specific theory and practice, the module includes sessions dedicated to the development of academic skills. These sessions will enable you to develop your academic writing and key research skills such as information search and retrieval, bibliographical research, identifying and selecting relevant information, and referencing. 

Dancing Cultures

30 credits

This is a year long, core Level 4 module for all students taking dance programmes at Kingston.  In this module you will study dances from an anthropological perspective through both theoretical and critical analysis, and embodied practice and performance.  You will study, analyse and embody dance practices from a range of cultures and societies.  Discussion will include how dances have been, and currently are regarded by a range of ‘audiences' and their participants, as well as analysis of the specific contexts of their production, reception and consumption.  Inherent in these discussions are notions of change, transmission and migration of dance forms and practices to other contexts. You will be encouraged to explore the relationships between dance and culture, dance and identity, and dance and the community, as well as reflecting on the role, place and value of dance in a range of cultures and societies, including their own.  Throughout the course you will participate in blocks of practical workshops that will develop technical and expressive skills in relevant dance styles.

Dance Making 1

30 credits

This is a core module for all level four students. It is the first in a series of three modules designed to improve your critical appreciation and creative skills. In these sessions you will learn new choreographic techniques from a variety of performance disciplines. You will also learn how to draw upon, frame, develop and appraise your existing creative skills. You will develop collaborative skills and learn how to critically appraise their work and the work of others. 

Dancing Bodies

30 credits

This module serves to expand your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and its application to dance practice and safe dance practice. Issues of the ‘Healthier Dancer' (OneDanceUK) and the area of dance science/dance medicine will be features of the module, as well as how to better implement technical / personal progression within these classes. The module will complement and enhance all practical work undertaken within other modules, through the development of your functional understanding of anatomy and physiology.

This module also serves as a strong foundation for those interested in working within the areas of dance practice, dance science/medicine, dance teaching, academia and the health and fitness sector.

In Year 2, while continuing to develop your fitness and dance technique, you will learn about theoretical frameworks and apply them to your practical work. You will also learn about popular dance styles. A variety of option modules enable you to focus on your own areas of interest, such as choreography, intensive technique, cultural dances, teaching and event management.

Core modules

Performing Theories

30 credits

This core Level 5 module enables you to frame critical and analytical investigations of dance movement, dance works and dance events. Performing Theories combines practical sessions and lectures in order to introduce you to methodological tools, theoretical frameworks and critical writings in relation to dance performance and dance practices. 

The module addresses a number of key methodologies used within 21st century dance research, including intertextuality in dance, the body politic and gender representations in performance.  These concepts will be explored through technique classes, repertoire sessions, video and live performance analysis and group discussions.  

Popular Dance

30 credits

This is a core module for Level 5 Dance students that introduces the concept of ‘popular dance' through the examination of a range of theoretical approaches, the analysis of a number of popular dances, practical embodiment and your own ethnographic research.  During the module we will examine the concepts of popular culture and popular dance using writing from cultural studies, popular music, film and media studies, and sociology.  We will examine a number of popular dance forms within their specific contexts of production, circulation, consumption and participation, and consider how the various sites in which they take place (across the vernacular, stage and screen media) have an effect on meaning, value and aesthetics.  We will consider how engaging in popular dance provides individuals with ways to negotiate, and challenge constructs of identity, and the social frameworks in which they are located.  We will also discuss and examine various methodologies used for the research of popular dance forms, and through practical workshops learn about specific technical and performative techniques that are often used when popular dance styles become theatricalised and codified.

Optional modules

Dance Making 2

30 credits

This 30 credit Level 5 optional module is available to full and major field students and is designed to consolidate the creative and critical concepts introduced at Level 4 and to expand upon improvisatory practices and choreographic techniques. Through the study of different dance and performance genres, you will be expected to make more sophisticated use of choreographic devices and effectively combine creative strategies from said dance genres in the creation of a piece of choreography.

Dance and Professional Practice

30 credits

This optional Level 5 year-long module develops your knowledge and understanding of the professional dance world. The module is designed to develop your employability for a range of professional dance contexts and careers (for example dance management and dance company education).You  will be encouraged to develop key professional skills needed for the workplace, such as CV writing and project management, as well as learning about the structures and policies of large-scale dance organisations in the UK, and professional standards and codes of conduct. In the second part of the academic year you will gain first-hand experience of project organisation and management by working in groups to set up a University focused dance event, dance performance or dance education workshop with specific roles tailored to your career interests.

Performing Cultures

30 credits

This is a year long optional Level 5 module in which students will deepen their understanding of the anthropological study of dance and human movement systems, whilst gaining technical and expressive skills relevant to a range of dances located outside of the traditional Western theatrical 'art dance' canon.

You will analyse and embody dance practices from a range of cultures and societies with a particular focus on the ways in which dance forms move and develop through diasporic networks taking on new meaning and value in each context.  You will engage in an intensive series of practical workshops in national and diasporic forms such as South Asian and African people's dances, as well as attending a series of lectures and discussion sessions that examine how these dance styles have developed and changed over time.  You will use your embodied experiences to enhance your theoretical study of dances using an anthropological perspective. 

Dance Teaching and Leading 1

30 credits

This module develops your understanding and skills relevant to dance teaching and learning.  The module is designed for those who have an interest in developing knowledge and skills for teaching dance either in the community sector or within formal educational contexts in any dance style.  The module content includes educational theory, learning and teaching styles, inclusive dance practice, and the professional codes and conduct of a dance teacher.  During the module you will gain experience in planning, teaching and evaluating sessions with your peers, as well as external classes. 

Performing Techniques 1

30 credits

This module provides you with the opportunity to study dance techniques and/or performance styles. Through practical sessions and seminars you will develop an embodied and conceptual understanding of specific dance techniques and/or performance styles.

You will learn and consolidate the technical foundations of specific dance forms; learn the terminology used in class and develop an understanding of the role and function of:

(i) Dance technique as a key foundation to the development of dance and artistic practices.

(ii) Dance class as a site for the development of skills and preparation for performance.

The module is designed to develop your reflective practice via seminars and tasks. The seminars will introduce you to a range of theories and approaches to reflective practice (eg. Schon, Pollard, Gibbs, Crawley) and the importance of reflective practice in learning processes and skills development. The tasks will develop your awareness of reflective practice via written exercises, discussions and the compilation of a reflective blog or reflective journal.

You have the option to take an additional year to study abroad.

In Year 3, you will work with a professional choreographer to create and perform a new piece of work, and with a supervisor to develop a research project (this might be practice-led). You will continue with option modules introduced in Year 2, and have opportunities to undertake a work placement or collaborate across disciplines (eg. with a composer or filmmaker).

Core modules

Research Project

30 credits

This Level 6 core module provides an opportunity for you to work independently under supervision on a substantial piece of written work which might include a practical component or be a practice based research project. The module offers an opportunity for you to present the results of your research in a conference setting or in a formal performance, screening setting.

You will be able to exercise and deploy knowledge and skills acquired in earlier levels by focusing on a specific topic in dance, drama, film and television, media or music. Using both primary and secondary sources, you will define and undertake a research project with the aim of producing a dissertation or practice-based research on an agreed topic. You will be permitted to undertake research in inter-disciplinary areas such as dance on screen, choreography and philosophy, cyber dance or multi media performances.

Production Project

30 credits

This core module for full field students, is designed to take you through the process of making a dance production, from initial conception to final performance. The focus of the module is to give you the experience of being in a ‘company' and of working closely with a professional choreographer. In the early part of the module, lectures will focus on the making / devising process of the lecturer / guest choreographer and the practical processes of creating a production, researching subject matter, setting movement material and improvising with movement ideas. Thereafter, groups will work with their choreographer both in class time and during independent study hours to create, rehearse and produce a full-scale dance-based production. Performances will take place in a theatre setting and will be open to the wider university and public.

Optional modules

Access to Dance

30 credits

This Level 6 optional module enables you to undertake a placement with an professional dance organisation in a career path of your choice (for example community dance teaching, teaching dance in schools, community dance management, dance event organisation, dance company management, dance company outreach).  Initially you will attend lectures at the University that will prepare you for applying for a placement, and then undertaking the placement successfully.  With help and advice from the module tutor you then organise your own placement with a relevant organisation, company or venue.  Whilst on work placement you must plan and manage a specific project, the focus of which is decided on with your placement host and is dependent on the type of placement (eg. education, outreach, dance event management, project management, marketing).  The amount of time you spend in the placement will vary depending on the kind of activity with which you are involved.  You should complete a minimum of 40 hours on placement (and a maximum of 120 hours) during the year-long module. 

Dance Teaching and Leading 2

30 credits

This optional Level 6 module extends the knowledge and skills of students gained at Level 5 in the module Dance Teaching and Leading 1, which is a pre-requisite.  In this module you will further develop your knowledge and understanding of educational theories through a series of lectures and discussion sessions that explore current issues relevant to learning and teaching.  You will use this knowledge to reflect on your own and others' practice.  Developing practical skills in the planning and delivery of dance sessions (across a range of contexts including community and the state sector) form a large component of this module and much of this work will be project-based.  You will be actively involved in planning and teaching, as well as observing, reflecting, evaluating and giving feedback to your peers.  There will also be opportunities to teach groups from outside the University, as well as students outside of the module.  The content of this module is designed to provide excellent preparation for those who wish to continue to initial teacher training after graduation, or to those who aim to teach dance in other contexts.

Dance Making 3: Creation and Collaboration

30 credits

This module is designed to develop new skills whilst allowing you to capitalise on existing skills in the process of conceiving, devising and delivering a creative outcome.

The module introduces you to collaborative approaches to creative practice. The collaborative approach will be explored in two different areas: choreographic practice and collaboration with different fields (eg drama, film, music). In terms of choreographic practice, you will be able to select the nature of their role within the choreographic process and explore ideas embedded in didactic and democratic models of collaboration (Butterworth, 2009). The module enables you to collaborate with a creative from a different field (eg drama, film, music) in the conception, creation and delivery of a creative outcome (eg. dance on screen, choreography and composition, physical theatre).

Street Dances

30 credits

This Level 6 optional module allows you to further specialise your study of dance by focusing solely on the group of popular dance forms that have become known under the umbrella term of ‘street dance'.  During the module you will study a number of ‘street dances' in your historical, cultural, economic and political contexts, reflecting on the ways in which these popular dance forms have been transposed, modified, codified, commodified and hybridised.  Using theoretical approaches introduced in the core Level 5 module Popular Dance, you will analyse street dances in relation to issues such as authenticity, ownership, identity, commercialisation and globalisation.  You will also study how street dances are represented in screen media, for example in street dance films, music videos, TV talent shows and advertisements.  This module has a substantial practical component with a particular focus on developing technical skills in styles that may include locking, popping, breaking (or b-boying / b-girling), hip hop or house.

Performing Techniques 2

30 credits

This module offers you the opportunity to continue enhancing and developing the knowledge, cognitive and practical skills acquired in Performing Techniques 1 (L5).  The reflective essay at L5 serves as the departing point from which you will develop and engage analytical and reflective modes of inquiry in order to consolidate, deepen and enhance the skills acquired at level 5.

The module emphasises the relationship between practical class work and the performance of repertoire (eg. canonical works and works from renown choreographers of the 20th and 21st century). The module will develop your knowledge and understanding of dance techniques and performance practice. Performing techniques 2 allows you to engage in the analysis and reflection of their own practice and consequently develop knowledge, understanding, and the technical and interpretive skills required to perform repertoire. 

The students will draw on practical and performance theories through participating and engaging with:

  • Technique classes.
  • In-depth theoretical discussions and analytical practice.
  • Practical performance of selected repertoire.
  • Historical and critical research of the selected repertoire
  • Reflective practice.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

112 tariff points

Typical offer

112 UCAS points from Level 3 qualifications, including Dance/Performance Arts (i.e. A Levels, BTEC Diploma, Access Diploma, IB Diploma, etc).

Additional requirements

ntry onto this course does require a dance workshop/interview as part of the application process. Details are available on the course page on the University's website. A short list of selected applicants are invited for an interview.

UK-based applicants will be required to attend an in-person group workshop/interview. Further details about the interview will be sent with emailed interview invitations.

Applicants based outside of the UK may not be required to have an interview but will be required to submit a digital portfolio/performance video.

International

All non-UK applicants must meet our English Language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5

Teaching and assessment

Timetabled teaching and learning on this course includes technique classes, workshops, choreographic labs, lectures, small group tutorials, seminars, and group work.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University.

Your workload

22% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

Type of teaching and learning

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 2
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study
Year 3
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises of practical assessments (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation) and exams (eg test or exam), The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Type of assessment

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 1
  • Coursework
  • Exams: 8%
  • Practical
Year 2
  • Coursework
  • Exams: 0%
  • Practical
Year 3
  • Coursework
  • Exams: 0%
  • Practical

Assessment may vary depending on your modules.

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Class sizes

To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 40-45 students per year and lecture sizes are normally 20-25. However this can vary by module and academic year.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by a team of leading industry professionals and academics who have trained at or been employed by some of the world's leading artists, companies and academic institutions including : Candoco Dance Company, New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Trinity Laban, London Contemporary Dance School, and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.  

You'll also be exposed to real-life dance companies through guest workshops and in-house residencies from the likes of the Olivier award winning Botis Seva and Far From the Norm, What is Written Dance Company, and Adriano Olivera (African) and Paradigmz (Dance Hall).

Facilities

In Summer 2019, a flagship dance facility will open in the new Town House, designed by award-winning Grafton Architects. It will feature three large dance studios, each equipped to professional standards with fully sprung floors, mirrors and barres.

Fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2019/20): £14,200
Year 2 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 3 (2021/22): £15,000
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.

Printing

In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Travel

Travel costs are not included but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

For this course you will be 

  • involved in processes of making, as means of exploration, experimentation, and understanding your practice, by using a diverse range of media and materials
  • required to purchase your own copy of books, for required reading
  • required to produce physical artefacts for assessment 
  • able to participate in optional study visits and/or field trips

However, over and above this you may incur extra costs associated with your studies, which you will need to plan for. 

In order to help you budget, the information below indicates what activities and materials are not covered by your tuition fees 

  • personal laptops and other personal devices 
  • personal copies of books 
  • optional study visits and field trips (and any associated visa costs)
  • printing costs
  • your own chosen materials and equipment
  • costs of participating at external events, exhibitions, performances etc.

The costs vary every year and with every student, according to the intentions for the type of work they wish to make. Attainment at assessment is not dependent upon the costs of materials chosen.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'International' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International Year 1 (2020/21): £14,600
Year 2 (2021/22): £15,000
Year 3 (2022/23): £15,450

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

After you graduate

Career options include performance, choreography, directing, community dance, teaching or producing and managing dance. Outside the performing arts, graduates work in production, event management, fitness instruction, media and teaching.

Starting BA Hons Dance at Kingston University was daunting at first but I was quickly put at ease when welcomed by such friendly teachers and existing students!

Everybody is so helpful and genuinely wants the best for you during your dance journey.

 

Louisa

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