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Dance

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

Dance

Engage with cutting edge, contemporary performance practices in The House, our stunning new performing arts building. You'll experience an innovative and inclusive approach to dance training, and develop as a skilled, expressive dance practitioner able to work in different contexts and professional dance environments. We’ll nurture your creativity in performance and choreography and help you to develop a strong career portfolio as you study.

You will have the opportunity to perform with our graduate touring company, visiting schools and colleges across the country, mentoring young people; and experience workshops abroad with bursaries available to students. You will also enrich your experience at Plymouth with the opportunity to attend shows and performances by well-known practitioners and companies, both locally and in London.

* Develop a strong career portfolio with work-based learning and professional development opportunities that will boost your skills and expertise, and enhance your employability.

* 93 per cent of students agreed staff made the subject interesting; 87 per cent of students were satisfied overall; 87 per cent of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 87 per cent agreed they got sufficient advice and support. 85 per cent were in work/study six months after finishing (source: 2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats*).

* Perform with our graduate touring company, visiting schools and colleges across the country, mentoring young people; and experience workshops abroad with bursaries available to students to join lecturer Adam Benjamin’s Advanced Integrated Dance Training workshop in cities such as Vienna, Berlin or Bassel.

* Enrich your experience at Plymouth with the opportunity to attend shows and performances by well-known practitioners and companies, both locally and in London.

* Gain professional experience through intensive patterns of teaching delivery, production and technical rehearsals, giving you the same experience you’d gain with a professional dance company.

* Expand your performance skills through the department’s co-curricular training scheme and opportunities to perform with our Graduate Touring company to schools and colleges.

Modules

In your first year, you’ll focus on your dance training and choreography. You’ll explore, through practice, the relationship between performer, movement, sound and space. Practical sessions are supported by seminars and lectures in dance analysis and critical studies. You will widen your understanding of the elements that contribute to the identity of a dance work, and consider how major 20th century dance practitioners have contributed to the development of dance as an art form.

In your second year, you’ll focus on dance making and performance, engaging with new choreographic strategies and performance environments. You’ll consider how dance is influenced by, and reflects, the culture that produces it and have the opportunity to explore other cultural dance forms such as African dance. You’ll develop your collaborative practice, working with a company in residence, in preparation for student and professionally led dance productions.

In your final year, you’ll work more independently, pursuing your own research interests and choreographic practice. You’ll be developing your final degree showcase performance, and working closely with your supervisor in group seminars and practical tutorials to produce a research project that is completed as either a written dissertation or a practical piece. A strong focus on employability and work-based learning will prepare you for a variety of dance-related careers.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment methods

20% of assessment is by exam and 80% by coursework.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

64%
low
Dance

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Dance

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
73%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
11%
Male students
89%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
19%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Performing arts

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
36%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Other elementary services occupations
18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Performing arts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£20k

£20k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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