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University of Sunderland

Professional Dance

UCAS Code: W505

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or an equivalent qualification, for example; a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

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Attend an interview

Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Dance

This unique programme has been designed by industry professionals to prepare you for a varied and multi-faceted career; ensuring you’re able to function professionally in a range of roles and settings in the dance industry. It’s a challenging programme, and will demand much of you physically and mentally across the three years of practice and study.

All of your practical and academic sessions will take place at Dance City, the National Dance Agency for the north east of England. Study at Dance City will give you access to professional tutors and facilities as well as placing you at the heart of the region’s dance industry networks. Library and student support services can be accessed through the University of Sunderland.

In completing different creative, practical and academic projects you will often work with your student colleagues as part of a team. While you are focusing on your own work, collaborating with others will also be a key element in successfully completing the programme (as it is in any area of the dance industry). Your commitment, then, to engaging with all the aspects of the programme will make your time here more beneficial to you and more fun for everyone. Respect for others and your ability to respond to advice, requests, and suggestions will be vital.

If you’re passionate about dance and dream of a career as a professional practitioner, then this programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experiences you need to excel.

The Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend up to 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training aimed at supporting you to fulfill your potential, and help to push you to the highest levels of excellence.

This programme celebrates all aspects of dance and you’ll be encouraged and inspired to become a versatile professional, able to achieve a long-term career with real world skills and viable career opportunities.

Study will be divided into 3 focused areas; Professional Practice, Education and Management.

These modules will develop your abilities and physical understanding of accurate and artistic dance technique. You will cover a wide range of dance styles with a major focus on contemporary techniques and ballet, with further studies in urban/street, jazz and world. Working with a diverse range of professional choreographers, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own style and ideas, with annual performances at Dance City's working professional theatre.

Modules

Study will be divided into 3 focused areas; Professional Practice, Education and Management.

These modules will develop your abilities and physical understanding of accurate and artistic dance technique. You will cover a wide range of dance styles with a major focus on contemporary techniques and ballet, with further studies in urban/street, jazz and world. Working with a diverse range of professional choreographers, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own style and ideas, with annual performances in Dance City's working professional theatre.

Assessment methods

The Dance City BA (Hons) Professional Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend up to 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training aimed at supporting you to fulfill your potential, and help to push you to the highest levels of excellence.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Dance City

Department:

Media

TEF rating:
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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.

83%
med
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

94%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
4%
Male students
96%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
D

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.

Dance

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.

£15,200
low
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Other elementary services occupations

Many dance graduates from 2015 went straight into dance or choreography jobs, and there are good employment rates overall. Work in education, in schools and colleges, as freelance dance teachers or in sports and fitness, are also common. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common (over one in five dance graduates from 201t were working for themselves), as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once, and building your contacts and work experience can be very important for dance students to find their first job, so be prepared to work your people skills.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Dance

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

£16k

£16k

£16k

£16k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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