Coventry University Dance

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Coventry University Dance

Coventry University Dance

Dance BA (Hons)


This course runs in 2017/18. 

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice, through a study of dance technique, performance, choreography and the history of dance, in a professional environment informed by world leading research.


This course has a long-standing reputation for helping to prepare dancers for the world of professional contemporary dance. Your classes will take place in one of our fully equipped dance studios, as well as some contextual studies in lecture theatres and seminar rooms. Throughout your time with us we will support you in your journey to realise your full potential in dance. If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • regular technique classes throughout your three years of study;
  • an outstanding staff team who are all practicing professional dancers, choreographers and researchers with national and international reputations;
  • a rich schedule of classes, workshops, performances and talks from internationally renowned guest artists and visiting teachers/choreographers to complement your studies;
  • visiting professors of Dance who in the past have included Siobhan Davies, Helen Poyner, Miranda Tufnell and Caroline Bowditch;
  • links with many Universities across the world and the opportunity to apply for exchange programmes during your studies;
  • a dance research centre with staff of international standing, producing world-leading research.;
  • regular performance opportunities;
  • a professional dance organisation, Decoda, based at the University offering many additional opportunities.


The course encourages creativity, exploration and a professional approach to contemporary dance. On our course you will have the opportunity to develop your own artistic practice through the study of dance technique, performance, choreography and contextual studies. The core course content includes the following subject areas:

  • Regular contemporary dance technique classes, and supporting studies such as yoga, pilates, ballet and experiential anatomy;
  • choreography and devising dance;
  • performance skills in a range of settings, and the chance to work as a company during year two with visiting professional choreographers;
  • improvisation, including contact improvisation;
  • dance history and theory with an emphasis on current dance practise;
  • optional studies in dance film, projects in teaching and community settings supported by theoretical   studies, and placements with regional and national dance organisations;
  • the chance for your final practical project to take place within a festival of dance.


With an emphasis on studio-based learning with daily technique and practical classes, our course is delivered through a mixture of practical sessions, workshops, rehearsals, lectures, seminars and small group tutorials. Rather than formal exams you will gain your degree through the submission of practical and written coursework, and continuous assessment. In addition to this, all teaching staff are available to you this is a strong, impressive course which provides a robust artistic, practical and academic foundation towards a realistic career in the performing arts. “I have seen a range of academic and practical work over the last year and have been consistently impressed with the continued evidence of strong and excellent pedagogy throughout the course which reflects current research as well as latest arts practices’ – Karen da Silva – external examiner.


An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows: practical assessments 60%; essays 10%; group practical work 15%; presentations 15%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.


In a typical week you will have up to 20 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Medium group teaching: 18 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week

Large group teaching: class sizes on this course are normally such that most of teaching is in small or medium-sized groups

Personal study: 20 hours each week of studying and rehearsing in your own time

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.

Typical Offers

A-Levels: BBB from Dance or Preforming Arts

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM in a Dance or Performing Arts.

Access: A pass in the Access Diploma. Plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 31 points to include 5 points in Dance at Higher level

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.

Additional Information: You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

From the time you commence your studies we will treat you as a professional dance artist. You will be offered opportunities not only to study with professional choreographers and performers but also to apply for work placements with associated dance organisations, artists and choreographers. As part of your final year you plan, rehearse or facilitate, and then realise a dance project which will be tailored to your skills and interests, giving you real world experience with which to take your first steps into the professional dance world or on to further study. Professional skills and project management activities are delivered throughout the course but particularly during this Final Project. Recent examples of the destinations of some of our graduates include: employment in professional dance companies, studying at the Limon Institute in New York; developing their own choreographic practice in companies formed at Coventry University; MA studies; teaching in primary and secondary education and in Further Education Colleges; working for companies such as Chisenhale Dance Space, Decoda and Dance4.

Coventry University is commited to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.


The financial considerations of University study are of course, important, and it would be natural to worry about the possibility of having to face unexpected hidden extras. At Coventry University there is an absolute commitment to ensuring everything is clearly communicated in advance.

In each course description you will find what is included in the fees, what is not, and if there are any possible additional extras, a projection of what the possible costs would be.

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The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students’ employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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Our students can also enhance their learning through international exchange and study abroad programmes. These range from a few weeks to a full year. Currently we have links with USA, Estonia, Sweden, Cyprus, Italy and France. Our staff team, both permanent and visiting, are all highly respected dance artists or academics with international links and standing.


Centre for Global Engagement logoDid you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we’ve been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

The objectives of the programme, in which eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Explore our Global Leaders Programme.

What our students say – Ella Tighe

The course prepares you for life as an independent dance artist, deepening your understanding and practice of dance and giving you the skills to navigate your own projects.


Please note that all international visit/opportunities and placements are subject to successful student application and criteria being met. Locations, conferences and work experience are all subject to change. Please contact the Faculty for up to date information.




Contact Details:

International Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152

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