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The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Dance and Drama

Why choose this course?

As a dance and drama student at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your technical and performance skills, explore your creativity, and deepen you understanding of dance and drama in a wider cultural context. We offer one of the most varied Joint Honours Dance and Drama degree courses in the UK and you will have unique opportunities to enrich and expand your experience in both these performing arts.

Read more about studying Drama at Wolverhampton.

Read more about studying Dance at Wolverhampton.

Reasons to study with us:

  • You will study different genres in dance including contemporary, jazz, and ballet, and contemporary drama, theatre and performance
  • You will work on physical and vocal performance skills, designing, devising, directing, writing and teaching in the performing arts
  • Our staff are practitioners with international experience and research-active
  • Our Performance Hub offers outstanding facilities with Harlequin floors and lighting rigs in the studios, a fully equipped theatre, recording studios, and a superb library
  • We have excellent links with national and international dance and theatre organisations in nearby Birmingham and this will enhance your employability and experience in the current industry

You will have the following practical opportunities: performances in our theatres (Walsall and Wolverhampton), performing in local and national arts events, joining Le Loup Dance Company (our student company), front of house and backstage training, and participating in work placements of your choice.

We achieve some of the highest NSS (National Student Survey) scores in our university every year and our scores are above the sector wide scores.

NSS 2015: 90% overall satisfaction for the course with 96% for good teaching, 92% for academic support, and 92% for good personal development.

What happens on the course?

Typically, you will be in practical classes, lectures, and rehearsals for four days a week and you will have one day a week to study at home. You may opt to come to campus to practise in our studios on your study day and you can also use our studios and library in the evenings and at the weekends.

Your timetable will be well-balanced with a variety of practical and theoretical sessions spread across the week to ensure an interesting variety of topics, and time for recovery from practical classes and rehearsals to ensure your best possible performance, health and well-being. Technical and creative practical classes are taught in the week and supplementary training (eg. Pilates, Yoga, circuits) forms part of your programme in order to offer you the best possible current practice in dance training.

Your lectures will often include practical activities, and most theoretical modules include guest speakers and external visits. You will have your own personal tutor during the course, and you can see your tutor and your other lecturers regularly during each semester. The university offers excellent academic support to all students.

An important part of university life is your development as an independent practitioner and thinker, and each week you will have a range of tasks to do (practical rehearsals, training, directing, designing, watching, reading, and writing) to support your taught work and develop your independent study skills. This will include practical rehearsals and sessions in which you explore and refine your technical and creative work.

You will study a broad range of topics including dance technique (contemporary, jazz, and ballet), choreography, film-making, design and scenography, critical performance theory, working with text, student-led productions, work placements, and research projects. applied drama, popular performance, physical theatre, text, devising, live art, design and scenography, scriptwriting and performance analysis. You will do this through an engagement with a range of significant 20th and 21st century play texts and dance pieces, performance practitioners, directors and theatre companies.

We take a radical approach to teaching that mirrors industry practice; you will have the opportunity to take part in a key drama production module on the course, which is rehearsed and performed within an intensive three week period.


Year 1

  • Introduction to Dance Practice
  • Practical Approaches: Performance Skills
  • What is Dance?
  • Choreography
  • Performance Analysis: Fundamentals in Drama
  • Scenography: Visualising the Text

Year 2

  • Dance Practice: Intermediate
  • Performance: The Creative Performer
  • Choreolab
  • Theatre Movements: Practitioners’ Perspective
  • Text: How Plays Work
  • Dance Research Methods

Year 3

  • Advanced Dancer
  • Theatre Movements: Contemporary Perspectives
  • Performance: The Independent Producer
  • Crafting Performance
  • Dance/Drama Project


During the course you will:

  • Gain the Silver and Gold Employability Awards
  • Have the opportunity to work with Le Loup Dance Company (our student company)
  • Participate in external arts projects (eg. films, live performances)
  • Become proficient in industry-level film-making
  • Work with visiting dance and theatre artists and companies
  • Develop skills in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • Use the most current technology and equipment in film editing
  • Have a work placement of your choice
  • Acquire a portfolio of key skills and develop an understanding of why and how drama, dance, theatre and performance practices work in different contexts.
  • Engage in a substantial final year project that will enhance your future employability.
  • Develop industry links through work with influential regional theatre companies such as Stan’s Café, Geese Theatre Company, Gazebo Theatre in Education, ACE Dance and Music, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet.
  • Have the opportunity to perform in venues such as the Birmingham REP, the Arena Theatre and the Black Country Living Museum.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • Our Performance Hub facilities (on the Walsall campus) are amongst the best in the UK. The main dance and drama studios have sprung Harlequin floors, lighting rigs, curtains to create a white/black box performance space, audio/computer/screen set-ups, and advanced training equipment. The Hub also includes a range of rehearsal studios, a studio theatre, specialist suites for sound recording and film editing, a superb dance and drama collection of books, journals, and films in the stunning library, and beautiful social spaces overlooking our gardens and campus.
  • The Walsall campus has outstanding sports facilities including a gym and swimming pool, performance science labs, and excellent student accommodation
  • The centre of Birmingham is about 20 minutes away by bus, train or car and offers national and international arts events including the renowned International Dance Festival of Birmingham. Regarded as a major centre for dance and theatre in the UK, Birmingham is the home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome, DanceXchange, the Birmingham REP, the Midlands Arts Centre (mac), and a number of other theatres and the links we have with these and other arts organisations give vital networking opportunities for students
  • All the dance and drama staff have professional dance/theatre experience and many have external advisory roles across the UK. They present their research in the UK, and at international conferences and arts festivals. Staff research was part of the Research Excellence Framework 2014, and the research in dance science and health at the university is recognised as world-leading
  • We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and have an outstanding track record in dance and drama for our inclusive course

What our students think

“Work-based learning modules as well as studio-based modules gave me the skills and knowledge I am now using as a dance artist within performance, devising work, and also managing myself and my time”.

Rebecca Namgauds, (2013 dance graduate), dance artist working with Marso Riviere, Hofesh Schechter, and currently in the award winning Angels in America at the National Theatre London

“The facilities available to students were excellent and the support received from the lecturers was of the highest standard”.

Amy Baker, (2013 dance graduate), international ballroom dance champion, dance artist and teacher

Career path

All our graduates enter employment very quickly after graduation, and go into a wide range of careers. Former graduates have set up their own dance or theatre companies, become choreographers, directors, playwrights, stage managers, casting agents, designers, teachers in the public and private sectors, or worked as freelance dance/theatre artists. The transferable skills learned through the dance and drama programme have enabled graduates to work in areas such as marketing and retail management, and commercial and performance related activities, including promotion companies and venue administration. Some of our graduates have gone into careers in the army, police force, law, social work, and physiotherapy. Alternatively, you may wish to continue onto postgraduate studies including a PGCE in Dance, MA Dance, MA Contemporary Theatre and Performance, or an MPhil/PhD all of which are available at our university.

Read about what some of our Drama graduates are up to now.

What skills will you gain?

You will:

  • develop your technical and performance skills to a high level in a range of dance genres
  • explore your creative potential and develop you own choreographic voice
  • deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context
  • gain experience in lighting design and staging in our theatres
  • learn how to present shows in our theatres to a professional standard
  • develop self-confidence in teaching, facilitating, and leading workshops/classes
  • become proficient in industry-level film-making, and use the most current technology and equipment in film editing
  • become more self-confident in using effective communication skills
  • enhance your employability by developing your interpersonal skills in teamwork and leadership activities
  • develop vocal skills including breath control, voice control and delivery
  • develop physical skills such as stage combat and physical theatre
  • enhance your applications of drama including workshop facilitation, theatre in education, theatre in museums and teaching experience
  • enhance your devising skills and the ability to take an imaginative approach to performance making
  • improve your ability to work as a creative collaborator
  • increase your ability to analyse, critique and evaluate drama, theatre and performance

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • BBC from 'A' Levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Prospective applicants will be asked to attend a selection event/ audition.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,700
Part time # £2,925

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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