The BA (Hons) Dance and Drama course aims to produce enterprising students who are capable of independent thought, of using their initiative, and of creative and critical engagement within the disciplines of Drama and Dance.
You will acquire skills required for the combination of drama and dance study, application and performance in regional, national and international contexts. During the course, you will explore both the inter-disciplinary potentials for Drama and Dance and the inter-relationship between the knowledge, understanding and practices that underpin a dual-discipline degree.
Across the disciplines you can specialise in different strands of work including – physical theatre; contemporary, ballet and jazz dance techniques; popular performance; dance for film; and applied drama. Throughout your studies you will engage with the concept of being enterprising in your approach to developing a career in drama and dance performance.
In your first year, you will acquire subject-specific knowledge and a portfolio of key skills, through the study of drama and dance performance skills; choreography; dance technique; play-texts; international and historical perspectives on drama and dance; the application of digital technology in performance settings and techniques for intending teachers.
In your second year, you will develop an understanding of why and how the performance practices of drama and dance work in different contexts by engaging with modules including drama and dance in educational and community contexts; stand-up comedy and theatre in non-theatre venues.
In your third year, you will apply your knowledge, skills and understanding to ‘real world’ settings and will have the chance to work as a semi-independent professional. You will be engaged in a substantial year-long project that will enhance your employability and deepen your knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to drama and dance.
Our working methods place an emphasis on the value of shared experiences, provided by group work. You will have opportunities to create your own, original work. The course allows you to combine creative and critical thinking, with the aim to challenge conventional thinking and traditional practice.
You will increase your subject knowledge in both areas through learning about a wide range of contemporary drama and dance practices in regional, national and international contexts. You will learn by ‘doing’ – the course is 60% practical: 40% theory; and you will receive support from experienced, well-qualified, specialist lecturing staff, administration and technical staff, and from visiting professionals.
Our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre; The Performance Hub, opened in 2011 and is the home for all of our performance courses. The state-of–the-art facilities in the hub will give you experience of excellent dance studios and theatre/performance spaces, mac computer suites, professional level recording studios and lighting equipment. It boasts two bespoke dance studios, with sprung floors, mirrored wall and equipment for sound and lighting requirements.
‘I have found that the course, course leaders and organisation of the drama department is spot on.’
‘Excellent lecturers who are always enthusiastic in teaching’.
‘The tutors are always approachable and make you feel more confident and at ease knowing that they are there. The tutors are always on hand to offer support and guidance’.
‘The course involves a lot of group work, which presents a great opportunity to make friends. The course boosts your confidence both inside and outside university, and it also gives a great opportunity to show off talent.’
‘The whole vocational aspect of the course is stimulating, and it prepares you for the professional world.’
‘I am using my degree to its fullest and intend on carrying on my career as a professional choreographer and continue building my dance company.’
‘Emphasising the academic side of dance, as well as the practical has given me the possibility to be a new pioneer of Dance!’
‘I was inspired to move forwards in my chosen field of study by ample opportunities enhanced by great support from the lecturers throughout my studies.’
Our graduates are drama/dance teachers/lecturers in schools and colleges across the region and elsewhere in the UK and abroad; they have formed their own professional companies, they work in community drama/dance; are youth theatre workers and education officers in the arts; former graduates have run their own dance companies, become teachers in the public and private sectors, or worked as freelance dance artists. The transferable skills learned through the drama and dance programme have enabled graduates to work in areas such as marketing and retail management or in commercial and performance related activities, such as in promotion companies and venue administration.
As a graduate of this course you will:
1. Be able to work both individually and in groups and have developed a sensitive understanding of appropriate drama and dance vocabularies and working methods.
2. Be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of forms, practices, traditions, texts, theories and histories of drama and dance in their cultural, historical and contemporary contexts.
3. Have deepened your knowledge of drama and dance through developing critical, analytical and physical skills.
4. Understand the interplay between practice and theory and be able to use that understanding in a dynamic, ethical and enterprising way, particularly in the development of your own career.
5. Have developed a competency in the use of new technologies appropriate to the changing nature of drama and dance.
6. Have experienced work-based learning in preparation for further study, employment or self-employment.
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 http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact for further information.
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 2017/8. 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.