The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Dance

Why choose this course?

The BA (Hons) Dance degree aims to produce graduates who are confident in their ability to work in a globally changing world and who are prepared to make a significant contribution to local and wider dance communities.

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Through your studies on this course, you will become versatile and critically reflective in thinking and practice, whilst becoming skilled in the use of current and new technologies relating to dance. By the end of the course, you will become aware of your dance heritage, from historical and cultural perspectives, and you will be able to recognise your place in contemporary dance practice.


What happens on the course?

Throughout the course you will explore a range of dance techniques including contemporary, ballet and jazz, along with key aspects of professional dance practice such as repertoire and choreography, and study dance analysis and history. You will be given opportunities to create for, and perform in, studio situations, professional theatres and for film, be introduced to new ways of thinking and doing dance and have the opportunity to put these ideas into practice through work-based learning.

Why Wolverhampton?

This course will give you the opportunity to learn about dance from a variety of perspectives. You will develop your studio practice through studying a range of techniques (including contemporary, ballet and jazz), and learn skills in choreography for making dances for the studio, stage and film. Knowledge of these practices will expand through the understanding of their history and impact on dance, and through critical reflection.

You will explore the role of technology in creating and performing dance and you will discover how the scientific aspects of dance, such as physiology and performance psychology, may inform and impact on your dance practice. Throughout your studies you will engage with the concept of being enterprising in your approach to developing a career in dance.

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.

We continue to develop state of the art facilities which will greatly enhance your learning experience. 2011 saw the opening of our state-of-the-art performing arts and learning centre, ‘The Performance Hub’, is the new home for all of our performance courses. The Performance Hub provides state of the art facilities, designed to nurture talent and produce future leaders in the Creative Industries.

What our students think

“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 side, has given me the possibility to be a new pioneer of dance!”

Career path

Graduates have gained employment in a variety of organisations and sectors such as dance companies, schools and colleges, as well as in arts administration. Previous graduates have also gone on 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.You will be able to work as freelance dance artists or in other self-employed roles or you may consider postgraduate study, by progressing onto a PGCE, the MA Dance, the MSc Dance Science or M Phil/PhD.

What skills will you gain?

As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  • engage with, participate in, and perform dance and choreography in a range of contexts
  • use a variety of methods to understand dance through historical, cultural and scientific perspectives
  • demonstrate knowledge of dance through the development of critical, analytical and physical skills
  • develop skills in the use of technology appropriate to the changing nature of dance
  • show experience through work-based-learning, preparing you for further study, employment or self-employment
  • understand your potential role and ethical responsibilities in regional, national and international dance communities.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240 UCAS points with a minimum of 160 points from two 'A' Levels or equivalent
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

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

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135

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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