Get the skills you need to become a professional performer or choreographer, across a wide-range of dance styles, through the University of Wolverhampton's dance degree course.
As a dance student at the University of Wolverhampton, you will develop your technical and performance skills, explore your creativity, and deepen you understanding of dance in a wider cultural context. We offer one of the most varied dance degree courses in the UK and you will have unique opportunities to enrich and expand your experience in dance.
Reasons to study with us:
The course content includes dance technique and repertoire (contemporary, jazz, and ballet), choreography, film-making, dance science, dance history, cultural studies, dance education and workshop leadership, work placements, and research projects. 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.
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, 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.
During the course you will:
Who will teach you on this course?
The staff teaching you on the course will include Frances Clarke (Course Leader and Senior Lecturer), Dr Clare Lidbury (Reader in Dance and Principal Lecturer), Danielle Aways (Senior Lecturer), Janine Bryant (Senior Lecturer) and Dr Karen Wood (Senior Lecturer). All our full time dance lecturers have worked as dance practitioners in the UK and abroad, and this wealth of experience is of huge benefit to our students. We are expert teachers and have shared our pedagogical practice at national Higher Education conferences. We are all research-active and disseminate our own research work nationally and internationally and importantly, this informs our teaching on the course.
“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 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 graduate), international ballroom dance champion, dance artist and teacher
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 companies, become choreographers and directors, teachers in the public and private sectors, or worked as freelance dance artists. The transferable skills learned through the dance 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, MSc Dance Science, or an MPhil/PhD all of which are available at our university.
Our degree is accredited by the University of Wolverhampton and we have close links with One Dance UK, DanceHE, Safe in Dance International (SiDI), and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).
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.
|Part time #||£2,835|
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