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What makes Dance Theatre at the University of Worcester special?

Our Dance Theatre BA will enable you to creatively explore ways of integrating contemporary dance and theatre. The course will give you exciting opportunities to develop your dance, performance and acting skills. You'll also extend your skill base to include the emerging forms of contemporary circus and aerial performance. The focus is on supporting your development as a creative practitioner, which will prepare you for a career in a range of performance contexts.

The collaborative nature of the course will also facilitate you in forming your own company. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with musicians, playwrights and actors in the creation of your work. You will be working with professional theatre-makers throughout the course, and will have a number of opportunities to perform publicly. You'll also be able to develop your skills as a future dance theatre workshop leader and network with various dance and theatre organisations.

* Launching in September 2020. Subject to approval

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Integration of dance and theatre in exciting new ways.
  • Opportunities to develop skills in circus, aerial and outdoor performance.
  • Attend technique classes in dance and performance.
  • Benefit from the application of theory into practice.
  • Interdisciplinary projects to create major productions.
  • Learn to lead or tutor other young dance/theatre-makers.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

112
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

112 UCAS Tariff points

Including a Level 3 qualification in a related subject such as Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, English. If you are unsure if your qualifications are relevant, please contact the Admissions office. If you are a mature student returning to education, experience is taken into account as well as qualifications.

The 3rd year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people (payable by the student).

International applicants

For applicants with international qualifications, please visit our country pages for information tailored specifically to your home certificates. If you cannot find your country on our list, please contact international@worc.ac.uk

We accept IELTS, Pearson and many Cambridge certificates as a proof of English language fluency on our degree courses, as well as many other English language qualifications.

Undergraduate courses usually require a minimum IELTS of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any component) or Pearson 59 (with no less than 51 in each component) or various Cambridge certificates. Other equivalent English qualifications will also be considered. For more information, please visit our Language Requirements and Support page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Contemporary Dance Theatre: Techniques & Practices 
  • Devising & Physical Theatre
  • Total Theatre: ensemble performance, design & production

Optional

  • Culture, Identity & Diversity in Contemporary Dance Theatre 
  • Contemporary Circus and Clowning
  • Language module

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Collaborative Production
  • Production Research for Dance Theatre
  • Adaptations and Collaborations across the Arts
  • Dance Styles & techniques 

Optional

  • Acrobatic, aerial and outdoor performance
  • Theatre & Digital Media
  • Language module

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Dance Theatre & Circus Production
  • Professional Practice
  • Site-Specific Performance
  • Leading, Teaching & Tutoring in the Performing Arts
  • Dance Theatre and Film
  • Final Performance Project or Independent Research Project
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

We enable you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement.

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Contemporary Dance Theatre

Develop your skills in our dance studio.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, and practical work. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures. Practical work, in our fully equipped drama and dance studios, introduce you to the possibilities of lighting, sound, video, and space in performance. Circus and aerial work will be housed in a gym equipped with ropes, harnesses and other appropriate equipment.

Trips to see dance and theatre will inform your understanding and experience of performance, and incoming shows and workshops hosted in our Drama Studios will enable you to meet a range of theatre professionals. Level 6 modules will explore how to set yourself up as an independent practitioner, with appropriate business and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop your skills as a potential performance or workshop leader/tutor in dance/theatre.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions in the first year as part of the mandatory modules, and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-16 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 9-12 hours of interactive workshops
  • 3-4 hours of lectures/seminars

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22-25 hours of personal self-study per week.

Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, rehearsing with your group, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time including third year abroad

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The teaching team includes professional dance/theatre-makers, whose work has been produced in theatres across the country. The team also includes specialist in circus and aerial performance.

The department is supported by theatre expertise from our technical staff who specialise in lighting, sound and set design. All the permanent staff within the teaching team have doctorates in the performing arts area, and most are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Specialist staff are also employed on the basis of their professional experience e.g. in circus and aerial performance.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments such as work-in-progress performances or draft written work.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as collaborative practical projects, rehearsal logs, critiques and reviews, essays, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent performance project, or research project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 3 practical assessments
  • 1 rehearsal log
  • 1 performance review or critique
  • 2 essays
  • 1 staging/technical portfolio
  • 1 presentation

Year 2

  • 1 large group production, plus portfolio of research materials
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 2 essays
  • 1 rehearsal log
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 1 large group production
  • 3 solo or small group practicals
  • 1 project proposal
  • 1 presentation
  • 1 example funding application
  • 1 practical workshop

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Careers

Where could it take you?

BA Dance Theatre will prepare you for a range of possible careers, including working as a professional performer. Alongside the creative content, the course equips you with the creative and entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to set up as an independent or freelance practitioner. Through working collaboratively across a range of live performance courses, the department facilitates opportunities for students across subjects to work in small groups of writers, performers, directors and technical theatre specialists, facilitating the development of new performance companies. The course also prepares you for leading or tutoring workshops and performances, so future career possibilities include working in performing arts organisations for young people, or the community (such as DanceFest) or to go into teaching. The flexible skills and abilities (such as confidence, creativity, and communication) gained through the very nature of the work greatly enhances your broader employability, and data for 2015/16 graduates indicated that 90% of graduates were in employment 6 months after graduating from courses in the Theatre & Performance Department.

You could also be eligible to move onto the Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre, MA Contemporary Theatre Practice or MRes in Theatre & Performance.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses.

No specialist equipment is needed for this course but comfortable working clothes and footwear are necessary.

Theatre trips and incoming shows are provided and paid for by the University, if the trip is mandatory and integral to your learning. Occasional optional theatre trips may also be available and, if you wish to participate in them, you will be expected to pay ticket or travel costs (around £10 – £15 maximum).

The 3rd year Leading, Teaching & Tutoring module will require a DBS check for working with young people.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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