What students say about dance
Teaching hours are vast. We are given both practical and academic teaching every week, with a great balance. The course is highly interesting, giving detailed information and methodology in respect to dance anthropology. It is very challenging but very enjoying, engaging both the mind and body on a professional level. Assessments are usually choreographically taught and performed or created by us and performed, as well as written exams, such as human anatomy and anatomical correctness of the body.3rd year, Kingston University
For a dance course, the programme is very theoretical - there are a lot of modules with practical elements, but theory is heavily weighted. Choosing the placement year to work in the industry for seven months was one of the best choices I have made. This course has taught me the range of career choices available with a degree in dance.3rd year, University of Surrey
The contact time consists of both dance classes and lectures, but a lot more class than lecture. The classes are so much fun - it has been such an enjoyable first year for me. The end of semester assessments are a mixture of practical presentations, essays and portfolios, but you are given plenty of time to prepare for these, so have no fear! We have a performance centre with a fair few dance studios - you are never stuck for space if you want somewhere to dance.1st year, Falmouth University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
- Performing Arts
- English literature
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Dance instructor
Other real-life job examples
- Performance director
- Vocational trainer
- Fitness intstructor
What employers like about this subject
A degree in dance should provide you with subject-specific skills that include an ability to communicate and influence an audience through performance; a knowledge of the history of dance and its effect on culture and the choreography, production, criticism and management of artistic performances. You can also gain useful transferable skills, including excellent communications skills, team-working, self-motivation and project management. Dance graduates are usually found working in the performing arts or education, but other industries, including arts administration, welfare, health, tourism and the fitness industry, also employ dance graduates.