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Dance
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Dance

Overview

Explore contemporary dance and take part in exciting collaborative performance projects. You will work with choreographers, independent dance artists and directors, learning how to perform, direct, organise and teach, developing your skills in all areas of contemporary dance production.

All our lecturers are practising artists, who are actively producing and performing work. We are interested in working with students from a variety of dance backgrounds and we will encourage you to develop your own creativity.

By studying in Leeds, you will benefit from a hub of cultural activity in the city. With venues including Northern Ballet / Phoenix Dance Theatre, Yorkshire Dance National Dance Agency, The West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Riley Theatre and The Carriageworks, you will find plenty of inspiration for your work. Leeds also hosts regular cultural events like Leeds Festival and Leeds Carnival, the UK's second largest after Notting Hill Carnival. Leeds Dance Partnership

We are members of the Leeds Dance Partnership. The partnership has a vision for Leeds to become an international centre for dance. The other members are Northern Ballet, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Balbir Singh Dance Company, Gary Clarke Company, ProDanceLeeds, DAZL, RJC Dance, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds City College and West Yorkshire Playhouse. The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts is leading on research for the partnership, coordinated by Senior Lecturer in Dance, Rachel Krische. Find out more about the partnership on the Northern Ballet website.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including in music, drama, dance and performing arts.
Regular networking and work experience throughout the course will give you the confidence to take on exciting projects and approach people inside and outside the industry.

The course has exceptional industry links with local and international organisations and you will benefit from being taught in specialist studios and theatre spaces. You will be able to take advantage of opportunities at local, national and international level, using our links to give you access to recognised artists working in contemporary practices.

Senior Lecturer Rachel Krische has worked with Siobhan Davies, a former dancer and leading choreographer with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and founder of her own dance company. Rachel co-authored and performed in Siobhan's most recent work 'Table of Contents' at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2014.

Your placement in year three is of your choosing. You could help run a festival, shadow a choreographer, or do a teaching residency, whatever interests you most.

Course Features

  • Placements
  • Study abroad option
  • Expert careers service
  • 24/7 Library
  • University accommodation
  • TEF Silver Award

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in a relevant subject, achieving 60% merits in the final year.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
Applicants who meet the academic entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection day where you will be interviewed individually and take part in a Group Performance Workshop. You are assessed for suitability to the course, on your background skills and knowledge, and on your ability to contribute constructively to a working ensemble. The selection days are scheduled for 15 November, 29 November, 6 December, 10 January, 31 January, 14 February and 28 February. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further details.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Level 6 Entry:
Applicants should have a HND, Foundation degree or equivalent award in a relevant subject, achieving 60% merits in the final year.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
Applicants who meet the academic entry requirements will be invited to attend a selection day where you will be interviewed individually and take part in a Group Performance Workshop. You are assessed for suitability to the course, on your background skills and knowledge, and on your ability to contribute constructively to a working ensemble. The selection days are scheduled for 15 November, 29 November, 6 December, 10 January, 31 January, 14 February and 28 February. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further details.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Rob Green

Careers

Rob Green
Performer & recording artist

BA (Hons) Art Event Performance (now Performance)

“My tutors were all practising artists and they really pushed me to develop myself within the current arts scene - I even negotiated a record deal that enabled me to release my EP after I graduated. One of my tracks was then named BBC 1Xtra Track of the Week. I'm now launching my third EP and every day my career is shaped by the varied skills I gained at University.

Modules & learning

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Critical Contexts 1: Historical Lineages

Embodying Dance Histories

Making Dance Work

Interdisciplinary Making

Critical Contexts 2: Performance Practices & Perspectives

Digital Practices

Critical Contexts 3: Reading Performance

Solo

Collaboration Project

Site / Screen Project

Critical Contexts 4: The Body in Performance

Cultural Perspectives

Professional Performance Project

Industry Placement Project

Introducing Dance in Education & Community Contexts

Publishing Project

Extended Study: Lift Off Project

Rachel Krische
Rachel Krische
Senior Lecturer
Rachel was a fixture on the Independent London Contemporary Dance scene for 20 years before joining us after teaching for two years at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She has enjoyed an artistically diverse career, working and performing with more than 20 different artists, including La Ribot, Akram Khan and Wendy Houstoun. Another interesting fact about Rachel is that she was hit by lightning in 1999, but appears to be OK!
We don't just want to mould students into what's current - we encourage them to push artistic and intellectual boundaries in order to drive dance to the next level.
Play BA (Hons) Dance - Jemma Broomhead, Student Video
BA (Hons) Dance - Jemma Broomhead, Student
Play BA (Hons) Dance - Alex Mettam, Student Video
BA (Hons) Dance - Alex Mettam, Student

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Facilities

  • Performance Spaces
    Performance Spaces

    As a performing arts student, you will have access to our own studio theatre, black box and dance rehearsal studios and, thanks to our industry connections, our students also benefit from using the professional studios at Northern Ballet / Phoenix Dance Theatre and Yorkshire Dance.

  • Beckett dance studios
    Beckett dance studios

    Our Leeds Beckett performance spaces include dance studios at Headingley Campus and black box spaces at City Campus.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Map

Headingley Campus/City Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It is not every university that can offer you the chance to study in the best tall building in the world. But we can. Our City Campus is home to such award-winning learning environments as Broadcasting Place, voted best tall building in the world in 2010. Other buildings include the Rose Bowl, home to our Business School, which was awarded Best Commercial Property Development in the 2009 Yorkshire Property awards. Just over the road from the Rose Bowl is the Leslie Silver building which houses one of our impressive libraries across five floors. The library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the year.

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