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Dance
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Dance

International Scholarships available

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, producing and performing work. They are interested in working with students from a variety of dance backgrounds and they will encourage you to develop your 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.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

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

Entry Requirements

CLEARING
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

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.

CLEARING ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Places available on this course through Clearing. Please call us on 0113 812 3113 to discuss your qualifications, skills and experience. We are interested in hearing from students who are passionate about the subject and we will assess your application on a range of factors including, but not limited to, your performance in examinations and assessments.

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.

Teaching and learning

This distinctive course will help you prepare for a portfolio careers in independent dance and performance practice, with modules aimed at furthering passion for innovative performance and creative practice. Your project-based learning is centred around studio, laboratory (experiential and observational), and location-based practice. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
During your first year you will be introduced to the physical, creative and academic languages that are key in this area of study. We will immediately introduce you to the concept of daily physical training as the professional, industry standard and the modules you study will provide the foundation for all dance, physical and creative practice throughout your course.
Overall workload
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460 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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740 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
40%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
60%
Core Modules

An introduction to the lineage of contemporary performance practices within the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly those that have emerged from the formal and artistic experiments of the 1960s.

Through practical, studio-based work, you will be introduced to lineages of artistic practice through the practical reconstruction and re-imagining of existing dance repertory.

Develop your understanding of the models and strategies for improvisational and compositional processes in dance making.

Broadens the scope of the your emerging choreographic practice by introducing elements of creativity and making external to the moving body itself. These elements could include sound, objects, props, sets, costumes or text.

In this second of a set of four critical modules, you will focus in on the performance practices that have emerged from the formal and artistic experiments of the 1960s, exploring seminal companies and artists framed within social and historical contexts.

A series of practical, studio-based workshops will allow you to experiment with various digital software, tools and equipment. You will explore the possibilities digital technologies offer in the development of new performance, modes of expression, dance making strategies, audience engagement and documentation.

In your second year, the emphasis is on advancing your creative and technical development with a gradual shift towards mentored, student-led projects. You will build key industry skills in devising, collaboration and interdisciplinary practice.
Overall workload
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436 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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764 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
52%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
48%
Core Modules

Further develop the knowledge gained during your first two critical contexts modules as you gain the ability to make complex and nuanced readings of live performances. You will learn to evaluate and analyse work through the critical lens of various key theories, and engage with theoretical texts and live and mediated performance works.

Examine a range of solo dance performance works and artistic approaches, giving you the ability to contextualise your own practice within the wider field of choreographic, artistic and scholarly practices.

Work in collaboration with an established artist to create a new performance work. An intensive series of workshops and rehearsals will result in the creation of a performance event.

An introduction to the field of choreographed site performance or dance for the screen, you will devise a creative project (facilitated and mentored by a professional artist) that results in either either in the creation of several choreographic site specific performance events or, the creation of several short dance/movement films.

This final critical contexts module will develop your ability to interrogate performance works at a deep critical level paying significant attention to social, cultural, historical and theoretical contexts.

Explore 'self' and 'cultural identity' as concepts within professional artistic practice. You will study the key theories, concepts and practices surrounding dance and performance 'cultures' specifically focusing on global movements and trends. You will learn to apply these choreographic strategies to your work and use your learnings to reflect on your own 'cultural identity'.

In preparation for employability after graduation, in your final year you will focus on realising your artistic independence. You will also address the challenges of developing your own professional identity.
Overall workload
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406 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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714 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
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80 hours Placements Some modules will give you the opportunity to undertake a work placement. These hours will be spent working in industry, gaining practical knowledge and professional skills that can be valuable to employers.
Assessment proportions
Practical This is an invigilated assessment of your practical skills and competencies, such as delivering a coaching session, or a school experience if you are training to be a teacher.
44%
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
56%
Core Modules

Work intensively and collaboratively with guest industry professionals, peers, and in-house lecturers to create, develop and perform new choreographed work. Your work will be informed by a series of lectures and seminars focusing on choreographic and performative processes.

Complete a substantial, independent research and learning project, including time spent on placement with a creative or cultural enterprise such as artist, company, organisation or small business.

An introduction to arts practices within community and educational settings, you will explore key issues and principles relating to community arts engagement in global, cultural and historical contexts, and develop the teaching and facilitation skills needed to work in diverse community settings.

Undertake an individual research project in the field of dance practice, with the aim of producing an independently authored written document. You will receive guidance through regular tutorials with a supervisory member of staff.

Develop an independent, practice-based performance project that will be showcased in front of invited guests, professionals and academics at the end of year Lift Off Festival. You will work alongside your fellow students to prepare and deliver the festival and the performance works / pieces presented within it.

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.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio spaces on campus and with our professional partners.
  • Study materials – we provide all core materials during your studies. This includes any costumes or props.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for compulsory educational visits.
  • If you choose to take up a placement where a DBS check is required, we will cover the cost of the DBS check.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You may wish to purchase additional study materials, but this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits.
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year.)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

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.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio spaces on campus and with our professional partners.
  • Study materials – we provide all core materials during your studies. This includes any costumes or props.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for compulsory educational visits.
  • If you choose to take up a placement where a DBS check is required, we will cover the cost of the DBS check.

Additional costs
In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • When undertaking work placement opportunities, you will need to pay for your travel expenses to and from that placement.

Course-specific optional costs

  • You may wish to purchase additional study materials, but this is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.
  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence for optional educational visits.
    (The nature and cost of these visits will vary from year to year.)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

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.

Location

Headingley Campus/City Campus

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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