Our innovative Dance degree prepares students for a professional career in contemporary dance. Working with experienced dance artists, you’ll explore a range of dance techniques, including contemporary, release, contemporary ballet and contact improvisation, as well as different choreographic approaches such as contemporary, dance theatre, screen dance, site-specific, and structuralism.
We have partnerships with regional dance companies and theatres to boost your employability, along with a strong focus on work-based learning through an undergraduate performance company. Through this, you’ll learn how professional dance companies are managed, funded, create work, and tour. Studying dance in Cardiff, you’ll be a part of our inspiring creative community and have the chance to collaborate with other creative industries students such as actors, writers and musicians. Follow @usw_dance on Twitter
The BA (Hons) Dance degree is based around three integrated strands of activity:
Regular, rigours classes are central to the dance degree at USW and will lead to an advanced standard in technique and performance.
Workshops in choreographic practice, and the creative processes of tutor led performance works, will help you to develop a distinct artistic voice. Alongside these practical explorations, you will also engage in philosophies and theories of dance to support your own choreographic endeavors.
Work based learning that prepares you for a career in contemporary dance. Themes include business planning, arts funding, creative research and development, marketing, and technical touring skills. Students will be involved in the mounting of public performances presented by the degree course.
Modules are subject to change.
The special nature of this dance degree, taught in the context of a dance company, means that the learning and teaching approach is integrated around the making of dance and the development of projects. Students will experience a range of teaching and learning experiences including seminars, workshops, presentations and technique classes.
The work submitted for assessment by our students is varied and incorporates conference presentations, business plans, online portfolios, reflections on practice, running workshops, technique assessments and performance skills and making assessments.
Facilities for dance students will include three new dance studios, a theatre, and video filming and editing equipment. The course will also be using arts venues in the city for the development of work.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
You will be asked to take part in an audition before we can fully consider your application or make you an offer. The audition will consist of four parts – Technique Class; Devising Workshop; Solo Performance and Group Discussion. For the Technique Class and Devising Workshops, please wear close fitting clothing (e.g. leotard, or vest top), and be prepared to dance in bare feet. You may bring water into the studio in a sports bottle with a non-spill cap. You will also need to prepare a 1-minute solo, in a Contemporary, or Dance Theatre style. The choreography should present your strengths as a performer, and show an understanding of the style selected. The solo will be performed without music. The group discussion will focus on choreographic methods and processes. It will be helpful to research the approaches of one or two choreographers you are interested in order for you to contribute to the conversation. The audition will last approximately 4.5 hours and will include a short break. Remember – the audition provides you with an opportunity to shine. It also gives you a chance to ask extra questions and to make sure that the course you have applied for is right for you – it is a two-way process.
BCC - CDD to include a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include a relevant higher subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£100||
Appropriate dance wear and dance shoes. All academic years
|Kit (Uniform and Equipment)||£500 - £1000||
It is suggested that students have their own laptop computer and smart phone
|Other: Travel||£100 - £150||
Students may be expected to travel to master classes/ conferences/ events/ performances at their own cost
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Our dance degree will prepare you for work in a range of jobs such as: Performers, Choreographers, Freelance Artists, Dance Teachers, Lecturers, Arts Managers, Postgraduate Study, Self-employed Dance and Fitness Coaches.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.