BA (Hons) Dance

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. There are also brand-new facilities for dance students at USW Cardiff, including two amazing dance studios.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W500 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
W500 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

The BA (Hons) Dance degree is based around three integrated strands of activity:

• Technique, which focuses on developing advanced technical, creative, and performance skills through regular, rigorous classes and other performance opportunities.
• Creative practice allows you to develop your artistic voice through workshops in choreographic practice. To support your choreography, you’ll also engage with philosophies and theories of dance.
• The professional practice element will prepare you for a career in contemporary dance through work-based learning, as well as being involved in mounting public performances presented by the degree course.

Year One: Dance degree

  • Dance Analysis
  • Create and Perform
  • Technique

Year Two: Dance degree

  • Create and Perform
  • Dance Analysis
  • Dance Industry
  • Dance and Technology
  • Technique

Year Three: Dance degree

  • Technique
  • Professional and Personal Portfolio
  • Create and Perform

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.


Dance facilities at our newly enhanced Cardiff Campus 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.

Dance audition

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.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD to include a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level with a relevant art and design subject (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
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

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

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.

Our Careers and Employability Service

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.