BA (Hons) Dance
At University Campus Suffolk (UCS), Ipswich
The BA (Hons) Dance programme at UCS is at the forefront of dance practice, with exciting new facilities which support students’ cultural, social, artistic and academic development. Studying Dance at UCS encompasses a wide range of professional dance practices that integrate dance as performance, dance as making and dance as participation.
On this dynamic course, students study performance, choreography, dance history and criticism, dance science, dance education and applied dance practice. Students work with a highly qualified course team who are experienced practitioners, artists, researchers, companies and organisations throughout all three years of the course. Students also benefit from working with guest artists throughout their studies.
Two newly-equipped and purpose-built studios have a fully functioning performance space, with lighting, sound and projection facilities. Opportunities to perform, make and see work are numerous both within UCS and the surrounding area. Students also have an opportunity to participate in classes at the Jerwood DanceHouse. UCS works closely with DanceEast and other national partners to foster opportunities for students to apply their skills within the working context.
For further information visit www.ucs.ac.uk/dance or email Noyale Colin, Course Leader: email@example.com
Opportunities to progress
The BA (Hons) Dance programme offers numerous opportunities to engage with work-based learning throughout the three years of study. Local, national and international employers provide lectures and classes to discuss what it is to be an employable dance graduate and the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in this field. An intensive work placement makes up part of the final year, with past students working across the country on different projects and with many organisations, including:
- Gecko Theatre Company;
- Norfolk Dance;
- London Contemporary Dance School;
Studying Dance at UCS can equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for:
- Working in professional companies as performance and outreach artists.
- Developing dance in school and community settings for people of all ages and abilities.
- Managing and administrating dance and arts projects.
- Employing dance in a range of settings to address health, economic and other societal needs.
Assessment takes place during and at the end of each module and takes the form of, for example, practical choreographic and performance projects, seminar presentations, lecture demonstrations, work-based projects and assignments, essays and portfolio DVD documentation.
Core dance team
||Lecturer in Dance
||Lecturer in Dance
||Head of School, HEA National Teaching Fellow
These experienced lecturers and practitioners continue to work as academics, researchers, performers, choreographers, artists and practitioners, in professional, educational and community settings.
Visiting lecturers, artists and professionals
The delivery of the curriculum is further enhanced by taught lectures, workshops and residencies from a range of visiting artists and professionals. For the academic year 2010 - 2011 this included:
||Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance
||Artistic Director and Chief Executive, DanceEast
||Director, State of Flux DanceFilm Company
||Drummer and Percussionist, Irie Dance Company, founder member of Adzido Pan-African Ensemble
||Artistic Director, Dance Art Foundation
||Learning and Teaching Adviser for Suffolk’s Inclusive School Improvement Service
||Director, Norfolk Dance
||Choreographer and Performer
||Producer, Gecko Theatre Company
||Director, Sadhana; Associate Artist SE Dance
Ken Bartlett, Creative Director, Foundation for Community Dance