The BA (Hons) Dance programme is the first two-year work-based dance degree in the UK, representing a unique partnership between the University of Suffolk and DanceEast. Responding to growth in demand for dance artists working in health, education and community settings this innovative course will prepare you for a successful career within this context. The course is delivered intensively over 40 teaching weeks each year, from mid-September to the end of July.
DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading national dance organisations. It hosts an eclectic selection of internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers. They create new work and perform alongside local community projects in a diverse programme bringing people together through dance from across Suffolk and the region. DanceEast’s reach extends far beyond what is presented in the theatre – through a wide range of projects professional dance artists bring dance to people in schools, hospices and sheltered housing. Working with people from all walks of life; from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special needs, we’re privileged to see how dance changes lives every day. DanceEast delivers ground-breaking work through projects working with ‘looked after’ children and those at risk, as well as children in hospitals and older people in care homes, offering them all the opportunity to use dance for creative expression and physical and psychological therapy. Dance can energise, motivate, encourage creative thinking, and develop expressive minds and healthy bodies.
The BA (Hons) Dance course at DanceEast is designed to facilitate your development as a versatile dance artist. You will gain the technical, creative and professional skills and knowledge to work in a range of community, education and health settings. Throughout the course you will be taught by professional dance artists, practitioners and experienced lecturers. Your experience and employability will be enhanced through a unique interdisciplinary approach to dance that brings together a number of departments at the University, from health science to education to photography and film.
Throughout the BA (Hons) Dance course you will attend lectures, participate in classes and workshops, and you will learn through a range of hands-on work experiences and placements. The modules are grouped in four strands, which combine to form your learning: Dance Pedagogy, Creative Practice, Contextual Studies in Dance and Independent Artist. Each strand is equally important in your journey towards becoming a holistic dance artist. The modules are undertaken over two consecutive years on a full-time basis. You will advance through all modules, which are structured to allow you to continuously progress and develop your own artistic voice. In Year 1 you will build essential skills and experience, and you will be exposed to a range of current artistic practices. Year 2 provides a thorough framework for you to apply and further enhance these skills in a range of community, education and health settings. Your confidence as an independent learner will be nurtured throughout the course. The coursework culminates in your final independent research project, which will encourage you to further focus on your own area of interest within dance.
Duration: Two years full-time
UCAS code: W500
Entry Requirements: 112 UCAS points: BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC), and successful audition
To find out more about the course, staff, fees, accommodation, learning support and how to apply please visit the University of Suffolk website.
You can find out more about Course Leader Luca Braccia by reading his blog with DanceEast – click here to read.
You can also watch two examples of work from our Level 5 and our Level 6 students below. Created during the lockdown period in early 2020, students worked remotely with their tutors and with guest artists to complete their modules.