Dance at De Montfort University - UCAS

Course summary

Intellectually and artistically demanding, this course offers daily dance classes in contemporary techniques, ballet for contemporary dancers, fusion (street, urban, hip-hop), improvisation and African principles. Alongside developing an outstanding dance technique, you will acquire critical thinking, technical and artistic skills to prepare you for a range of dance-related careers. With a diverse and inclusive approach, the curriculum explores themes at the forefront of today’s industry and you can choose to specialise in areas such as education, choreography and creative media. We have strong industry links, providing opportunities to engage with national and international organisations, work with local community groups and hear from visiting lecturers and artists. Employability and performance opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum, with flexibility for you to develop your skills and personal interests towards your career aspirations. You will also benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, reflecting our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning. Key features:

  • DMU is recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts with great facilities providing specialist studios and rehearsal spaces designed specifically for dance and performance learning activities.
  • Gain industry experience and boost your exposure in the field through our excellent links with local, national and international dance organisations and artists such as Maverick TV, One Dance UK and Serendipity Arts.
  • World-renowned choreographer and DMU alumnus, Akram Khan MBE, is Chancellor of the university, reflecting our commitment to championing performance arts. Students recently went behind the scenes of his latest production at Leicester's Curve theatre, find out more.
  • Real-life experience is offered through placements and industry-focused projects. Students have recently worked with Moving Together, Fuelled Dance Theatre and New Art Club.
  • Our graduates are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever-changing demands of the current dance profession. Previous graduates have gone on to a variety of work and performance opportunities, including a role as the head of dance, performing in music videos, and participating in Channel 4’s First Acts and Let’s Dance International Frontiers festival.
  • Benefit from the cutting-edge research and practice carried out by Dance staff in the Research Institute of Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Research.
If you are interested in advanced entry into Year 3 of this course, please visit the DMU website for the course details:


First year Block 1: The Responsive Dancer Block 2: Rethinking Dance Block 3: Space, Place and Connections Block 4: Ensemble Performance and Production Second year Block 1: Style, Production and Artistry Block 2: Digitising Your Artistic Voice Block 3: The Healthy Practitioner: Wellbeing and Self-management Block 4: Applying Your Practice: Dance Artists, Communities and Education Third year Blocks 1 and 2: Select two from the list below: Facilitating Practice: Teaching and Leading Dance Industry practice: Choreography, Performance and Producing Personal Research Project Education and Performing Arts Block 3: Select one from the list below: The Bridging Project Creative Media in Performance Block 4: Dance Company and Production

Assessment method

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life. Structure Teaching takes place through practical classes, seminars, workshops, discussions, tutorials, rehearsals, theatre and community visits, screenings, and performances. Learning through practice is essential to this course and you will engage in active, experiential and reflective learning throughout. There is a varied mix of assessments to develop a range of skills including solo and group choreography and performance work, solo and group presentations, teaching practice, class work, viva voces, blogs, portfolios, marketing packs, action plans, and reflective and evaluative essays. We have one of the largest teams of dance staff in the UK and, as they are practising artists and researchers, you can be assured of keeping up-to-date with current research and trends in dance. Our excellent teaching and research was acknowledged when DMU was designated a Centre for Excellence in the Teaching and Learning of Performance Arts. Our academic dance staff have international reputation for performance, choreography, research and innovative teaching. World-renowned choreographer and former student, Akram Khan MBE, has acknowledged the “inspirational teaching” he experienced at DMU. Dance staff work closely with local, national and international dance organisations including Fabric (formerly Dance4) and People Dancing. We also enjoy close links with artists and professional organisations, such as the Akram Khan Company, New Art Club, Moving Together and Serendipity Arts who have offered students work experience and internships. Contact hours In your first year you will normally attend around 15 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 22 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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In the performance of your solo, we will be looking for your potential to: • Demonstrate co-ordination, technique and use of space • Create and confidently perform inventive solo choreography


In your discussion with a member of the dance team, we will be looking for your potential to: • Talk about your interest in dance • Discuss your experience of dance • Be curious about other dance and creative practices

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information:
Dance at De Montfort University - UCAS