Receive intensive technical training throughout the rigorous course, including an extra 150 hours of technique per semester in addition to your timetabled classes
Develop your creative and performance skills by gaining exposure to a variety of interdisciplinary dance techniques including aerial skills, the fusing of popular dance forms and digital dance as well as working with professional choreographers
Develop networking, CV and digital profile building, project management and sourcing and applying for funding skills to ensure you will be a versatile and entrepreneurial member of the dance community
Choreography is at the core of this course and during your time here you will develop your creative skills in group and solo choreography, with the opportunity to perform at public platforms. Your understanding of the role of a choreographer will be further developed through intensive projects with visiting choreographers; these projects simulate industry expectations by working as a member of a company in a rigorous creative process, culminating in a performance.
Specialist workshops will inform you of current industry trends so that you have a clear understanding of the diverse world of dance. You will participate in aerial performance such as silks and static trapeze, experiment with the latest developments in live performance and technology, and also be tutored in camera and editing software to facilitate dance for camera pieces.
The course boasts a number of excellent longstanding relationships regionally and locally with organisations such as The Lowry Theatre, Dance Manchester, Company Chameleon, Tracing Steps and Skylight Circus.
The course boasts a number of excellent professional partnerships both regionally and locally, and you will be encouraged to make the most of the opportunities available to you throughout your studies.
Students and professionals talk about the exciting all-day Dance and Us Networking Event held for the BA (Hons) Performance: Dance Theatre course at the Lowry theatre, Salford Quays.
As a Dance student, you will learn through a combination of workshops, practical performance projects, lectures, technique classes and seminars. Assessments will include in-class performance presentations and publicly performed dance projects, portfolios, essays and presentations.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|Graded Dance Qualifications||We also accept graded dance qualifications from BBO, BTDA, ISTD and RAD. Please check UCAS for points tariff.|
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104 points|
|GCE A level||BCC-BBB. General studies accepted with two other A levels|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in appropriate subject|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||If you have a relevant HND you can join the course at year 2|
|Foundation Degree||If you have a relevant Foundation Degree, you can join the course at year 2|
|Scottish Highers||104 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104 points|
|International Baccalaureate||30 points, 5 or 6 (Higher level) in a relevant subject|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
For admission to programmes of study at the University an applicant whose native tongue is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. For entry to level 4, 5, 6, or 7 such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5.5 or above) from the Cambridge/British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or alternative examinations as recognised by the University.
Ideal candidates should be:
Interested in creating and performing work.
Enthusiastic and dedicated; committed to making industry contacts whilst still a student. <>Offers are made after an audition and interview.
The audition consists of a technique class and creative workshop.
You will benefit from a range of technique classes, creative workshops, lecture and seminars, and performance projects. You will also be provided with the opportunity and support to perform publicly at the University theatre and various venues throughout Greater Manchester.
<p>On completion of this course, you may go on to perform, choreograph, or produce. You may also go on to be a teacher or workshop leader, or go on to postgraduate education.
Artistic Director and Choreographer of own company.
Choreographer and performer within a collaborative company.
High School Dance Teacher.
Further Education Dance Teacher.
Creative Director of private school (own dance school).
Freelance practitioner working with mixed ability groups of all ages.
Throughout your time at University, you will be offered a wide variety of extracurricular activity to enhance your employability. We believe that your professional career begins in Year 1 of our course and you are supported and facilitated in developing your work experience.
There are work placement opportunities in professional projects working as associate choreographers and workshop leaders for all client groups.
There are placement opportunities working as a teaching assistant in all client groups.
There are master classes and workshops offered by international artists and practitioners.
There are networking and career development opportunities, business workshops with our engagement team and opportunities in the industry to perform your work.
Teni Matian – Graduated in 2007
Teni has her own company, ‘The Teni Matian Dance Company’, which focuses on fusing contemporary formats with traditional Armenian dance. The most recent performance choreographed by Teni entitled ‘Nerdurs’, played to sell out audiences in her home country of Armenia.
Teni is also a lecturer at the Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in Armenia and she is currently writing a course in contemporary choreography, which will be the first of its kind in the country. ‘
'My time at Salford opened my mind to the possibilities of performance. I was able to take this knowledge and skill, combine it with existing knowledge of traditional dance styles, and create my own unique performance styles.’
Martina Coggins - Graduated in 2006
Martina worked as a dance development officer in Salford for over 5 years. During this time, she also took part in a community exchange and worked in Pakistan for 4 weeks in April 2009, teaching disability dance. Drawing on her experience in Pakistan, Martina started her own business the following year, which specialises in working with people with disabilities and the elderly. In 2010, Tracing Steps Theatre and Dance Company won Rochdale Best New Start Up Business of the Year.
‘The variety of dance and performance skills offered at Salford really allowed me to choose an education that was tailored to my individual wants and needs. This has definitely helped in making me a versatile practitioner.’
BA (Hons) Dance boasts strong links and partnerships with various establishments and artists in the area, providing a multitude of opportunities for our students. Our industry partnerships include:
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
Further information is available at:
Dance studios, theatres, rehearsal rooms, music practice rooms
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time