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BA (Hons)

School - School of Arts & Media

Subject area - Performing Arts

UCAS Code: W500

Start Date(s): September


Three years full-time


UK - £9,250 per year

International - £14,820 per year

In Brief:

  • 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
  • Overseas study available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

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.

Course Details

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.

Year 1

You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Ballet and Contemporary technique.
This theory based module will provide you with a historical overview centred around the development of performance in the late 19th and 20th century.
A series of practical workshops will enable you to develop choreographic  techniques and approaches specific to ideas covered in the Performance in Context module, while seminar lectures will focus primarily on methods of reflection and documentation of performance practice.
You will continue to improve your Ballet and Contemporary dance technique throughout this module, developing a skills base to practically understand the working practices examined in Dance Discourses: Modernism.
Through practical workshops and seminars, this module focuses on the choreographic themes and creative practices of dance practitioners in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Content will include both American and European developments in concert dance and dance theatre.
By drawing on the knowledge and skills gained across previous seminars and practical workshops, this module will allow you to develop your creative vocabulary with a focus on solo choreography.

Year 2

You will continue to develop contemporary technique throughout this practical module, whilst also engaging with Post Modern techniques such as Release and Contact Improvisation.
This module will give you the opportunity to work on group choreography in a professional company setting with a visiting choreographer.  The group choreography will culminate in a public performance at the end of the module. 
Through practical workshops and seminars, this module will introduce you to post-modern debates in historical, social and cultural contexts by referencing the choreographic themes and creative practices of specific practitioners.
Exploring the infinite possibilities of dance, this module will cover the fusion and collaboration of several key dance genres and disciplines including music, aerial and popular dance. 
You will begin to explore the possibilities of dance and digital technologies by learning the language of production (camera) and post production (editing) as choreographic devices. Other areas covered may include motion capture and green screen.


You will work together as a collaborative company to create and perform a dance performance under tutor supervision.


You will be placed with industry professionals to develop and nurture your own career interest.


If you have a job opportunity in the industry or with international partners, this bespoke structured module will enable you to formalise your work-base learning as part of your programme of study.

Year 3

Facilitated by either a visiting choreographer or a member of staff, this module will allow you to engage in the creative process, working as a performer and collaborator. This practical module will culminate in a series of public performances.
This module will further prepare you for the dance industry, by exploring practical research and independent working methods, and aiding your overall development for deep creative and contextual working.
This lecturer and seminar-based module will advance your business, project and event management skills which are vital to the development of any creative professional.  The module will also survey a ‘creative entrepreneurial approach’ to varied dance-related professions.
You will complete a major piece of independent work, concluding extensive research supervised by your tutor. The practical element of your final project can either be live or recorded and you can choose to solely choreograph or you can choreograph and perform as part of your independent work.  The cast size of your project is unlimited.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
Graded Dance Qualifications We also accept graded dance qualifications from BBO, BTDA, ISTD and RAD. Please check UCAS for points tariff.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
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

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

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.

Fees and Funding


Fees 2019-20

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Full-time International £14,820 per year

Fees 2018-19

Type of Study Fee
Full-time £9,250 per year
Part-time Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time International £14,400 per year

Additional Costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


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.


  • Practical
  • Essay
  • Presentation


<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.

Careers include:

  • Artistic Director and Choreographer of own company
  • Choreographer and performer within a collaborative company
  • Solo artist
  • High School Dance Teacher (additional teaching qualification required)
  • Further Education Dance Teacher (additional teaching qualification required)
  • Creative Director of private school (your 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.

Career Prospects

Alumni Profile

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.’

Teni Matian

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.’

Martina Coggins

Links with Industry

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:

  • The Lowry Theatre
  • Dance Manchester
  • Salford Council
  • Salford Leisure
  • Company Chameleon
  • Levantes Dance Theatre
  • Out Of The Blue


Dance studios, theatres, rehearsal rooms, music practice rooms

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