BA Dance at Royal Holloway builds upon our strength as a university with an established reputation for performing arts excellence.
This course will take you beyond the traditional borders of dance, as embodied awareness and practice is complemented by cultural, historical, social and aesthetic context. This will enable you to reflect critically on what you do, enhancing your own performance, choreographical skills and technique.
Central to the programme is a focus on an active and exploratory engagement with the discipline of dance and how movement, choreography and text help shape performance practices. You'll come away with the skills to be a serious practitioner in the performing arts and creative industries, and an expert in the history and theory of dance, as well as its practice.
Our location means you'll be able to experience the cultural life of London, with its theatres, productions and practitioners just a short train ride away, but base yourself in the close, stimulating community and safe environment that only a campus university can offer.
Our campus environment and community gives you the space to experiment with your own ideas alongside other dance and drama students and other top-rated arts departments, such Media Arts and Music. There are also a wide range of performance societies on campus including the Drama Department’s own Student Workshop. Our links with industry professionals and companies, such as the Jasmin Vardimon Company, are unsurpassed.
- Explore movement, choreography, text and performance.
- Assessment is a mix of practical and coursework.
- World-class venues in London, such as Sadler’s Wells and The Place, are close by.
- Industry links, including The Jasmin Vardimon Company.
- Experts in contemporary dance and physical theatre as well as global and popular dance forms.
Core ModulesYear 1
- Theatre and Performance Making 1
- Moving Bodies 1
- World Dance Histories
- Writing Dance
- Choreographic Practices 1
- Theatre and Performance Making: Dance and Theatre
- Theatre and Culture: Dancing Bodies, Global Culture
- Moving Bodies 2
- Choreographic Practices 2
- Group Project
- Dance Research Practices
- Dance Repertory and Repertoires
Optional ModulesYear 1
- All modules are core
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Live Art
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Acting
- Theatre and Ideas: Ideas of Race and Indigeneity
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Money
- Theatre and Ideas: Arts Entrepreneurship
- Theatre and Ideas: Ideas of Gender and Sexuality
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Time
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Knowledge and the Body
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Tragedy
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Casting
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of Adaptation
- Theatre and Ideas: The Idea of the Musical
- Final Year Project - Dissertation
- Final Year Project - Special Study
- Taught Dissertation
- Dance Practice
Teaching & assessment
Each year you will take a total of four units. Teaching is delivered through a variety of methods which include lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, group work, and studio-based practice.
You will be expected to engage in self-directed study by dedicating significant time to preparing readings before lectures, attending regular rehearsals, and practising and maintaining technique and/or fitness level. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will serve as your main point of contact in the department for academic and personal matters.
Assessment methods include workshop facilitation, independent and group movement projects, analytical research essays, solo and/or group performance, critical reflection portfolios, and performance reviews.
Applicants are required to be studying Dance or have Grade 8 in a graded Dance qualification. Applicants without these qualifications will be required to attend an audition.
Five GCSE passes graded A*- C or 9-4 including English and Maths.
A Levels: BBB
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A - levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio - economic factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Read more about what we look for here.
Other UK Qualifications
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
We accept the following internationally-recognised English language qualifications:
- Pearson Test of English
- Cambridge ESOL
Your future career
Graduates from the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance go into a wide variety of careers, as well as further academic study. Many go into performance, stage management, broadcasting (including at the BBC), arts administration, journalism, teaching, health, marketing, and PR. Lots of our graduates also start their own performing arts companies. You'll be familiar and confident in performance situations – skills which are vital for meeting and networking and make you viable for visible leadership roles.
You'll also walk away with considerable experience of technical, intellectual, imaginative, and practical skills, valued by most employers. Aside from these performance skills, you'll also get a whole host of other skills in research and project management. Find out more about what our graduates are doing now.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9250
International students tuition fee per year**: £16500
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs with studying this course greater than £50 per item. Ticket costs for mandatory theatre trips are capped at £10.
*The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates is controlled by Government regulations, and for students starting a degree in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 for that year. The UK Government has confirmed that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.
**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. The policy at Royal Holloway is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our terms and conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.