Logo of University of Bedfordshire

BA HonsDance and Professional Practice

Tuition fee To be confirmed
More information

Expenses, accommodation, working etc.




This course will give you access to the professional facilities,
experienced instructors, artistic community, entrepreneurial support
and performance opportunities that can transform your hobby into a
successful career. Previous graduates have progressed to careers in
performance, choreography, teaching, arts policy and community arts

During the course you will:

  • Enjoy access to excellent facilities, including a suite of
    purpose-built dance studios, a large professionally equipped theatre
    and separate studio-theatre space
  • Study with high-profile performers, choreographers, artistic
    directors and dance practitioners
  • Learn from talented visiting artists
  • Take modules on professional practice to enhance your employment
    and entrepreneurial skills
  • Have the opportunity to tour and perform in professional regional
    venues as part of the University Dance Company

Areas of study you may cover on this course include:

  • Dance technique
  • Performance
  • Composition and improvisation
  • Choreography
  • Critical and cultural analysis
  • New media and digital technology
  • Dance writing and seminar presentation
  • Marketing and entrepreneurship in dance
  • Leadership in dance education
  • Dance policy and infrastructure
  • Marketing and project management in dance
  • Dance on screen


Career opportunities


The Dance and Professional Practice course aims to foreground your
development as a skilled dance practitioner; and as an independent,
entrepreneurial and creative individual who will be enabled to enter a
range of career opportunities within dance and the wider creative

We define the creative industries as those industries which have
their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have
a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and
exploitation of intellectual property.

Source: Department of Culture, Media & Sport

To this end, the course embraces the philosophy of SOAR, the
University of Bedfordshires student-centred process of integrating
personal, academic and career development. SOAR is an acronym
representing the dynamic relationships between Self, Opportunity,
Aspirations and Results.

The development of self awareness is an integral part of the learning
and assessment process and throughout the programme you will be given
the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your work, with the marking
tutor, in relation to the assessment guidelines and criteria. In this
way, an open dialogue about yourself and your performance becomes an
intrinsic part of the assessment process. The development of
self-awareness is also an integral part of the personal tutoring
system in which you will reflect on your academic performance with
your personal tutor at various points throughout your studies to gain
an overview of progress across the full range of assessment. Together,
you will identify areas of strength and weakness, and agree on
appropriate action points.

Throughout your studies you will also be made aware of opportunities
to develop yourself and your career. At Induction you will attend an
introduction to the Universitys Centre for Personal and Career
Development, and be made aware of a number of support services they
can offer, such as; information on careers and postgraduate studies,
one-to-one careers advisory sessions, online tools to develop your
career management skills, help with CVs, testing, and interviews,
opportunities for volunteering and work placements, and job searches.
Your personal tutor will also discuss potential career opportunities
with you during regular personal tutorials, and advise you on how to
best prepare yourself for your chosen career within the structure of
the degree as part of Personal Development Planning.

The course also offers you ample opportunities to generate, clarify,
test, decide and implement aspirations, both for the present and the
future. Throughout the degree you will have to plan and manage
academic and creative projects, and this will help you to identify and
realize goals and assess the outcomes. Your career aspirations will be
discussed in personal tutorials, and you and your tutor will discuss a
strategy for addressing these aspirations.

Finally, you will be encouraged to demonstrate results. Successful
participation in the course teaches you vital skills in creative,
practical, oral and written forms of communication. You will be
encouraged to document your work through the writing of creative
logbooks, reflective essays and through the creation of portfolios of
practical and written work. You will engage in many performances,
often before a public fee paying audience, and you will be encouraged
to develop a `show-reel of such practice based achievements. Your
personal tutor will monitor your records of such achievement via your
Progress File.



The Dance and Professional Practice course prepares you for the
following career options:

  • Dancer: independent/freelance dance artist, small/middle scale
  • Interdisciplinary Performer: collaborative and interdisciplinary
    performance work
  • Choreographer: independent dance maker/artist, choreographer to
    specific brief and/or group/project
  • Teacher: formal education, community outreach, workshop leader
  • Independent Portfolio Worker in the Creative Industries:
    consultancy, case-study and presentation
  • Screen-based Performer: performer in film/video industry,
    commercial sector

Further study:

  • PGCE programmes: Dance (UoB)
  • MA programmes: Dance, Performance, Interdisciplinary Practice,
    Community Arts
  • MSc programmes: Arts Administration (UoB)
  • Further vocational training: Dance, Interdisciplinary Performance,
    Physical Theatre
Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States