Our teaching and learning styles include practical classes, workshops, performances, lectures, screenings, demonstrations, small group discussions and one-to-one tutorials. In your independent study time you will undertake research by viewing, reflecting, analysing, writing and in practical explorations.
The studio work is practical but also involves discussion, analysis, critical reflection on practice and contextualisation. Your studies are supported by an excellent collection of books, journals, videos, DVDs, CDs, electronic and online media.
All assessment is via coursework and includes classwork, presentations, choreography, written assignments and portfolios.
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. They are experts and award-winning leaders in their fields and draw on their outstanding professional experience for their teaching. 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 reputations for performance, choreography, research and innovative teaching, including individual University Teacher Fellow and National Teacher Fellow awards. World-renowned choreographer and former student, Akram Khan, has acknowledged the “inspirational teaching” he experienced at DMU.
Dance staff work closely with local, national and international dance organisations including Dance 4 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.
In your final year you have practical opportunities to work with professional, educational or community organisations to develop skills in dance teaching, leading and promotion.
Dance BA (Hons), External Examiner final report comments 2015/2016:
"The curriculum is well designed to prepare adaptable graduates who have the range of skills needed to navigate the contemporary working context in dance and performing arts.
"The choreography strand of modules supports in depth creative exploration and the development of independent approaches to dance making that support their entry into the field as emerging artists with a sense of clarity and purpose in their practice.
"There is a very good balance of practice based and reflective work, and opportunities for students to integrate their practical and theoretical skills in some innovatively designed assignments."
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 14 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.