Drama & Dance BA (Hons)

Studying Dance will involve your mind and your body. You will learn the skills to be a dance practitioner in the 21st century. This exciting programme allows you to choose your own path through the degree by selecting specific modules tailored to your interests. You will be taught by respected and experienced practitioners and academics and go on professional placements to develop working relationships with dance companies and organisations before you graduate. 

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
Start date
September 2018

Course overview

York St John University offers you three distinct dance related programmes that allow you to specialise in an area of your choice. If you choose the BA Honours in Drama & Dance, you will have the opportunity to combine dance and drama in a thriving community of performers, choreographers, theatre makers and dance artists who are passionate about making innovative and relevant work for the 21st Century. As well as daily dance technique classes and choreography, you will have the opportunity to study acting, physical theatre, voice and writing for performance.

This degree course has a huge range of exciting module options which means you can choose a route through the course that best suits your interests. This practice based course offers you the opportunity to engage in daily studio practice with a diverse range of dance, acting and voice technique classes that will help you broaden your performance skills. You will work alongside a range of professional artists and an expert staff team who will mentor you and help you develop your own distinct voice as a drama and dance practitioner.

Course structure


Studying Drama & Dance is an immersive experience where you will not only be working in taught sessions but also performing in the work of other students, taking opportunities outside of teaching time and being a part of the strong community of creative people at York St John University.

Level 1

Craft, Context and Creativity

In your first year you will develop key crafts in contemporary drama and dance practices (including dance and acting techniques, choreographic methodologies, script writing, anatomy and workshop practices). You will learn to work creatively in groups and gain an understanding of how contemporary performance practice sits within historical contexts.

Level 2

Application and Specialism

In your second year you will deepen your skills through increasing specialism, developing expertise in your own areas of interest. You will apply these skills to dance, theatre and performance in a range of contexts and consider its relationship to the world around you. You will increase your employability skills through a work placement in an area of your choice.

Level 3

Independence and Industry

In your final year you will work as both an independent artist and as a member of a performance company, developing work from research and development to actualisation. You will be supported in positioning yourself and your portfolio of skills as you prepare for your chosen career.

Teaching & Assessment

The programme is designed so you, the student, can work, create and study alongside the tutors in enquiry based learning,and take charge of developing the individual direction of your learning . This will be captured through the creation of live works for public consumption, field trips, meeting and working with various ‘community’ groups and creating documents. Alongside the doing and making of dance you will also be required to engage with critical and philosophical theory, reading what at times may at first glance appear to be complex and difficult texts. You will be required to think and analyse these texts in order to deepen your own learning and bring this understanding to bear on the creation of dance processes, dance images and experiences.

The complementary combination of practice and theory enriches the learning experience allowing skills and knowledge introduced in year one to evolve throughout the duration of the programme. You will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop your dance vocabulary and presence as a performer, becoming more physically aware and imaginative when devising movement for new choreographic work.
  • Work as an ensemble bringing creative explorations of dance practices to performance. This work will conclude with an ensemble performance of a new work where students are invited to consider themselves as composers, performers and documenters.
  • Practice as an ensemble alongside drama and theatre students in devising a large collaborative outdoor piece of performance for the opening of the faculty of arts Create festival at the end of the academic year.
  • Engage in experiential anatomy learning how to prevent injury and increasing your knowledge of how skeletal and muscular structures can develop your practice as an articulate, expressive performer.
  • Develop your skills as a workshop leader, a key skill in Dance whether working with communities or young people to running a rehearsal with professional dancers.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

88-104 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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