Taught course

Dance Performance and Choreography

University of Bedfordshire · Division of Media, Arts and Performance

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

Audition Interview

All applicants will be invited to auditions and interview in order to provide evidence of your practical knowledge of dance. You will also discuss why you consider the course to be an appropriate choice that will enable you to develop your dance knowledge, skills and understanding. You will be assessed not only in relation to your current practical knowledge of dance but also in relation to whether you are able to articulate goals that match your abilities and your understanding of how this course will help you achieve your goals.

We do not assess physical fitness, strength, flexibility or other physical attributes as part of the criteria for entry, but you should consider the physical demands of core units in dance technique and performance and improvisation and composition in deciding whether this course offers you the best opportunity to achieve in this subject area. If you are unable to attend in person for audition and interview, you may submit a digital portfolio and be interviewed by telephone.

You are also advised that in order to benefit from all the opportunities available through study you may be advised to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Months of entry


Course content

About the course

This exceptional course is designed to enhance your professional skills in a range of artistic, academic, educational and community contexts. It offers you the opportunity for professional level repertory performance practice, as well as creative and choreographic practice in an industry-focused academic environment, supporting your development as a professionally equipped, independent and self-sufficient dance practitioner and scholar.

Polish your practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice using excellent studio, theatre and library facilities as well as our on-campus professional performance work as you enhance your future employability prospects.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

  • Study with a dynamic and experienced team of tutors with internationally significant experience as academics, practice-led researchers and dance artists.
  • Explore a range of career opportunities including: independent/freelance dance artist; independent or collaborative choreographer; educator in HE, FE, school or wider community and professional environments; consultant or researcher; or in screen-based performance as a performer in film/video industry, commercial sector or in independent film production.
  • Develop your professional network through our existing relationships with key organisations such as; Arts Council England, regional and national dance agencies, Youth Dance England, dance development organisations, performance venues, professional dance companies, independent artists, community arts organisations, colleges and schools.
  • Gain high-level practical, theoretical and professional skills in performance and/or choreographic practice to enhance or sustain your opportunities for employment.
  • Benefit from a degree that aims to equip you with professional-level skills, abilities and knowledge in dance, as well as an advanced level of self-sufficiency and scholarship, enabling you to access wider employment options or continue to MPhil and PhD research degrees.

Career opportunities

The course will develop you as a professionally equipped and skilled dance practitioner and scholar, who is realistically able to pursue a range of career options in dance, and in wider creative and cultural industries. It focuses on developing your reflective, enterprising and independent management skills as an underpinning for future self-sufficiency and career longevity.

The course has a professional focus and you will be expected to demonstrate equivalent and relevant professional skills and attitudes throughout. You will utilise these skills to enable you to design and manage academic and creative projects, and be responsible for critical assessment of the outcomes against intended goals.

These learning opportunities reflect professional working contexts and expectations, and demand ambitious and sustained scrutiny on your part as preparation for future roles in project management and delivery.

Gain enhanced employability through experience of real-life dance environments, such as professional performance and touring in the University Dance Company

Explore exciting creative opportunities for interaction with other disciplines: dance and the screen, dance and new media/emerging digital technologies, dance and leadership, and dance and entrepreneurship.

Areas of study may include:

  • Dance Research Project/Dissertation
  • Researching Dance
  • Inter-professional Working Project
  • Choreographic Research
  • Repertory and Performance
  • Somatic Practice
  • Dance for Inclusion and Diversity
  • Dancing Mind: Dance Psychology
  • Choreographic Practices

Information for international students

Applications will be assessed using UKBA and University of Bedfordshire policy. Check English language requirements at: English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

For details on the financial support on offer at the University of Bedfordshire please visit our website: Postgraduate Fees & Funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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