Dance BA (Hons)

Alongside developing an outstanding dance technique, you will acquire critical thinking, technical and artistic skills to prepare you for a range of dance-related careers. With a diverse and inclusive approach, the curriculum explores themes at the forefront of today’s industry and you can choose to specialise in areas such as education, choreography and creative media.

Course details

Intellectually and artistically demanding, this course offers daily dance classes in contemporary techniques, ballet for contemporary dancers, fusion (street, urban, hip-hop), improvisation and African principles
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

De Mortfort University

Course overview

We have strong industry links, providing opportunities to engage with national and international organisations, work with local community groups and hear from visiting lecturers and artists. Employability and performance opportunities are embedded throughout the curriculum, with flexibility for you to develop your skills and personal interests towards your career aspirations. You will also benefit from great facilities that have contributed to DMU being recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Performance Arts, reflecting our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning.


Entry requirements

112 points from at least 2 A’levels or

BTEC Extended Diploma DMM or

International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

T Levels Merit

Plus five GCSEs grades 9-4 including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above.

Pass Access with 30 Level 3 credits at Merit (or equivalent) and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade 4 or above.

We will normally require students have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English Language or Literature at grade 4 or above


Graduates of this course are creative, entrepreneurial practitioners who are able to respond to the ever-changing demands of the current dance profession. They are equipped to successfully work in a range of dance-related careers as educators, performers, and choreographers, as well as managers and producers.

Our students have gone on to work as heads of school and college dance departments, university lecturers, community dance practitioners, as well as the former Director of Dance at Arts Council England and award-winning choreographers, such as Akram Khan.

Graduates also have the opportunity to progress on to postgraduate study at DMU such as the Performance Practices MA and Choreography MA in collaboration with FABRIC (Dance4 and DanceXchange together).

Graduate, Rosie Russell, decided to undertake a master’s degree after the course opened her eyes to the career possibilities in the dance sector and praises DMU for teaching her to be entrepreneurial as a dance artist. She said: “The range of techniques offered means that I am now a more versatile dancer and the structure of classes over the three years helps you develop your own dance identity. Each staff member has their own area of expertise so you not only have your personal tutor, but you have an endless network of knowledge with the team of lecturing staff.”


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Block 1: The Responsive Dancer
  • Block 2: Rethinking Dance
  • Block 3: Space, Place and Connections
  • Block 4: Ensemble Performance and Production
  • Block 1: Style, Production and Artistry
  • Block 2: Applying Your Practice: Dance Artists, Communities and Education
  • Block 3: The Healthy Practitioner: Wellbeing and Self-management
  • Block 4: Digitising Your Artistic Voice

Blocks 1 and 2: Select two from the list below:

  • Facilitating Practice: Teaching and Leading Dance
  • Industry practice: Choreography, Performance and Producing
  • Personal Research Project
  • Education and Performing Arts

Block 3: Select one from the list below:

  • The Bridging Project
  • Creative Media in Performance
  • Block 4: Dance Company and Production