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BA (Hons) Dance and Drama

Explore a variety of dance styles and develop expertise in acting, directing, writing and applied drama as you balance technical training, creative development and theoretical and analytical study.

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      UCAS Code: WW54
      Course Length: 3 Years Full-Time, 6 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2021, September 2022
      Subjects: Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre
      Location: Edge Hill University
      Example Offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC)
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      This Dance and Drama degree offers a thorough, broad-based education for creative artists of the future who can apply their knowledge and skills in the disciplines of dance, drama and theatre. The programme is designed to develop reflective and articulate practitioners equipped with the graduate skills which are sought after within the creative industries.

      The combination of dance and drama offers a unique opportunity to explore dance styles from contemporary, ballet, popular (jazz, hip hop, capoeira) to social, folk and somatic practice, alongside specialist drama areas such as acting, directing, writing and applied theatre. You will possess artistic skills and vision which you will develop in professional theatre spaces, relating your practice to critical theories, dance and theatre histories and contemporary ideas.

      If you are equally passionate about dance, drama and theatre and want to work at the cutting-edge of dance and theatre practice then this is the degree for you. You should have a desire to engage people in inclusive dance and drama experiences in a variety of applied and theatrical performance settings, and aspire to become an articulate practitioner who understands the key concepts that underpin both dance and drama in relation to culture.

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      What will I study?

      In Year 1, you will acquire a foundational knowledge of the nature and meaning of the art of the theatre. You will develop the techniques and skills of the dance, drama and theatre practitioner and will learn to analyse and read the structure of dance and drama works. You will also examine dance education and the idea of the play.

      In Year 2, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of key practitioners and movements in the modern era of drama, explore the body and performance, and place dance practice in its social and historical context. You can choose to work on a theatre production or explore the making of dance involving specific client groups in areas such as education, community, health and welfare settings. Your compulsory modules in dance and drama are complemented with optional opportunities to explore specialist areas of interest in both disciplines.

      In Year 3, you will advance your knowledge and understanding of contemporary dance, drama and theatre practice and be expected to undertake increasingly independent work, developing particular practical and theoretical specialisms in both disciplines. You will examine current theoretical work in the field of performance and have the opportunity to embody your practical skills and ideas in a contemporary ensemble production. You will also undertake an independent dissertation project focusing on either discipline or by combining the disciplines in your project. Compulsory modules are complemented with advanced optional opportunities to deepen your experience in specialist areas of interest in both disciplines.

      How will I study?

      The programme is delivered through a wide range of formal lectures and seminars, practical workshop classes, production projects, independent ensemble work and personal research. Alongside your studies you will develop a personal portfolio and prepare practice CVs for employment.

      Modules are delivered via weekly classes throughout the academic year.

      How will I be assessed?

      Assessment is through practical and written assignments. Practical assessments include studio practice, presentations, performance making, and the design and implementation of applied projects. Written assignments will include project plans, reports/evaluations and essays, and verbal assessments in the form of a viva voce.

      As part of the University environment you will be asked to critically reflect on your learning via student reflections that accompany each assignment. Taking ownership and responsibility for your learning will equip you with the ability to engage in continual reflection of your own developmental progress throughout your academic study.

      There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this programme.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by a dedicated team of academic specialists and professional practitioners and benefit from a wide range of learning experiences, including access to extra-curricular classes and workshops.

      Learning is driven by the principle of research-informed teaching and you will be supported by a team of professional technicians.

      A Great Study Environment

      Students in white shirts and black trousers sit on chairs, with some standing to the rear, during a dance performance.Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre students at Edge Hill University enjoy industry-standard teaching and learning facilities in the £7million Arts Centre which is also home to the Rose and Studio Theatres.

      The Department of Creative Arts’ outstanding resources ensure you gain practical experience to a professional standard. Contemporary performance environments include dance studios, black box drama studios, rehearsal rooms, a theatre construction workshop, costume construction workshop, scene dock, theatre design studios, digital sound studio, digital design suite, music technology room, music practice studios, a recital room and an outdoor amphitheatre. The Studio Theatre also functions as a fully equipped aerial performance space.

      The Arts Centre hosts a diverse range of high-quality productions and performers, including comedy, dance, drama and music, designed to supplement Creative Arts programmes and entertain both students and the local community.

      To enhance your experience, the department has industry links with a wide range of professional bodies both regionally and nationally. These include Ludus Dance, The Grand Theatre in Blackpool, Dance Manchester, Lisa Simpson Dance, Curious Minds, the LPM Dance Theatre, Culture Warrington, the Merseyside Dance Initiative, and Arts Council England.

      These well-established links have enabled students to gain experience creating, performing and touring work by professionals including Theo Clinkard, Joss Arnott, Company Chameleon, Garry Clarke, Sally Marie, James Wilton , Alesandra Seutin and Eleanor Perry.

      Students have also had the opportunity to undertake placements with companies and organisations including ENB Dance for Parkinson’s, Wired Aerial Theatre, Avanti, U Dance and The Lowry in Salford. They have also delivered a number of workshops in regional education and community settings.


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      Level 4 (Year 1 of Full-Time Programme)

      DAN1103Introduction to Choreographic Practices (20 credits)

      Introduction to Choreographic Practices is a practice-based module which introduces you to dance making and movement enquiry. You will investigate composition, explore relationships and experiment with movement through experiential analysis of contemporary and post-modern dance practice. Alongside focused studio practice, you will develop your abilities in the devising of movement, present short choreographic studies and demonstrate your capacity to outline and discuss your practical and research processes.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN1105Introduction to Dance Making and Performance (20 credits)

      Introduction to Dance Making and Performance further develops your skills in devising and creating dance. You will engage in the making, rehearsal and performance of a small-scale dance piece under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module focuses on areas such as developing performance and technical ability, as well as considering intentional points such as creating from an improvisational, conceptual or thematic/issue base. Throughout the devising period, you will explore approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for public performance of the dance work.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA1101Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts (20 credits)

      Drama, Theatre and the Idea of the Play: Concepts, Cultures, Contexts provides different learning environments in which you will begin your essential theoretical and historical study of drama. You will focus broadly upon the rise of Western European practices but draw on contextual examples and theoretical perspectives from around the world. The module defines fundamental concepts, examines theoretical perspectives and explores diverse practices in the field of drama, subjecting each to critical scrutiny. The module addresses, at an introductory level, the challenge of dramatic theory and its impact on our understanding of practice, seeking preliminary answers to some fundamental questions: What is drama? How did it originate and develop? How does it work? What is it for? Why do we need it? The module focuses especially on the nature and evolution of dramatic form, confronting the range of dramatic genres and styles as they appear in both historical and contemporary examples of the dramatic text.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      DRA1103Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus (20 credits)

      Introducing the Art of the Actor: Text, Voice, Chorus is an introductory practical exploration of the art of the theatre actor in a number of different historical and cultural contexts, ranging from ancient times to the dawn of the modern age of drama. The module provides a creative environment in which your own performance awareness of the art of the actor through theatre history can be developed.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA1104Staging the Play: Text into Action (20 credits)

      Staging the Play: Text into Action provides a performance laboratory environment in which you will experience the creation of small-scale practical production projects, transforming play-texts into dramatic action, and culminating in the presentation of performance texts to an audience. You will explore traditional and innovative approaches to rehearsal and theatrical performance, enhance your improvisational, rehearsal and performance techniques, and collaborate as part of a creative group. Through the practice of making theatre, your theoretical understanding of dramatic performance will be broadened and changed and your awareness of the processes that turn text into action will be developed.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will select one of the following modules:

      DAN1101Dance Teaching in Education (20 credits)

      Dance Teaching in Education guides you through the creation of an applied dance project focusing upon dance in education. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a formal setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice in the controlled setting of the university. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN1106Teaching Dance in the Community (20 credits)

      Teaching Dance in the Community is a project-based module where you will be guided through the creation of an applied dance project focusing on a range of informal community settings. You will identify and devise an appropriate project for a chosen setting and present your plans with key illustrations of practice. The practical work is informed both by the theoretical and historical study of applied dance alongside focused studio practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 35%, Practical(s): 65%.

      Language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, are available to study as an integral part of this degree. A single Language module can be studied instead of either DAN1101 Dance Teaching in Education, DAN1106 Teaching Dance in the Community, or TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre.

      Level 5 (Year 2 of Full-Time Programme)

      DRA2101The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity (20 credits)

      The Modern Age of Drama: Forms, Movements, Modernity focuses principally on Western drama and examines the development of the idea of the play in the social and historical context of the modern age (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). The module also investigates the position and role of drama within the diverse artistic movements arising in the period, and interrogates forms, movements and manifestos in order to find out what the dramatists of the modern era stood for, what purposes they believed the art of the modern theatre served, and what creative processes they went through in making work that spoke to and about modernity. The aim is to focus your critical and theoretical engagement on modern ideas about the play as a form, process and purposeful activity.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      You will study three of the following modules. Two potential combinations of these modules are available.

      You can select DAN2102 Body and Performance, DRA2103 Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research and DRA2104 The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays as a set of three modules or alternatively opt for DRA2102 Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes, DAN2103 Cultural Perspectives in Dance, and DAN2104 Choreographic Practices 2.

      DAN2102Body and Performance (20 credits)

      Body and Performance examines current perceptions of performance through expanding your knowledge, understanding and experience of the body in relation to studio practice. Underlying this is the principle that as you develop your sense of self awareness, you are more able to adapt artistic practice to a variety of diverse settings, in particular those associated with health and wellbeing. You will explore how and why the body has been objectified in both medical/health and performance contexts and consider implications for the development of modern health systems and performance practices.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      DAN2103Cultural Perspectives in Dance (20 credits)

      Cultural Perspectives in Dance extends your understanding of current dance practice by exploring cultural aspects of global, social and popular dance. Alongside focused studio practice in relevant dance forms, you will critically investigate current scholarship, theories and methods which contextualise the cultural significance of social dance traditions and practices. This will develop your scope for reading dance practices within social contexts and extend your understanding and application of critical analysis from a range of written and practical sources.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      DAN2104Choreographic Practices 2 (20 credits)

      Choreographic Practices 2 expands your understanding of dance making for performance under the direction of a tutor undertaking the role of choreographer. The module will enable you to broaden your potential as an artist and performer through practice in dance work. Alongside focused studio practice, you will engage in analysis of practices, forms and aesthetics of dance which enable you to contextualise your movement enquiry and apply compositional skills as practiced by the professional artist. Devising dance and theatre which draws from cultural contexts and/or concepts such as popular culture, identity, locality, society and non-Western dance practice, you will explore and apply approaches to movement making and composition in preparation for creating and choreographing a final piece of dance work which you will present in a public performance.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA2102Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes (20 credits)

      Modern Theatre Practitioners: Principles, Practices, Purposes focuses principally on Western drama to examine the role played by key theatre practitioners in the developmental story of drama in the modern period (from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century). You will explore the ideas, aims, beliefs and strategies of key practitioners and interrogate the principles, practices and purposes at the heart of their work.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      DRA2103Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research (20 credits)

      Modern Rehearsal Strategies: Process Research investigates the processes underpinning theatre making in the modern era. You will analyse key theatre practitioners in the history of Western modern drama and interrogate their rehearsal strategies, exploring their different conceptions of the actor-director relationship in the rehearsal room. The aim is to develop your knowledge and understanding of modern approaches to the rehearsal process and study the creative working relationships which are necessary for that process to succeed.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      DRA2104The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays (20 credits)

      The Making of Modern Theatre: Staging Classic Modern Plays examines approaches to theatre production in the modern era. Focusing on key theatre practitioners in the history of Western modern drama, the module provides the opportunity for you to present work, as part of an ensemble, to an audience where the piece is informed stylistically by your study of modern practitioners’ ideas about acting, training, directing and the art of theatre production.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will select two of the following modules:

      CIR2103Contemporary Circus (20 credits)

      Contemporary Circus provides a broad-based introduction to the diverse contemporary field of circus, allowing you to develop a basic level of circus skills in the context of a thorough historical and social exploration of the significance of contemporary circus. The module focuses in particular on the current state of the field of circus arts and the multiple forms and guises in which circus appears in contemporary culture. This will include developing your awareness of the breadth of potential employment opportunities within the growing field of clowning, in addition to furthering your understanding of the routes and means by which those employment opportunities could be attained.

      Assessment: Coursework: 50%, Practical(s): 50%.

      CIR2104Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground (20 credits)

      Aerial Dance: Breaking Ground introduces you to the core skills (physical, technical and creative) in aerial performance and familiarises you with the evolution of contemporary aerial performance. You will also be taught the correct use of basic aerial equipment and different types of harness and discover their uses in performance. The module has a particular focus on the physical training and skill acquisition necessary to perform bungee-assisted dance, with some time dedicated to learning about the specialised equipment involved. You will also receive a comprehensive outline of the evolution of aerial dance and undertake independent research into contemporary practices in aerial performance.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      CIR2105Aerial Circus Performance (20 credits)

      Aerial Circus Performance introduces you to the practical, creative and safe acquisition of aerial skills in the context of contemporary circus. Due to the severe technical demands of aerial circus performance, this module will be heavily weighted towards physical skill development. A training regime will run alongside skills tuition in order to increase personal strength levels to help execute the techniques you will learn. A range of traditional circus equipment will be used to encourage the transference of skills between different but related apparatus. Alongside the development of skills, you will also learn to interpret and analyse aerial circus performance in relation to the history of circus and its evolution in the twentieth century.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN2101Devising Projects in Education and Community (20 credits)

      Devising Projects in Education and Community gives you the opportunity to demonstrate independence and entrepreneurship in the creation of an applied dance project. You will visit and assess a community or education setting and then devise and plan an appropriate project for that client group. You will present this as an industry-style proposal, complete with an associated scheme of work, engaging in creative and innovative approaches to dance practice and demonstrating an aptitude for decision making and flexibility when working within a group. During the planning of this venture, you will incorporate and understand effective dance principles alongside focused studio practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      DAN2105Dance Making and Performance 2 (20 credits)

      Dance Making and Performance 2 progresses from an initial group focus of exploring dance practice and theatre in relation to a range of cultural frameworks to offer you the opportunity to engage with independent creative projects. This will enable you to investigate your creative and contextual ideas in the process of devising choreography. You will work in the role of choreographer or co-choreographer, synthesising research into practice to create choreography for public performance. As a collaborative group, you will be responsible for in-house promotion of your performance events and the scheduling of both technical and dress rehearsals. Focused studio practice sessions will facilitate the continued development of your dance practice.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN2107Dance Theatre Performance (20 credits)

      Dance Theatre Performance focuses on the practical exploration and critical interrogation of contemporary dance theatre. The module explores choreographic and creative strategies while also enabling the acquisition and development of embodied knowledge and skills through the context of a tutor-led production. Relevant historical, theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives will be considered and you will be required to critically engage with these themes in relation to your own creative and practical experiences.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DES2104Costume for Performance (20 credits)

      Costume for Performance engages with the impact and role of costumes within theatre and live performance. You will research the wider notion of costume and examine the social, cultural and artistic context of costume. The module will guide you in exploring different aspects of interpretation and entail the research-informed construction of costumes for live performance.

      DRA2105Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development (20 credits)

      Imagining Better Worlds: Theatre, Learning and Development examines the histories of performance interventions in local and global contexts and explores critically, using historical and contemporary case studies, the consequences and meanings of those interventions. There will also be opportunities for observation and practical experience of group creative projects. The module provides an essential introduction to creating performances and facilitating workshops in response to the identified needs of a specific community, a particular community grouping. You will experience and interrogate theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts as you focus on theatre making that takes place in a range of settings.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA2107The Art and Craft of the Playwright (20 credits)

      The Art and Craft of the Playwright is a practical and theoretical interrogation of the historical and cultural significance of the playwright, in addition to the idea of the play-text. The module provides you with a developed level of practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the idea of the play. You will learn about the art of the playwright, subject that art to close analysis, and put your learning into practice. Investigating the historical and contemporary role of the writer in the context of live performance, the module will enhance your appreciation of what the scripted play does and how its elements function in the theatre, informing your own critical interpretations and supporting your individual creative attempts to grapple with the making of a play-text.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      DRA2108The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director (20 credits)

      The Art of the Actor and Rise of the Director interrogates the cultural significance of acting and directing in the modern era of drama. The module will enhance your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of the skills, technique and role of both the actor and the director in modern theatre. You will further your insight into the nature of theatrical performance, from the perspective of acting for live performance, and at the same time build your critical awareness of the historic rise of the role of the director in the context of live performance. The aim is to examine the role of the actor and director, experiment with the diverse processes of acting and directorial strategy, and scrutinise a variety of approaches to the analysis, rehearsal and realisation of text-based dramatic work.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA2110The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre (20 credits)

      The Dramatic Art of Comedy: Making Purposeful Laughter in the Theatre will be of particular relevance if you are interested in examining the genre of comedy in drama. The module focuses on plays and other forms of comic dramatic practice through the course of theatre history and across cultures. The module investigates the nature and meaning of the idea of comedy on stage in a range of historical contexts, interrogating the continuing power and resonance of the comic dramatic arts.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PFA2101Site-Specific Performance (20 credits)

      Site-Specific Performance enables you to engage with the practice and theory of site specific performance. In this context, site specific is used as a generic term relating to work that arises from and responds to its immediate environment and surroundings outside of the traditional theatre context. The various forms and categories of response to site will be addressed and can be expected to include dance, performance, multimedia installation, art installation, and scenography. You will participate in workshops concerning devising for, and performing in, various spaces. The module culminates in practical site-specific work and the submission of a viva providing evidence of the influences and objectives of the performance, as well as the significance of your research.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      If you studied a Language module in Year 1, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 2. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      Level 6 (Year 3 of Full-Time Programme)

      PAR3101Researching Performance (20 credits)

      Researching Performance cultivates an awareness of theoretical, methodological, and artistic debates that may provide the framework for conducting an independent research project. The module is structured around key methodological questions and concerns that need to be considered when formulating a research project, with particular reference to research into contemporary performance practices, from live art to dance theatre in the late 20th and early 21st century. You will consider what constitutes research, look at how to design a research project and how to write a research paper, and explore current trends in performance research. The module also introduces practice-as-research and practice-based research.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PAR3104Dissertation (20 credits)

      Dissertation provides the opportunity for you to undertake an independent investigation of an identified area of interest within relevant fields of current practice. You will identify areas of inquiry according to your own interests and strengths, and negotiate the parameters for independent study with your appointed supervisor. You will apply your research to the creation of a dissertation, which may take the form of a performance, creative, applied or written project.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will study two of the following modules. Two potential combinations of these modules are available.

      You can select DAN3102 Dance Techniques 1 and PAR3103 Ensemble Production Project as a pair of modules or alternatively opt for DAN3103 Dance Making and Performance 3 and DRA3102 The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos.

      DAN3102Dance Techniques 1 (20 credits)

      Dance Techniques 1 develops your movement skills and techniques in addition to expanding your potential as an emerging dance professional. A combination of sessions relevant to current dance practice from the Western tradition are complemented by relevant cultural and popular forms. This experience will be underscored and widened through the study of experiential anatomy and holistic approaches to the moving body.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN3103Dance Making and Performance 3 (20 credits)

      Dance Making and Performance 3 involves collaborating with current professional practitioners in dance making for performance in theatre and non-theatre settings. You will engage with visiting artists and/or external venues and experience an interdisciplinary approach to dance making and performance. The aim of the module is to nurture your development as an artist through gaining authentic experience of current practice and the processes involved in realising performance work. There is also the opportunity to engage in processes that underpin the making and performance of dance work such as costume, lighting, tour development and management, locating and assessing settings for site work.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA3102The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos (20 credits)

      The Contemporary Ensemble: Theatre Manifestos examines exemplary theatre companies from the 1960s to the present, exploring different ideas and strategies regarding contemporary ensemble practice. The module is designed to be an inspiring examination of the work of some of the key ensembles in the contemporary field of theatre. You will investigate the aims, principles and styles of performance of these ensembles and apply this insight to form a creative, imaginative vision of contemporary company practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PAR3103Ensemble Production Project (20 credits)

      Ensemble Production Project immerses you in producing creative work that investigates and interrogates approaches to theatre and performance making in the contemporary era. You will examine the work of key performance practitioners in the contemporary field of performing arts and make ensemble productions that respond to the aesthetic directions being taken in contemporary performance practice, or which are inspired by a contemporary production ethos.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      You will select two of the following modules:

      CIR3103Circus and Silent Movies (20 credits)

      Circus and Silent Movies enables you to research specific topics relating to physical comedy and clowning. You will analyse an aspect of physical comedy practice and demonstrate considerable depth of knowledge and understanding of its past and present forms. You will subsequently apply this research and relevant performance methodologies to the devising of a group or individual physical comedy performance. In doing so, the aim is to extend basic clowning skills and encourage you to develop your own imaginative and creative visions within the field of comic performance.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      CIR3104Independent Aerial Projects (20 credits)

      Independent Aerial Projects is a module that enables you to develop your personal vision of aerial performance and explore this creatively in the context of contemporary practice. A written proposal/outline for a project will be required, detailing the main aims, creative ideas and type of apparatus that you wish to focus on. You will be guided and assisted through the creative process with technical and artistic support. On completion of the project, you will be invited to discuss and share aspects of your research and explain the critical perspectives adopted.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN3104Jazz Dance (20 credits)

      Jazz Dance introduces you to the cultural and performance aspects of jazz dance, studying the historical context of the form alongside focused studio practice. The module interrogates jazz dance from a traditional perspective, looking at its origins in New Orleans, to its development as concert dance in New York, and its impact on American theatre dance. Practical and theoretical approaches are used to identify and discuss the work of key artists in relation to historic practices, concepts and contexts. This will include tap dance, social/concert dance, and modern jazz dance influences.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DAN3105Dance Techniques 2 (20 credits)

      Dance Techniques 2 gives emphasis to your own command over your individual artistry and engages with frameworks of specific techniques and practices through a combination of enhanced dance sessions and workshops. The techniques and practices studied will include genres such as contemporary, post-modern, somatic practice, jazz, hip-hop, and improvisation, in addition to focusing on performance in set scores/repertoire. The aim of the module is to support you in efficiently and reflectively implementing your anatomical and technical engagement to embody diverse dance practices. Providing a range of overlapping approaches to movement and dance will give you a rich palette from which to source your work, developing your unique potential as a mover and practitioner and encouraging self-reflection.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DES3103Scenographic Costumes (20 credits)

      Scenographic Costumes engages with the impact and role of costumes within scenography and live performance to enable you to master the design, development and construction of a variety of scenographic costumes. You will research the wider notion of scenography and costume and explore different aspects of the interpretation and construction of costumes. The module places you at the forefront of contemporary thinking about costume for performance and the performing costume and enables you to investigate the blurring boundaries between site, body and costumes.

      DRA3103Acting and Directing Reconsidered (20 credits)

      Acting and Directing Reconsidered entails both reconsidering and re-evaluating modern conceptions of the art and cultural significance of the actor and the director in the theatre. The module also introduces contemporary theories and practical strategies relating to the art, craft and role of the theatre actor and director in contemporary cultures. You will investigate and interrogate their respective identities and working relationships in the context of live theatrical performance today.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA3104Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics (20 credits)

      Theatre, Gender and Sexual Politics explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked to the fundamental themes of gender and sexual politics.  The module interrogates themes of gender and sexual politics and examines the ways in which playwrights and practitioners have sought to use theatre as a forum to challenge gender roles and sexual ideology.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      DRA3105Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama (20 credits)

      Theatre of War: Ideological Conflict and Political Commitment in Drama explores a range of different types of dramatic text and theatrical experience linked by the fundamental theme of war. The module examines ways in which playwrights spanning the history of world theatre have sought to dramatise ideological conflict, political commitment, ideas about nation, and responses to colonialism and imperialism. The social, political and ethical roles and responsibilities of the playwrights who respond to war through the making of play-texts will also be debated.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      DRA3107On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds (20 credits)

      On the Road: Enabling Better Worlds enables you to experience and interrogate interventionist theatre practice in diverse cultural, social and political contexts. Working individually or as part of a group, you will have the opportunity to plan, create and implement a company-based practical project. This will involve all aspects of conceptualising, forming a sustaining an interventionist theatre company. You will generate an original company profile and devise a clear company purpose and intent. From applying for funding, through to project completion and evaluation, you will design and implement placement-based events which explicitly address the needs of an agreed target audience or client group.  Viable creative and administrative structures will also need to be established.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PFA3103Installation and Immersive Performance (20 credits)

      Installation and Immersive Performance explores and interrogates contemporary, innovative and avant-garde practice in areas such as video art, installation art, performance art and immersive performance. The module will develop an advanced knowledge and critical perspective on specific areas of your choice within the subject area and provides you with the opportunity to create live art work manipulating your own creative relationship between ‘body’, visual technologies, critical scenographies and live performance. The aim is to challenge the conventional definitions and boundaries of current understanding of what constitutes performance.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PFA3107Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits)

      Contemporary Popular Performance explores and examines the variety of contemporary forms of performance that speak to notions of ‘popular culture’. This might mean, for example, that they specifically address audiences from a broad range of class, gender and racial backgrounds, that they intentionally engage with settings and environments beyond the conventional places of performance, or that they use forms and tackle content that are seen as more democratic, accessible, everyday, oppositional, critical, or political. The aim is to analyse the meaning and significance of ‘popular performance’ in contemporary cultures, examine the history, development and current status of ‘popular performance’, enabling you to understand the ways in which it can speak to, but also challenge, the meaning of the idea of ‘popular entertainment’ today.

      Assessment: Practical(s): 100%.

      PFA3108Dancing Anarchy (20 credits)

      Dancing Anarchy analyses non-mainstream dance practice and examines its relationship with established and traditional forms. The module questions how dance might be deployed in the service of specific political, social and cultural agendas. Using a wide range of non-mainstream performance practices, you will analyse and create hybrid forms of dance. You will also develop dance-performance vocabulary in terms of appreciating and producing dramatically visual choreography.

      Assessment: Coursework: 40%, Practical(s): 60%.

      If you studied Language modules in Years 1 and 2, you may wish to study a further Language module in Year 3. This would form an integral part of your degree in place of one of the optional modules above.

      Optional modules provide an element of choice within the programme curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements.


      Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, preferably to include Dance, Drama, Performing Arts or a related subject. Other subjects will be considered if you have demonstrable interest or experience in Dance and Drama.

      Relevant experience will be taken into account and all offers are made on the basis of an audition.

      Example Offers

      Some examples of how you can achieve 112-120 UCAS Tariff points are detailed below.

      • A Level: BBC-BBB;
      • BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications): Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM);
      • T Level: Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit;
      • International Baccalaureate (IB): We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply;
      • Access to Higher Education Diploma: 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

      Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

      As long as you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as the Welsh Baccalaureate and Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven’t been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

      For further information on how you can meet the entry requirements, including details of alternative qualifications, please visit

      EU students can get country-specific information about the University’s entry requirements and equivalent national qualifications at

      International students should visit for information on the entry criteria for overseas applicants.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Are there any alternative ways to meet the entry requirements?

      If you have the ability to study for a degree but lack the necessary qualifications or confidence, our Fastrack: Preparation for Higher Education course could be for you. This free, seven-week programme provides a great opportunity to enhance your study skills and subject knowledge and demonstrate that you are ready to study a particular subject with us, in lieu of achieving the UCAS Tariff points in the entry criteria.

      Upon successful completion of a Fastrack course, you will be well placed to progress onto a corresponding Edge Hill University degree, although additional entry requirements may apply and the availability of specific programmes cannot be guaranteed. For more information, visit

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’). This may include credit or learning undertaken at another university.

      Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      Career paths could include performance artist, practitioner, researcher, performer, maker, dance and/or drama therapist, arts administration, media work, teaching (further training required), community or social work, the creative industries or further study and research.

      The Department of Creative Arts’ key industry links both regionally and nationally enable our students to prepare for their careers, gain experience creating, performing and touring work by highly-acclaimed professionals, as well as undertaking work placements with reputable dance companies and theatres.

      Our Employers’ Advisory Panel (EAP) provides advice and support with curriculum development. Alongside this, the EHU-Arts Hub offers a suite of professional opportunities and ‘real world’ experiences that enable you to become industry-ready by engaging in work-related projects, placements and professional briefs.

      How can I enhance my employability?

      It is useful to consider, even before you apply, how you will spend your time while studying and make the most of your university experience.

      Optional, additional activities may be available on this degree which could help to prepare you for a stimulating and rewarding career. These include:

      • Sandwich Years – you may have the opportunity to apply to complete a sandwich year placement, usually as the third year of a four year degree, and gain highly relevant work experience;
      • Studying Abroad – you may have the opportunity to apply to spend time studying or working abroad, usually as the third year of a four year degree, enabling you to immerse yourself in a different culture;
      • Learning a Language – you may be able to select language modules, delivered at the Edge Hill Language Centre, as an integral part of your degree (for which you will gain academic credits). Alternatively, it may be possible to participate in Language Steps classes as additional study.

      Please note, the availability of these additional activities cannot be guaranteed for all students. Depending on availability and the number of students wanting to participate, there may be a competitive application process for sandwich year placements or studying abroad opportunities or you may be required to secure a relevant placement yourself.


      Tuition Fees

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a full-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £9,250 per annum.

      Tuition fees for international students enrolling on the programme on a full-time basis in academic year 2021/22 are £12,500 per annum. Exemptions apply for EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may be eligible for the UK full-time tuition fee rate.

      If you are a prospective UK student who will be joining this undergraduate degree on a part-time basis in academic year 2021/22, the tuition fee will be £77 per credit, i.e. £1,540 per 20 credit module. 360 credits are required to complete an undergraduate degree. EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.

      The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

      Financial Support

      Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this undergraduate degree can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the programme may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining this programme in academic year 2021/22, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2021/22 guide for your intended mode of study.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      Ten scholarship winners sitting together in a lecture theatre at the Scholarship Awards Evening.Edge Hill University offers a range of scholarships with a competitive application process for prospective full-time undergraduate students.

      These scholarships aren’t linked to academic success and celebrate determination, talent and achievement beyond your coursework, for instance in creativity, enterprise, ICT, performance, sport or volunteering.

      An additional scholarship, which you may qualify to receive, rewards outstanding A Level and BTEC grades.

      To find out more about scholarships, to assess your eligibility, and to meet some of our dedicated scholarship winners, visit


      How to Apply

      If you wish to study full-time, apply online through UCAS at Visit to find out more about the application process.

      If you wish to study part-time, apply directly to Edge Hill University at

      Further information for international students about how to apply is available at

      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

      Visit Us

      If you are considering applying to study at Edge Hill University, the best way to gain an insight into student life is to discover our stunning campus for yourself by attending an open day. You can view dates and book your place at

      Alternatively, if you are unable to attend an open day, you can find out more about our full range of events for prospective students, including campus tours and virtual activities, at

      Request a Prospectus

      If you would like to explore our full range of degrees before you apply, you can order an undergraduate prospectus at

      Get in Touch

      If you have any questions about this programme or what it’s like to study at Edge Hill University, please contact:

      International students should visit or email with any queries about overseas study.

      Course Changes

      Expand All This page outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years.

      2nd March 2021 - Update to Example Offers

      Example offers updated to include the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level with an overall grade of Merit.

      22nd January 2021 - Change of Modules

      TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 1.

      DAN2106 Teaching Practice (20 credits) removed as an optional module in Year 2.

      PAR3101 Researching Performance (20 credits) added as a compulsory module in Year 3. DAN3101 Researching Dance (20 credits), DRA3101 Researching Contemporary Drama (20 credits) and PAR3106 Arts and Enterprise (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.

      9th January 2020 - New Modules Added

      PFA2101 Site-Specific Performance (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2 and PFA3107 Contemporary Popular Performance (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.

      Covid-19 - Dance and Drama Essential Information

      Dance and Drama Course Statement

      Weekly delivery will consist of six hours of on-site teaching supported by six hours of online learning comprising synchronous (seminar, tutorial, lecture, practical work) and asynchronous (lecture, rehearsal, practical work) learning activities and academic support. Where modules would usually include a placement alongside taught sessions, the latter may not happen in academic year 2020/21. Full-scale productions in front of a live audience are also unlikely, replaced by smaller pieces with no audience, in line with government guidance. The Arts Centre's offering will be limited at least in the autumn semester with no live performances. Optional module TEC1100 Introduction to Technical Theatre will not be available.

      Teaching and Learning at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, answers your questions and explains how teaching will work when you join us at Edge Hill University in September.

      Campus Facilities at Edge Hill University in 2020

      In this video Pro Vice-Chancellor, Lynda Brady, explains how we’re preparing the campus for your arrival in September and the facilities that will be available.