With the UCAS deadline approaching, 26th January, I have compiled a list of Dance Courses (see attached list) you can apply for through UCAS. In the dance, performance and theatre sectors there are many, many different avenues of study and work including, but not limited to;
Musical Theatre & Performing Arts
Drama, Theatre Studies and Liberal Arts
Digital Media & Production
Music for Dance and Performance
Costume, Hair, Make-up and Prosthetics
Lighting and Technology
Nutrition and Biology
Sports and Performance Science
Film & Television
Prop Making and Special Effects
For this blog I have concentrated solely on Dance Degree Courses, if you would like information on any other courses get in touch.
When starting to look at which course is right for you it is a good idea to think about where you see yourself after the course - performer/teacher/dance critic etc. Then think about the field you want to specialise in. If you want to be a performer which dance style would you prefer? If you want to teach, what style of dance and in what sort of school (local dance school/primary school/university etc)?
Once you have answered these questions for yourself then you will find it easier to choose the appropriate courses for your outcomes.
If you have multiple interests you can apply for a joint course, for example Maths & Dance/ Geography & Performing Arts. If you are looking at applying for a joint course check first with the university how the courses work together. You may find you are very limited with the modules and pathways you can choose during these courses. Also some courses offer the opportunity to tour with a dance company, will your joint course allow you the time to do this?
During my time at Chichester University some fellow students who started joint courses decided to choose 1 course after the first year. I am not suggesting joint courses are a no-no, but I am encouraging you to think long and hard about if it is right for you before applying and find out from the university exactly how they are managed.
If you feel you are not ready for university, or maybe academically your grades are not what you would like them to be, there are other qualifications you could look into which do not require the grades a degree course may need. If you would like to know more about them get in touch with me using the Contact Me tab at the top of the page.
With Dance and other performance based courses, although there are academic requirements to apply, most will over look these if you can show your skills in an audition. You will notice in the table below that the majority require an audition and/or interview. This will show your physical and performance skills, and your personality and how you present yourself. This can be more important then your academic qualifications so make sure you are well prepared for these. If you would like help with the audition or interview part of the process then please get in touch with how I can help or see the Services tab at the top of the page.
The table below shows the majority of Dance Degree courses, where the courses are based, the academic requirements, and some information about what they offer.
I hope this is helpful and I wish all my readers every success with their applications!