Undergraduate BA (Hons)


School of Arts and Media




Three year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Choreography is at the core of this course. During your time here you will develop your creative skills in group and solo choreography and have the opportunity to perform publicly. Your understanding of the role of a choreographer will be further developed through intensive projects with visiting choreographers. These projects simulate industry expectations by you working as a member of a company in a rigorous creative process and culminate in a performance. Specialist workshops will teach you about current industry trends so that you have a clear understanding of the diverse world of dance.

You will participate in aerial performance such as silks and static trapeze, collaborate with other disciplines and opportunties to work in the industry The course boasts a number of excellent longstanding relationships with organisations such as The Lowry Theatre, Company Chameleon, Hawk Dance Theatre, Coalesce Dance Theatre and Meraki Collective.   

The course also offers the opportunity for a trimester study abroad.  

What's more, the course had 100% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data).

You will:
  • Develop your creative and performance skills in a professional setting.
  • Engage in intensive technique with industry specialists.
  • Find out how to be a versatile and entrepreneurial member of the dance community.

options available


students accepted

This is for you if...


You are interested in creating and performing work


You are enthusiastic and dedicated


You are committed to making industry contacts whilst still a student

Course details

All about the course

As a Dance student, you will learn through a combination of workshops, practical performance projects, lectures, technique classes and seminars. Assessments will include in-class performance presentations and publicly performed dance projects, portfolios, essays and presentations.

Year one

Dance Discourses: Modernism

Through practical workshops and seminars, this module focuses on the choreographic themes and creative practices of dance practitioners in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Content will include both American and European developments in concert dance and dance theatre.

Dance Techniques

You will continue to improve your Ballet and Contemporary dance technique throughout this module, developing a skills base to practically understand the working practices examined in Dance Discourses: Modernism.

Foundations in Dance Techniques

You will be introduced to the fundamental principles of Ballet and Contemporary technique. To enhance your abilities you will have regular body conditioning classes as well as an option in a different dance or movement style. 

Dance in Context

This module investigates the concerns of an artist in relation to the historical, social and political standpoints of their time. You will learn why specific styles of dance developed, why seminal works were choreographed and importantly, explore the context in which you as an artist are making work.

Dance Performance Workshop

Working as a company with your peers, a visiting choreographer is engaged to create a new commission and this original work is performed at our first festival of the year alongside professional works.

Within the project you will develop your skill in choreography and performance, collaboration and networking skills.

Dance Choreography Workshop

This module further explores the concerns, and develops the working practices, of professional performers and creators introduced in Dance Performance Workshop.

The module will include practical, creative approaches central to choreographic principles and frameworks. This module will involve an in-depth exploration of a range of specific approaches to creating dance, allowing student to develop a wider-focused foundation of creative knowledge and skills.  

Year two

Dance Discourses: Post Modernism

Through practical workshops and seminars, this module will introduce you to post-modern debates in historical, social and cultural contexts by referencing the choreographic themes and creative methods of specific practitioners.

Digital Dance

You will begin to explore the possibilities of dance and digital technologies by learning the language of production (camera) and post production (editing) as choreographic devices. Other areas covered may include motion capture and green screen.

Interdisciplinary Dance Practices

Exploring the infinite possibilities of dance, this module will cover the fusion and collaboration of several key dance genres and disciplines including music, aerial and popular dance.

Technical Development

You will continue to develop contemporary technique throughout this practical module, whilst also engaging with Post Modern techniques such as Release and Contact Improvisation.

Dance Performance Project

The opportunity to come together for the first time as a company, you will work with a choreographer and your peers to create, rehearse and perform an original choreography within an intensive project. This project simulates the demands of a professional collaborator and dancer.

You will also choose an optional module from the following:

Work Placement

You will be placed with industry professionals to develop and nurture your own career interest.

Approved Special Performance Project

If you have a job opportunity in the industry or with international partners, this bespoke structured module will enable you to formalise your work-based learning as part of your studies.

Professional Practice

You will work together as a collaborative company to create and perform a dance performance under tutor supervision.

Year three

Creative Entrepreneur

This lecturer and seminar-based module will advance your business, project and event management skills - vital to the development of any creative professional. The module will also survey a ‘creative entrepreneurial approach’ to varied dance-related professions.

Creative Laboratory

This module will further prepare you for the dance industry by exploring practical research and independent working methods, and aiding your overall development for deep creative and contextual working.

Professional Project

Facilitated by either a visiting choreographer or a member of staff, this module will allow you to engage in the creative process, working as a performer and collaborator. This practical module will culminate in a series of public performances.

Self-Directed Project

You will complete a major piece of independent work, concluding extensive research supervised by your tutor. The practical element of your final project can either be live or recorded . Creating a company with your peers you will work collaboratively to create an innovative and original work that will be shown in the end of year festival. 

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


You will benefit from a range of:

  • Technique classes
  • Creative workshops
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Performance projects

You will also be provided with the opportunity and support to perform publicly at the University theatre and various venues throughout Greater Manchester.


  • Practical assessment in technique, performance and choreography
  • Presentation
  • Essay
  • Portfolio

School of Arts and Media

The School of Arts and Media is the largest School at the University of Salford with more than 4,000 creative students. Across sites at MediaCityUK and the University's Peel Park campus, we offer a huge variety of courses, from Fashion Image Making and Styling, Television and Radio, Creative Writing and Music to Journalism, Animation, Design and Performance.

This broad range of disciplines offers enhanced opportunities for specialist and interdisciplinary study, including collaborative work across subject areas.


You will study in our £55 million New Adelphi building, which contains dance studios, theatres and rehearsal rooms.

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

On completion of this course, you may go on to perform, choreograph, or produce. You may also go on to be a teacher or workshop leader, or go on to postgraduate education.

There are networking and career development opportunities, business workshops with our engagement team and opportunities in the industry to perform your work.


A taste of what you could become

A dancer

An artistic director

A choreographer

A dance teacher

And more...

Career Links

We have strong links and partnerships with various establishments and artists in the area, providing a multitude of opportunities for our students. Our industry partnerships include:

  • The Lowry Theatre
  • Dance Manchester
  • Salford Council
  • Salford Leisure
  • Company Chameleon
  • Levantes Dance Theatre
  • Out Of The Blue

What you need to know

Offers are made after an audition and interview. The audition consists of a technique class and creative workshop.


International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no element below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). Maths at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A level

104 points

UCAS tariff points

104 points

BTEC National Diploma


Access to HE

104 points

Scottish Highers

104 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

104 points

International Baccalaureate

30 points, 5 or 6 (Higher level) in a relevant subject

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 70% overall 

Graded Dance Qualifications

We accept graded dance qualifications from BBO, BTDA, ISTD and RAD. Please check UCAS for points tariff.

Other Appropriate Qualifications or Professional Experience

Direct entry to Years 2 or 3 may be possible with appropriate qualifications or professional experience. Please contact us for further details.

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For more information go to International Scholarships. 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID W500

Institution S03

Start this course in September. Call 0300 555 5030 to apply through Clearing.

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