BA (Hons) Commercial Dance for Stage & Screen

The BA (Hons) degree in Commercial Dance for Stage and Screen prides itself on producing innovative and industry ready graduates with tangible links and progression into the profession. If you wish to develop versatile skills to become a commercial dance performer, workshop leader and choreographer then this is the course for you. 

Practical performance projects are at the centre of this course with opportunities to work as an ensemble and individual to create work for both stage and screen.  As a Commercial Dance student at BIPA you will develop a range of performance skills lead by dance lecturers and choreographers. Our team of practising industry professionals will guide you through performance briefs as well as providing intrinsic technique and conditioning classes. 

You will extend your knowledge of commercial dance styles and practices and gain direct experience of preparing and delivering performances, in a range of contexts.  You will be encouraged to identify and develop your own distinctive performance style, and consider where you wish to be within the landscape of the dance industry. By the end of the programme, you will have a portfolio of work in professional-style contexts which will support your career progression into the industry.

Practical training is supplemented with meaningful and professionally useful application of academic skills, relevant to all areas of dance. You will collaborate with others, follow independent lines of enquiry, and draw on professionals’ and lecturers’ experience to develop your knowledge and abilities. You will be supported to develop ideas relating to the context of  dance over time, and critically engage in current debates within the industry.

This is a highly engaging course taught through lectures, collaborative and independent study, and events with the university, offering a uniquely supportive and challenging learning environment

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Study Modules
Commercial Dance Technique

In this module, students will have the chance to explore techniques and practices relevant to commercial dance that are additional to the dance technique/styles acquired in accompanying modules.

Digital Dance Brief

This module aims to examine the conventions, techniques and styles of commercial dance through research, practical examination and performance examples. Students will be presented with digital dance briefs that replicate examples of professional commercial dance projects.

Commercial Performance Project

This module builds on previous modules by continuing to explore the conventions techniques and styles of commercial dance through research, practical examination and performance of a commercial dance production.

Dance Technique

This module aims to develop your dance technique in appropriate styles to enable you to perform in a variety of musical theatre repertoire. Ballet, jazz and tap will be the core dance styles taught but other styles may be introduced as appropriate.

Advanced Technique

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Collaborative Performance

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Performance for Screen

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Workshop Leadership

This module aims to develop your understanding of how to apply a range of methodologies to your own workshop creation and develop additional resources to support the project aims. You will consider a range of related theory and influential thinkers which will facilitate a deeper understanding of the creative process of workshop design.

Digital Choreography

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Commercial Production and Performance

In this module you will be able to apply your dance technique to a major performance project. This will take the form of a full-scale production either from established repertoire or a new composition. You will consider the demands and requirements made on a performer by the style, choreography, structure and context of the production.

Professional Practitioner

Upon entering the industry you will find that actors and theatre makers are expected to have a working knowledge of the mechanics of creating, preparing and producing theatre to tour. This module aims to prepare you for the role(s) you may be expected to fill in order to have a successful career as an independent practitioner. As well as choosing appropriate texts, you will be expected to research and choose venues, market to a target audience, fundraise if necessary and liaise with venue contacts to produce and deliver a touring performance.

Practical Research Project/ Dissertation

You will identify an area of practice, a practitioner or an equivalent negotiated aspect for research. This research is intended to be closely relevant to your own area of practice. You will, through negotiation with your dissertation supervisor, identify an appropriate topic of interest and undertake in depth research to produce either: A formal written dissertation of 5,200 words. OR 2. An identified research project that would lead to a practical outcome (e.g. a performance) supported by a critical and evaluative text of 2,600 words. Both pieces will require a research proposal to be submitted in the first semester to help ensure the research design is appropriate and well researched.

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Full-time Duration:
3 Years
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6 Years
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Entry via a successful audition. On receipt you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

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Course info last updated:
December 5, 2022
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