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BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice

Course summary

BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, is a forward-thinking course that continues to increase in popularity nationally and internationally since it started in 2007. This vibrant and distinctive course offers students the chance to study with a dynamic and specialist skilled dance team in a great location that is the cultural hub of East London.

We cover hip-hop, club, social and popular dance styles, with contemporary techniques from across Europe, Africa and Asia. Whether it is popping or locking, contemporary or capoeira, afro-house or bharata natyam, our course continues to be the first of its kind to offer a degree in dance without borders or limitations.

You will have great opportunities to perform your work in our annual student led festival, studio sharings and external events. The dance team will support and guide you to develop your skills as a researcher, choreographer, performer and in events management whilst giving you networking opportunities from our varied and exciting industry links.
We help create dance all-rounders preparing you for a portfolio career in the arts. So you will theorise dance, create dance, collaborate in dance managing yourself and others and, well, you will discover and dance many various types of dance.

Start date

September 2017

Attendance

  • Full-time

Learning

  • On campus

Fees

Sept 2017 UK/EU/Full-time
£9,250
Sept 2017 International
£11,440
Course options
Length
UCAS code
Degree
3 yrs
W590
1

You’ll be taught by a team of multi-talented professionals, featuring skilled academics, specialist dancers and choreographers. You’ll learn to move and dance in ways you’ve never done before.

2

This is a unique, trailblazing course. We pioneered it, and it’s the only one in the UK to focus on urban dance styles from around the globe.

3

You’ll be able to perform in and help organise COLL!DE - one of Britain’s most vibrant and innovative annual student-led dance festivals.

Scott Dean
Dance: Urban Practice, BA (Hons)

I chose UEL because its urban dance course is the only one of its kind in the UK. The most memorable thing has been seeing myself and others finding our own style and also progressing academically.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Maintenance Loan

You can apply for a loan to help with living costs such as food, travel and accommodation. How much you can borrow depends on where you live and study, and whether you are currently on welfare benefits. The maximum loan you can apply for is £11,998.

To apply visit gov.uk/student-finance

Supplementary Grants

The government also offer the following additional support:

-          Parent’s Learning Allowance

-          Adult Dependants' Grant

-          Childcare Grant

-          Disabled Students’ Allowance

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2017. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep

Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply

Vice chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,000 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Merit Scholarship - up to £7,500 over three years

Family Scholarship - £1,000

School Entrance Scholarship - £1,500

The Helena Kennedy Foudation - £1,500

Partner Scholarship Scheme - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - £1,000

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Start-up Fund (EU Only) - £1,000

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£9,250
You don't need to pay this up front
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2016. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:
Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep
Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply
Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000
Family Scholarship
- £1,000
Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000
Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
UK
£2,310

Price per 30 credit module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will automatically be cancelled.

For information visit gov.uk/student-finance

Please note EU students can only apply for their funding using a paper application form.
To download a form visit www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2017. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:

Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep

Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply

Vice chancellor Scholarship - up to £27,000 over three years

Dean Scholarship - up to £13,500 over three years

Merit Scholarship - up to £7,500 over three years

Family Scholarship - £1,000

School Entrance Scholarship - £1,500

The Helena Kennedy Foudation - £1,500

Partner Scholarship Scheme - £1,500

Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000

Team UEL Scholarship - £1,000

Care Leaver and Foyer Bursary - £1,000

Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000

EU Start-up Fund (EU Only) - £1,000

Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£9,250
You don't need to pay this upfront
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Tuition Fee Loan

You can apply for a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees, which will be paid directly to UEL. There are no up-front fees required. Repayment only starts after you finish your course and are earning over £21,000. If you haven’t finished repaying your loan after 30 years it will be automatically cancelled.

For further information visit gov.uk/student-finance

We appreciate that finance is one of the key considerations when you're applying to university. That's why alongside your Government loan, you can apply for scholarships to help towards your finances. We've invested over £2 million worth of scholarships to financially assist new students, starting in September 2016. If you're awarded a scholarship you don't need to pay it back.

All students will receive:
Free Samsung Galaxy Note tablet pre-loaded with core e-books, which is yours to keep
Welcome Bursary - £140

Schemes for which you can apply
Sports Scholarships - up to £6,000
Family Scholarship
- £1,000
Civic Engagement Scholarship - £1,000
Going Global – awards range from £300 - £700

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

There are a number of external organisations that offer financial help to
students. Please see the below list to view additional support options.
Alternatively, you can visit the Scholarship Search website.

Please note that the University of East London is not responsible for
the content of these external sites and is not associated in any way
with the funding schemes and their application processes.

Bank Of England Scholarship Programme

European Funding Guide

The Student Disability Association Fund

Sir John Cass’s Foundation

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust

The Newby Trust

Walcot Foundation

Scholarships Search

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) are here to help you navigate your finances while you're a student at the University of East London.

We can give you advice, information and guidance on government and university funds so that you receive your full funding entitlement.

Email: study@uel.ac.uk

Phone: 020 8223 4444

Tuition fees
EU
£2,310
price per 30 credit module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an undergraduate, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000.You can find out more about the international scholarships here.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk

Some courses offer the option of a placement year, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience in a relevant industry between your second and third years. If you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you are able to undertake a placement if it is an integral and assessed part of your course.

In 2017/18 placement year tuition fees are set at £1,030.

Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.

As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.

Our International team at UEL are available for advice and guidance on studying in London, fees, scholarships and visa requirements.

Email: international@uel.ac.uk

Tuition fees
International
£11,440
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

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New UCAS Points

From
A Level
Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
From
Btec
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
From
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 27 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. Applicants will be expected to attend an audition, an interview and bring one piece of writing along with them (See below for details)

INTERNATIONAL

(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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All Applicants

You should also demonstrate a specific interest in the practice and study of dance in your application (particularly in your personal statement). Some examples include:

  • Details of any dance related projects you have been involved in
  • Any relevant training and performances, particularly in relation to hip-hop, club, and social forms alongside contemporary forms from Europe, The Americas, and the African and Asian Diasporas
  • Your enthusiasm and commitment to studying aspects of dance such as choreography, dance teaching and management, and applying theory to practice
  • Any interdisciplinary interests in relation to dance

 

All applicants who fulfill the above criteria will be expected to attend an audition, an interview, and bring one piece of writing along with them:

 

Audition – this would take the form of a practical technique and choreography workshop lasting 2 hours taught by a member of staff from the UEL dance team.

 

Interviews – these will take place in small groups with a member of staff from the UEL dance team.

 

Writing Task –You would complete a 300 word review of a recently viewed live dance performance, to bring along to the audition/interview.

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

One of the great attractions of our three-year course is its sheer variety in both study and practice.

Sometimes, you’ll combine both as you create and perform dance that communicates a response to political, cultural and aesthetic questions.

You’ll study a wide range of dance forms, such as hip-hop, club and funk styles, and international forms including capoeira, African contemporary, Afro-house, bharata natyam, kathak and kalaripayattu.

Each year, you’ll take modules in technique, choreography, professional development and research. There’ll be opportunities to focus on performance and choreography through film and video practice, and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with your music and theatre student colleagues.

In your final year, through our excellent links with partner organisations such as East London Dance, Breakin’ Convention and Stratford Circus, you’ll undertake a work placement.

In addition, thanks to our reputation, you’ll have numerous opportunities throughout the course to work with acclaimed professional artists, such as renowned choreographers Kenrick Sandy (Boy Blue) and Hofesh Shechter and top dancers such as house dance’s Clara Bajado and popping and locking master Fred ‘The Realness’ Folkes.

What you'll study and when

Choreographing the Body, Staging the Body (core)
Moving Bodies, Exploring Space (core)
Locating Dance Cultures, Making Dance Cultures (core)
Reading the Body, Preparing the Body (core)
Site-Specific Contexts (core)
Screening Dance, Dance on Screen (core)
Thinking Bodies, Sharing Space (core)
Crossing Borders, Hybrid Forms (core)
Producing Dance, Staging Events (core)
Final Project (core)
Performing Bodies, Shaping Space (core)
Practicing Research, Researching Practice (core)
Placement: Dance in the Community, Working in the Community (core)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you course through practical performances, rehearsals and dance technical developments. We assess theoretical work through essays, workbooks and journals that reflect on progress and performance. Second and third-year modules contribute to the final degree award classification.

In your final year, you’ll undertake a compulsory written dissertation and a placement with a dance organisation or company.

Course specification

How you'll learn

You’ll learn as you dance. Our students land exciting opportunities, such as the chance in 2013 to perform for the Queen at the televised 60th anniversary Buckingham Palace concert.

Then there’s the opportunity to help organise, choreograph and perform in our acclaimed student-run festival COLL!DE - a wonderful day-long, international celebration of dance.

You’ll be taught by a team of professionals, featuring skilled academics, specialist dancers and choreographers.

They’re multi-talented, like Course Leader Carla Trim-Vamben. She’s a professional performer and researcher who has trained in contemporary, contemporary African and club dances such as waacking and has years of experience as a community dance practitioner teaching dance nationally and internationally.

We’re situated ideally in University Square Stratford, with its advanced performance studios and more than £750,000 of new specialist equipment, close to Stratford Circus, East London Dance and Theatre Royal Stratford East.

They’re among our partners, who work closely with us to offer professional development, performance viewings and workshops.

You’ll have the chance to take up work placements here in the UK as well as abroad.

One of our students worked with Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells - the international festival of hip-hop dance theatre.

Another has taken advantage of our ‘Going Global’ bursary to teach dance in Ghana as part of Awareness Through Dance - a charity focusing on dance’s power to be a medium for social change.

Your future career

The breadth of our course means you’ll graduate with a wide set of skills to equip you to be a true dance all-rounder.

Many of our graduates go on to enjoy what we call a ‘portfolio’ career, making a thriving living in varied areas such as teaching, choreography, performing and managing.

Through your work placements, dance management studies and your involvement in creating and staging community dance projects, you couldn’t be better prepared for the world of work.

Our graduates are working in teaching, dancing, advertising, marketing, design and arts administration. One graduate, Dani Harris-Walters, even became a TV star as runner-up on Sky TV’s Got to Dance series in 2014.


We’re proud to have helped shape the careers of our students, whether they’ve gone on to run their own companies, to work as dance administrators and managers, to deliver and teach workshops in communities and schools or to produce, choreograph and direct works for stage and screen.

The graduates who succeed on our course are innovative, confident and original. People like Brian Gillespie, who got his degree a couple of years back and now runs his own company, B-Hybrid Dance, in which he’s artistic director, choreographer and performer.

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