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Overview

The 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. This course is also offered with a foundation year, as a four year course. 

BA (Hons)

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, create  and collaborate in dance managing yourself and others.  You will discover and practise many various types of dance.

BA (Hons) with foundation year

The Level 3 Foundation year in Performing Arts is designed to equip students with a range of performance and academic skills. It will prepare you for university level study. Once you complete the foundation year, you will be able to progress onto the BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice.

What makes this course different

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1st in London for student satisfaction

You'll be taught by a team of multi-talented professionals, featuring skilled academics, specialist dancers and choreographers. That's why we are first in London for student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

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Unique course

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.

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Hands-on experience

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.

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.

MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    Group Work 1

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will apply disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, through creative collaboration. You will also develop understanding of the context of your work. You will carry out roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Dance Skills 1

    In this module you will establish and develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

     

    • BA Dance: Urban Practice
    • BA Performing Arts
    • BA Drama and Applied Theatre in Performance

     

    Each pathway will develop core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Dance Skills 2

    In this module you will extend, develop and evaluate specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular disciplinary pathway:

     

    • BA Dance: Urban Practice
    • BA Performing Arts
    • BA Drama and Applied Theatre in Performance

     

    Each pathway will continue to develop and extend core skills separately, with opportunities to apply these in collaborative projects, working together with students from other pathways. Projects will provide a context for collaboration and result in the performance and production of work to internal audiences, with opportunities for pubic presentation towards the end of the year.

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    Group Work 2

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration with other disciplines, project management and production. You will also develop understanding and insight into the context of your work. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having developed skills and understanding of the key developmental areas of competency, students will participate in FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

    In this module students will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Dance Technique: Healthier Dancer 1

    This module aims to:

    • Introduce, foster and develop a range of technical skills and core principles in dance styles that include, but are not limited to, contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with some focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas.
    • Expose students to a variety of movement styles that encourage students to explore space, centre their body’s relationship with space, and focus attention on peripheral space.
    • Inform and develop knowledge of the components needed for effective health and fitness to support students through their dance training.
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    Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of collaboration within the performing and creative arts. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, and technological context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    In disciplinary practice disciplinary skills are developed and applied within defined areas of practice through collaboration with others.

    Collaborative practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Public Project 1

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Dance Technique: Healthier Dancer 2

    This module aims to:

    • Extend and develop a range of technical skills and core principles in dance styles that include, but are not limited to, contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with some focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas.
    • Expose and expand students practice of a variety of movement styles that encourage students to explore space, centre their body’s relationship with space, and focus attention on peripheral space.
    • Reinforce and develop a deeper knowledge of the components needed for effective health and fitness to support students through their dance training to reflect industry standards.
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    Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative projects that model professional practice. Collaborative Practice involves independent disciplines collaborating on their own terms and within their specialised areas of practice, establishing effective working partnerships between disciplines, with limited integration.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research, developing understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to identify the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will begin to recognise the areas for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Central to the developmental process is for each student to cultivate the reflective skills, openness and self-awareness to enable themselves to assess what they are doing, identify areas for improvement, and confidently receive and give constructive feedback. Students will additionally develop knowledge of strategies to advance their own physical intelligence through 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches to inform their health and wellbeing.

    Having developed skills and understanding of the key developmental areas of competency, students will participate in FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will be mentored and supervised by students from higher years. In this position they will learn and begin to apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences developed elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) as required in the workplace, namely cognitive flexibility, emotional resilience, motivation, ethical decision-making, managing your audience, coordinating with others, negotiation, creativity, active listening, attention, problem solving, research, synthesis and analysis.

    In this module students will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Dance Technique and Hybrid Forms 1

    • Extend technical skills and core principles of movement learned in Level 4 to techniques studied in Level 5.
    • Investigate and reflect on embodied knowledge in a shared space of kinesthetic awareness with peers through the practice of dance styles that include contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas.
    • Encourage students to explore the nuances of dance technique(s) to attain efficiency, coordination, and the discovery of the source of movement whether from a space of interiority or from immediate surroundings.
    • Research, theorise, and perform dance styles derived from Asian and African cultures that have circulated across their respective diasporas via the channels of colonialism, immigration, and globalisation.
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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1

    Research and Development

    In this module you will research and develop understanding about the nature of interdisciplinary collaboration within the performing and creative arts, making reference to key models of practice and practitioners. You will critically evaluate the social, cultural, technological, economic and environmental context of your collaborative practice, and evaluate the nature of both disciplinary practice and multidisciplinary practice.

    You will develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, as well as develop and integrate skills in creative collaboration, project management and production, and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect models of professional practice.

    This module integrates theory and practice and develops skills in reflection, analysis and evaluation. You will research practice-based theories while developing creative project-work in collaboration with students from other disciplines for internal performance and presentation.

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    Dance Technique and Hybrid Forms 2

    This module aims to:

    • Extend, evolve and further technical skills and core principles of movement
    • Analyse and evaluate embodied knowledge in a shared space of kinesthetic awareness with peers through the practice of dance styles that include, but are not limited to, contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas.
    • Encourage students to further explore the nuances of dance technique(s) to attain efficiency, coordination, and the discovery of the source of movement whether from a space of interiority or from immediate surroundings.
    • Research, theorise, and choreograph utilising dance styles derived from Asian and African cultures that have circulated across their respective diasporas via the channels of colonialism, immigration, and globalisation.
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    Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will collaborate with students from other disciplines in creative interdisciplinary projects that model professional practice, and which result in a public engagement, performance or presentation of creative or participatory work.

    You will further develop and apply specialised disciplinary skills associated with your particular programme pathway, and further develop skills in creative collaboration and facilitation, project management and production, and research. You will demonstrate understanding and insight into the context and impact of your work through practice and research. You will carry out and evaluate roles within your collaboration that reflect professional practice in contemporary multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary work.

    You may collaborate in projects with disciplines within the cluster (Music, Dance, Drama, Performing Arts, Creative and Professional Writing), or externally (e.g. Media, Art and Design, Games).

    Collaboration activities assessed in this module will develop a final creative output, which might include a public performance, production, composition or installation for example, presented and assessed within the overall project.

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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply several of the skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 4 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will facilitate and produce projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Producer'. In this position they will take on a specific production role, working collaboratively with peers and academic staff on a live project. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and external development) required in the workplace. In addition to the intelligences developed in the level 4 Mental Wealth Module, students will also focus on service-orientation, self-discipline & management, reaction & response time, cognitive & muscle memory, managing stress, critical thinking, Complex problem-solving, research, synthesis & analysis.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Dance Technique and Community Dance Techniques 1

    This module aims to:

    • Refine and apply performance skills and core principles of movement learned in Levels 4 and 5 across techniques studied in Level 6.
    • Concentrate on students’ articulation and intentionality of movement styles that include, but are not limited to, contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with some focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas.
    • Harness individual qualities in dance performance through an engagement of presence, authorship and intent of movement.
    • Guide students to develop individualised and adaptable modes of expression across a range of techniques.
    • To develop a practical working knowledge of improvising, devising and choreographing dance for identified community groups and use cultural diversity in planning, delivery and the development of all activities.
    • To identify, research and critically analyse effective dance teaching practices for a specific identified client group, considering the concept of the artistic and creative process.
    • Develop knowledge of assessment and evaluation of learning through dance when facilitating a dance class/workshop.
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    Final Project: Research and Development

    Research and Development

    In this module you will establish a design portfolio of research and development materials in collaboration with others culminating in a proposal for an interdisciplinary practice-based project, which you will design and lead, and a related written research topic.

    You will establish relevant collaborations with others appropriate to your proposed project (e.g. creative collaborations across disciplines, creative and technical collaboration, production support, marketing strategy and implementation, project management). These relationships will model professional practice and may internal and / external to the University environment.

    Key features

    • Research and propose a substantial creative and collaborative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice
    • Produce a review of literature and other relevant research sources
    • Present research and development materials reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Public Project 3

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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    Dance Technique and Community Dance Techniques 2

    This module aims to:

    • Refine and apply performance skills and core principles of movement learned in Levels 4 and 5 through individualised deliberate practice strategies across techniques studied in Level 6.
    • Concentrate on students’ articulation and intentionality of movement styles that include, but are not limited to, contemporary, hip hop, social, and club styles with some focus on dance forms practiced across the Asian and African diasporas reflecting a professional dance artist.
    • Support and guide students to develop individualised and adaptable modes of expression across a range of techniques.
    • Harness individual qualities in dance performance through an engagement of presence, authorship and intent of movement, and the shaping of space through a heightened grasp of one’s kinesphere in relation to others.
    • Focus on sustained awareness of the source of movement whether from a space of interiority or from immediate surroundings.
    • To develop and apply a practical working knowledge of improvising, devising and choreographing dance for identified community groups and use cultural diversity in planning, delivery and the development of all activities.
    • To prepare, produce and apply effective dance teaching practices for a specific identified client group, in the community dance context, considering the concept of the artistic and creative process when creating and delivering a specific teaching lesson plan for a project/session workshop.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of assessment and evaluation of learning through dance when facilitating a dance class/workshop
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    Final Project: Implementation and Impact

    Implementation and Impact

    In this module you will implement and deliver an interdisciplinary practice-based collaborative project, which you will design and lead, accompanied by a written research report on your chosen research topic.

    Having established working relationships with others in the design, research and development of your project, you will continue to collaborate in the implementation phase, innovating and leveraging ways of working across and within disciplines towards transdisciplinary practice and presentation in the public and professional domain.

    You will deliver your project within the parameters defined in your proposal and through leadership and management of the project's implementation, making appropriate adjustments and modifications to facilitate the its progress. You will present the project outcomes and measure its impact following models of professional and academic practice evaluated in your research proposal.

     

    Key Features

    • Design, produce and lead a substantial creative interdisciplinary project
    • Conduct research into a chosen topic related to creative practice and produce a report
    • Present creative interdisciplinary projects innovatively in the digital domain
    • Present research outcomes reflecting academic and professional industry stands
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    Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3

    Developing the key psychological and physical determinants of human performance are increasingly critical for successful graduate-level employment, entrepreneurship and career progression in the 4th industrial revolution.

    This module will provide students with the opportunity to apply the full range of skills, competencies and experience required for successful development to, and in, a range of potential future career areas.

    Students will advance the areas identified at level 5 for their own personal professional development (including emotional, social, physical, cultural and cognitive intelligences) through taught and workshop activity.

    Students will reflect on the success of the strategies that they employed to further develop their reflective skills, self-awareness, 'life style' and 'self-care' approaches and where necessary improve their approaches.

    Having developed skills and understanding in the key developmental areas of competency, students will manage and lead projects and events for FUEL, a performance and production events microbusiness for the performing and creative arts, as defined by project briefs.

    Students will have opportunity to select an in-house microbusiness project to join in the role of 'Manager'. In this position they will oversee the successful operation of the enterprise, coach and mentor students new to the programme and lead those working in 'producer' roles. Working collaboratively with peers and academic staff, they will ensure the effective delivery of a live project by managing people and physical resources. In doing so they will apply the cognitive, cultural and social intelligences learnt elsewhere in their studies (and from external activities) required in the workplace.

    In this module you will apply skills in professional creative activities developed in Skills and Collaboration modules, to a final creative project outcome. This may take the form of a public presentation, performance, installation, creative production, staged or site-specific performance, or event, for example. This will be defined within the overall project brief, which will also identify how learning outcomes in this module will be evidenced.

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.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Docklands Campus

Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

At the University of East London we are working on the some of the big issues that will define our future; from sustainable architecture and ethical AI, to health inequality and breaking down barriers in the creative industries.

Our students and academics are more critically engaged and socially conscious than ever before. Discover some of the positive changes our students, alumni and academics are making in the world.

Please visit our Research section to find out more.

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.

Scott Dean, BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice

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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.