Dance and Mixed Media Textiles
Studying Dance at Bath Spa University provides you with an opportunity to immerse yourself in an exciting and challenging artistic environment. The course is focused on helping you build the skills you need to become a versatile, creative, and articulate dance professional.
There are three undergraduate courses available:
BA (Hons) Dance. This is a specialised award and is suitable for students who want to study dance as a single subject.
BA (Hons) Combined Award. This course is suitable for students who want to study dance alongside another subject, for example: Education Studies, Film & Screen Studies, or Psychology.
BA (Hons) Creative Arts. This course is suitable for adventurous students who do not wish to be restricted by the boundaries of a single art discipline. You can study the subject with:
Dance at Bath Spa University is increasingly respected for its work in both live and screen-based performance practice. It is contemporary-based and will provide you with exciting artistic and professional experiences.
Why study Dance?
The course has a strong practical focus and will suit creative individuals who are looking for a dance training programme that is both physically and intellectually challenging. You will have regular opportunities to present your work in a variety of different performance projects throughout the course and lots of chances to work alongside professional dance companies and artists.
"I could not be more proud to say that I was trained at Bath Spa, and I believe that I speak for all the dance students when I say that no matter where or what we do, the things we have learnt in the past three years have not only set us up for the 'real world' but have been invaluable in shaping our artistic thoughts and confidence."
- Sarah Dyke, dance graduate.
Studying full time for your BA (Hons) in dance means you are with us for three years. During this time you will take a wide range of exciting modules that will build your skills in choreography and performance.
Over the course of each year you take five modules totalling 120 credits. At the heart of each year’s study is a 40 credit choreographic module. This is where you develop your core practical skills as a creative practitioner/artist. You will also develop a critical and analytical mindset that will help to support your creative enquiry.
Alongside this core study area there are modules that support and inform your performance practice as a creative dance artist. Technique forms an important part of this and you take classes in the studio on a regular basis. Limon and Cunningham-based work, somatic practice, and contact improvisation are all part of your training and give you the chance to develop into a strong and confident dancer.
In each year there are also performance modules that build your skills as both a maker and performer of work. These modules take you into the world of site-specific work, collaborating with composers and other artists, filmmaking and exploring the exciting world where different art forms intersect to make performance work. Digital technology will play a significant role in the programme, both in its application to creative practice and in an e-learning context. Screendance, and the interface and integration of digital media in live performance work is one of the distinctive features of the course.
There are regular opportunities to work alongside professional dance artists and companies and in year 3 you will undertake a work placement with a professional organisation. By the end of your three years you graduate with your video portfolio on your own website and we pledge to continue to support you as part of our graduate alumni scheme, no matter how long ago you graduated.
It is important to note that if you choose to study dance as a combined subject, you do not do all the available modules. You can choose to study a joint degree, with 60 credits in each module, or you can major or minor, placing a greater emphasis on one subject or the other.
If you study dance as a Specialised Award you take all modules below.
If you study dance as part of a Creative Arts programme or as a Combined Award subject, you will study all the modules in the Choreography strand * (Compulsory), and depending on the weighting of your route, have options on other modules marked **
- Choreography 1: Constructing the Body – An exploration of a range of choreographic principles, performance practice, research, analysis and study skills. *
- Movement Techniques: Codified Practice Level 1 – Principally incorporating the techniques of Cunningham, Limon and Release, as well as other contemporary styles from guest tutors.
- Movement Technique and Improvisation: Somatic Practice – An introduction to anatomy and body-mind techniques, such as Alexander Technique & Shin Somatics. **
- New Media and Performance Practice – An introduction to a range of digital software and practical projects exploring their use in dance performance.
- Collaborative Practice 1 – An investigation into collaboration and creativity in dance performance. **
- Choreography 2: Body as a Conscious Site – Developing choreography through cultural and experiential memory, creating group and solo work. *
- Movement Techniques: Codified Practice Level 2 – Principally incorporating the techniques of Cunningham, Limon and Release. Other contemporary styles from guest tutors.
- Movement Techniques: Contact Improvisation – An exploration through improvisation of dynamic and weight interchange between two or more practitioners. **
- Dance on Camera: The practice of screendance – Exploring the relationship between dance and the lens.
- Collaborative Practice 2: Sound and Site – Working with composers and musicians from the school of music, plus professional site specific performance making. **
- Choreography 3 – Your final independent project - practical or written. *
- Movement Techniques: Codified Practice Level 3 – Principally incorporating the techniques of Cunningham, Limon and Release. Other contemporary styles from guest tutors.
- Movement Technique & Improvisation: Somatic Research – Further development of somatic skills focusing on self enquiry, movement therapy and the creative and performing body. **
- The Company – Formation of a company to work with a professional choreographer. **
- Professional Portfolio: The Enterprising Artist – Work placement, and the construction of your professional portfolio. **
Tutors assess your work through practical projects, essays, portfolios and seminar presentations. In practical projects, assessment may focus on your creative process, on the final choreographic product or both.
The dance department has the use of three fully equipped dance studios, the University Theatre, Mac editing suite and additional rehearsal spaces for independent study. In addition, site-specific work takes advantage of our outstanding campus and the architecture and history of the City of Bath. Our greatest resource is perhaps the professionalism and experience of the tutors who teach on the course and our professional partnerships.
Lectures, workshops, seminars and choreographic laboratories are led by qualified staff, visiting choreographers and artists. You work in our dance studios, which are fully equipped for choreography, performance and work with digital media, our Apple Mac edit suite, and in the University Theatre performance spaces.
Bath Spa regularly host professional performances and workshops from leading dance artists in the University Theatre. Previous guest artists/companies have included: Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, Bedlam Dance Company, Earthfall (our Associate Company), Gill Clarke, Siobhan Davies and Company, Wendy Houston, Nigel Charnock, Precarious, Silesian Dance Theatre, Liam Steel (Stan Won’t Dance), Yael Flexer, Jessica Cohen, Sean King, Arthur Pita and Protein Dance, Helen Bagget, Stuart Lynch, Maresa von Stockert, Dan Watson (Richard Alston Company), Beth Powesland. Karla Shacklock (our associate dance artist) and Jean Abreu.
All full time applications are through UCAS
For further information about the programme or other enquiries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
260–300 UCAS Tariff points, with minimum 80 points from Dance or Performing Arts preferred.
OR dance experience outside education.
We select eligible candidates to attend a practical auditions. Auditions are normally scheduled between December and April.
Overseas applicants may submit a video application. Details from Bath Spa University Admissions.
The undergraduate programme prepares you for a range of careers in the creative industries by giving you the opportunity to develop the technical, creative and performance skills needed to become a confident and highly skilled individual. On graduating, you may choose to study further at postgraduate level or to find work as a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, community dance practitioner, independent dance artist, dance administrator, starting your own company, or a combination of more than one area of interest.
On graduating, you may choose to study further at postgraduate level or to find work as a choreographer, performer, teacher, filmmaker, community dance practitioner, independent dance artist, dance administrator, starting your own company, or a combination of more than one area of interest. Bath Spa dance graduates have moved into a wide range of roles that include dance teachers in schools, lecturers in further and higher education, choreographers, dance company and solo performers, filmmaking, running a dance company/school, making and performing work as an independent dance artist, continuing in education, dance movement therapists, community dance practitioners, digital media specialists and events managers.
Our students say:
"I thought I would write to let you know that I have had loads of work since graduating. I just got the job as lead practitioner for the Youth Company at Theatre Royal. I also run a theatre company at Sterts Theatre Cornwall."
Lauren Davey; BA Hons Dance graduate.
"I can't thank you all enough for all of your help and support, since returning to Ireland I have got so much work:
- Contemporary Dance Tutor in the Bray Institute of Further Education on their 3 year dance course (Fetac and BTEC HND qualification)
- Teach Movement for the Actor module on a Performing Arts Course
- Dance Theatre of Ireland on their DPOP programme
- 'Remote Intermedia Dance Theatre Company' are still around and we hope to go to the Fringe Festival next year
I am so very very happy and love all of my jobs, this is thanks to the great training and education I received at Bath Spa."
Eimear Byrne; BA Hons Dance Dance graduate.
What students say...
Here are a selection of recent student comments:
"Through my time at Bath Spa I feel I have really developed as a dancer/choreographer but most importantly I have been able to do so in my own way. The course has been challenging but also very rewarding and has allowed me to believe in myself and realise I can achieve things that I want."
Emily Gibbs BA (Hons) Dance graduate
"I will be forever grateful to the highly encouraging, supportive and knowledgeable Dance Department at Bath Spa University. All aspects of the course have enabled me to become a diverse dancer with a wide skill set. In a forgiving and understanding environment, I was able to be myself and produce innovative work that challenged me creatively and technically. I couldn't have asked for more..."
Amy Osborne; BA Hons Dance graduate
"What a fantastic degree! It has made me the creative teacher and performer that I am today! After having graduated for a year, the support from all of the dance staff is still extremely strong. The staff are always at the other end of an email or the phone and genuinely still care about all we decide to do!"
Laura Polson; BA Hons Dance graduate.
'Throughout my time at Bath Spa University, working with the staff and other students, I have found a massive support system that enhanced my confidence and helped me with my creative practice.'
Sophie Taylor BA (Hons) Dance and Drama
"Thanks for the best 3 years of my life!"
Beth Townsend; BA Hons Dance graduate
An introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.
Mixed Media Textiles is studied within the Creative Arts programme, and is studied in combination with another subject. We encourage students who would like to have a broader experience of Textiles to apply for this course - you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems. Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts - for instance if you decide to combine Mixed Media Textiles and Art the subject may function in a different way than if you choose Mixed Media Textiles and Dance.
You will choose one of the following subjects to study alongside Mixed Media Textiles:
Mixed Media Textiles is an introduction to a wide range of textile techniques, with the chance to specialise in an area of personal interest.
Why study Mixed Media Textiles?
Students are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth to prepare them for work as textile artists, designer makers or in the industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.
In Year one the modules are workshop based and cover design and textile techniques, fibres, dyestuffs and drawing. You’ll also engage in visual research in support of your technical work, and you’ll understand the inter-dependence of practical, historical, theoretical and intellectual skills.
In the second year you’ll continue to develop specialist skills in textiles (printed, woven, knitted, and embroidered) combined with visual research to explore further possibilities. As the year progresses you are encouraged to develop personal ideas and concepts in depth in an individual textile study programme.
Your final year allows you to develop your personal ideas and skills in order to prepare a final piece, textile collection and portfolio of work. The focus of the course is Mixed Media Textiles within a broader Art context and students are free to work across disciplines if they wish.
Sample modules include:
- Introduction to Mixed Media Textiles
- Advanced Textile Workshops
- Individual Study Programme (choosing from a combination of Printed, Knitted, Embroidered or Woven Textiles, you will work across the disciplines and cross the conventional boundaries of techniques and materials to create mixed media textiles that are innovative and original).
Entirely on coursework and exhibitions. This includes:
- Experimental work
- Seminar presentations
Attention is always paid to the interaction of Textiles with the various subject combinations within Creative Arts, and you are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve aesthetic, conceptual and design problems.
Lectures and seminars provide the context for individual studio and workshop practice. You are encouraged to develop your creative potential using textiles to express ideas and to solve design problems.
All full time applications are through UCAS
For more information please contact Susan Bradley on email@example.com
If studying A Levels: 260 UCAS points from A Levels, including a grade B in an art/design related subject
If studying a BTEC Extended Diploma: Overall Merit grade (Merit Merit Merit)
Art Foundation Diploma: Merit
If applying for a combination of Art, Textiles, Ceramics and Visual Design, then we would invite you for an interview and ask you to bring a portfolio of creative work with you to support your application.
The course will prepare you for work as textile artists, designer makers or to work within the textile industry (for example, textile conservation; display; textile prediction and promotion). Students may also go on to set up their own businesses.
What students say...
Graduate Profile: Nina Davis, graduated 2010
“Last year I exhibited my eco design work at Free Range Graduate show work, at New Designers and then at the Festival of Quilts (when I won the Student Graduate Bursary prize from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles). I then joined one of the UK’s leading girls independent boarding school as Artist in Residence, and worked with the students on several textiles and sculptural projects, culminating in my own solo exhibition. Needless to say I love my job! Since graduating I feel I have been tested in a manner of ways and am perpetually learning every single day.”
Sue Bradley, Course Leader:
My own specialism is within knitted textiles and I have had my own design label for more than 20 years. I find teaching at Bath Spa very inspiring and rewarding, the campus itself is beautiful and we have excellent workshop facilities and the most up to date equipment. It is very exciting for students to be studying across two subject areas and to be able to cross over ideas between the disciplines; this makes the course truly unique.