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Dance for Commercial Performance

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - single honours

Key facts

BA (Hons) Dance for Commercial Performance
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Three years full time.


This course is taught by University Centre Weston.

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. See "Interested in applying?" for more information.

Become a versatile, imaginative and employable dance artist with this performance and dance choreography degree.

Undergraduate course taught by University Centre Weston.

  • Enhance your skills in a range of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, waacking, and house.
  • Experience specialist dance education in a number of contemporary and commercial styles.
  • Benefit from frequent performance opportunities in professional venues.

Prepare for a career as a dancer / choreographer for the stage and screen by enhancing your theoretical understanding and performance skills in a variety of dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, waacking, house dance, and more.

This course is designed to help you realise your ambition of working as a dancer or choreographer, or in related roles such as in dance education.

You'll study advanced practical skills and techniques, while gaining the commercial awareness and academic knowledge you’ll need for employment or postgraduate study.

What you'll learn


As well as gaining advanced technical skills, you’ll explore the key histories, practitioners, and movements in commercial dance and choreography, and undertake study in areas of academic interest.

This professionally-focused dance and choreography course is taught by practising dance and performing arts professionals. You’ll also learn from expert guest lecturers who'll help you develop your online portfolio and encourage you to make a professional network within the dance industry.

You’ll receive numerous opportunities to perform in professional venues and in digital projects, to demonstrate your skills across a range of dance styles and genres. You'll also learn how to plan, produce, and promote your talents and events.

Course structure

Year one
You'll be introduced to key practitioners and processes that underpin dance training. We develop a strong foundation of techniques in various genres of dance, and introduce the principal skills of singing, acting, and choreography. You'll explore current performance trends and how to work effectively within the dance industry. We also initiate the academic principles of practice as research, analysis and critique in your first year. 

Year two
The second year builds your knowledge of technique, genre, and styles of dance. As a dance artist, you develop an understanding and application of a range of choreographic approaches and performance techniques to make meaningful and imaginative work. Critical theory develops your academic and cognitive skills. In addition to ongoing technical classes, and in preparation for your third year, performance projects, partner work, contact, and improvisation expand your skills as a versatile dance artist.

Year three
Your final year hones the skills and knowledge that you developed during your second year, and applies it to a range of employment scenarios. Strategically selected projects and public performances throughout the year, with industry specialists in public venues, encourage professional working relationships and networking skills vital for future employment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of practical exams and coursework, with an assessment breakdown of 25% coursework and 75% practical exams. There are no written exams on this degree.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, skills classes, in-class performances of devised work, presentations, individual and group work, written assignments, and public performances. UCW’s Higher Education Library Plus (HE.LP) team also deliver a series of sessions on degree-level research and academic writing to all first year students.

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

Year one (Level 4) modules

  • Ballet 1
  • Jazz Dance 1
  • Dance Skills 1
  • The Dancer’s Body
  • Performance and Creative Practice 1
  • Current Industry Trends (Theory and Practice) 1
  • Commercial Dance Technique (Theory and Practice) 1

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Ballet 2
  • Jazz Dance 2
  • Dance Skills 2
  • Performance and Creative Practice 2
  • Professional Reflective Practice
  • Current Industry Trends (Theory and Practice) 2
  • Commercial Dance Technique (Theory and Practice) 2

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Dance Independent Study
  • The Professional Dancer
  • Professional Dance Projects


Study abroad

At an additional expense, you’ll be offered the chance to go on overseas residential visits. For example, UCW Dance students recently visited the renowned Studio School in Los Angeles, with the students taking classes together and also collaborating to produce a music video.


Performance is at the heart of studying Dance at UCW, so you’ll work with an ensemble and as a soloist to devise and realise routines, and perform them to the dance-lovers in the public. In recent years, Dance students from UCW have performed in professional venues including Loco Klub in Bristol and in our spectacular end of year show in Weston’s Playhouse Theatre.


Students who pass this course may be eligible to apply for postgraduate study, such as Bath Spa's Master’s degree in Dance.

Graduates can also seek freelance and contracted dance and choreography roles and, subject to further study, aspire to work in mainstream or specialist dance education.

Facilities and resources

Where the is subject taught

This course is taught in the recently-renovated rehearsal spaces and dance studios in the UCW Academy of Performing Arts at our Knightstone Campus. You’ll also attend lectures in the brand new learning and teaching facilities in the University Centre of our Winter Gardens building, which is also in the centre of Weston.


UK and EU students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £8,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2021
Year 3 Published Jan 2022

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023
Year 3 Published Jan 2024

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2023
Year 2 Published Jan 2024
Year 3 Published Jan 2025

International students full time

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 N/A
Year 3 N/A

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Please refer to University Centre Weston for details on entry requirements and interview and portfolio guidance.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.

Offers to this course are typically made on the basis of a minimum of CDD at A Level, or a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP, or equivalent, preferably in a related area.

Applications from those studying two A Levels or alternative Level 3 qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants are also required to attend an audition.

English Language Requirements for EU Applicants

  • IELTS 6.0, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

How do I apply?

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