BSc (Hons) Dance Science & MSci Dance Science Understand what happens to our body and mind when we dance, research how to advance and enhance dance practice Course in Islamabad || Registration Open
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Dance science uses scientific research approaches combined with personal practice to examine what happens to our bodies and minds when we dance.
The goal of dance science is to advance and enhance what we do across a range of dance styles and settings, ultimately aiming to improve performance potential, reduce injury risk and enhance the wellbeing of anyone who dances. Dance science looks at all dance participants including elite performers, dancers in training, people who dance as a hobby, and populations with specific health conditions. So, if you have a passion for dance, are curious about how our bodies and minds work when dancing and how to make the most of our dancing potential, then this course is for you.
On this Dance Science degree you will continue to develop your skills and passion for dance through practical dance classes, alongside developing your knowledge and understanding of human performance sciences through modules in physiology, psychology and biomechanics. You will also improve your group work and discussion skills in seminars, and develop applied research skills in practical laboratory sessions. Underpinning all your modules is a focus on scientific research methodologies for dance, where you will develop your research skills by engaging with existing research and developing research of your own. There is also potential to connect your research to our resident student dance companies, 3Fall (undergraduate), mapdance and HIVE (postgraduate).
Throughout your degree you will have opportunities to perform, undertake work placements, and study modules aligned with professional qualifications, such as Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer.
This course has two pathways; Applied Performance, and Health and Wellbeing. The Applied Performance pathway focuses on dance training and performance contexts, looking closely at the dancer in training, or professional dancers. The Health and Wellbeing pathway explores the potential benefits and applications of dance to a wide range of diverse populations, such as young people who dance as a hobby, or people with specific medical conditions. You will shape your pathway by choosing from optional modules during the course.
You can study this Dance Science degree to BSc (Hons) level over 3 years full time, or choose the integrated masters option, MSci Dance Science, which is 4 years of full time study. If you study the MSci you will extend your specialism at Master’s level by completing a research dissertation and pursuing modules that focus on professional and applied techniques within dance science.
On this course you will:
- Take part in regular studio practice including technique classes in contemporary and ballet, dance-specific fitness classes and other movement-based sessions.
- Access the dance and sports facilities, including professional-standard dance studios and sport science laboratories.
- Have opportunities to complete work placements and pursue professional qualifications in dance, exercise and fitness while you study.
- Refine your future career by focusing your studies in either Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing.
- Have the potential to link your research interests with one of our student dance companies; 3Fall (undergraduate), mapdance or HIVE (postgraduate).
- Attend regular performances from visiting dance and theatre companies in one of our two on-campus venues.
- Benefit from department links with local, national and international organisations including The Point Eastleigh, One Dance UK, the British Association of Sports and Exercise Sciences (BASES), Safe in Dance International (SiDI), the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS).
- Benefit from department links with professional and pre-professional dance companies including: Lîla Dance, Flexer & Sandiland, Ceyda Tanc Dance Company, Tribe Company, AKA Dance Theatre Company and Mapdance.
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Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You can expect a combination of theoretical and practical study in most modules.
A typical study week will include dance technique classes, supplemental training practices, lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory skills sessions, and studio-based workshops. You will also need to complete independent study outside of scheduled class hours. This could include reading texts, completing individual or group tasks, and working on your assignments.
You will be assessed through a range of assignments such as essays, examinations, portfolios, practical lab and studio-based assessments, lab reports, and oral presentations.
What you will study
The first year of the course is set and provides the fundamental practical and theoretical knowledge you need in dance science. After your first year you will study a selection of core (required) and optional (elected) modules in each year.
Some modules are aligned with professional standard qualifications and certifications, such as those offered by Safe in Dance International (SiDI), the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
In your third year you will choose a focused pathway of Applied Performance or Health and Wellbeing for your final year(s) of study. Depending on pathway your core and optional modules may change.
Module options will vary per year depending on your choices.
This module list is indicative and subject to change.
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Applications of Psychology in Dance
Dance contexts provide a fascinating and complex opportunity to investigate elements of the psychology of human behaviour. In this module you will be introduced to the diverse areas of psychology that you will explore throughout your degree. This could me in the context of dance performance, health and wellbeing, or skill acquisition and teaching.
If you choose the four-year MSci Programme you will be eligible for a tuition fee loan for the entire course.
Take on industry roles
Depending on your module and pathway choices, you will have the opportunity to undertake work placements during your degree to help prepare you for a range of careers after you graduate. Work placements are a chance for you to use the skills you learn during your degree in a real world context.
You could complete a placement with a specific dance company or dance organisation working in the community or in health settings. You could also complete a placement with a sports centre, mainstream school, afterschool club or special educational needs organisation.
You are ultimately responsible for finding your own placement but we will support you to find the best placement match for you and highlight any relevant opportunities that we can.
You may benefit from the strong relationships the University has with organisations including:
- Safe in Dance International (SiDI)
- One Dance UK
- National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS)
- International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS)
- British Association of Sports and Exercise Science (BASES)
- Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA)
- Hofesh Schechter
- Akram Khan
- Loop Dance
- Stop Gap
- Jasmin Vardimon
- South East Dance
- The Point
- York Dance Project
See our opportunities for incoming and outgoing international study
Whether you are considering studying Dance here and want to take either a semester or year out to study abroad, or if you are currently studying at a University who has a partnership with the University of Chichester – engaging in an international exchange study programme enriches and broadens your educational experiences.
As a Dance student at the University of Chichester, you will have the opportunity to study at one of our partner institutions in your second year of study.
Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their dance horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.
See our Outgoing Exchanges page for more information.
Coming to study Dance at the University of Chichester, you will be welcomed into our community of dancers and will be surrounded by creativity and cultural exchange opportunities. The city of Chichester is a beautiful and historic place for you to get to know.
You are also close to the lively cities of Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton as well as a train journey away from getting into London.
See our Incoming Exchanges page for more information.
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Where you could go after your studies
When you graduate you will be ready to meet the ever increasing demand for well-qualified dance scientists. You could work in professional, training, educational, recreational or community-based dance and exercise settings.
You could become a:
- Dance teacher or lecturer in community or educational settings
- Gym instructor or personal trainer
- Fitness consultant
- Dance science advisor or support personnel in educational or professional settings
- Dance science informed dancer / choreographer
- Advocate for dance-science informed dance practice
- Employee within professional bodies representing dance science and healthy dance practice
- Health promotion worker
If you complete the BSc (Hons) Dance Science degree you may choose to continue your studies to postgraduate level. You could apply to postgraduate programmes in Education, Dance, Dance Science, Sports and Exercise Science, or Somatics.
The University of Chichester offers a range of postgraduate programmes across the field of dance and sport disciplines. Our research interests stem from extensive applied experience and a desire to deliver meaningful research findings that relate to the ‘real world’ of dance, dance science or sports and exercise.
Study options at the University of Chichester include:
- PGCE Dance
- MSc Dance Science
- Masters in Sport Science, Sports Therapy or similar
- MSc Physiotherapy
- MA Dance Research
- MA Dance, Somatics and Dance Science
- MA Choreography (Independent Research)
- MA Dance: Advanced Practice
- MA Performance: Dance (MapDance)
- MA Choreography and Professional Practice