Dance: Urban Practice BA (Hons)

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UCAS code: W590 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 6 years
    • Pro-rata full time fee
  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 14820 Per year

Degree with foundation year

UCAS code: W591 64 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 9250 Per year
  • BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 4 years
    • Pound 14820 Per year

What makes this course different

  • 1st in London for student satisfaction

    Our dance courses ranked first in London in six categories including “The Teaching On My Course” and “Assessment and Feedback” (National Student Survey 2023).

  • Highly rated by our students

    97% of students surveyed on this course responded positively to questions on “The Teaching on my Course” in the 2023 National Student Survey.

  • 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.

Course modules

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

Group Work 1

Dance Skills 1

Professional Outcomes

Dance Skills 2

Group Work 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

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

Dance Technique: Healthier Dancer 1

Collaboration 1

Public Project 1

Dance Technique: Healthier Dancer 2

Collaboration 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life: Enterprise and Engagement 1

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 can collaborate with your music and theatre student colleagues.

Dance Technique and Hybrid Forms 1

Multidisciplinary Collaboration 1

Public Project 2

Dance Technique and Hybrid Forms 2

Multidisciplinary Collaboration 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life Enterprise and Engagement 2

In your final year, through our excellent links with partner organisations such as East London Dance, Breakin' Convention and Stratford Youth Zone, you'll undertake a work placement. Thanks to our reputation, you'll have many opportunities 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.

Dance Technique and Community Dance Techniques 1

Final Project: Research and Development

Public Project 3

Dance Technique and Community Dance Techniques 2

Final Project: Implementation and Impact

Mental Wealth: Professional Life : Enterprise and Engagement 3

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Through your work placements, developing arts management skills and your involvement in creating and staging community dance projects, you will gain the necessary skills to prepare you for a career in the arts and creative industry. We're proud to have helped shape the careers of our students and support the growth of the industry. Our graduates are currently running their own companies, working as dance producers and managers, delivering and teaching workshops in communities and choreographing and directing works for stage and screen.

Industry links

The course is proud to collaborate with a wide range of industry professionals and organisations, many of whom guest lecture on the course. 

Our partners and collaborators include: 

  • Boy Blue
  • freeYOURstyle agency
  • Far From The Norm
  • Breakin' Convention
  • The Capsule
  • Choreographers such as Kloe Dean, Elliot Parmar, Kenrick Sandy, Luke Lentes, Kieran Warner

Graduate employers

Graduates from our course have gone onto commercial work such as performing with Lizzo and Beyonce whilst others have secured roles in organisations such as: 

  • Breakin' Convention
  • East London Dance 
  • Studio3Arts
  • Boy Blue
  • Far From The Norm
  • AMCK
  • Hub Studios

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to include: choreographer, producer, senior manager, director, entrepreneur, performer, marketer, physiotherapist, talent agent, music production, academic, teacher, community practitioner, videographer and photographer.

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

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As a university committed to your career growth, we've curated dedicated Career Zones across all of our campuses with practical services tailored to your success. From internships, personalised coaching, and employability workshops to volunteering, mentoring, placements, and enterprise opportunities, we offer a diverse range of support.

Our online Career Zone platform provides accessible career support and is equipped with practical tools to navigate your career journey. Whether you're in the classroom or beyond, we're here to empower your professional development."
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Career Zone

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

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.

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, 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 in University Square Stratford, with its advanced performance studios and more than £750,000 of new specialist equipment, close to Stratford Youth Zone, 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.

    Guided independent study

    When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. 

    Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, and specialist facilities, such as edit suites, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

    Academic support

    Our academic support team provides help in a range of areas – including learning and disability support.

    Dedicated personal tutor

    When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of the academic course team who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at UEL and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


    Each year you will spend around 280 hours of timetabled learning and teaching activities. These may be lectures, workshops, seminars and individual and group tutorials. Contact hours may vary depending on each module. 

    The approximate workload hours for this course per year are:

    • Scheduled teaching - 284 hours
    • Guided independent study - 916 hours

    Your timetable

    Your individualised timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. Whilst we make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week between 9.00am and 6.00pm. 

    For undergraduate students, Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

    Class sizes

    To give you an indication of class sizes, this course normally attracts 10 - 30 students a year. In the classroom, you will be taught in groups of 10-20 students. However, this can vary by academic year.

How you'll be assessed

We'll assess you 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, London, E16 2RD

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Arts and Creative Industries

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.


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What our students and staff say

Dancer with hands in the air
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 style and also progressing academically."

Scott Dean

BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice

Education Studies
I went from starting in September with a huge bout of imposter syndrome to finishing the year with tremendous confidence that I can actually go on and achieve a degree."

Nicholas Garbett