Professional Dance BA (Hons)

Professional Dance BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree


3 Years



Students have the opportunity to follow one of two educational pathways that best match the area of the industry in which they are aspiring to have a successful career. Both pathways involve professional preparation which includes advanced skills training, inviting practitioners and graduates to share their knowledge and experience of the workplace. Your professional training is complemented by advice on developing an online presence and portfolio. The dance pathway has an emphasis on various jazz techniques, contemporary, commercial, tap and ballet. At its core this programme focuses on rigorous technical training. This includes workshops and productions led by external professionals, who develop your creative skills so that you are ready to enter the professional/commercial sector. Within this context you will become an independent thinker, a self-motivated artist and a freelance practitioner. The classical pathway focusses more on a career in the world of ballet and contemporary. The course helps you to develop the ability to work in companies and be adaptable to different styles and methods of working. You’ll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, theatre visits and theatre productions.


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What you will study on this course

Level 4 introduces key dance practitioners and rehearsal processes appropriate for the musical theatre and commercial dance market. You develop a strong foundation of technique across (but not limited to) Ballet, Jazz Dance and Tap. You also develop singing, acting and choreography skills. You explore current performance trends for working effectively within the dance industry and we initiate the academic principles of practice as research, analysis and critique at this level.

  • Core Dance Skills 1
  • Choreography 1
  • Dance In Context 1
  • Classical Ballet Performance / Expanded Dance Skills 1
  • Classical Ballet Techniques / Strength & Stamina 1
  • Classical Ballet Repertoire / Professional Dance Performance 1

In year two, you'll build on what you've already learned and move into interpretation, analysis, and performance, as a soloist and within an ensemble. You'll collaborate with industry professionals and peers in a range of workshops and performance opportunities, developing the technical understanding you'll need to kick-start your career in the musical theatre industry.

Acting / Voice / Singing 2

Musical Theatre Dance Techniques & Performance / Movement 2

Musical Theatre In Context 2

Camera & Audio 2

Year three focuses on performance. You'll hone your skills and knowledge, and enhance your employability as a successful performer. Collaboration with industry specialists, combined with strategically selected projects and public performances, encourages professional working relationships and the entrepreneurial capability vital for future employment.

Musical Theatre Independent Study

Professional Dancer-Singer / Professional Actor-Singer Projects

Professional Musical Theatre Projects

What you'll learn


You'll undertake practical modules in singing, acting, and voice training. From this technical base, you'll develop your creative processes by considering how to apply your techniques to an essential repertoire, in order to realise creative and musically intelligent interpretations of materials.

You'll also study dance technique and history, developing your theoretical and technical knowledge of a range of techniques within musical theatre. You'll explore how to break down text and scenes, create characters, and remain in the moment of action.

Performance is emphasised throughout, and you'll continue to enhance your technical and stage skills through a series of performances across a variety of genres. Our aim is that you'll graduate as a technically skilled professional, well-versed in collaboration and personal reflection. Collaborative projects require you to work at industry standard, and within professional recognised time frames.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment tasks could take the form of:

• Public performances
• In-class performances of devised or published work
• Oral presentations
• Critical reflection
• Working as part of an ensemble
• Individual and group research projects

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through a range of activities including lectures, workshops, seminars, skills classes, rehearsals, tutorials, theatre visits and theatre productions.

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Course Information

Tution fees

£9,250 (Per Year)

Even though TBA is dedicated to one of the cheapest full-time courses in the country, there are sources of funding available to help with the financial burden whilst training.

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Entry requirements

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 alternative basis.

Applicants are also required to attend an audition.

Applicants should be aged 15 and over.

How to apply?

We have various scholarship opportunities in partnership with festivals.

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This course is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University

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