BA (Hons)
Dance Education

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education
Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education

  • Programme summary
  • Programme breakdown
  • Entry requirements
  • Programme fees
  • Student voices
  • Duration
    1–3 years full-time
    1–5 years part-time*
  • Apply by
    Full-time 25 January 2023
    Part-time 30 April 2023
  • Location:
    Distance learning
  • Application
    Full-time via UCAS**
    Part-time via Registry, Faculty of Education, RAD

    **Applicants looking to enter directly into Level 5 please apply via Registry.
  • Start
    September 2023
  • Language
    English
  • Level/Credits
    Level 4 Certificate (120 credits)
    Level 5 Diploma (240 credits)
    Level 6 Degree (360 credits)

This programme offers a unique opportunity to become part of an international online community of learners engaged in the study of dance education and teaching.

Established dance teachers, as well as those new to the profession, regularly seek out ways to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their teaching and support their professional development. One way of achieving these aspirations is to study for an internationally-recognised qualification such as the BA (Hons) Dance Education.

As a distance learner, you will be able to study from home, with access to online study materials and lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials. You will be fully supported every step of the way by a dedicated team of specialist tutors.

Your student experience

The BA (Hons) Dance Education programme is studied full-time at Level 4 by all students. From Level 5 onwards, you have the option to select either full-time or part-time study as your circumstances dictate. You can choose to study at certificate, diploma or degree level.

The programme is modular and is delivered across two semesters each year. A compulsory online Undergraduate Induction Seminar will take place for new students prior to the start of your studies in Semester 1 which will allow you to meet students and staff on the programme.

All modules are supported by online study guides that contain key source materials, tutor-guided tasks and suggestions for further study. You are allocated a specialist tutor for each module, with whom you will have regular contact via email and scheduled online tutorials. You will have access to online forums, via our virtual learning environment, as a means of communication with other students and tutors throughout the world.

* First year must be studied full-time

Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education

At Level 4, you will gain a broad perspective on dance education and dance studies. You will be introduced to educational concepts which are fundamental throughout your studies, as well as gaining knowledge and understanding of dance history, analysis, music and dance studies.

Together, the Level 4 modules provide essential knowledge on dance as a subject and how it interrelates with education. You will also reflect upon your own experiences as a dancer or teacher, and make links to fundamental principles essential for effective learning and teaching to take place.

  • All modules are compulsory:

    • Frameworks and Perspectives
    • From Coralli to Khan: Journeys Through Dance History
    • Dance Education: Concepts and Contexts
    • The Dancing Body
    • Music in Dance and Dance Education

Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education

At Level 5, you will be able to extend your knowledge of philosophical, pedagogical and professional issues in dance education, as well as developing your research and academic skills. You will be able to choose from a range of module options which are studied alongside four compulsory modules.

You will have the opportunity to take a more philosophical approach to considering the nature of dance by critically exploring what is meant by the term ‘dance’ and challenging assumptions and pre-conceptions about dance and dance education. Alongside this, you will develop a practical understanding of the core principles of learning and teaching styles and how these can be applied in dance education contexts. Key educational theories, including motivation, differentiation and progression are all explored. You will engage with analytical tools required to critically analyse dance as well as undertake an exploration of the relationship between the physical and psychological dimensions of dance performance and teaching.

  • Compulsory modules:

    • The Nature of Dance
    • Dance Analysis
    • Perspectives on Learning and Teaching
    • Enhancing Performance
    • Plus one module option in each Semester
  • Module options:

    • Practical Teaching Placement*
    • Perspectives on Music and Dance
    • Dance Education and Training in Context
    • Dance as a Community Practice

    *Students who teach in Ballet, and have successfully passed Intermediate Ballet, can gain Eligibility for Registered Teacher Status (RTS) upon successful completion of this module.

BA (Hons) Dance Education

At Level 6, you are required to complete two compulsory modules and choose from a range of module options. You will complete a dissertation where you will have the opportunity to research an approved topic and be supervised in methods for researching dance and education.

Alongside this, you will explore critically the philosophical considerations of the role of the arts in education, debating issues such as objectivity and subjectivity, and the mind/body dichotomy. Further modules will enable in-depth exploration of specific topics, which will connect directly with your own interests and practice in dance education.

  • Compulsory modules:

    • Perspectives on Dance Education
    • Dissertation
    • Plus three module options across Semesters 1 and 2
  • Module options:

    • Dance and Older Learners
    • Optimising Performance
    • Cultural Trends in Dance
    • Dance in Higher Education
    • Designing Dance Curricula

Entry requirements

Three GCE A level passes or equivalent. RAD Intermediate or equivalent standard in any dance genre. Appropriate English Language Proficiency test for students whose first language is not English. For applicants who reside in countries that do not have the equivalent of A levels, the Faculty of Education offers a Foundation Module that meets the entry criteria for undergraduate access. For more details, please visit www.royalacademyofdance.org/foundation-module.

We welcome applications from a range of backgrounds who may not hold traditional academic qualifications but have equivalent experiential learning. We may be able to offer these applicants concessionary tasks to help in meeting the entry requirements.

Assessment mode

Modules are assessed through a range of assignments, including essays, case studies, open book exams, practical teaching, project plans and presentations. At degree level, you will submit a written dissertation on your area of interest.

Employment prospects

Students who have completed this programme work in a range of careers in dance teaching, both in the public and private sectors, as well as in other communities including dance for older and adult learners. Many of our students progress to postgraduate studies or have extended their freelance work into new dance contexts.

Award

Successful completion of Level 4 leads to the award of the Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education.

Successful completion of Level 5 leads to the award of the Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education.

Successful completion of Level 6 leads to the award of the BA (Hons) Dance Education.

Further study and career development

Students who gain the BA (Hons) Dance Education may be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status). Graduates with teaching experience may also apply for the Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching).

More information

www.royalacademyofdance.org/bade

Validated by:

  • Duration
    1–3 years full-time
    1–5 years part-time*
  • Apply By
    Full-time 25 January 2023
    Part-time 30 April 2023
  • Location:
    Distance learning
  • Application
    Full-time via UCAS**
    Part-time via Registry, Faculty of Education, RAD

    **Applicants looking to enter directly into Level 5 please apply via Registry.
  • Start
    September 2023
  • Language
    English
  • Level/Credits
    Level 4 Certificate (120 credits)
    Level 5 Diploma (240 credits)
    Level 6 Degree (360 credits)

Fees for 2023/24

The following information relates to fees for entry in Academic Year September 2023/24.

Faculty of Education graduates who go on to study for a postgraduate award delivered by the RAD or further study of an RAD award can benefit from a discount in tuition fees. Tuition fees are invoiced in instalments for each programme as appropriate.

Awards, bursaries and hardship funds

We are committed to providing support to students who wish to develop their skills and knowledge through study and we offer a limited number of awards, bursaries and hardship funds for specific purposes. The application forms and submission deadlines can be found under ‘Fees and funding’ on the RAD website.

For information on planning your budget and typical programme costs, such as dancewear, equipment, accommodation and travel, please see HE Fees.

Concessionary entry

A fee may be payable for programmes where applicants can submit a concessionary entry task. Further information on concessionary entry and associated costs can be found at How to Apply.

Distance learning - Full-time

BA (Hons) Dance Education
Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education
Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education

£7,080

per academic year, plus £120 registration fee on enrolment.

Distance learning - Part-time

BA (Hons) Dance Education
Diploma of Higher Education: Dance Education

£7,080

per academic year, plus £120 registration fee on enrolment.

Access Module £700

We are very proud of our students and graduates here at the RAD.

Read about their different student experiences and where they are now through our Student Voices.

 

Cheryl Edina Teo

  • Graduate

    Upon completion of my first degree, I was keen to pursue further study in a dance-related field and I found that the RAD offered multiple options to do this. The BA Dance Education, which allowed for distance-learning, proved the most viable and relevant. Viable because it meant I did not have to give up the classes I was teaching; relevant because a degree in dance education would improve my own teaching practice.

    The convenience of the programme and the diversity in the modules broadened my exposure to various facets of dance, and deepened my knowledge in teaching practices while enhancing my approaches to teaching. I really enjoyed the readings from each module and the dissertation process was a great experience. Researching an area which I have always been interested in was a dream come true. One of my favourite memories is the induction week conducted at the RAD headquarters in London. It was then that I got to experience the patience and warmth of the Faculty’s teaching staff.

    I am currently teaching ballet in Singapore and I am waiting to embark on a new journey on the MA in Education (Dance Teaching).

Chantelle-Louise Capes

  • Current student

    Studying on the distance learning BA Dance Education programme allows me the freedom and support to work full-time and care for my disabled brothers while studying.

    The close relationship between your tutors and the other students was something I had not initially expected, but the Intensive Study Seminar really helped to cement that and was a major help to all of us.  It is easy to assume you’ll feel alone on the programme because of the distance, but during the week you are reminded that there are other students feeling the same things and asking the same questions.

    You don’t have to be teaching at the same time as studying this programme, but the modules really help your confidence and structure in your own classes outside of the RAD. I was originally worried that, unlike some of the students, I am teaching SEN (special educational needs) children rather than just dance, but the tutors took the time to show me how I could incorporate that into the module tasks and explained that I bring something different to the table, just like all the other students.

Rosie Watts

  • Current student

    I initially started to pursue a career in dance teaching having assisted with classes at my local dance school, which I had been attending myself from a young age. Becoming an assistant sparked my love of teaching, and I found it so rewarding working in the dance school I grew up dancing in. I chose the RAD and the BA Dance Education programme because of the RAD’s reputation as an institution and the fact you could study a dance based programme by distance.

    I knew I wanted to study by distance because I could work on my teaching qualifications and still teach at my dance school, so I liked the flexibility while still being specific to dance and relevant to becoming a teacher.

    The programme explores many different areas of study and can be applied to multiple styles of dance and as I teach ballet, tap and modern, it was important to me that I could apply my learning to all of these styles. Studying dance education full time encouraged me and gave me the flexibility to work towards my teaching qualifications with the exam board my school uses. Despite the differences, a lot of the modules I have studied with the RAD are transferrable and after graduation I am hoping to work towards gaining Registered Teacher Status with the RAD.

    My favourite memory is definitely the Intensive Study Seminar in Level 4.  It was a great opportunity to meet staff and students on the programme and since meeting them three years ago, I have stayed in contact with them throughout the programme. Distance learning has felt much more connected with the help and friendship my fellow students have offered throughout.

    To someone considering applying for BADE, I would suggest that they make sure they are ready to work very independently and make the most of opportunities to speak to tutors and other students about distance learning and the expectations and realities of it, as it is so different to onsite study and not to be underestimated!