Most modules are practice-based so the teaching is through studio sessions with our dance professionals.
By combining dance into your studies you will have opportunities for students to experience the essential aspects of dance as performer, creator and spectator. Practice is supported by theory and academic and subject specific elements strengthened via reference to and links with the professional dance world.
A popular combination is dance and education. This will allow you to pursue your passion for dance while simultaneously developing your capacity to share that passion with others. Another popular combination is dance and drama, bringing together two creative arts subjects may increase the range of roles that you will be able to fulfil. You could also combine dance with any of the other subjects in the Combined Subjects programme. You can choose to spend a third, half, or two thirds of your study time on dance.
From the start of the course you will have a Personal Tutor who will monitor progress, discuss options and offer appropriate guidance.
At various points during the course there will be opportunities to work with practising artists and touring dance companies. You can also engage in community projects and evening classes and perform in professional venues.
The University provides a very supportive learning environment. Sunderland is No.1 in the North East for spend per student in Drama and Dance, according to The Guardian University Guide 2015.
Staff and students talk about the benefits of studying a combined subjects programme at the University of Sunderland: