What will I learn?

The BA Contemporary Dance is a four-year, full-time undergraduate programme designed to develop your dance skills and knowledge of your practice, as well as to include other forms of artistic expression. As a student you will spend extensive studio time developing technique and work in the world-class dance studios at the Academy. You will also be able to develop your scholarly knowledge and enquiry around your own discipline and genre. Importantly, you will be introduced to other dance and performance practices and scholarly traditions in order to gain new insights into the worlds of dance and the performing arts, enhancing your creative potential. You will also study a number of vocationally focused modules aimed at allowing you to translate your artistic and scholarly creativity into a fulfilling career.

The first year of the course is the common entry programme shared with all the pathways (Irish Music, Irish Dance, Contemporary Dance, Voice and World Music). However you focus from the start of this first year is on your own performance practice. Here you will focus and develop your own dance practice and be introduced to the critical academic engagement with classical, popular, traditional, contemporary, world dance and music through a performative lens.

From the second year of the programme you will focus on Contemporary Dance and students will undertake specialist modules in dance studies, experiential anatomy and movement analysis as well as dance pedagogy.

You will learn a range of Contemporary Dance Techniques, Choreography, Ballet and movement awareness techniques such as Yoga, Pilates and Feldenkrais. The course will also give the opportunity to engage with other practices including Aerial Dance, Hip hop and Irish traditional dance. You will gain the contextual understanding and the critical, analytical and reflective skills which will inform your artistic practice.

As a student, you will be based at the world-class facilities of the Irish World Academy building, equipped to the highest standards with cutting edge performance and rehearsal spaces and technological infrastructure. Tuition is provided by a faculty of excellent performers and academics, as well as industry professionals and international guest artists and researchers.

The programme prepares you for many different career paths including professional performance; further study; work in cultural institutions; media related posts; archival work; performance production; portfolio careers combining the preceding and others in entrepreneurial ways.

Your future career

Professional Performance
Further Study (MA, PhD)
Music/Dance Therapy
Community Music/Dance
Music/Dance teacher
Arts administration
Performance management and promotion
Backstage work in performance theatre e.g. sound engineer
Music Technology, e.g. recording studio producer/technician
Media (TV, Radio etc.)
Work in cultural institutions and archives

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
€16,794.00 (14,17,215) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 July 2022

More details

Start date

5 September 2022

Venue

University of Limerick

Limerick,

Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English. Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above; TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based); IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

For international students

Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment the established Leaving Certificate (or an approved equivalent) with a minimum of six subjects which must include: Two H5 (Higher level) grades and Four O6 (Ordinary level) grades or four H7 (Higher Level) grades. Subjects must include Mathematics, Irish or another language, and English

Note: Grade F6 in Foundation Mathematics also satisfies the minimum entry requirements. Foundation Maths is not reckonable for scoring purposes.

Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D or above

TOEFL: 580 (paper based) OR 90 (internet based)

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any component

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Minimum score of 61 (with no section score below 59)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Limerick

The University of Limerick is an affordable place for students to gain a top-class education which will boost their future career prospects.

  • Named the Sunday Times Irish University of the Year 2019
  • Voted best Student Campus in Ireland in 2019 and 2020
  • 3rd in Europe for Employability and Career Preparation
  • Affordable cost of living, with scholarships available