Module code: DAN1014

Module Overview

This module develops students’ exploration of process-based choreography that is informed by relevant readings on choreography and broadens their understanding of the diverse contexts of choreography in current contemporary dance practices. Students will be guided through different methods of devising, creating and approaching choreography, specifically group work. The activities in the course aim to continue to facilitate a reflective learning approach to thinking about the concept of choreography, making dance, and provides them with the opportunity to develop their own application of the basic principles of dance composition, which they are asked to employ in their own choreographic process throughout the course.


Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: W510

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Module

  • Choreographic Scores and Process

  • Choreographic Process/ Thinking Movement

  • Conceptual Choreography

  • Physical Theatre and Performance

  • Choreographic Group Work

  • Dance Dramaturgy

  • Preparing and Conducting Assessments

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework PORTFOLIO (1500 WORDS) 50
Practical based assessment DUET PERFORMANCE 50

Alternative Assessment

Written Reflection (2000 words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

·         the integrated theory/practice approach of the programme, whereby the student is asked to create a duet performance at the end of the module to assess the students’ abilities to engage with, absorb, and transform their own choreographic process at an introductory level.

The written reflection requires the student to engage with their choreographic process from a theoretically informed perspective to self-critically underpin their practical investigation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Duet Performance (50%): students create a collaborative dance performance duration: 3-5 minutes (Week 10 & 11)

·         Reflective Documentation (50%): Critical Reflection and Creative Process commenting on conceptual and theoretical investigation (eq 1500 words)

(Week 12)

Assessment Deadlines:

Week 10/11 (Duet); Week 12 (Portfolio)

Formative assessment and feedback

·         Ongoing– Students will submit material and receive feedback on SurreyLearn and in the module class time.

·         Tutorials will be offered two times to allow students to show work, discuss their duet composition, and get feedback on their reflective work in preparation for the final assessment

Module aims

  • Share basic concepts and compositional principles of choreography, especially in making work beyond solo work.
  • Contextualise choreographic practice in relation to relevant readings and other choreographers' works (past and current).
  • Develop skills in applying different tools, methods and processes of developing, documenting and presenting a creative embodied-based process.
  • Engage in digital practices for reflecting on and documenting choreographic processes.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the basic principles of dance composition in group choreography. KCP
002 Develop a critical understanding of the context for contemporary choreography and making group work in relation to that. KCP
003 Document one's creative practice and track the key phases of development of one’s ideas and stimuli for group choreography. PT
004 Develop reflective skills in order to articulate one's own creative process KCT
005 Effective use of basic rehearsal methods in managing a collaborative choreographic project. PT
006 Demonstrate the ability to create a personal written reflection which communicates key aspects of the student's choreographic process of the group piece. CT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Provide students with an introductory understanding and practical ability for group choreography and management of group choreographic process in a contemporary dance context

  • Consider choreography as a key aspect of contemporary dance practice. 

  • Implement students’ theoretical knowledge of choreographic practices – such as learning about other choreographers’ creative processes – to become familiar with the choreographic aesthetics and scoring models of a variety of contemporary dance works

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Practical studio sessions – 2 hour lecture/lab 1 times per week

  • Required readings and viewings – at least 2 per week (guided and independent)

  • Independent study and choreography – each week students will be expected to do choreographic exploration related to the class

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Dance BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.