Module code: DAN2030

Module Overview

This module provides a series of guided workshops to review and practice advanced methods of devising, creating and approaching choreography and current thinking of choreographic practice. The course includes facilitated showing and feedback sessions on students’ independently led practice-based choreographic projects, whereby students develop, manage and devise their works. Advanced principles of choreographic composition and/or creating a choreographic piece, from the previous choreography modules, increase students’ abilities as reflective practitioners and in the exponents of choreographic thinking.

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: W510

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

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

DAN1013, DAN1014

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Module

  • Score & Creative Process

  • Narrative and Form

  • Site-Specific Choreography

  • Reflective Documentation Session

  • Showings, rehearsals, tutorials, feedback sessions of the students independent choreographic work.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Pass/Fail competencies CHOREOGRAPHY PROPOSAL Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment

Reflective Documentation (4000 word essay or digital portfolio equivalent).

Assessment Strategy

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

  • independent leadership of a choreographic process and demonstrate their development as a reflective practitioner, which is important to current choreographic practice and the overall aim of the programme. This allows assessment of the integration of theory and practice and parts of the choreographic process, which might not be evident in the group work on its own.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • Choreography Proposal (25%): brief outline of choreographic concept (1000 words) (Week 6)

  • Choreographic Solo or Group Work (50%): 5-8 minutes choreography (Week 10-11)

  • Reflective Documentation (25%): critical reflection on choreographic process and performance (1500 words) (Week 12)

Formative assessment and feedback

  • Tutorials allow students to discuss where they are with the process, reflect on particular challenges, and show self-critical documentation.

  • Feedback sessions provided across the module to show the group work and develop in tandem with the convener and peer input. 

  • Reflective documentation session put into the course content to review draft work and get feedback on this aspect of the assessment (Surrey Learn)

Module aims

  • Facilitate focused and increased independence of engagement, exploration, and development of concepts and compositional principles of choreography, especially in making a final piece of group work.
  • Contextualise choreographic process and performance in relation to critical contemporary dance discourses and practices.
  • Develop autonomy and skills in applying different tools, methods and processes of developing, documenting, directing and presenting a creative embodied-based piece and process.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Ref
1 Engage with and develop a greater understanding of a range of compositional devices and structures used in choreography. K
2 Develop a greater appreciation of expressing meaning through choreographic thinking and choreography. KC
3 Develop a clear conceptual framework and explore appropriate methods for making coherent choreographic work. KC
4 Develop analytic skills regarding one's own choreographic process, and to critically discuss, with minimum guidance, examples of others’ choreographic work in relation to it. CPT
5 Ability to lead a group effectively and direct dancers to realise embodied and committed performances, which includes communicating ideas effectively and maximising the use of rehearsal time. PT
6 Ability to document the choreographic process analytically and critically and in a form, which is most suitable to the process and content of the work. KPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Tutorial Hours: 44

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • to facilitate professional development of skills in choreographic form, reflective documentation, and choreographic practice in a broad sense

  • to increase student knowledge of choreographic practices and begin to integrate the choreographic aesthetics of the contemporary dance genre with their own work

  • to independently apply a diverse set of professional tools for choreographic process and creation

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Practical studio sessions (2 hours x 11 weeks):

    • Weekly assigned readings and viewings

    • Independent study and choreography tasks

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.

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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 2020/1 academic year.