As the name suggests, Contextual Studies puts contemporary dance in context. It introduces students to interdisciplinary debates from areas such as art theory, philosophy, cultural studies, and history, and considers contemporary dance within a broader cultural landscape. This gives students the skills to interpret dance and reflect critically on their studio-based practices. It incorporates study of design, music, and choreology. In summary, it helps to prepare students to become well-rounded thinking dance artists while also encouraging them to find their own independent voices – their own ways of thinking about and developing dance.
Professional Studies seeks to prepare students for the range of career options available to them. For first years, the course focuses on study skills, budgeting and personal management, while third years work on mock auditions, project planning, and other topics to enable them to launch themselves into the dance profession.