Northern Ireland’s only dance degree course closes

Ulster University will no longer run a degree course in dance
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Northern Ireland’s only dance degree course has closed as part of a wider reorganisation of Ulster University.

The move follows an internal review in the wake of substantial cuts to the region’s education budget in 2014-15, and means there is now no formally recognised dance training in the region.

The closure of the BA Honours degree course brings to an end the university’s commitment to dance at its Magee campus outside Londonderry where it previously offered a Masters in Research degree and a doctorate-level course.

The closure was first discussed in 2015, however it was agreed that existing students would continue until now. It is part of a wider reshuffle at the university which affects 53 full and part-time courses.

Earlier this week, final-year students presented their graduation showcase at the Playhouse, Derry.

Information still on the university’s website claims: “Being creative with dance is at the heart of everything we do.”

An Ulster University spokesperson said: “In 2015, Ulster University confirmed that the BA Hons Dance course would no longer be offered. The University remained committed to teaching out the course to existing students from 2015/17 and one individual is currently employed on a temporary fixed-term contract basis to deliver on this commitment.”

They added: “The number of students undertaking this course would typically vary depending on application levels. There are currently two students in final year and five students undertaking modules in dance on a part-time basis.”