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Dance BA: Using Images, Media and Specialist Websites

Using Images or Film

Using Images 

You may be asked to include images or film in your assignments or projects.

It is important to understand that, unless explicitly stated, any image or film you find or can access on the internet should be considered protected under copyright law.

What images can you use?

If you want to use images or film and plan on sharing your work outside of your course, you must be able to demonstrate that they are not protected under copyright law, are accessible through Creative Commons, or owned by you.

For work only submitted as part of your course- NOT shared with outside partied, you can use images / film found on the internet through fair dealing.  However, you MUST provide an accurate attribution of the work as well as a reference. 

All students are expected to comply with copyright legislation, and could be sued for distributing third-party copyrighted materials.  Clear explanation of the requirements of copyright law, and good academic practice, including plagiarism, is covered in our Assignment Toolkit.

You can find out more about copyright at the following 

Copyright Guide here you will find lots of information to help and more about the licenses that we hold. 



Images, Video and Specialist Websites

There are many collections offering images that have the Creative Commons CO0 licence, this licence means that you can use and edit the image freely.  Here are a few places to look: 

You can also access a wide range of video and radio programmes through Box of Broadcasts  

  • Once you have clicked into the service you will need to click on "Sign in"
  • type the word "suffolk" in the drop down list, and select University of Suffolk
  • you will then be prompted to create your own account - using your standard University of Suffolk login username (E or S number and IT password).
Once you have your own account you will be able to:
  • set your own recordings from the programme guide. You can record up to 5 programmes each day
  • create and store playlists
  • create and store programme clips.
  • share clips within the University of Suffolk community

British Council - Theatre and Dance - Shares information about dance and performing arts, includes performance, artist and company information as well as images. Twitter account @UKtheatredance

Dance East - Your home for dance.  Twitter account @dance_east

Dancers Career Development - Useful site to support dancers throughout their careers.  Twitter @dcd_dancers

Foundation for the Community of Dance (People dancing) - Organisation with the primary aim to promote dance to all regardless of age or ability.   Twitter account @peopledancinguk

Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive  A collection of dance videos from the 1930s onwards, includes some essays.  

One Dance UK - Website for the UK body for dance, contains useful information and some video content.  Twitter @onedanceuk

Using images


The information presented within this guide is intended to provide general guidelines and serves as an interpretation of current issues- it is NOT legal advice. 

Therefore, whilst Learning Services staff are happy to assist any queries you have, it is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they comply with UK copyright law. 


All images included in this guide are available from Flickr through Creative Commons licensing CC-BY-2.0