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Professional and Commercial Dance

FdA

Foundation degree

Key facts

Award
FdA Professional and Commercial Dance
School
College of Liberal Arts
Campus or location
University Centre Weston
Taught by
University Centre Weston
Course length
Two years full-time
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: W340
Campus Code: C,WESTON

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our foundation programmes. See ‘Interested in applying’ for more information.

 

Prepare for a career as a professional dancer and choreographer for stage, film, television, and teaching.

  • Opportunities for professional work experience with producers, agents, dance companies, choreographers and theatres
  • Styles covered include hip hop, street, Latin American, ballroom, Bollywood, ballet, jazz, tap, and choreography
  • Internationally-focussed curriculum, providing opportunities to network with essential employer contacts worldwide

This course will provide you with the technical, intellectual and business skills in preparation for a career as a professional dancer and choreographer for stage, film, television, and teaching.

The course has a strong focus on employability, and will allow you to create a professional portfolio relevant to industry application and auditions. In the second year, you'll focus more on your specialist area(s), working as part of a company in the preparation and performance of a professionally led dance showcase and a second devised performance.

What you'll learn

Overview

This course will allow you to develop a solid understanding of the relationship between theory and practice. You’ll explore the possibilities and boundaries of 21st century choreographic developments in professional and commercial dance, and the influence of a range of modern practitioners. Your practical work will cover a wide range of styles, with frequent performance opportunities.

You’ll also gain a strong understanding of physiology, promoting a healthy attitude towards the physical demands of the industry to ensure longevity in your career.

Course structure

Year 1
Skills workshop 1
Commercial dance workshop
Choreography
Professional and commercial dance in context 1
Professional studies 1

Year 2
Skills workshop 2
Performance project
Professional and commercial dance in context 2
Professional studies 2

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course you will be assessed through a wide range of methods, including formal written assignments, critical reflective journals, research presentations, performances, professional industry placement and ongoing evaluation of in-class contributions.

How will I be taught?

There may be additional costs associated with this course for equipment such as dance clothing, and optional day/residential trips.

Opportunities

Progression

Graduates from this programme may have the opportunity to:

  • Apply to progress to a related Honours top-up degree;
  • Work as professional dancers in areas such as cruise ship entertainment, dance companies, cirque, or corporate events; and
  • Gain employment in performing arts and dance education.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at the UCW Academy of Performing Arts at University Centre Weston’s Knightstone Campus.

Fees

UK and EU students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £7,950
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £13,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2018
Year 3 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2018
Year 2 Published Jan 2019
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020
Year 3 Published Jan 2021

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

Offers are usually made on the basis of a minimum of MMP/CDD or equivalent, preferably in a related area. Applications from those studying only two A Levels or alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. An audition is required for this course.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Contact our admisssions team at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply webpages.

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