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Performing Arts - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) UAL at Wakefield College

Course description

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in dance and study in a vibrant and professional environment. On this course you will have the opportunity to see a wide range of performances in local and regional venues as well as working with professionals from the industry. You will receive technical training in a wide range of subjects and broaden your experience as a choreographer and performer.

Course content

What you will study

In Year 1 you will focus on the development of technique in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz dance underpinned by principles of the creative and choreographic process and performance styles. You will explore the historical context of performance through theory and practical workshops and you will be involved in a minimum of two performances. In Year 2 the emphasis moves to creative endeavour, audition technique and application of dance technique. You will actively contribute to choreographic projects utilising skills and techniques gained throughout the course and you will gain more experience of performing in a variety of ways including a school tour. As well as learning about your chosen art form you will also learn how to start a career in this area. You will be involved in a minimum of two performances culminating in a festival at the end of each year. You will also have the opportunity to go on theatre and dance trips and participate in workshops given by professional theatre companies and visiting practitioners. Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C (or new grade 9-4) in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C (or new grade 9-4). This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Your Course Structure

Theory: 40%; Practical: 60%

How you will learn

This is a practical dance based course with many opportunities to perform before public audiences and with academic and theory work threaded throughout. The assignments and projects you complete are based on the kind of challenges you will face once you are employed in the dance industry.

Entry requirements

* 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English, plus Maths at grade D (or equivalent), or
* Level 2 Diploma at Merit plus GCSE English and maths at L2
* Interview and group audition


Through performances, practical, reflective and theoretical project based assignments.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.







Future opportunities

Further study

You may continue onto the Higher National Diploma in Dance (HND), offered at Wakefield College, or to other Higher Education courses in related areas such as Performing Arts, Media Performance, Theatre Practice, Dance and Sports.

Career opportunities

You may find work within a wide range of performing arts roles such as dancer, choreographer, community arts worker, teacher, entrepreneur or employment in the leisure and tourism industry.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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    • The Waterton Building (Postcode WF1 2EW)

      Situated less than a mile from Wakefield Westgate Train station and the main College campus, the Waterton Building houses the Performing Arts provision at Wakefield College. With over £1m spent in 2012 on this facility, the Waterton Building offers performance space, dance and drama studios and classrooms, plus industry standard equipment and facilities for our students.

      The pinnacle of the building is the superb new professional 220 seat theatre venue.