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Performing Arts (Dance) Level 3 Extended Diploma at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

The Level 3 Extended Diploma is an exciting course that continues to build on the skills developed on the Level 3 90 Credit Diploma. On successful completion of the course you will gain the equivalent of 3 A Levels. You will be part of a vibrant department that will develop your dance and academic skills and will work with specialist tutors in purpose built studios and performance spaces. Classes are taught by industry professionals and you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and performances throughout the course. You will study street dance, jazz dance, ballet and contemporary dance styles together with developing your creative, choreographic and performance skills. Technical units will develop your core strength, flexibility, alignment and movement styles and you will work with specialist tutors to expand your skills so that you are ready for performance.

Course content

The course develops the dancer’s skills through a variety of practical and theoretically based units. As your main techniques you will study Street Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet and Contemporary Dance Styles as well as studying units that will develop your creative, choreographic and performance skills. Technical units will develop your core strength, flexibility, alignment and movement styles and you will work with specialist tutors to expand your skills so that you are ready for performance. Practical assessments happen both in the classroom and in the department’s twice yearly performances and students on this course perform a dedicated Final Major Project performance that allows students to display their skills in a range of styles and genres. Theory units are assessed through presentations, portfolio building, essay writing and videoed conversations with your tutor. Staff work to ensure the assessments suit your learning needs and as part of the course you will have a personal tutor to support and guide you through the course and offer career guidance. You will also be offered the opportunity to participate in workshops with visiting industry professionals and the department has a trip to London where you can see a leading West End show and take part in classes at Danceworks, Move it or Pineapple Dance Studios.

Our students successfully progress to the country's leading universities and training schools and many have successful careers as teachers and performers. Past students have danced professionally in the West End, in TV shows such as the ‘X Factor’ performing with artists Olly Murs, Katy Perry and Rhianna, working as Assistant Choreographers on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, touring and performing with Diversity, performing in professional Contemporary Dance companies, dancing all over the world on major cruise liners and in professional music videos with artists such as The Ministry of Sound.

Student quote… The college is a great place to be and the dance courses are fantastic. You really feel like you are part of a family. I learned so much and wouldn’t have had the professional experiences I have had without training at the college. Natasha Gooden, Some Like It Hip Hop, West End.

Entry requirements

Students must have completed the 90 Credit Diploma in Performing Arts Dance – this is offered here at the City of Liverpool College. Students should also have a GCSE in either English or Maths grade C or above.

At interview students will attend an hour long practical dance workshop where you will participate in Contemporary and Street Dance styles. You will not be required to make a solo dance. You will be given an opportunity to speak to the dance staff and to ask questions and will complete a short written task. You will need to bring suitable dance clothing (leggings and t-shirt), trainers or jazz boots, a pen and a drink of water.

Future opportunities

Next level of course? Degree level courses at university and training schools

Career Opportunities? - Careers in performance – music videos, West End shows, TV, Contemporary Dance Companies, Cruise Ships,

Careers in Teaching – teaching in schools, colleges, training schools and universities, youth and community groups, as animateurs, outreach work with professional dance companies, prisons and residential homes,

Other dance related careers- dance therapist, administrator, publicists, agent, choreographer, artistic director, dance studio director

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The Arts Centre is located in Liverpool's Hope Street Quarter. This striking Georgian district stretches from the Anglican Cathedral to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and includes a wealth of cultural venues including the Philharmonic Hall, both Unity and Everyman Theatres and some of the best hotels and restaurants the City has to offer. The Arts Centre is centrally located and is within a five-ten minute walk of Liverpool's bus and train stations.

      This campus has established itself as the leading arts teaching and learning institution on Merseyside, providing students with first class creative and digital facilities including specialist arts, drawing, painting and sculpting studios and technical facilities, state of the art design workshops, industry standard recording studios, premier dance and drama facilities, first-class photography work rooms and modern fashion and multimedia studios.

      The City of Liverpool College is a founder college of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Cultural Skills and a lead provider of Fashion courses in the region.