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This is a fantastic course for people that love dance enough to pursue a career in the industry. We have a track record of producing dancers with diversity, dynamics and discipline. You’ll study a range of disciplines including ballet, jazz dance and urban dance, create work for real projects, and improve your skills ready tor employment. Join us and participate and perform in all aspects of dance while preparing for higher education or vocational dance courses.

  • Entry Criteria

    4 GCSEs (9-4) including English, or a relevant Level 2 Diploma.

    Don't meet the grades? Take a look at the Level 2 Diploma in Performing Arts for a solid understanding of key areas - you will be able to progress to the Level 3 upon successful completion.

    You will also be invited to a Course Introduction Meeting to showcase your talents to our course tutors.

    For students aged 19+ this course is non-funded and requires an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the course fees. Find out more about Advance Learner Loans here. If you have any questions about course fees then please contact our admissions team on 01923 812345

  • What will I study?

    You’ll study the following mandatory units:

    • Investigating practitioners’ work
    • Developing skills and techniques for live performance
    • Group performance workshop
    • Performing arts in the community
    • Individual performance commission
    • Final live performance to an audience
    • Employment opportunities in the performing arts

    You’ll also undertake optional units, which could include:

    • Ballet
    • Urban dance technique
    • Urban dance technique
    • Contemporary dance technique
    • Improvisation
    • Movement in performance
    • Choreography for live performance

    Our interest in historical and contemporary dance works will see you learning and performing choreographed pieces you devise yourself. Enriching this creativity will be guest lecturers and trips to professional dance works.

    Live performance is key – at venues and events across our local community:

    • St Albans Fashion Week
    • Watersmeet Theatre
    • Peace Hospice
    • Watford Palace Theatre
    • Local schools
    • Intu Watford

    You will study towards the Level 3 Diploma (90 credits) in your first year, and progress on to the Extended Diploma (180 credits) in your second year.

  • Future Prospects

    Progress to a Foundation Degree, BA Honours Degree in dance or dance related studies. Dance is a diverse and varied industry, with job opportunities including performing, teaching, choreography, dance administration and promotion.

    For more information visit the National Careers Service.