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Performing Arts

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Course Length

2 Years




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Foundation Degree

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Foundation Degree (FdA) Dance

Regulatory Body

University of Sunderland

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FdA Dance

Who is this course for?

This programme is run in partnership with the University of Sunderland, the qualification you will receive is awarded by the University of Sunderland.

This foundation degree develops skills and knowledge that are relevant to becoming a performer, choreographer or teacher. Practical experience and performances are core elements of the course.

The course is for anyone who wants to study Dance full time with the aim of a career in the dance industry either as a performer, choreographer, teacher or dance in the community facilitator.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need 56 UCAS points

Applicants will be expected to have;

  • Three passes at GCSE Grade C or above including Mathematics and English (or equivalent). A minimum of level 2 key skills in Communications, Application of number and Information is acceptable.

Plus one of the following;

  • A minimum of one 6-unit award (A level/GNVQ) or 1 x 12 unit award or equivalent.
  • The relevant Scottish Framework Qualification of higher grade C.
  • Successful completion of a recognised Foundation or Access Programme.
  • The full International or European Baccalaureate
  • Other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University of Sunderland.

All candidates will be interviewed and practical work will be viewed wherever appropriate and possible.

The University and College will seek to provide study opportunities on this programme to all who have the potential to benefit from them. Factors such as work experience or vocational training can be taken into account when considering an application and admissions tutors have considerable discretionary powers to assess each case on individual merit.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Modules on this course include:

Year 1

  • Introduction to Dance Studies
  • Dance Performance
  • Classical Ballet
  • Performing Arts Production 1
  • Working in the Arts 1
  • Popular Dance
  • Contemporary Dance Technique 1

Final year

  • Working in the Arts 2
  • Dance Composition and Performance
  • Applied Arts Practice
  • Dance Preparation and Presentation
  • Contemporary Ballet
  • Commercial Jazz
  • Contemporary Dance Technique 2

For full details please see University of Sunderland programme please click here.

How you will learn

You will mainly be taught through practical classes and workshops to meet the high vocational demands of the course. The theory elements of the course are used to

support and underpin practical knowledge.

Teaching methods include workshops, presentations, projects, lectures, seminars, research based activities and work-based learning.

Assessment methods include practical sessions, presentations, written assignments, learning logs and evaluations.

Where could this course take you?

At the end of the course you could immediately apply for roles that involve performing or teaching dance.

Alternatively you could progress to the BA (Hons) Dance (Top-Up) at the University of Sunderland. This would ‘top-up’ your qualification to an honours degree, with just one more year of study.

What costs will you incur?

7,500 tuition fees are per year (though there is a £1,200 fee reduction for all Sunderland College students, meaning you only pay £6,300 per year)

Other course costs: Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

Purchasing of course texts is optional. You will have full free access to Sunderland College Learning Centre books, journals and internet and computer use and The Murray Library at University of Sunderland.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

Students will be required to pay for several theatre visits within the 2 years costing no more than £60 over the 2 years. For certain modules students will also be expected to decide on and provide their own costumes for assessments. Costuming costs can vary significantly depending on decisions made. Students will also need to purchase one pair of soft ballet shoes (approximately £10)

Previous Student Experience

Great experience and friendly staff. The course has helped me gain confidence and develop my technical and creative skills which will help me in future.

Amber Walton: who went on to complete a ‘top-up’ year on the BA (Hons) Dance at Teesside University.