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HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) Dance

Course Name 
HND Diploma in Performing Arts (Performance) DanceAvailable for Enquiries

Course Details

Location Waterton Building - Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 2 years
Mode of Study Full Time
Awarding Body Edexcel BTEC
Offering Code HDL5DAN1D000
UCAS Code O55W
UCAS Tariff 160pts/MPP
Programme Design and Overview This course is designed to reflect current industry trends and allows learners to study a variety of dance techniques. The course focuses on a wide range of techniques with subjects in jazz dance, classical ballet, tap dance, commercial dance and contemporary dance. The units you'll study have been specially chosen to enable you to develop technical and performance skills, to achieve a sound knowledge of the industry and give you optimum scope for accessing further study or employment. Your study will provide you with the opportunity to apply your experience in the studios to a diverse range of performance spaces such as community-based contexts, choreographic projects, and professional theatres. Through practical classes you'll develop a wide range of dance performance techniques drawn from the work of world renowned choreographers and dance theorists. You'll grow as technical dancers, experiencing a range of classes which will increase your strength, flexibility and versatility. Underpinning the practical aspects of the course is the exploration of theoretical concepts of dance and its creation and presentation. All projects and performances are linked to the performing arts industry to give a real flavour of working as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and theorist. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used to encourage and facilitate your creative and artistic development and bring together practice and theory. Independent and collaborative learning will be encouraged through use of practical workshops, interactive lectures, resource-based learning, individual and group work, tutorials, discussion, critiques, performances, and rehearsals.
Indicative Content Creative Arts Professional Practice Creative Arts Research Skills Jazz Dance Techniques and Performance Classical Ballet Background and Technique Contemporary Dance Techniques Commercial Dance Tap Dance Technique and Performance Choreography Solo Performance Jazz Dance Technique and Analysis Contemporary Dance Technique and Performance Classical Ballet Development and Analysis Tap Dance Development and Analysis Preparation, Process and Production in the Creative Arts Performing Arts Workshop Leadership Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation Popular Entertainment Personal and Professional Development Units can change according to reflecting industry trends or project design.
Delivery Methods Course hours typically stand at 15 hrs contact per week of lectures, rehearsals, workshops and self-directed study. This can increase during performance weeks and will require evening work and on occasion, weekends. In addition to the course contact hours, students will need to undertake at least 10 hrs per week directed & self-directed study/ practice. The course is typically split 60% Practical Work 40 % Classroom. You will have classes with students in your own discipline and classes with students from other performances disciplines.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme The College assesses you through the coursework that you produce as you complete each unit, this may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. The majority of units have some form of performance based assessment attached that focus on a range of performance skills and genres. There are two types of assessment that you will receive while on your course: Formative assessment is the process whereby your work and progress are assessed at regular intervals with accompanying feedback from staff in order to help to improve your performance. Staff will provide you with feedback on the progress of your work before you reach the assessment point at the end of the unit. This may take place one-to-one with a tutor (e.g. in a tutorial) or in group sessions. Summative assessment is the process whereby your work is evaluated and given a mark at the end of course unit. Summative assessment formally records your achievement of the unit’s learning outcomes and final feedback. You will be assessed against the approved unit learning outcomes and assessment requirements as outlined in the unit handbooks, these typically include the module descriptor, assignment brief(s) and programme outlines. The unit handbooks guide you through the specific areas of work in which you will be engaged in order to produce the work required for assessment and so successfully achieve the unit learning outcomes. Many courses also employ self and peer evaluation or assessment within their overall assessment processes. Self-evaluation and self-assessment require you to reflect upon your learning and performance and to submit this to tutors. Peer evaluation and peer assessment are used when students have been working in teams and require each team member to reflect upon their peers’ performance and to submit this to tutors or to give you support and guidance in developing areas of performance. There is a minimum of one piece of assessed work per unit. Your tutors will help you to track your areas of achievement for each unit/module and to identify and discuss with you opportunities to collate evidence for module achievement You will be graded using the Edexcel guidelines and specifications to assess whether the evidence produced for assignments has reached the required standard at pass, merit or distinction level. Assessment is ongoing within sessions and will comprise of peer and self-assessment as well as tutor assessment. There is a minimum of one piece of assessed work per unit.
Entry Requirements Minimum 160 UCAS tariff points from A Levels or a Level 3 diploma in a related subject Or an Access course GCSE Grade C or above in English Language (or equivalent qualification) is required. Those with previous experience or learning that is relevant may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course All applicants are required to audition consisting of an interview, 1 two minute contemporary monologue and 1 two minute classical theatre monologue, and a theatre critique
Attendance Expectations Full time: 2 years, 3 days per week plus evening performances/ some weekends.
Attendance - Please note Theory lessons take place at the Main College Campus on Margaret Street. Performances generally take place at The Mechanics’ Theatre in the Waterton Building. In the past performance have also taken place at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.
Fee Information

Fees relating to academic year 18/19 will be confirmed around the end of April.

These fees relate to 2017/2018

Tuition Fees: £6600.00 per year.

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course. per year.

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs What the College provides for your tuition fees Included: Induction week course activities Teaching and technical instruction Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop Access to Academic Registry and Student Support Access to Careers Advice Access to the Library and associated resources Some local study visits Performance opportunities Discounted entry at Theatre Royal Wakefield and a range of shops and venues around the City Not included: Equipment for your personal or private use Dance wear uniform items. I.e. Leotards/Training wear, shoes and tights Day-to-day items you may need as part of your personal, portable toolkit Materials for producing your own work beyond inductions Books for your personal or private use outside key course texts available in the Library Study visits, unless specified Course and personal equipment We advise Performing Arts students to invest in a basic set of equipment to help get started on the course. Depending on your specialism this equipment will inevitably vary; for example, as a student of Performing Arts, you may give some thought to investing in a range of suitable movement wear, stationary and a USB stick. We would encourage you to give some consideration to this before starting your course with us, and your future Course Leader will be happy to advise you regarding any queries you may have before starting your course with us. Because of the choice and diversity of materials for Performing Arts practice, it is not possible to generalise about the costs that you might incur. Course requirements will largely determine the amount which you need to budget. For theatre visits or visiting practitioners your costs will not normally exceed £200. You will be expected to contribute to the purchasing of costumes for which you will have ownership of, this will not normally exceed £50 You will be provided with a reading list, these titles are available in our college library. If you chose to purchase your own copies, you can buy used or new from websites such as Amazon. Information regarding suppliers of related services and materials within the region can be easily obtained from the internet or academic staff within the College.
Financial Support Information

The government provides financial assistance to help pay for tuition fees and to help with living costs. To find out more, visit the website at: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email: hebursaryfund@wakefield.ac.uk

For more information on any funding or money matter issues please contact the Financial Support Team. Get in touch on 01924 789283 or email: student.finance@wakefield.ac.uk

Further Study This course is recognised as a qualification in its own right or can be combined with a top-up degree to obtain a full honours degree like our BA (Hons) Performance Industries course. Alternatively you can study a PGCE or Certificate in Education to progress to teaching.
Career Opportunities Careers in the performing arts industry include being a dancer, choreographer, community arts worker, arts manager, teacher, or entrepreneur. Previous students have had numerous careers after the course including performing professionally, teaching in educational establishments, set up their own dance schools/companies and working as freelance artists.
How to Apply Please apply through UCAS www.ucas.com.  Course Code 055W.
Admissions Process

After applying through UCAS or through the college if you are internal student, you will be invited to an audition and interview. You are expected to learn and perform 1 classical and 1 contemporary monologue. You will then be interviewed by a member of the course team to discuss your reasons for applying and your career plan. You will also bring with you a theatre critique of a production that you have seen that has an impact on your perception of theatre practice.

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website: http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/higher-education/he-policies

Pre-enrolment Preparation There is no pre-enrolment preparation required.
Group Size A typical group size is between 7-15, in some classes where units are generic across pathways, this number will increase to between 20 - 30
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at: Additionalsupportenquiries@wakefield.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions All units must be achieved in order to gain the correct amount of credits for the level of qualification.
For Further Details Louise Wilkins, HND Dance Coordinator on 01924 789831 email: l.wilkins@wakefield.ac.uk
Case Study "The HND was a fantastic course that I cannot fault and I feel prepared me adequately for employment within the industry. I am currently completing my Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Lifelong Learning at Wakefield College, this will be a 2 year part-time course allowing me to work alongside this and also apply for any dance teaching or performance opportunities that may arise. I am also currently working as a Choreographer’ Emma Jo Davis - Previous HND Dance Student ‘I would highly recommend the HND in Performing Arts Dance Pathway for anyone wishing to pursue in the Dance Industry. This industry is a competitive one and it pays to comprehensive knowledge of it before you venture in to it! Not only did the HND provide me with fantastic technique classes in a variety of styles to a professional level, but the tutors themselves had valuable experience in the industry, passing on their personal guidance. The course is designed, not only to give me the physical ability to pursue your career, but the theoretical and mental skills too… I am very grateful for the experiences I had during my time on this course and I definitely wouldn't be where I am now without it.’ Cassie Butler – Previous HND Dance Student The HND Dance that I did at Wakefield College was a valuable part of my preparation to enter the dance industry. It gave me valuable training in contemporary, ballet and Jazz styles which helped me to become a more rounded performer. I was given the opportunity to develop my dance teaching skills which went on to become a more prominent aspect of my dance career. I was also given the opportunity to develop my own style and start to become the dancer I am today.’ Nicci Bateman – Previous HND Dance Student
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