Awarding Body: Pearson BTEC
Qualifications on offer: Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)
Summary of course
The HND in Dance is aimed at people looking to make dance performance or dance teaching a career. It develops skills in a range of dance styles with the opportunity to perform on stage to a variety of audiences.
The course is taught in a highly practical way using workshop style classes in which students work individually and in groups to develop and refine their skills, supported by tutors with extensive dance experience. There are at least two public performances each year with the second year focusing on progression to top stage schools around the country or the third year of a dance or similar degree.
The School of the Arts benefits from cutting-edge facilities in a building which gives students access to the studios and equipment necessary to gain the knowledge and skills demanded by a fast-moving and competitive industry.
Our resources include:
- Two large dance studios
- Two large performance studios
- TV studio
Part-time study may be available for this course and these options will be discussed at your interview.
What will I study?
The units you will study are likely to include:
- Choreography for solo and group performance
- Classical ballet background and technique
- Commercial dance techniques and performance
- Dance for camera
- Dance in education
- Employability skills
- Historical context
- Jazz dance technique and performance
- Tap dance technique and performance
- Urban and street
All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.
For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:
How is the course assessed?
This is a modular course and you will be assessed throughout the course rather than through examination. Practical projects, assignments and essays will be set for each module. The course will culminate in a final major project in which students take responsibility for the management of a major piece of assessed work showcasing their skills and specialisms. Your final major project performances will normally be staged in a public theatre in front of large audiences.
Who is this course for?
The HND Dance is for students who have reached Level 3 in this discipline either at school, college or stage school. You will be looking to progress further into the performing arts industry, specialising in dance, or into dance teaching. The course will enable you to develop further competences in solo and group performance and prepare you for auditioning for parts on the professional stage. The successful applicant is likely, but not necessarily, to have performed in public and developed at least basic skills in dance and singing, ready to be taken to the next level by experienced professionals with a background in the industry.
Progression and Career Opportunities
Career opportunities include:
- Work in theatres across the country and abroad
- Work on cruise ships or holiday resorts
Entry Requirements for new students
Generally a level 3 qualification is required at a grade equivalent to 48 UCAS points or above. This could be as two or more Alevels at grade D or above, or as a BTEC Extended Diploma (or other similar qualification) at PPP or Diploma (or other similar qualification) at MP> Successful applicants will also be required to have achieved GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above.
In circumstances where an applicant has not taken these qualifications (for example, for an applicant aged 21 or over) an offer will made based on the application, consideration of relevant experience and, in some cases, an interview.
You must bring your interview letter to your appointment with you and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.
You are likely to be invited in for audition and interview before an offer is made. You will be asked to prepare a short piece for audition and be able to talk about your dance experience and ambitions.