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FdA (Level 4-5)

Dance

Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
Validated and awarded by UAL - University of Arts London
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Full-Time Fee (Per Year)
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire
Validated and awarded by the University of Gloucestershire

Course Overview

The FdA Dance course is taught by a team of experienced professional practitioners with a wide range of skills and specialisms. The course is designed to inspire you by providing opportunities to train, create, perform and teach dance as an evolving artform. With a focus on preparation for a career in dance and related disciplines, the course places a strong emphasis on technical and practical learning, providing training in contemporary, jazz, ballet and commercial dance styles as well as choreography, improvisation, teaching practices, and performance. A combination of technique classes and lectures delivered by highly experienced staff and guest workshop facilitators will ensure that you will become a skilled, versatile and confident dancer and practitioner. The programme also focuses on industry preparation and will equip you with the skills needed to enter the profession or other careers such as teaching and the wider leisure industry.

We provide the opportunity to perform and experience dance in a variety of venues. Previous tours have included Berlin, Holland, London and Bristol. 

The Foundation Degree in Dance comprises two-year FdA (Levels 4 and 5). This can be followed by a BA (Hons) Top-Up (Level 6) at a dance school or other university course. This structure allows for maximum flexibility, enabling you to achieve a qualification after two years or to continue for the full Honours degree.

Course Structure

FdA Dance Year 1

Technique

You will take part in a wide variety of technique classes throughout the first year including  Ballet, Jazz, Commercial and Contemporary. Some classes will be streamed according to your level so you will be placed in a class which reflects your ability. You will also have opportunities to take part in guest sessions delivered by professional artists and companies.

Choreography

You will develop choreography skills throughout the year and create your own solo choreography which you will perform in our 250 seat Olympus Theatre. You will also have opportunities to develop the devising process within a group context.

Teaching

You will develop the skills to lead dance workshops in community dance settings and have the opportunity to teach dance workshops within schools and the wider community.

Performance

Public performance opportunities will be present throughout the first year of the course and you will participate in productions in our 250 seat Olympus Theatre and 80 seat Studio 22 venue.

FdA Dance Year 2

In the second year of the course you will continue to build on, and implement the technical skills acquired in the first year, through continued technique classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial and Contemporary dance. You will continue to strengthen and develop your performance mastery and this will be accompanied by guest lecturers and specialists within the industry. You will be responsible for staging your own group choreography as well as building professional industry skills.

You will work in a variety of performance contexts including a touring performance to schools, dance platforms and productions in our 250 seat Olympus Theatre and 80 seat Studio 22 venue.

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CORE PROGRAMME STAFF

Academic
Faith Bradley
Lecturer in Dance Technique & Performance
Academic
Ginny Burbidge
Programme Lead - FdA Dance
Academic
Holly Smith
Lecturer in Dance Technique & Performance
Academic
Jake Aston
Course Leader - Level 3 Dance Year 2 & Commercial Dance Lecturer
Leadership
Stephen Titchmarsh
Head of Bristol Institute of Performing Arts