Performing Arts (Dance), Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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The HND in Performing Arts (Dance) builds on the previous experience and enables dancers to achieve a qualification at level 5, and to progress their technical and performance skills in essential studio practice of contemporary techniques, jazz dance and commercial dance. To progress their skills as choreographers, facilitators and future dance professionals, students will lead, manage and create work for the department’s own EnHaNCeD Undergraduate Performance Company, with Level 4 students working as the ensemble company, in addition to performing themselves. Students will initiate projects, liaise with external agencies and deliver dance performance for a public audience in the College’s own theatre and for local and national dance events and festivals. Students will gain essential academic knowledge of research in theory and practice methodologies appropriate for those wishing to complete post graduate study. They will also have an opportunity to develop their workshop leadership and teaching skills in a variety of community and schools settings under the mentorship of experienced tutors.

Units Covered:

• Creative Research Project

• Working in the Performing Arts

• Jazz Dance 2

• Contemporary Dance 2

• Commercial Dance 2

• Physical Theatre

• Working in Creative Education.

Skills and Knowledge Developed:

The programme will develop students’ in-depth understanding of Dance and the possibilities within the genre. Students will be challenged about how to direct and manage an ensemble of dancers in performance, EnHaNCeD Dance Company, and will collaborate with their peers and liaise with professional artists and organisations to progress work from its initial stages to final outcome. They will be equipped with the necessary skills to establish their own choreographic and artistic vision and to put this into practice. Alongside the many practical skills gained, students will develop self-management, self-promotion and interpersonal skills while improving their reflective practice and evaluation skills. They will produce a small scale dissertation to feed directly into level 6 Degree level study. There will also be a number of transferable skills gained over the course of the qualification in areas such as problem solving, numeracy, IT and communication.

Special Features:

Within the programme there will be numerous opportunities for learners to attain a level of professional practice. Strong links with community organisations, arts festivals and creative industries will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and networking opportunities. Learning is supported through a series of contextual visits, including London, where students will have the opportunity to visit trade fairs, participate in workshops and watch shows. There are also opportunities (through our strong links with other arts organisations) to take part in workshops by leading practitioners and dance companies.

Please note: this course will only run when sufficient applications are received.

All information about your course including the programme structure, entry requirements, fees and teaching & assessment methods is made available to you via the prospectus.

Please see our HE Prospectus available in full online.