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Dance Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time

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Course outline

This course comprises the first two years of a conventional three-year degree and is design to develop students' specialist skills and knowledge in dance and choreography.

Musical Theatre and Commercial Dance have been recently introduced to the programme following student and industry partner demand. Focused on professional practice and the evaluation or technique and context; it aims to provide students with practical and analytical skills, and a working knowledge of the technical, administrative and professional aspects required to succeed in the Dance industry.

There is a strong practical element to this course, allowing for a mixture of skills-based classwork and projects. Students cover a range of topics: combining technical training, creative workshops, performance opportunities and academic skills. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of dance styles and influences in order to become a confident and versatile performer.

First year modules include:

  • Performance skills
  • Performance: context and history
  • Creative dance practice
  • Dance styles and techniques: 1

Second year modules include:

  • Dance styles and techniques: 2
  • Own projects (developing original work)
  • Dance education and community practice
  • Production company

We work with a range of visiting artists and have close links with local dance stakeholders including: Nottingham Playhouse, Lakeside Theatre and Dance 4. We also work closely with students from other disciplines such as fashion, photography and film production) on a range of collaborative projects.

Existing teaching facilities at our Clarendon campus include a course base room and general-purpose teaching spaces. There are two fully-equipped theatres: the 220 seat Clarendon Community Theatre and 84 seat Robert Lindsay Studio Theatre. There are 3 dance studios, 3 practical spaces, wardrobe, costume construction and set construction workshops.

Please note: Performing Arts courses are set to move into our new £58 million City Hub campus at Broadmarsh in early 2021.

View the full course specification here.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: W500

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions
The Lace Market

Start: 29th September 2020

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000358 / Q002110

The Lace Market

Start: 28th September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C000358 / Q002110


Foundation Degree in Dance FdA


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff. For creative courses you would usually need a qualification in a relevant subject area.

You will be invited to an interview and audition.

Mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


A combination of traditional and innovative assessment methods are used, including case studies, group projects, live briefs, peer review, time-constrained assessments and presentations.

There are no examinations.


Previous students have moved directly into industry within performance, choreography, teaching, dance production, youth and social work, fitness training, arts and events management and related work in the creative arts and leisure industries.

Alternatively, you may wish to progress to our BA (Hons) Performing Arts Top-up Degree, validated by Nottingham Trent University; or the second or third year of a second or third year of a similar degree elsewhere.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

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