BA (Hons) Professional Performance (top-up)
Applications to study at our leading conservatoire, delivering world-class education and training in theatre dance and music theatre, on this one-year top-up course are now open.
This one-year top-up programme, following on from London Studio Centre’s FdA in Professional Dance Performance, provides an in-depth development of specialist skills in CLASSICAL BALLET, CONTEMPORARY DANCE, JAZZ DANCE or MUSIC THEATRE. Intensive tuition by renowned industry professionals through workshops, masterclasses and R&D sessions enables students to develop their own independent professional practice as performers. Students have frequent opportunities to perform, from informal, in-house presentations of work to full evening performances at major London venues and elsewhere across the UK. A strong focus on employability equips students with the required knowledge and skills to take advantage of employment opportunities in the performing arts industry. Research in creative practice, contextual studies or dance science/psychology further enhances performance practice.
Validated by the University for the Creative Arts
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This course enables graduates to:
- Develop coherent and detailed knowledge of professional dance theatre as a performance practice and appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of this knowledge
- Review, consolidate, extend, apply and transfer knowledge and conceptual understanding and communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Develop potential as creative artists working both independently and collaboratively to explore, reflect, problem solve and critically evaluate different approaches
- Acquire skills in self-reliance, exercising initiative and decision making to manage learning and career prospects.
Applicants will be expected to audition for entry onto the course in for one of the four companies in either: Classical Ballet (Images Ballet Company), Contemporary dance (INTOTO Dance), Jazz dance (Jazz Co), or Musical Theatre (Seedtime).
Applicants are normally expected to have:
- Successfully completed a foundation degree in dance (Level 5), such as LSC’s FdA in Professional Dance Performance
- Current dance skills, practical knowledge, understanding of technique and style and the capacity for critical reflection on performance at Level 6 demonstrated at audition and interview for students not transferring directly from LSC’s FdA in Professional Dance Performance
- The aptitude for professionally orientated practical study of performance techniques at level 6 and the potential to benefit from dance training as judged through audition for those applicants not transferring directly from LSC’s FdA in Professional Dance Performance
- The level of health and fitness necessary to study intensively as confirmed at a physical examination by a specialist physiotherapist.
Applicants who have non-standard qualifications (or who wish work or life experience to be taken into account as part of their application) will be considered on an individual basis, in line with the general aims and principles of UCA’s Admissions Policy and within the terms of the Accreditation of Prior Learning policy (APEL).
If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent. If you require a visa to study in the UK, you will also need a minimum score of 5.5 in each individual component.
We are unable to accept applications for deferred entry or defer offers for this course as applicants must retain a high level of fitness prior to enrolment.
The ethos of developing employability skills is integrated and thoroughly embedded into this course through work-integrated learning. Relevant transferable employability skills include communication, self-motivation, collaborative working, openness, curiosity, commitment to personal development and challenge, time management and problem solving. These attributes are characteristic of students’ work on repertoire, in public performances, and choreography, indeed, wherever and whenever they have to collaborate with others on the course. The development of transferable skills and professional attitudes are embedded in all of the Units, especially UB603 Employability in Practice. It is encouraged in reflective practice and the maintenance of a personal portfolio, which will provide students with an opportunity to assess the value of the skills and knowledge they are developing and identify their future learning and development needs.
Other transferable employability skills including communication, self-motivation, collaborative working, openness, curiosity, commitment to personal development and challenge, time management and problem solving are developed through the courses.
The development of employability skills is integral and thoroughly embedded into the course through work-integrated learning. Relevant transferable employability skills include communication, self-motivation, collaborative working, openness, curiosity, commitment to personal development and challenge, time management and problem solving. These attributes are characteristic of students’ work on repertoire, in public performances, and choreography, indeed, wherever and whenever they have to collaborate with others on the course.
An intensive timetable is designed to fulfil the student's professional aspirations. More details will be announced soon.