Dance & Musical Theatre - Higher National Certificate

The HNC in Performing Arts (Dance & Musical Theatre) is a brand new programme that provides you with an exciting one-year industry based training that will prepare you for the next step in your career. You will gain the required practical and vocational knowledge to enable you to work in the professional dance and musical theatre industry.

The programme will encourage you to gain a broad variety of skills as a musical theatre performer developing your dance technique and acting and singing musical theatre performance skills culminating in performances at the in-house Miskin Theatre and beyond.

Through regular guidance from industry professionals you will gain the ability to critically evaluate, develop and progress your knowledge and skills within the performing arts industry. You will be offered all the tools necessary to embark on a successful career.

You will participate in ballet, contemporary, choreography, jazz and tap classes alongside complementary musical theatre workshops developing your ability to be a triple-threat performer combining your acting, dance and singing skills leading to a variety of performance opportunities. You will also explore and develop an understanding of how to correctly market and manage yourself as an artist and performer.

Through regular guidance from industry professionals you will gain the ability to critically evaluate, develop and progress your knowledge and skills within the performing arts industry. You will be offered all the tools necessary to embark on a successful career.

Units covered:
Creative Arts Professional Practice (mandatory)
Creative Arts Research Skills (mandatory)
Classical Ballet Background and Technique
Commercial Dance
Contemporary Dance Techniques
Dance for Musical Theatre
Jazz Dance Technique and Performance
Singing for Musical Theatre

As part of this programme you might be able to complete ISTD ballet, modern and tap examinations and teaching qualifications (additional costs apply).

Aims of programme

The aims of the programme are:
• To provide you with knowledge and understanding of a variety of dance and musical theatre performance in a range of genres
• To enable you to develop your practical dance technique skills in a variety of dance techniques and styles including ballet, contemporary, and jazz
• To enable you to develop your practical musical theatre skills including acting, dance and singing within a performance context
• To enable you opportunities to work within the dance and musical theatre industry, applying the knowledge learnt within the programme, and demonstrating the ability to analyse and evaluate your work-based performance
• To provide you with an understanding of how the industry works so you can market yourself successfully as an artist/performer
• To give you essential leadership skills to work in the dance and musical theatre industry
• To enable you to develop necessary professional reflective skills through a variety of stimulating and varied learning environments. These skills can then be built upon throughout your professional life
• To enhance self-reflection, critical thinking skills and independent learning, so you can develop creative autonomy and become a self-sufficient artist
To provide a suitable academic platform for progression to honours level study or further professional development

Programme contents

Units covered:
Creative Arts Professional Practice (mandatory)
Creative Arts Research Skills (mandatory)
Classical Ballet Background and Technique
Contemporary Dance Techniques
Dance for Musical Theatre
Jazz Dance Technique and Performance
Musical Theatre Performance

Choreography for Solo Performance (optional)*
Dance and Health (optional)*
Dance in Education (optional)*
Singing for Musical Theatre (optional)*
*one optional unit will be selected (subject to demand)

As part of this programme you might be able to complete ISTD ballet, modern and tap examinations and teaching qualifications (additional costs apply).

Awarding body

Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry requirements




Minimum requirements (students 21 years old):
• 40 UCAS Points
• GCSE grade C or 4 and above in English and Maths

Desirable requirements (students 21 years old):
• 80 UCAS Points
• GCSE grade C or 4 and above in English and Maths

Mature student requirements (students 21 years old):
If you don’t have the UCAS point requirements, but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, then your application is welcomed

Progression / Careers

Dance and Musical Theatre School
Working in the industry
Progression to teaching/education degrees

Fees

£5950

Modes of assessment

A logbook on ‘Weebly’ which is the basis of all academic work and looks to promote a self-sufficient artist.