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Courses at Ballet West

HND Professional Dance Performance

BA (Hons) Dance

COURSE PROFILE

LENGTH OF COURSE

COURSE FEATURES

COURSE CONTENT

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 

APPLICATION PROCESS

OVERSEAS STUDENTS

FEES

STUDENT FUNDING


COURSE PROFILE

The three year programme of study at Ballet West is comprised of two separate courses. A two year HND in Professional Dance Performance followed by a one year BA (Hons) Dance (completion award). Ballet West is an Approved Centre to deliver the HND for the Scottish Qualifications Authority and the degree is validated by Northumbria University. You will be enrolled as a Ballet West student throughout your time at the school and all teaching will take place at Ballet West in Argyll.

Students with appropriate entry qualifications can enter the degree course only. You may also exit after two years with an HND qualification and return to complete your degree at a later date or go on to study elsewhere.

The programme prepares you for a career in the performance and choreography of ballet and other dance forms. The HND gives a grounding the technique and performance of various dance styles and the choreographic process, including individual choreographic projects. It also includes units in the teaching of dance and its social and artistic context.

The degree year builds on the skills attained during the HND and concentrates on the choreographic process and the technique and performance of ballet. As a graduate, you will have become a reflective and creative dancer with excellent technique and considerable performance experience. 

 

LENGTH OF COURSE

  • HND Professional Dance Performance - 2 years, full-time
  • BA (Hons) Dance (completion award) - 1 year, full-time

There are no part-time equivalents to these courses

All courses begin on 5th September 2016

 

COURSE FEATURES

  • Training at a centre of excellence for ballet
  • Tutors with considerable performing experience
  • Opportunities to create your own choreography
  • Opportunities to dance in genuine performance contexts
  • Wide range of experience offering breadth of employment opportunities
  • Specific preparation for professional audition process

The school has a considerable international reputation as a centre of excellence for ballet training. The HND and BA(Hons) courses give you a range of experiences which is broad in years one and two but allows specialisation in year three and always cultivates your creative and reflective skills.

In addition to the academic qualifications, students at Ballet West benefit from the unique aspects of training at the school that have set it apart from other schools, particularly in classical ballet. You can be prepared for and enter Royal Academy of Dance examinations up to Solo Seal level. You will also participate in the Ballet West performing company which tours full-length ballets around Scotland and abroad. The company gives you the invaluable experience of working with professional dancers in class and in performance for audiences in a variety of venues, thus preparing you for your dancing career.

You will have the opportunity to work with choreographers who are also working closely with companies such as the Royal Ballet and have a wealth of experience and contacts in the dance world. The size of the school enables the highly trained staff to give intensive and tailored training to students who aspire to a career in the performing arts. Resident staff are supported by a wide range of guest professionals who provide links between you and the performing arts industry. This all enables you to become a reflective practitioner of your art, enabling a critical awareness of your work and the work of others.

 

COURSE CONTENT

HND Professional Dance Performance

This is a varied and broad ranging course which gives experience of a number of dance styles and academic disciplines. All units are compulsory and you must pass all assessment tasks to achieve the HND award.

The majority of assessment is through observation of your dance classes and performance of prepared practical work. Other modes of assessment include

  • Written evaluations of practical assessment and other written work
  • Examinations
  • Essays
  • Presentations

HND Professional Dance Performance YEAR 1

Classical Ballet Techniques 1

Studio based, technical dance classes involving creating and performing new choreography

Jazz Dance Techniques 1

Commercial Dance  Techniques 1

Contemporary Dance Techniques 1

An Introduction to Performance and Production

A rehearsal and performance based unit culminating in a public performance

Anatomy and Injury Prevention for Dancers

A lecture based unit, teaching basic anatomy as it relates to dance

Choreographic Skills

A practical and studio based introduction to the choreographic process

Body conditioning

A basic practical course in body conditioning in which students develop a personalised exercise plan

Professional Dance Performance: Graded Unit 1

An independent project in which student develop their own choreography on themselves and others. This unit develops individual research and creative skills. Practical work is supported by a written project and the unit is graded.

HND Professional Dance Performance YEAR 2

Classical Ballet Techniques 2

Studio based, technical dance classes involving creating and performing new choreography

Jazz Dance Techniques 2

Commercial Dance Techniques 2

Contemporary Dance Techniques 2

Advanced Performance and Production

A rehearsal and performance based unit culminating in a public performance

Dance Teaching Skills

A practical unit giving students the skills to teach dance through development of teaching plans and teaching theory and practice.

Audition and Portfolio for Dance

Preparation for professional auditions and self-marketing. Includes skills relating to website production and video editing

Contextual Studies

A lecture based unit setting dance in an artistic, social and political context

Body conditioning advanced

A more advanced course in body conditioning

Professional Dance Performance: Graded Unit 2

An independent project in which student develop their own choreography on themselves. This unit develops individual research and creative skills. Practical work is supported by a written project and the unit is graded.


BA(Hons) Dance (Completion award)

Dance Company Class

Technical dance classes in ballet

Dance Company

This module comprises three parts

  • Performance in two productions throughout the year
  • Facilitation of workshops with younger dancers
  • Production of self-marketing materials online

Representation and Performance

A classroom based module exploring the social contexts of dance

21st Century Choreography

A practical module looking at the choreographic process

Independent Dance Project

Students’ own projects. You can choose between producing a piece of choreography or a long research essay

 Other training opportunities

In addition to the formal qualifications on offer at Ballet West you will also take part in –

  • Classes to prepare you for Royal Academy of Dance examinations
  • Non – syllabus (free) ballet classes
  • Rehearsals and performances with the Ballet West company (a formal part of the Dance Company module in year 3) 


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Year 1

The minimum academic entry requirement is

  • 5 GCSEs at A*-C (4-9) including English OR
  • 5 National 5 qualifications at A-C including English OR
  • 5 credit Standard grades OR
  • Equivalent local academic qualifications (please contact Ballet West if considering entry with non- UK qualifications)

The minimum dance entry requirement is to attend an audition and to be familiar with the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate syllabus, or equivalent.

 

Year 3

The minimum academic entry requirement is

  • HND professional dance performance (gained at Ballet West)
  • HND in dance related subject (gained elsewhere)
  • Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject discipline
  • Level 5 BA degree work in an appropriate subject discipline (Diploma in Higher Education)
  • Mature applicants without such a Level 5 qualification but with equivalent skills, knowledge and understanding gained through professional experience will also be considered.

Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications may be required to undertake additional training to ensure equivalence to HND professional dance performance.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit your application form (either enclosed with this prospectus or downloaded from http://www.balletwest.co.uk/full-time-training/how-apply/ ) You will need to include and audition fees of £40 and photographs of yourself in dancewear

1. Demi plié in 1st position with arms in 2nd

2. Tendu devant effacé (open position) with arms in 4th

3. Tendu a la seconde a terre en face with arms in 2nd

4. 1st arabesque en l’air de côté (facing side)

We invite all applicants to audition at a mutually convenient time. We advise that students who have a lot of travelling to do arrive in Taynuilt on the evening before your audition and we can advise on local accommodation.

You will usually audition on your own or with one or two other prospective students and will take part in a ballet class with existing students. Your audition will be followed by an interview with the principal where you can ask anything about the school and your training.

You will receive an offer or rejection of your place shortly after your audition and will be required to send in a deposit to secure your place on the course.

 

 

UK AND EU FEES

The fees for UK and EU students for 2017-18 are £10,000.

Fees are paid as follows –

On acceptance of a place at the school

Non-refundable deposit

£1000

On 1st May 2017

1st instalment

£3000

Student funding loans and grants may be available to assist with balance of fees (£6000) depending on your home address (see below). Any fees not covered by student finance should be paid in 10 equal instalments from August 2017 – June 2018.

 

 

OTHER COSTS

There is an audition fee of £40, which is paid on application.

While a student at Ballet West, you will have basic living costs for rent, food, travel etc. In addition you are required to provide your own dance wear and shoes, including Ballet West uniform leotards (available from Dancia). You will also need to make an allowance for books and stationery.

 

STUDENT FUNDING

The funding you can apply for depends on where you live. The amount of assistance you will receive for your living expenses will also depend on your parents’ income. You may also be eligible for other grants and loans and should consult your funding body’s website for more details.

  • students from Scotland
    • Support from Student Awards Agency for Scotland
    • Grant available for fees of £1205 (2016-17 figure)
    • Maintenance grants and loans available, depending on household income
    • See website for more details www.SAAS.gov.uk
  • students from EU and EEA
    • Support from Student Awards Agency for Scotland
    • Grant available for fees of £1205 (2016-17 figure)
    • See website for more details www.SAAS.gov.uk
  • Students from England
    • Support from Student Finance England (subject to re-designation)
    • Loan available for fees of £6000 (2015-16 figure)
    • Maintenance loans available, depending on household income
    • See website for more details www.gov.uk/studentfinance
  • Students from Wales
    • Support from Student Finance Wales
    • Loan available for fees of £6000 (2016-17 figure)
    • Maintenance loans available, depending on household income
    • See website for more details www.studentfinancewales.co.uk
  • Students from Northern Ireland
    • Support from Student Finance Northern Ireland
    • Loan available for fees of £3685 (2016-17 figure)
    • Maintenance loans available, depending on household income
    • See website for more details www.studentfinanceni.co.uk
  • Students from outside the UK and EU - No support available from UK governments


OVERSEAS STUDENTS
If you are an Overseas student, you will need a Tier 4 (general) visa from the UK Visa and Immigration service.  Students from a non-majority English speaking countries are required to have a Secure English Language Test such as IELTS or equivalent. You should achieve CEFR (Common European Framework for languages) level B2, which is an overall IELTS band score of 6, with no element being less than 5.5. (further details of requirements for a student visa are to be found at https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visaThis site includes lists of countries considered to be English speaking and a list of the approved centres worldwide for the SELT)

Audition by DVD is possible for overseas students, however it is advisable for you to visit the school prior to joining the course.


OVERSEAS FEES

The fees for overseas students for 2017-18 entry are £15,000.

 

OTHER COSTS

There is an audition fee of £40, which is paid on application.

While a student at Ballet West, you will have basic living costs for rent, food, travel etc. In addition you are required to provide your own dance wear and shoes, including Ballet West uniform leotards (available from Dancia). You will also need to make an allowance for books and stationery.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ballet West.
You have made me the person that I am today and for that I thank you… You never really know what you’ve got until it’s gone…
I did gain a family – a family that I was privileged to be part of. 
I am proud to be a graduate of the Ballet West School".

-
Ballet West Graduate


 

Currently Auditioning for 2017 entry

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Ballet West
Ichrachan House - Taynuilt - Argyll - PA35 1HP - Scotland - UK
t. 01866 822641 - e. balletwest@btconnect.com
Ballet West is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status
Company Number 175325 - Scottish Charity Number SCO22105

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