Course Type: Full Time,Higher Education

Higher National Diploma (HND) Dance Professional Practice in partnership with Dance City

  • Course Code AAA0829
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Daytime
  • Start Date 17th September 2018
  • Fee Year 1: £5,995
    Year 2: £5,995
  • Duration 2 years
  • Campus Dance City

If you dream of a career in dance then this programme will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to succeed.

Our HND in Dance is practically focused and has a strong emphasis on developing your dance technique. You’ll spend up to 75% of your study time in the dance studio, undergoing rigorous technical training.

The programme celebrates all aspects of dance and you’ll be encouraged and inspired to become a versatile professional, able to achieve a long-term career in dance.

What is a HND?

A Higher National Diploma, or HND, is a two-year level 5 qualification. It is equivalent to a Foundation Degree or the first two years of a BA programme. HNDs focus on the development of technical and vocational skills and are ideal preparation for jumping straight into work, but are typically followed by a level 6 degree top up so that you finish with a BA (Hons) degree.

The majority of your training will take place at Dance City.

Dance City is a major UK and international centre for dance. you will be submerged in this purpose built dance environment, with 5 studios, meeting rooms, a café and a stunning theatre, where they host performances throughout the year from visiting professional companies and regional dance showcases, as well as regular student showcases. Dance City are linked in to the National Dance Network, a group of all the main dance buildings and organisations in the UK and support and develop artists from across the world. They also deliver 80 community classes each week, for the people of the region to experience and build their skills through dance. 

Study will be divided into three focus areas:

  • Professional practice
  • Education
  • Community

Professional Practice

You will develop your abilities and physical understanding of accurate and artistic dance technique. You will cover a wide range of classical and contemporary styles including ballet, contemporary, urban/street, jazz and world. Working with a diverse range of professional choreographers, you will gain an understanding of various choreographic processes and learn how to develop your own style and ideas. 

You will learn about the principles of current teaching practice and how to develop and adapt materialto be relevant to different ages and mental and physical abilities. You will also cover the historical context of dance and choreography. Guest teachers will lead classes and you will take part in teaching placements in schools and community settings.

This element of the course will prepare you to be a responsible and versatile teacher and manager of community projects. You will study Pilates technique, anatomy and technical dance awareness and safety along with essential dance management subjects such as dance and the law, child protection, risk assessments, managing budgets and proposal writing. You will also look at the current dance industry and choreographers working in the international dance scene today.

What can I do after the course?

93% of our higher education students progress in to work and further study. Following this course, you could go straight into work, do an extra year to top up to a BA (Hons). You could also move on to a programme at some of the top dance conservatoires as many of our past students have done.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run advertised programmes, this programme will run subject to learner recruitment numbers.

An interview is required, an audition is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

Applications can be made through UCAS; our institution code is G09. For more information you can contact us on 0191 490 2245.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of modules includes a mix of summative and formative elements including assignments, reports, presentations, case studies and practical work based portfolios.

How will I be taught?

A mixture of classroom, practical and workshop work.

Qualifications needed

112 UCAS Tariff points

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (9-4) including English Language and maths.

Mature applicants without qualifications but with equivalent experience and knowledge may apply. Suitability will be determined at an interview.

You will be required to pass an audition designed to assess your practical skills.

Required experience

Applicants should be confident dancers who have experience of more than one dance technique. The ability to embark upon a portfolio career in dance is essential, as is the ability to engage with creative tasks and choreographic work.

There are loans available that you can apply for to help cover the costs of course fees and living costs(if studying full time).

For more information or advice, contact our finance support services on 0191 490 4627 or 0191 426 4329. Our support funds team can also be emailed at support.funds@gateshead.ac.uk