This brand new Foundation programme for 2018 provides an intensive year of study.
Students who are successful in achieving the required standard at the end of the Foundation Year, will gain automatic progression to the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance programme at Trinity Laban. The Foundation Year also provides the basis for application to a range of other undergraduate dance and dance-related programmes in UK higher education.
- develop their performance skills through a dedicated practice-based programme of study.
- learn about current concerns, thinking and methodologies relating to fitness, safe practice, health and wellbeing of the dancer
- develop strong technical, creative and choreographic skills, while gaining an understanding of the analytical frameworks that support this devleopment
- learn about the diverse historical and socio-cultural contexts within which current contemporary dance work has been/is created and performed.
- benefit from a learning environment that nurtures creativity, innovation, reflection, critical thinking and collaborative approaches
- engage in new approaches to learning and creative practice
- develop a respect for the viewpoints of others, and a confidence to communicate ideas and contribute to critical discussion and creative enquiry.
The programme comprises four modules:
Module 1: Technical Practice
Module 2: Creating Dance
Module 3: Exploring Dance through Time and Location
Module 4: Performance Platform
The dance modules are designed as an integrated learning experience. Where relevant, learning will be cross-referenced across modules: for example, the learning in Modules 1 & 2 will be linked through the way in which they are taught and in the assessment tasks; Modules 3 & 4 will link to the learning in Modules 1 & 2, exploring themes and topics that are relevant across the areas of learning.
The curriculum design is underpinned by collaboration between the Programme Leader and members of the teaching team to support an integrative learning and teaching model, so that effective links are established for students across the areas of study.
Learning will take place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and self-directed study, taking place in formal taught classes, workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials. Learning and teaching methods support the acquisition of knowledge and skills, alongside critical thinking and reflective evaluation. Students will be encouraged to be active learners in contributing to discussion, peer observation and feedback, and group work.
Alongside the taught elements of the Programme, hours are allocated for self-directed study to support your learning in the taught sessions. In this time, you will be expected to undertake a variety of tasks, including exploration and experimentation within the studio; rehearsals; reading, research and viewing of works on film; alongside an expectation for individual reflection. At various points during the year you will have tutorials with your module teachers to support your studies.
Indicative notional learning hours: contact hours; self-directed learning hours
The Programme consists of 1200 learning hours, made up of contact hours in class, and self-directed learning hours which include preparation for assessment components.
Contact hours and self-directed learning hours are different for each Module and are related to the nature of study: for some modules, you will have a high number of contact hours and a lower allocation of self-directed learning hours; for other modules you will have a high number of self-directed hours and a lower number of contact hours. The allocation of self-directed learning hours indicates our expectations of you for each of the modules, and we provide a guide as to how you might use these hours effectively.
Extra-curricular activities: an important aspect of the programme is increasing your knowledge of the art form, and you are encouraged to attend as many performances, exhibitions, showings etc. in as many different art forms as you are able. These do not have to be performances in major professional venues; there are many local arts events and activities that are of high quality and reasonably priced or sometimes free of charge. During the year there are performances by visiting professionals in the Laban Theatre and these will often be used as starting points for discussion in lectures and seminars. There are also many other internal performances, showings and sharings of work from programmes in the Faculty of Dance and the Faculty of Music at Trinity Laban, all of which contribute to your learning experience.
Each module of the Foundation Programme: Contemporary Dance is assessed separately through assessment tasks within each Module, providing a range of processes and modes of delivery for you to engage with. Assessment Components are designed to demonstrate your ability to meet the respective learning outcomes of each module; they include: practical classes; structured tasks; practical presentations; performance; oral presentations; essay; portfolio.
A schedule of aassessment tasks will be published each year. You will receive an assignment sheet which details the requirements of each formal assignment / presentation.
Formative feedback takes the form of: in-class dialogue and discussion on a continuing basis; tutorials with the module/component tutors and/or the Programme Leader at key milestones during the year.
Summative feedback is provided for each formally assessed task in the form of a mark awarded in accordance with the published marking criteria. Students also receive written feedback for each assessment task, relating specifically to the standard achieved against the assessment criteria.
Normally, applicants to the Foundation Programme will be 17+ and have the following dance and academic profile:
Practical dance experience of one dance form is expected (e.g. contemporary dance, classical ballet, urban dance), assessed at audition: candidates will be expected to demonstrate technical expertise and potential, and imaginative responses to creative tasks set; commitment and potential to study dance at a professional level; and enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training.
5 GCSEs (including English Language), grades A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs)
a combination of 2/3 GCSEs (including English Language), grades A*-C / or 9-4 (in 2017 GCSEs), plus a BTEC First Diploma (Level 2)
Advanced GCE (A-level) or an AS GCE (AS-level)
equivalent, including level 3 Graded and Vocational Graded qualifications in Dance on the NQF/RQF (allocated points on the UCAS tariff): e.g. level 3 qualifications of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD); Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD)
BTEC National Diploma: Dance or a named Dance or Performing Arts pathway
combinations of the above level 3 qualifications
Equivalent qualifications and/or relevant prior experience will be considered.
Where applicable, the following English language entrance requirements apply:
- Foundation Programme: Contemporary Dance: normally the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) B2 (IELTS 5.5 min in all areas).
- International Foundation Programme: Contemporary Dance & English: CEFR B1 (IELTS 4.0 min in all areas).
Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2018/19, the tuition fees are:
To view the 2017/18 fees, visit Dance Fees 2017/18.
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
The provision for automatic progression to Trinity Laban’s BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance programme means that if applicants are successful at audition for the Foundation programme they will be eligible to apply for a UK government tuition fee loan for their Foundation Year, through the Student Loan Company. The government loan is available on the basis that the Programme offers Foundation Entry to the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance, in other words, it is a 4-year programme for candidates meeting the required thresholds for progression. According to personal circumstances, a maintenance grant may also be available.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
How to Apply
Submit an application via UCAS Conservatoires and you will be scheduled for an audition. Early application is recommended as there are limited places available and auditions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The audition day for the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance (Foundation Entry) will take place on Saturday 21 April 2018, 12pm, and will consist of the following:
- Contemporary Dance Technique class: 1½ hours
- Creative Dance class
- Individual interview: approx. 10 minutes
- Tour of the building (optional)
The day will finish no later than 5pm.
Applicants unable to attend the audition in person may be considered for entry to the programme by submitting a recorded audition via the online admission platform
(Embark). The recording should include the following:
- 30 minutes of material from a Dance Technique Class
- 1½ minute solo devised and performed by the applicant to a task set by Trinity Laban
- filmed presentation of the candidate, responding to questions set by Trinity Laban (for example, commentary on a dance work of their choice, the process of creating their solo)
Applicants should note that applications for deferred entry will not be considered.
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