Dance Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

On this course you will study all aspects of dance and aspects of the performing arts including contemporary dance, jazz dance, commercial, tap dance, audition techniques and relevant industry skills.

You also study a range of dance practitioners and their works, learn and perform choreographed pieces andcreate exciting new work of your own. These will be performed in public in the McMillan Theatre as well as the region’s other venues. The course has a strong history of working with the top dance practitioners and schools, and professionals regularly deliver workshops, with students also accessing training nationally and internationally during the course.

Units may include:

  • Commercial dance
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical contemporary dance
  • Ballet
  • Performance skills
  • Choreography

This course includes trips and visits, with previous students visiting New York, Disneyland Paris and Mississippi. Live performance is a valuable experience and students are encouraged to watch a variety of shows and performances.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is via coursework based on assignments set in each unit. Assignments involve performance projects, individual research and group work. On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an overall distinction, merit or pass grade.

Progression Options

The College’s dance students regularly progress to some of the best universities for performing arts in the country. These have included London Contemporary Dance School, LIPA and Bird College.

Dance students are also accepted on a wide range of other courses or find employment in the entertainment or leisure industries. Previous students have also been employed by organisations within the performance arts industry or gone on to teaching qualifications.

Course Summary

Course Title Dance Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range or a Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade. Experience and understanding of dance are essential and will be assessed by interview and audition.

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I’ve gained so much confidence and I know this is what I want to do in the future. It’s an outstanding course and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to go into the performing arts industry, it prepares you and makes you feel ready for the next step.

Harriet Cameron - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts

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