Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Dance - FdA (Foundation Degree)/BA (Hons) Degree

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Course Code: HE0035-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2/3 Years

This highly practical course allows you develop your dance technique throughout a variety of genres in our outstanding facilities. There are options to pursue performance, choreographic and/or teaching interests as part of the course.

Key features

  • Streamed technique classes according to ability/prior training
  • Performance experience in our own theatre spaces and external venues
  • Collaboration with theatre, music, photography and design students
  • Links with outside organisations to offer additional training, teaching experience and choreographic opportunities
  • High contact teaching hours and one-to-one support
  • Professionally equipped theatre on campus
  • Professional dance and rehearsal studios
  • Optional third year to gain BA (Hons) degree

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Course requirements

Audition and interview.

Individual offer conditions will vary. Normally a relevant A Level or Level 3 Extended Diploma.

Industry experience may be taken into account.

The first two years lead to the FdA qualification, after which the BA top-up year is optional.

FdA course content (Years 1 & 2):

This highly practical course allows you develop your dance technique throughout a variety of genres. You will take part in regular practical classes to build on your technical and performance skills, providing you individual feedback and progress reviews.

Performance is an integral part of your skills development and you will take part in a variety of performance workshops. You will be provided opportunities including studio, theatre and outside performances, where you will gain valuable and varied experience.

There is a strong focus on developing skills suitable for teaching or leading workshops; this will help improve communication skills, understanding of dance development, safety in dance and delivery of lessons. You will learn how to produce appropriate lesson plans, tailor lessons for specific levels or abilities and be given teaching opportunities to gain experience. 

During the course you will work independently and collaboratively to develop exciting, innovative work. The programme has a strong creative focus with choreography at the heart. Through discussion, reflection and critical thinking you will learn to consolidate your practical skills and artistry.

Collaboration is a fundamental part of the course and you will work with students from other pathways in order to develop material as part of the Northbrook Theatre team. Working with Production Arts students regarding all aspects of creating a work gives our students a rich experience of theatre which extends far beyond a dance studio. Not only is this collaboration valuable but also gives our students a very real network of fellow professionals to enter the industry with. 

The course is designed to provide you with multiple skill bases in which to enter the industry or progress to further study. There will be many opportunities available to you across your two years of study to gain relevant experience of the dance and performing arts industry. Within your second year of study the focus is upon gaining relevant work experience. You may choose to focus this upon one area, or to explore the opportunities available to you. You will be guided in forming a dance company in which to tour devised work, as well as complete a work experience placement within arts administration, therapy, performance or education.

The FdA course is made up of 12 units consisting of practical workshops developing students' technical skills and knowledge including:

Dance Technique 

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Dance Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Pilates, Yoga and Body Conditioning.


You will study a wide range of choreographers during this course and be given the opportunity to create dance work in collaboration with other Theatre Arts students studying Musical Theatre, Music, Costume, Hair and Make-up and Theatre Production.

Dance Performance 

You will rehearse and perform a wide range of repertoire and devised work throughout this course, collaborating with students across other courses to create work that is not only industry specific but also simulates a professional working environment within the performing arts industry.

Recent performance opportunities include:

  • Brighton Fringe Festival 
  • MOVE IT dance exhibition in London
  • Theatre Royal, Windsor
  • Brighton Pride

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can progress to the optional third year BA top-up course. For more information, go to the BA top-up course page.

On successful completion of the two-year FdA course, students can either progress to the third year BA top-up course, or enter employment.

For some students it is possible that they need no further training and can enter the industry to audition for agents/productions or create their own performance work.

Potential careers

  • Dance company member
  • Agency performer
  • Choreographer
  • Dance teacher
  • Dance therapist
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