Why study the Foundation Year in Performing Arts at Middlesex University*?
The Foundation Year in Performing Arts is offered as an entry route to a dance, music or theatre degree for students who don't yet meet the entry requirements for degree-level study. You enrol on a four-year course which includes the one-year foundation year. The number of students who progress to degree study is very high - in fact some of these students have gone on to become some of our most successful graduates.
The Foundation Year in Performing Arts is taught in our excellent studios and facilities at our Hendon campus by the same lecturing staff who teach on our degree courses. You are taught in small group seminars, workshops and lectures.
The Foundation Year is for you if:
you do not have the right qualifications for a full degree
you feel you are not yet ready for degree-level study
you have limited or no technical experience, and wish to gain confidence in technical areas of study
you are returning to study and feel you need some help to get up to speed with the demands of learning before embarking on a degree
If you are interested in studying the Foundation Year in Performing Arts, you must apply to one of our four-year degree courses. Please have a look at the How to apply tab for further information. Successful completion of the foundation year guarantees entry onto your chosen degree.
What will you study on the Foundation Year in Performing Arts?
This programme comprises four 30-credit modules that are delivered through a combination of weekly and intensive engagement. Core knowledge and skills are embedded on a weekly basis in cohort and discipline-specific groups. Two intensive project modules, one group/one individual, allow you to focus in depth at a later point in the programme.
Teaching is delivered through workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials. You also benefit from guest lecture series’ in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, and visits to performances and other events in London.
This module provides you with fundamental written and oral communication skills required to study a performing arts-based subject (dance, music or theatre) at undergraduate level. This module aims to develop confidence and competence in the acquisition and use of academic English language skills, developing critical thinking and knowledge of discipline-specific vocabularies, forms and contexts. Weekly delivery.
Performing Arts Practice
This module develops core skills in one of the performing arts-based subjects (dance, music or theatre). It aims to develop confidence and competencies of the individual and lays the foundation for the development of the skills required for discipline-based practice. Weekly delivery.
Foundation students will work in cross-discipline groups on a supported, collaborative project, to share and to explore the ways in which performing arts disciplines interact. Intensive project.
This module provides the opportunity for the student to choose a topic from a series of set questions, to research it and present findings in written form. Intensive project.
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto the following programmes will require an *audition:
BA Dance Performance with Foundation Year
BA Dance Studies with Foundation Year
BA Theatre Arts with Foundation Year
*Full details of the audition process will be sent to you once we receive your application.
Entry onto the following programmes does NOT require an audition:
BA Jazz with Foundation Year
BA Music with Foundation Year
BA Music Business & Arts Management with Foundation Year