“BAPP has given me tools to help guide and further my career in the dance world” Chloe Horrell, BAPP student
This 16 month long part-time extension programme (run over two academic years) is a unique opportunity to extend your academic or professional diploma, professional certificate, higher national diploma, foundation degree or practice-based experience to BA Honours level while carrying on your professional activities.
Our BAPP Arts course could benefit you if you are a practitioner in the creative and cultural industries, dance, musical theatre, music, performing arts, design, fine art, media and communication. We will enable you to develop your professional practice through engagement with a range of learning activities, culminating in a major practice-based project referred to as the professional inquiry.
The programme is delivered using a university virtual learning environment, online social networking tools, and campus sessions. This blended approach allows you to access individual support and to interact with other students in the BAPP Arts network during your studies.
This course will help you develop your professional practice by:
This course is delivered using campus sessions and online social networking tools, with individual academic advisers provided for students on the course. You will be expected to have regular access to the web and email for the distance-learning elements of the programme.
The content of the course is mainly based on the exploration and understanding of professional practice with the introduction of relevant knowledge and skills to facilitate professional inquiry. Current practice-based experience is essential and all applicants are expected to show that they will be engaged in practice either full time, part time, paid or voluntary, or through professional engagements.
You will be assigned tasks that involve: creating blogs and wikis; reflective reports; written reports; audio-visual resources, professional artefacts, inquiry projects, and oral presentations. Students will engage in reflection upon their practice, and be expected to communicate with other students and other professionals about their studies, work and ideas. The focus is on the establishing practice of the student rather than content 'owned' or 'held' by the University. The programme introduces higher education capabilities and skills and develops professional practice. This builds in complexity, leading to a major project based upon and designed to benefit professional practice.
The programme consists of three modules:
Themes in the programme include:
Assessments are based on a range of stated criteria, but we value an overall commitment by the student to engage in meaningful dialogue on the issues and topics covered in the programme. The course gives prominence to a number of core themes, which are realised through assignments and interaction between the learning community of students and tutors.
You can find out about our learning and teaching activities by accessing our tutor and student blogs. Below are links to our tutors' blogs and from these you can access our students' blogs (they appear as followers).
Candidates who wish to apply for BAPP in Arts should hold one of the following qualifications:
Any candidate who does not hold the any of the above qualifications but has a minimum of 3 years professional experience can apply for the 'experienced practitioner'. We normally invite students to submit a portfolio and attend an interview.
Applications to BA Honours Professional Practice in Arts should be made directly to Middlesex University. Please complete the BAPP Arts application form and email as an attachment to WBS Admissions at:
Tel: 020 8411 6301
Experienced Practitioner Route
If you do not hold the entry qualifications but have three or more years professional experience, we also offer an 'Experienced Practitioner' route. This gives greater focus to skills and knowledge already developed within your professional practice for Levels 4 and 5.
If you have questions about the academic content of the course you can contact:
Paula Nottingham BAPP Arts Programme Leader
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8411 5087
Study Mode and Starting Dates
Part-time over sixteen taught months. September start and February start available.
This course will help you develop your professional practice by:
"I decided to enroll on the BAPP course to enable me to further my studies and go on to train and become a secondary school dance teacher. I was working as a performer at the time and wanted a form of study that would enable me to still pursue my career. The BAPP programme was great and I could fit my studying around my own commitments. The handbooks are so clear and the communication network is fantastic and tutors are always there on the end of an email or skype call.
"I went on to study at The Royal Academy of Dance and completed a PGCE in dance teaching. I am now Head of Dance in a comprehensive secondary school teaching KS3, 4 and 5. I am so happy that the BAPP programme helped me achieve my dreams and would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative way of studying whilst still pursuing a career. It helped me to develop as a practitioner and a person and I am now studying on the MA in Dance Technique Pedagogy with the distance learning team.
"My advice to anyone considering this course is go for it! You will learn so much about yourself and your practice and It will open new doors for you."
After completing her National Diploma at the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Leeds-born Laura-Beth Hill enrolled in the BA Professional Practice programme at Middlesex University. Following her graduation in 2011, she relocated to Los Angeles where an unexpected career as a stand-up comedian has taken off.
"Being a stand-up comedian isn't something I ever thought I'd do. For my dissertation at Middlesex I looked at continued professional development (CPD), the differences for actors in London and LA and whether it makes you more employable as an actor. The answer to my question was that it might not make you more employable directly but it does indirectly through networking and meeting new people and honing your skills.
"I would advise people to do as much CPD as possible. When you're here you should do everything you can and get involved in as many things as possible. Don't turn anything down because there will always be somebody there who it will be good to meet. Nearly everyone in LA is involved in the industry in some way."
Michelle began her career as a vocalist and now works in education.
"After completing my studies at Arts Educational Schools London, I worked as a vocalist on board cruise ships for the best part of six years. It was a great experience but not something that you can do indefinitely. I felt it was time to establish a base and move onto the next phase of my life.
"A part time job teaching theatre skills to children with Stagecoach made me realise that I loved working with children so I started working at a junior school as a classroom assistant. When I complete this course I will be able to go on and do a postgraduate teaching qualification
"The best thing about the programme is that it has really helped me find myself as a person. The first part of the programme is designed to help you focus on your professional ambitions. It really forced me to take responsibility for my own learning. My tutors are always available and provide plenty of support and encouragement."
Chloe is a professional dancer and trained at Laban before joining Transitions Dance Company, based at Laban, and more recently working with Smallpetitklein.
"As part of my studies here I worked on a project to create my own dance company. Undertaking BAPP has given me a greater understanding of my professional practice to date and is giving me tools to help me guide and further my career in the dance world."
Jess Clipp Jess has been involved artistically with The Chickenshed Theatre since 1994. During this time she progressed as a company member and also completed a Foundation Degree in Inclusive Performance.
"I undertook a major work-based project to discover and present the most constructive methods for engaging Chickenshed's support staff in the artistic work of the theatre. I feel I have developed into a self-managed learner. I am aware of the importance of continuous reflection and self-monitoring of one's work so as to continually learn and gain new skills. I have also learnt how to be self-motivated."
Olivia is a professional ballet dancer currently with the Theater der Stadt Koblenz.Olivia's major project explored the challenges and opportunities facing young ballet dancers on the international circuit.
"Professional dancers are passionate about dance but have little opportunity to express their views about work issues. The workshops we shared brought out positive suggestions about how much more we could contribute to the company than just our dancing talent, such as ideas about promotion of ballet in the community. My colleagues were energised by the whole workshop process and being able to discuss and debate matters of great concern to them. We have formed a much better understanding of ourselves in a group context, and how we can achieve more by talking."
We are experienced in professional practice and our staff are dedicated to creating a lively and useful environment for independent learning.
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