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Foundation Year in Performing Arts

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October 2020
1 year full-time
+ 3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Dr "TJB" Bacon

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

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.

Why study the Foundation Year in Performing Arts at Middlesex University?

You will 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. 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

How to apply

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.

We offer the following courses:

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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.

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

  • Modules

    • Performing Arts Exploration (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Cross-Arts Collaboration (30 credits) - Compulsory

      You will work in cross-discipline groups on a supported, collaborative project, to share and to explore the ways in which performing arts disciplines interact. This is an intensive project.

    • Writing Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides the opportunity for you to choose a topic from a series of set questions, to research it and present findings in written form. This is an intensive project.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

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