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 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:
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:
|Course Title||UCAS Code|
|BA Dance Performance with Foundation Year *||W50F|
|BA Dance Practices with Foundation Year *||W55F|
|BA Music with Foundation Year||W35F|
|BA Music Business and Arts Management with Foundation Year||W3NF|
|BA Theatre Performance and Production with Foundation Year*||W40F|
*auditions will be required
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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 through your subject specialism.
Teaching is delivered through workshops, lectures, seminars, blended learning and tutorials. You also benefit from guest lecture series’ in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries, and field trip visits to virtual performances and other live events in London.
As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
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.
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.
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.
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. You'll conduct an intensive period of research differentiated between your chosen area of study (dance, music or theatre).
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
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.
We are back on campus for the majority of teaching in Autumn 2021, as long as restrictions allow. Your timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
In case of any changes to government guidance, we‘ll be ready to move to teaching with more restrictions in place and continue to give you an excellent learning experience. In this scenario, on campus teaching should continue although more of your course will take place online.
We are finalising our teaching arrangements for your course ahead of the start of term. You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.
Delivery may differ in light of block teaching requirements, with theory sections covered online and practical sessions delivered in specialist spaces on campus.
Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 1200 hours to your course across all styles of learning. If you are taking a placement, you might have some additional hours.
Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.
Future plans for teaching
We’re developing our plans for in-person on campus teaching following government advice to keep you safe. If more restrictions are put in place in the future, or there is another lockdown, we’ll deliver your learning and support fully online for a temporary period. We’ll make alternative arrangements for any required placements if they can’t go ahead as planned. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.
You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
More on teaching for your subject in 2021/22
Read our guide to what you can look forward to when you study your subject with us including more information about your teaching experience this autumn.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.
Start: October 2021, EU/International induction: September 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Start: October 2021, EU/International induction: September 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time