Qualification | Degree
Course Leader | Dan Fulham
Validated by | University of East London (UEL)
Location | Woking
Programme Length | 3 Years, Full-Time
Start Date | September 2023
BA (Hons) Dance at Italia Conti is a three-year, full time vocational course for anyone aged 18+ wishing to become a professional dancer working across a huge range of styles.
The programme is validated by University of East London (UEL). Full government funding is available through Student Finance England for Home students.
Training to be a professional performer in Dance requires many things:
- Dedication and determination
- Strong technique, strength, fitness and flexibility
- The ability to think, to research, to analyse and to critique your own work
- Bravery: emotional and physical
Training to be a professional dancer is one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys that you will ever take and, if you want to take that journey, then we believe that there is nowhere better to take it, than here at Italia Conti.
There is a reason why Italia Conti is one of the most recognised names in performing arts training. For over a century we have helped students to fulfil their potential as performers and as people and to work at the very highest level in every aspect of the performing arts industry. We provide a programme of training that takes account of industry needs and current teaching and learning trends.
Italia Conti graduates can be seen on stage and screen in the UK and internationally. We have graduates working in the West End and on Broadway in musicals, in dance theatre and in plays, in national and international tours, in cabarets and on cruise ships. We have graduates working in Film and in Television. We have produced some of the UK’s top recording artists - solo artists and band members.
Italia Conti has a proven track record of nurturing talent at the very highest level. Italia Conti will help you to be the best version of you that you can be.
"I CANNOT CREDIT ITALIA CONTI ENOUGH FOR TAKING A
RISK ON ME BY GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENT, BUILDING ME INTO A SUCCESSFUL PERFORMER AND A BETTER MAN. THE LEVEL OF VERSATILITY I POSESS IS DOWN TO THE VARIETY OF TRAINING ITALIA CONTI PUT ON THEIR STUDENTS. NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE MY GRATITUDE FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON THAT HAD INVOLVEMENT IN
The programme is organised into modules with various modes of assessment.
At Level 4 these modules are concerned with the acquisition of core skills in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary and provide the foundation for your training as a Dancer/ Performer. You will develop a grounding in choreographic principles and practices. Through dance improvisation and developing skills in a range of practitioner approaches you will acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to create sound choreography which communicates meaning to an audience.
You will be introduced to the fundamentals of a range of aerial skills such as hoop and silks. Fundamentals in supporting skills will allow you to develop further performance skills in acting, singing and tap dance. You will learn to apply the skills you have learnt holistically in a dance project, with emphasis placed on performance and collaboration.
At Level 5 these core skills become more advanced and more integrated. You will consolidate existing skills and develop a wider range of styles within the dance genres as well as deepening your technical and expressive abilities. More project work is introduced, in which the core disciplines become interdependent. A Dance Performance module provides you with the opportunity to develop your collaborative, creative, rehearsal and performance skills in two Dance Projects, as well as further exploring skills in tap dance and choreography.
At Level 6 the emphasis is on preparing you for a career as a professional performer. This final year bridges the gap between your professional training and the professional dance world. The priority for this year is to develop your capacity to engage with the profession in multiple ways, maximising your employability and innovative skills in readiness for entry into the dance profession. The Professional Preparation and Employability module enables you to develop your skills in professional audition techniques, a live or digital performance and a written portfolio.
You will participate in two professional shows and an industry showcase, working with outside industry choreographers / directors. Agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited to performances to facilitate your representation and exposure.
At Level 6, you will also complete a practical Independent Performance Project (dissertation) in the third term where you will present your own dance performance, encouraging independent and professional working practices in the development of your own work.
FEES & FUNDING
UK Tuition Fees | £9250 per academic year, (paid in advanced termly instalments)
Audition Fee | £45 (non-refundable)
Deposit | £275 (The deposit is refundable within 14 calendar days of the payment being
received by Italia Conti but will not be refunded thereafter for non-enrolment. It
will be held by the School and will be refundable on completion of the course,
without interest, less any outstanding sums owed by the student to Italia Conti.)
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Terms and conditions apply upon acceptance to Italia Conti.
The BA (Hons) course offers the following funding options:
- Student Finance
- Private Funding
AUDITION FEE WAIVER
Italia Conti welcome application for audition fee waivers for those who are eligible.
"HAVING THE MOST SUPPORTIVE FACULTY (MANY OF WHICH ARE WORKING PROFESSIONALS), WHO ARE ALWAYS PUSHING YOU TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOURSELF HAS MADE MY TRANSITION INTO THE INDUSTRY A SEAMLESS ONE."
ENTRY TO BA (HONS) DANCE REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING:
- 18+ by the 31st August in the year of entry.
- Level 2 English and Maths at GCSE Grade 4 or above or recognised equivalent
- 64 UCAS points or admission through recognition of non standard entry
A level: CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: MPP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM
Access to HE Diploma: M = 15 credits, P = 30 credits
- IELTS Level 6
- Legal right to reside/study in the UK for the full period of the programme.
- Successful audition through Italia Conti, details of which can be found below.
- Evidence in hard copy of all the above must be provided.
After completing the application process you will be invited to attend one of our audition days where you will be required to demonstrate a variety of skills. Information about auditions can be found below.
Application to the BA (Hons) Dance course is to be made through UCAS only. Please note that our listing on UCAS is University of East London (UEL) - Dance.
This course will be available on UCAS soon for September 2023 entry.
UCAS Institution Code | E28
UCAS Course Code | W414
Once applicants have applied for the BA (Hons) Dance programme through UCAS they will receive an email from UEL containing a link to Italia Conti's BA (Hons) application form. Applicants must complete this form and pay the audition fee (£45) in order to be considered for the course. Applicants cannot apply through UCAS alone for this programme.
Applicants should have completed Italia Conti's application form and paid the audition fee by the 26th January in the year of application in order to be considered for audition.
Applicants who have applied through UCAS and who have not received an email containing a link to Italia Conti's application form should contact
firstname.lastname@example.org before the 26th January in the year of application.
Audition fees are non-refundable. These fees act as both an administration fee for processing your application as well as a non-refundable deposit for a place on an audition day.
In line with our admissions policy, Italia Conti reserves the right to alter or withdraw offers at any point. Places on our courses are limited; it is usual for drama schools to make more offers than there are places. Acceptances are dealt with on a first come first serve basis and so early acceptance is advised.
UPDATE- Due to the volume and standard of applications received this year, Italia Conti need to extend our turnaround time for us to inform candidates of their result. Any first round applicant will receive the result from their audition submission within to 3-4 weeks of receipt. We apologise for the delay but every submission deserves our full time and attention.
FIRST ROUND AUDITIONS
Regular workshop sessions are held to give students the opportunity to work with directors, choreographers and industry professionals whilst training. During the 3rd year students take part in their final Showcase whereby agents are invited, and Italia Conti has connections with many of these.
ALUMNI & GRADUATE SUCCESS
With over 110 years of Italia Conti history, our graduates populate the performance industries and include many famous faces. Recent graduates can be seen working on prestigious productions in all areas of the industry.