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Dance - FdA

Why study this course?

On the Dance FdA, you will develop a thorough grounding in four dance genres: African, Caribbean, urban and contemporary. Taught in collaboration with City and Islington College and IRIE! dance theatre, the skills and knowledge you’ll gain will help you build a career in dance performance, education or community arts.

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If you're a dancer or performer, the Dance FdA is ideal for furthering your career with its exciting theory and practice of African, Caribbean, urban and contemporary dance fusion.

This course is delivered in partnership with City and Islington College and IRIE! dance theatre, which means you’ll get the best in facilities, training and opportunities to further your dance career.

Your lessons at City and Islington College will make use of state-of-the-art facilities that include fully equipped studios and a 100-seat theatre. You'll also be taught at the Moonshot Centre in New Cross, the home of IRIE! dance theatre, with its two dance studios, teaching room, seminar rooms and atrium.

The collaboration with IRIE! dance theatre brings with it the presence of international visitors. Such visitors have previously included dance artist Thomas Presto from Norway.

There will also be a range of unique opportunities throughout the course, such as the chance to audition for Connecting Vibes, the performance company based at City and Islington College and run in partnership with IRIE! dance theatre. You may also get the chance to take part in key industry events, such as Re: Generations International organised by IRIE! dance theatre and One Dance UK.


Your assessments will be staggered throughout the semester. The practical modules will be assessed by studio work in progress and final performance pieces supported by a journal or essay, while the theoretical modules will include portfolios, essays and presentations.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • for entry in the academic year 2017-18: 64 or more UCAS points from A-level or from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg, BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MPP grading, BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma at MM grading or Access to Higher Education qualification (subject related) at Pass
  • GCSE English Language at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (English at Level 2 or Key Skills Communication at Level 2 will be accepted in place of GCSE English)

After your application has been received through UCAS, City and Islington College will arrange for an audition and interview. You can email for additional information and advice regarding this process.

Applicants who do not meet these entry criteria will be considered based on previous industry experience.

We are not able to offer sponsorship under the Tier 4 visa route for this course. We will be happy to consider those falling into this category for an alternative suitable course on request. Overseas nationals who already hold an alternative visa in a suitable category or have been granted permission to remain in the UK indefinitely can be considered for this course.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time. Please refer to the City and Islington College website for further information.

Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:

  • Contemporary and Urban Dance Technique 1
  • African and Caribbean Dance Technique 2
  • Tools of Choreography
  • Academic Skills
  • Creating Performance Work
  • Historical and Critical Analysis
  • Contemporary and Urban Dance Technique 2
  • African and Caribbean Dance Technique 2

Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:

  • Contemporary and Urban Dance Technique Repertoire and Analysis
  • African and Caribbean Dance Technique Repertoire and Cultural Context
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • Choreographic Fusion
  • Contemporary and Urban Dance Performance
  • African and Caribbean Dance Performance
  • Arts Management
  • Professional Experience Project

Our graduates often go on to work freelance in a number of different dance areas simultaneously. These areas include teaching in the community, choreography, performance projects and employment with IRIE! dance theatre.

This course is offered only through one of London Metropolitan University's collaborative partners, City and Islington College. Teaching will take place at the College, but you will enrol at London Metropolitan University and you'll receive your award certificate from the University when you graduate.

You will have a London Met student card that will grant you access to our libraries, and you'll be eligible for student membership of our sport and fitness facilities. You'll have the best of both worlds, as you'll also be able to take advantage of the City and Islington College library and IT facilities, including free on-site Wi-Fi and a virtual learning environment, so you can access course materials and assignments online even when you’re not at College.

At City and Islington College you'll benefit from small class sizes and regular one-to-ones and group tutorial sessions. City and Islington College advisers can also provide support with any out-of-College matters, including accommodation and financial concerns, as well as careers guidance.

For Unistats information please visit the City and Islington course page.

Working with IRIE! dance theatre allows you to gain an insight into the dance industry while studying and taking advantage of the range of artists that rehearse and deliver workshops at the Moonshot Centre.

How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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