Dance Foundation Degree

Dance Foundation Degree - With Particular Focus on Diverse Dance Forms


Following on from the successful Diploma in African & Caribbean Dance created by IRIE! dance theatre in 1998, the company has worked in partnership with City and Islington College and London Metropolitan University  to develop the Foundation Degree in Dance.

The Foundation Degree is a two-year course which includes practical study in African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban Dance styles underpinned by the historical context of each form. The course is 60% practice and 40% theory.

Quick Facts

  • UCAS Code: W500
  • UCAS Institution Code: L68
  • Level: 5
  • Duration: 2 years, full time, 3 days per week (1 at College and 2 at Moonshot – home of IRIE! dance theatre)
  • Location: Centre for Business, Arts and Technology
  • UK/EU fees: £5,999 per year (for a September 2015 start)

The course solidified my desire to work in the African/Caribbean dance sector, not just out of a passion for it, but also to be able to stand out from the crowd.

Francis Lawrence, Graduate 2011


Year 1Year 2
African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban Dance TechniqueAfrican, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban Dance Technique
ChoreographyChoreographic Fusion
Creating Performance (including the creation of a Site-Specific piece)Critical Analysis through the further study of Dance History
Academic skillsArts management
Dance historyWork placement

Key Elements of the Foundation Degree

The programme is practical and work-related, linked to a creative industry organisation and two days of delivery takes place at the home of IRIE! dance theatre, the Moonshot Centre in New Cross.

You will acquire a thorough grounding in African, Caribbean, Contemporary and Urban Dance while gaining the skills and knowledge
to build a career in areas such as dance performance, education or community arts.

Throughout the course you will engage in Master Classes with leading national and international dancers and choreographers. Associated workshops in Ballet and Pilates will be offered to support the practical work of the course.

I really liked the African /Caribbean dance modules which are very rare, I am a classically trained dancer from Estonia and this was very new to me . I loved it.

Diana Zvjagintseva, Graduate 2012

Work Placements will allow you to access industry links through performance, education, youth and community dance. Previous placements have included key organisations such as IRIE! dance theatre, Tavaziva, ACE dance and music, Green Candle, The Kosh, ADAD, Dream Arts, Fitness First and primary and secondary schools.

You will engage in public performances including a site-specific project in Year One.

You will work in teams to produce events thus gaining an insight into areas of Arts Management.

There are extra performance opportunities with connectingvibes* (a dance company attached to the course to provide professional experience as a performer working as part of a touring dance company). Recent projects include performances at the National Dance Festival of Grenada in June 2013.

The course gave me a career pathway and my career aspirations definitely changed from my original plans before I started the course. I was able to train in dance forms I would never have come across myself.

Alicia Andrew, Graduate 2010


What qualification will I gain?

You will gain a Foundation Degree in Dance validated by the London Metropolitan University.

How will I be assessed?

A wide variety of assessment methods are used to reflect the diverse learning experiences on the course:

  • Practical tasks
  • Classroom assessment
  • Choreographic presentations
  • Performance
  • Rehearsal and performance (your own work and your work with others)
  • Group and individual oral presentations
  • Viva
  • Research-based academic writing
  • Reflective journal

What can I do after the course?

Successful completion of the course enables you to progress to the 3rd year of BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice at the University of East London. You will be able to pursue a career in areas such as dance performance, education and community arts.

What do I need to apply?

  • 160 UCAS points from one, or a combination of the following:
  • A Levels in a related subject at Grade C
  • BTEC National or Extended Diploma at MPP
  • BTEC Level 3 National Certificate or Diploma at MM
  • Access to Higher Education qualification (subject related) at Pass

What is the selection process?

All applicants will have an audition and interview as part of the selection process.  In addition, you’ll need 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including English. Please note, English at Level 2 or Key Skills Communication at Level 2 will be accepted in place of GCSE English. Applicants who do not meet these entry criteria will be considered based on previous industry experience.


Foundation Degree Dance Auditions 2016
Additional auditions dates will be announced shortly. However, interested individuals are welcome to express their interest in this course at any time. All auditions take place at Moonshot Centre.

If you are interested in auditioning for this course and or have any questions about this Dance Foundation Degree program please use the Contact Form below to email the company. Please include your contact number. Alternatively, please contact IRIE! dance theatre on 020 8691 6099 or City & Islington College on 020 7700 8610.

Photo Credits

Top: Jane Hobson

Bottom: Viv Acious

Audition Dates for 2011
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