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RAD.ORG.UK WHY THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE?
WHY THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE? HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS TO FURTHER YOUR DANCE EDUCATION WITH THE RAD.
Why the RAD? We have been a leading light in dance education and teaching for nearly a century and have the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to help you to realise your goals.
We are an international organisation We have students from all around the world studying with us on university-validated and RAD awards. We have 34 international offices and offer one of our programmes in eight different languages.
RAD graduates are in demand Our graduates are highly sought after by employers, with a very high employment rate on all of our programmes.
History & experience When you join us as a student you will become part of an organisation that has a long and distinguished history. Established in 1920, we have 97 years’ of experience in training and educating dance teachers.
Connected with the world of dance We have partnerships and connections with hundreds of dance education organisations around the world. Our work placements and field trips add to your learning experience and ensure that you are well prepared for the workplace. London – an exciting place to study The excitement of the West End, the splendour of the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells and numerous museums and art galleries are on your doorstep. London is an amazing city and a world class centre for culture and the arts. World class education at an affordable price We make our programmes of study as accessible as possible to all students and look to provide an excellent education at a competitive price.
Professional membership As a student you gain access to the professional membership body of the RAD which, in addition to a global support network, ensures you have a competitive advantage from day one. Registered Teacher Status Most of our students are eligible for registration as teachers with the RAD on completion of their programme. Student satisfaction Our students are satisfied with their study experience, with most of our programmes gaining over 90% in surveys.
YEARSâ€™ EXPERIENCE IN TRAINING AND EDUCATING DANCE TEACHERS
RAD.ORG.UK STUDY IN LONDON OR BY DISTANCE LEARNING
STUDY IN LONDON OR BY DISTANCE LEARNING
DIFFERENT LANGUAGES OFFERED FOR ONE OF OUR PROGRAMMES
WE OFFER A RANGE OF FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME PROGRAMMES WHICH CAN BE STUDIED AT THE RAD IN LONDON OR FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME, WHEREVER YOU ARE IN THE WORLD. With its central location, the RAD has superb facilities and resources which make it a centre of excellence for the study of dance and dance teacher education.
NUMBER OF COUNTRIES REPRESENTED BY OUR MEMBERS AND STUDENTS
Our professional qualifications are respected by employers and professional bodies alike and will provide you with an essential platform to launch your career as a dance teacher. For the more experienced dance teacher, a range of programmes and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities are also available to you. Our university-validated degrees are of the highest academic standard and will allow you to compete on equal terms for entry to postgraduate programmes and research degrees. When you become a student on an RAD programme you become part of an international learning and teaching network. On successful completion, you will be eligible to apply for Registered Teacher Status with the RAD.
If you choose to study one of our distance learning programmes you will join an international community of dedicated students, many of them working professionals, with diverse experiences and interests. We have an international reputation for the highest professional standards and all our programmes are delivered by highly qualified, experienced tutors.
RAD.ORG.UK STUDYING AT THE RAD IN LONDON
STUDYING AT THE RAD IN LONDON
Tayla Best Student BA (Hons) Ballet Education I chose to study in the UK because of the wonderful opportunities offered at the RAD and the dance degree I wanted to do is not delivered in New Zealand. My biggest concern about studying in the UK was being so far away from home and not knowing anyone. New Zealand is such a small place compared to London, but I have made great friends from all over the world and these friendships will remain with me for the rest of my life. It has surprised me how well I have settled into London and the RAD. What I like best about London is the atmosphere of living in a big city and having a lot of opportunities on my doorstep. London is amazing, everything is close and it is so easy to travel from one place to another. During the programme, we have been given many performance opportunities which have included watching the Royal Ballet perform at the Royal Opera House, seeing students performing at Move It and the Ideal Home Show plus I have been able to teach numerous classes during my placements.
My accommodation for the first year was inÂ student halls close to Battersea. This was a secure all-girls environment which helped with me being new to London. Once I got to know people, I decided to share a flat with a couple of girls and this was situated close to the RAD. My advice about studying overseas is to take every opportunity that is given to you. I have involved myself in everything London has to offer and all the opportunities that have come my way within the RAD environment. I know that when I leave there will be nothing that I will regret. My other advice is to just enjoy your time here; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“WHAT I LIKE BEST ABOUT LONDON IS THE ATMOSPHERE OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY AND HAVING A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES ON MY DOORSTEP.” 06
RAD.ORG.UK LIVING IN LONDON
LIVING IN LONDON
LOCATED NEXT TO THE BANK OF THE RIVER THAMES IN BATTERSEA, THE RAD IS LESS THAN FOUR MILES FROM THE EXCITEMENT OF LONDONâ€™S WEST END. Getting around is easy, with buses right on the doorstep and Clapham Junction train station just a 20 minute walk or short bus ride away. London is a truly diverse and international city with over 300 different languages being spoken. It is a leading cultural centre for ballet and dance with stunning venues such as the Royal Opera House, London Coliseum, Sadlerâ€™s Wells, Barbican Theatre, Royal Albert Hall and productions from companies such as English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company. There are also hundreds of live music venues including the O2 and Wembley Stadium, as well as countless cinemas, pubs and clubs. With over 250 museums and numerous art galleries including the National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Hayward Gallery, Barbican Art Gallery and Tate Modern plus eight Royal Parks, with 110 square km of parkland and gardens, London is one of the greenest capital cities in the world. Battersea Park, with its boating lakes, art gallery, all weather tennis courts and year-round calendar of events is less than a mile from the RAD.
RAD.ORG.UK STUDENT ACCOMMODATION
FOR MANY OF OUR STUDENTS, STUDYING AT THE RAD WILL MEAN LEAVING HOME. This can be an exciting prospect, but you might also feel apprehensive about moving to live in London and we understand how important it is to support you throughout the process. As a student, you will be joining a small but supportive and vibrant community that comprises students from all over the world. They have been through the same experience of moving to a new country or city and you will find the advice and support on offer through this network invaluable. All new students can participate in a buddying scheme when they start their onsite programme and this can be a really good way of getting to know other students at the RAD.
Whether it is advice on accommodation, the best place to shop or simply where to go to have fun, you will find many new friends who share the same interests and love for dance. Accommodation There is no onsite accommodation for students at the RAD. However, we do provide you with a list of accommodation in the local area that is used by many of our students. This includes private house shares, student halls and purpose built student apartments. For more information please contact the Lead Admissions Officer +44 (0)20 7326 8086. Alternatively email email@example.com Useful Websites www.rad.org.uk www.freshstudentliving.co.uk/location/london/ spring mews-london www.christianflatshare.org www.downingstudents.com/locations/london www.ish.org.uk
RAD.ORG.UK STUDYING BY DISTANCE LEARNING
STUDYING BY DISTANCE LEARNING Our distance learning programmes are about widening access to dance education, providing a flexible learning experience and sharing our expertise around the world. When you join the RAD as a distance learner you become part of a vibrant international learning and teaching community. Our distance learning programmes are delivered by a team of committed and experienced tutors who will guide and support you throughout your studies.
90% SATISFACTION IN SURVEYS TAKEN BY STUDENTS
Student – BA (Hons) Dance Education I was born and raised in the beautiful twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean and trained in ballet, modern, jazz and tap at the Caribbean School of Dancing. In 2013 I started my own company that manages performing arts companies’ social media platforms locally and internationally and in 2014 I became the first and only certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre instructor which has allowed me to lecture at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. I have also trained in commercial styles of dance and teach a fusion class geared towards building confidence in women, called Femme Funk at the school Elle NYTT. I am also the artistic director of an all-girl dance group called ‘Wicked Dance Grp’ mixing technical training with commercial styles where we use dance as our platform to bring awareness to women.
After teaching dance for thirteen years, I knew I wanted to become a more qualified teacher. Choosing to study the BA (Hons) Dance Education programme with the RAD was the easiest decision because it meant being educated by a reputable and worldwide recognised organisation. Studying by distance learning has not only helped me achieve my goals within my everyday commitments but allows me to apply them to my teaching whilst I am learning, which gives me real life experience. I can have trouble balancing my everyday commitments with my studying time, but the programme has so many helpful coordinators and study materials that I am able to keep on track. I look forward to becoming an RAD registered teacher so that I can continue to teach at the Caribbean School of Dancing, which has a long standing history with the RAD.
“STUDYING BY DISTANCE LEARNING HAS HELPED ME ACHIEVE MY GOALS AND ALLOWED ME TO APPLY WHAT I HAVE LEARNED TO MY TEACHING.”
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RAD.ORG.UK GLOBAL CONNECTIONS
GLOBAL CONNECTIONS We have students studying with us from all over the world including: Australia, Austria, The Bahamas, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, The Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece,Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines,Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, Uganda, UK, United Arab Emirates, USA, West Indies, Zimbabwe.
Student – Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) I graduated from my BA (Hons) Art and Teaching of Ballet at the RAD in 2003 and felt that I was fully enriched by the comprehensive programme. It prepared me well for the work I was undertaking in a national pre-tertiary arts school in Singapore. There were many postgraduate programmes in education; however I wanted one that was specifically catered towards dance, and the RAD’s Masters programme was the one for me. Through my experience as a learner on the programme, I experimented with varied approaches in the classrooms and my student’s responses taught me to reflect more deeply on my position as an educator and life-long learner. Once I graduate, I hope to guide the younger dance teachers on my team as we work together towards developing an arts-infused education in Singapore.
Student – Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education I am a young professional dancer who has made a career out of teaching, choreographing and performing. I chose to study the Certificate of Higher Education: Dance Education primarily to gain Registered Teacher Status with the RAD. My husband is in medical school between Grenada, the UK and the US and we have to move around a lot, so distance learning was perfect for me. Once I started the programme, I began to discover a wealth of information on dance and dance education that neither my teaching experience, nor my degree in theatre dance, had exposed me to. It is fascinating to learn about teaching whilst being able to put my new knowledge into practice with my students (from current pedagogy and nutrition, to music and anatomy), and my teaching has been challenged and enriched by the experience.
“AS A TEACHER I HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED AND ENRICHED BY THE EXPERIENCE”
The biggest challenge for me so far has been time management; figuring out how to balance my responsibilities at work with the demands of school. After the first semester, I had a much better idea of what was required and settled into a routine. In a developing country, resources can be extremely limited and arts education is low on the priority list. Sometimes the things I learn seem far removed from my daily experience, but studying has inspired me with a vision of what could be, and I have begun to equip myself with the knowledge and tools to implement it.
RAD.ORG.UK PLANNING AHEAD
PLANNING AHEAD AT THE RAD, WE UNDERSTAND THAT PLANNING TO LEAVE YOUR HOME COUNTRY AND STUDY ABROAD IS A BIG DECISION.
Studying in English — Applicants whose first language is not English If you are applying for a programme where an English Language Proficiency test is required, you must achieve the following:
We are here to help answer your queries and guide you through the process, but here are some things to consider before making your application.
• Postgraduate programmes of study: IELTS: band 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests
• Undergraduate programmes of study: International English Language Testing System (IELTS): band 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests
The IELTS must be the academic test and have been taken no earlier than two years before the date of the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies that is issued in support of a UK visa application. If you have recently gained another English language qualification, check with Registry, to make sure that it is acceptable. Financing your studies (Home/EU Students) For information on financing your studies, please visit www.gov.uk/student-finance. For International Students wishing to apply for the BA (Hons) Ballet Education if you are from outside the EU, you will be eligible for international fee status. Note that this can apply to UK passport holders who are living abroad, although some exceptions apply. To help international students plan and manage their money for studies in the UK, Brightside have developed The International Student Calculator.
This features: •an interactive budget builder to help students work out their income and expenditure • important advice about essentials like getting insurance and NHS treatment • case studies of other international students sharing their money-saving tips. www.international.studentcalculator.org Tuition Fees For a list of up to date tuition fees for international students please visit www.rad.org.uk/he-fees or contact Registry. Visa Requirements If you are offered a place on an RAD programme you will need to check whether you require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. UK, EU/EEA or Swiss passports If you have a valid UK, EU/EEA or Swiss passport you don’t need a visa. These include passports issued by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.
months, you will need a Tier 4 (General) student visa and must apply before you come to the UK. The RAD holds Tier 4 status with UK Visas and Immigration and can sponsor Tier 4 (General) student visa applications. A visa sponsored by us will allow you to attend programmes of study at the RAD only, not at another university or institution. A Tier 4 (General) student visa will normally be issued for one academic year at a time. For more information please visit www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Foundation Module Our new Foundation Module is available for applicants who reside in countries that do not have the equivalent of A levels and allows you to meet the entry criteria for undergraduate access to the BA (Hons) Ballet Education and BA (Hons) Dance Education programmes of study. The module, which will prepare you for the study of dance at degree level (FHEQ Level 4) is called ‘Investigating Dance: Theory and Practice’ and will allow you to study dance analysis, safe practice, choreography and performance by distance learning under the guidance of a tutor. The module content includes an even balance between theoretical and practical tasks, all of which contribute to the achievement of the module learning outcomes. For more details please visit www.rad.org.uk/foundation-module.
Tier 4 (General) student visa If you do not hold a UK, EU/EEA or Swiss passport, you will need a visa. The Home Office operates a tiered Points Based System for immigration (PBS). If you are coming to the UK to study a degree or college course for longer than 6
RAD.ORG.UK HOW TO APPLY
HOW TO APPLY UK/EU students should contact Lead Admissions Officer Registry, Faculty of Education Royal Academy of Dance 36 Battersea Square London SW11 3RA Tel: +44 (0)20 7326 8086 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: (0)8706 067352 www.rad.org.uk/howtoapply International Students (non UK/EU) Contact your national office for advice on the programmes and the application process. The names and contact details for all RAD national offices can be found at www.rad.org.uk/about/ contact-us. Registry, Faculty of Education, RAD Applications for RAD-validated programmes and part-time study of the BA (Hons) Dance Education and Master of Arts in Education (Dance Teaching) should be made directly to Registry at the Faculty of Education. You can download an application form at www.rad.org.uk/howtoapply. Applications for our full-time undergraduate degree programmes and the Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Dance Teaching (with Qualified Teacher Status) should be made online at www.ucas.com. Auditions and interviews International students applying for a London based programme who are unable to attend an audition in London may supply video/DVD and other evidence in place of an audition.
Supporting Documentation Any supporting documentation not in English that you send to the RAD as part of your application, such as references and certificates, should provide certified translated documentation. Accredited prior learning If you have dance teaching experience or relevant qualifications, you may wish to apply for exemption from part or parts of the programme of study that you wish to pursue. Applications for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) must be made before the programme starts. Guidance on the application process and the application form can be found at www.rad.org.uk/howtoapply or you can contact Registry for advice. Vetting and barring scheme and criminal records disclosure All applicants for programmes of study requiring contact with young people and vulnerable adults will need to comply with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and any subsequent legislation to ensure that they will not be putting at risk young people or vulnerable adults in their care. International students may need to provide a satisfactory police check or equivalent from their country of residence. For more information please contact Registry. Age Teaching qualifications offered by the RAD are of UK higher education standard. Students who have followed the UK route to a higher education qualification will therefore normally be 18 years of age on admission. The RAD will judge each application on merit, subject to the legal requirements on individuals charged with the supervision of children.
“THE SUPPORT FROM MY FELLOW DISTANCE LEARNERS HAS BEEN PIVOTAL TO MY SUCCESS.”
Photography Tim Cross With thanks also to: Marlon James Benedict Johnson Produced by Suzie Lorimer Lorraine Nicholson Design Hudson Fuggle Thank you to all students, past and present, who contributed to this prospectus by sharing their views and experiences. Information correct at time of print. The Royal Academy of Dance reserves the right to make changes to the published information. For more information visit www.rad.org.uk.
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Welcome to the new RAD International Guide 2017/18.