DDE - Level 4

Course outline, timetable & Fees 2016/17

 

Part Two

Diploma in Dance Education – DDE (Level 4)

Part-Time

 

Introduction to ISTD Diploma in Dance Education This qualification develops the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance, focussing especially on knowledge of pedagogy, including other units essential for an appreciation of teaching dance to children and adults. It consists of five mandatory units. Two units relate to generic teaching skills; one to child and adult physical and cognitive development; one to dance practice with a relationship to music, focussing on the dance knowledge required of pupils up to the beginning of vocational levels; and a final contextual unit on a topic related to dance. It develops the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance, primarily in the context of graded dance examinations within the private sector. The observation techniques learnt in the Level 3 Diploma in Dance Instruction, along with the student’s increased knowledge of safe dance practice and strong grounding in the performance and teaching of the chosen genre lead to a greater understanding of teaching methods, both generic and dance genre specific. This understanding should become increasingly evident throughout the student’s course of study at the Diploma in Dance Education level. The qualification has a Qualifications and Credit Framework credit value of 92 and its Qualification Accreditation Number is 501/0750/1. This is a very challenging course and should not be entered into lightly.

 

Unit 1 - Planning Techniques and Evaluation of Dance Teaching

In Unit 1 the learner focuses on the lesson planning and self-evaluative cycle that enables the development of the learner’s teaching practice and the development of their students’ learning throughout the Unit 2 teaching practice. These principles of planning and self-evaluation are crucial to the development of teaching skills and this learning and development is evidenced through the learner portfolio.

 

Unit 2 – Dance Teaching Practice

Building on the knowledge and skills gained in the DDI, this unit focuses the learner to develop their personal teaching practice and enables them to deliver progressive teaching and learning strategies in dance that encompass motivation and differentiation to enable development in their range of students.

In unit 2 the learner undertakes teaching practice at two different levels of ISTD Graded examinations in Dance; one between Primary and Grade 3 and the other between Grade 4 and Intermediate inclusive. This formalised teaching practice will last a minimum of 10 hours. The learner must provide their own students for this unit in the genre they are studying.

Once the Approved Tutor is happy that the learner has reached the level of knowledge and understanding required the learner undertakes a final teaching assessment which is filmed and sent to an ISTD Assessor followed by a ¼ hour viva via Skype.

 

Unit 3 – Lifespan Development and Learning in Dance

The purpose of this unit is to develop the learner’s understanding of the developing child and adult in relation to learning activity in general and dance learning activity. The learner studies physical development of understanding and the emerging identity of students as they learn about dance, across a period of time and during key changes in their development and thereby informs the learner’s appreciation of the dancer at various life stages. The content for the unit is provided in the associated course book which is divided into 10 sections. Once all tasks are completed for each topic to the satisfaction of the Approved Tutor, the learner will sit a formal written paper.

 

Unit 4 - Dance Practice and the Relationship between Music and Dance in a Chosen Dance Genre

Unit 4 is specific to the dance genre chosen by the learner and may be studied multiple times if the learner wishes to qualify in more than one genre. The unit assesses the learner’s dance technique and their ability to relate teaching methods and safe dance practice to their chosen genre as well as their understanding of the relationship between music and dance and how this is applied to teaching dance within the same chosen genre. The focus of the unit is on understanding and demonstrating the level of technique required for Grade 6 to Intermediate thereby progressing through the lower grades demonstrated in the DDI.

 

Learners can take Unit 4 in multiple genres if they wish to be qualified in more than one style.

 

Unit 5 – Contextual Study of Dance

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge of dance in a broad context as well as developing skills of critical analysis and independent thought through the study of an aspect of a dance genre(s) or of a dance in general.

This unit is focussed on the learner formulating their own question regarding historical and current influences on the chosen dance genre or dance in general and, through the presentation of their assignment, answering the question by critically engaging with the topic. The learner may present their assignment in two ways: as an essay, no more than 2000 words, or as an audio-visual presentation (submitted on video or DVD). This unit can be studied by distance learning.

Units 1, 2, 3 & 5 are common to all dance genres and once attained do not have to be retaken when qualifying in another genre. Unit 4 are specific to each dance genre and the student may choose to take these units more than once to pursue the study of different dance genres.

Prior Accreditation and Achievement

The Diploma in Dance Education allows students to build on their current qualifications and experiences. Where students have achieved certificated qualifications within or outside of the Qualifications and Credit Framework that meet the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of a unit(s), students may apply to claim exemption from the relevant unit(s) of the qualification through the exemption route. Where students feel they can demonstrate that their previously achieved knowledge, understanding or skills meet the learning outcomes and assessment requirements for a unit(s) within the qualification, students may apply to claim credits for the relevant unit(s) through the recognition of prior learning. All applications must be made to the Approved Tutor.

How long does it take?

This will depend on the experience and expertise you bring when you start training, how focused you are and how many genres you choose to study. One year (3 terms) is allocated for part two – DDE for Unit 4 practical. All other units can be studied and completed within a 5 term timeframe. Any units left to complete after the allocated one year (3 terms) can be studied by distance learning and tutorials without attending formal classes.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should have ISTD DDI in the relevant dance genre and at least 5 GCSEs Grade A-C or equivalent including English language. Learners must have working knowledge of up to Grade 5 in the relevant genre as studied in the DDI. Learners must be teaching at least part-time.

Timetable & Fees 2016/17

Fees from September 2016

Below is a breakdown of the total fees based on our recommended 3 term course of study for unit 4 and 5 terms to complete all other units. If the learner takes longer than the recommended 3 terms for unit 4, fees will be charged by the term going forward. The course registration fee should be paid upon accepting a place on the course.

A 10% discount is given to all course fees paid in full at the beginning of the course. Instalments made in three parts can be arranged to spread the cost. Examination fees are charged seperatey.

 

Course Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) - £85.00

 

Unit 1, 2, 3, *5 & Unit 4 Imperial Ballet - £1650 full course

 

Unit 1, 2, 3, *5 & Unit 4 Modern Theatre - £1750 full course

 

Unit 1, 2, 3, *5 & Unit 4 Tap Dance - £1950 full course

 

If more than one Unit 4 genre is studied the following fees are added to the above:

 

Imperial Ballet - £950

 

Modern Theatre - £850

 

Tap Dance - £1050

 

*Once units 1-4 are completed learners will embark on the contextual study. This is conducted by distance learning and includes up to 5 hours of marking. If a learner requires any extra help or marking beyond the allotted time, this will be charged at £40.00 per hour.

 

If the outcome of unit exemptions are assessed and cleared by the approved tutor, the exempted unit fee will be deducted from the total.

 

DDE classes are held at our centre on every Friday during term time (usually 10/12 weeks).

 

 

 

 

DDE Unit 4 Imperial Ballet (Practical Class) - 18:00-17:15

ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus from Grade 6 to Intermediate and recapping Primary – Grade 5.

You will study a wide range of resources that develop & enhance personal learning, communication and delivery skills with a view to demonstrating, analysing and teaching a range of technical movements for the higher grades.

The application of theory, technique, presentation and musicality within the syllabus.

The structure of the body and limitations on body movement to comply with the principles of safe dance practice.

Dance rhythms and time signatures used in ballet and how to confidently instruct a pianist.

 

DDE Unit 4 Modern Theatre (Practical Class) - TBC

ISTD Modern Theatre syllabus from Grade 6 to Intermediate including Intermediate-Foundation and recapping Grade 1 – Grade 5.

You will study a wide range of resources that develop & enhance personal learning, communication and delivery skills with a view to demonstrating, analysing and teaching a range of technical movements for the higher grades.

The application of theory, technique, presentation and musicality within the syllabus.

The structure of the body and limitations on body movement to comply with the principles of safe dance practice.

Dance rhythms and time signatures used in Modern.

 

DDE Unit 4 Tap (Practical Class) - 13:30-14:45

ISTD Tap Dance syllabus from Grade 6 to Intermediate and recapping Grade 1 – Grade 5.

You will study a wide range of resources that develop & enhance personal learning, communication and delivery skills with a view to demonstrating, analysing and teaching a range of technical movements.

The application of theory, technique, presentation and musicality within the syllabus

The structure of the body and limitations on body movement to comply with the principles of safe dance practice.

Dance rhythms and time signatures used in Tap.

 

DDE Theory Class (Covering units 1, 2 & 3) - 14:45-15:45

Lesson planning and self-evaluative processes. Learning the principles of differentiation, motivation and assessment strategies. Covering units 1 & 2

Aspects of Unit 3 – Lifespan, Development & Learning in Dance are also covered.

(Separate tutorials will be arranged to discuss teaching practice and Lifespan written tasks)

 

Timetables are subject to change depending of amount of students registering for each subject

 

 

When does the next course start?

 

Friday 16th September 2016

 

 

Completing the qualification

Throughout the course of study the learner builds a portfolio of evidence. This allows the learner time for reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement. Once all required units are completed, portfolios are submitted for moderation by an ISTD Assessor to ensure that the ADC’s assessment is valid, fair, reliable and consistent with required standards. The ISTD Assessor also confirms that the portfolio contains sufficient evidence of adequate quality to justify the ADC’s assessment of the learner’s progress. Upon successful moderation the learner will be awarded certification for the DDE qualification. This allows the learner to go on to study at DDE level. Completion of this course will give learners the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to teach dance, primarily in the private sector.

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