DDI - Level 3

Course outline, timetable & Fees 2016/17

 

Diploma in Dance Instruction – DDI

(Level 3)

Part-Time

 

Introduction to ISTD Diploma in Dance Instruction This qualification gives prospective dance teachers a solid grounding in the skills and knowledge required to teach dance in a safe environment. It consists of four units. Two units are generic and cover teaching skills with a focus on teaching observation and safe dance practice. The other two units are dance genre specific and focus on the technical, performance based and musical knowledge required at this level, both through personal performance and that of pupils of various levels. During the course students study observation techniques and how these may lead to greater understanding of teaching methods and skills – this serves as a basis for the development of practical teaching skills at Level 4 (Diploma in Dance Education). The qualification has a Qualifications and Credit Framework credit value of 68 and its Qualification Accreditation Number is 501/1002/0.

 

Unit 1 - Observation and Understanding of Teaching & Learning Techniques

Here the candidate will learn how to observe dance lessons. Observing is not the same as ‘watching’. The activity of observing will require a degree of intense concentration.

The learner undertakes a minimum of six hours of formal and assessed observation of lessons at two levels of the Graded Examinations in Dance, one between Primary and Grade 3 and one between Grade 4 and Intermediate.

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s personal observation skills and understanding of teaching and learning techniques. Observation, identification, analysis and evaluation skills promote the learners’ reflective thought and self-evaluation in relation to the teaching and learning processes that take place, providing the basis for progression to dance teaching.

 

Unit 2 – Promotion of Health & Safety in Dance

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s understanding of important and common aspects of safe dance practice and health and safety in dance, essential for those who wish to pursue a career in teaching dance. This unit extends the appreciation of health and safety as well as legal and ethical constraints in the dance sector

After all 10 units are completed to the satisfaction of the Approved Tutor, the candidate will be entered for the written exam paper. The written tasks make up a percentage of the final exam.

 

Unit 3 – Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Intermediate

All candidates are required to have passed the vocational graded examination in the genre they wish to study to at least Intermediate standard. Unit 4 cannot be taken until this has been achieved. In certain circumstances we may accept students who have not yet completed their Intermediate exam, only if their level of dance is at the required level. To be considered for this unit, candidates MUST have an assessment by the Approved Tutor

 

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

The learner studies:

  • a specific dance syllabus of the Graded Examinations in Dance;

  • the application of theory, technique, presentation and musicality within the syllabus;

  • the arrangement of simple sequences of movement;

  • the structure of the body and limitations on body movement to comply with the principles of safe dance practice;

  • key stages in physical and cognitive development in relation to the dance technique;

  • the music content of the set exercises and free movement vocabulary in the Graded Examinations in Dance syllabus up to and including Grade 5

 

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

Units 1 and 2 are common to all dance genres and once attained do not have to be retaken when qualifying in another genre. Units 3 and 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 Instruction 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 one – DDI. If students have not completed all units by this time additional fees will be charged by the term or private lessons must be taken to finalise the qualification.

 

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should have at least GCSE Grade A-C or equivalent in English and be trained to Intermediate standard in their chosen genre. Previous teaching experience will be an advantage but not necessary. Preference will be given to students who have attained their intermediate exam in the genre they wish to study.

Timetable & Fees 2016/17

Fees from September 2016

Examination fees are charged separately at time of entry. 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. If a learner takes longer than the allotted 3 terms, extra fees will be charged for each term going forward.

 

Course Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) - £85.00

 

Units 1, 2 & Unit 4 – Imperial Ballet - £1200 full course (3 terms)

 

Units 1, 2 & Unit 4 – Modern Theatre - £1101 full course (3 terms)

 

Units 1, 2 & Unit 4 – Tap Dance - £1302 full course (3 terms)

 

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

 

Imperial Ballet - £650 full course (3 terms)

 

Modern Theatre - £550 full course (3 terms)

 

Tap Dance - £750 full course (3 terms)

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

DDI Unit 4 Imperial Ballet (Practical Class) - 10:00-11:15

ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus from Primary to Grade 5.

The application of theory, technique, presentation & musicality within the syllabus. The arrangement of simple sequences of movement suitable for each grade.

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

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

 

 

DDI Unit 4 Modern Theatre (Practical Class) - 11:15-12:30

ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

The application of theory, technique, presentation & musicality within the syllabus. The arrangement of simple sequences of movement suitable for each grade.

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

Dance rhythms and time signatures used in Modern.

 

DDI Theory Class (Covering units 1 & 2) - 12:30-13:30

Key stages in physical & cognitive development in relation to the dance technique.

Observation Techniques.

Aspects of Unit 2 – Health & Safely are also covered.

(Separate tutorials will be arranged to discuss observations and H&S written tasks)

 

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

ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

The application of theory, technique, presentation & musicality within the syllabus. The arrangement of simple sequences of movement suitable for each grade.

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

Dance rhythms and time signatures used in Tap.

 

(Students who have been exempted from units 1 & 2 may still be required to attend at least one term of the theory class to cover teaching methods, approaches to teaching & key stages in physical and cognitive development.)

 

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 DDI qualification. This allows the learner to go on to study at DDE level.

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