Creative Academy is a not-for profit organisation which is managed through Slough Borough Council. It aims to become a Community Interest Company by September 2016. The Creative Academy has successfully positioned its course as an affordable alternative to University and Vocational School dance training with a strong industry focus and a minimum of 30 contact hours practical training a week. The Ba (Hons) and FdA Dance courses are validated by The University of West London (London College of Music). The BA (HONS) Dance provided by Creative Academy is endorsed by the Council for Dance Education and Training and has approved centre status from Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Creative Academy currently works with AVA Dance Company, British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat, DanceFusion, Dancers Inc., London College of Dance Network, London College of Music, Lost Dog Dance Company, Pilates Precision (Multi-Trax UK), Rambert Dance Company, Random Dance Company, Rifco Arts and StopGap Dance Company.
Creative Academy aims to create confident, knowledgeable, technically proficient, versatile, strong, independent, passionate and talented performers/teachers ready for the diverse dance industry by:
• offering industry relevant, affordable and innovative vocational dance training
• creating an inspirational and inclusive learning environment
• ensuring students are treated as individuals
• supporting students to reach their full potential
• engaging high profile industry partners
• being wholly committed to developing and maintaining the highest quality standards
• creating employment and performance opportunities
The Creative Academy charges £40 for an audition. Creative Academy fees are available through Student Loan Company (SLC). The fees are £6,200 (per annum) £6,000 from Student Loan Company and a non-refundable deposit of £200.00 (to secure place once offered). SLC Codes W500 (course code) Creative Academy (institute code)
Students will be required to pay £200 studio fees which include chiropractor, iSTD, BASSC, Active IQ and DVD fees. (Any monies remaining are refunded at the end of the academic year)
STUDENT FINANCE FOR TUITION FEES ARE AVAILABLE:
Year 1 & 2 FdA Dance (W500)
Year 3 BA(Hons) Dance (W501)
*The BA(Hons) is a one year top up
Creative Academy underpins its BA (HONS) Dance with Foundation Degree (Validated by UWL) with additional qualifications including ISTD Grades, Pilates Matwork & Stage Combat (DDI/DDE are optional at additional cost and dependent on student numbers). The Creative Academy has small class numbers to ensure students receive the individual attention required to understand and achieve in the diverse dance industry. The Creative Academy BA (HONS) Dance splits into 2 streams in year three - Education and Performance.
During 2016 Slough Borough Council will be developing a new Theatre within the exciting Heart of Slough regeneration programme to replace the current Theatre at The West Wing Arts Centre.
The QAA review and report can be found
What industry says........
"Loads of talent and energy!"
"The electricity delivered on to the stage from the Creative Academy dancers for the final numbers was palpable. I understand the eight dancers were only 1st & 2nd years – and wow there is some energy and talent to watch there. It is not a school I have heard of before. I will be making sure casting and choreographic colleagues have it on their radar. They were a tribute to their school in terms of professionalism."
"Creative Academy dancers are always professional and great to work with. The training they receive equips them for working within the professional creative world. When hiring dancers for our shows they are always our first port of call."
Louise Rogers (Producer Rifco Arts)
"Throughout the performance the professionalism of the performers was evident and the range of dance material extensive. The work chosen and produced by the dancers demonstrated the range of technical ability and the artistry and creativity produced by Creative Academy."
The Council For Dance Education and Training
"I have seen first hand how this degree transforms the lives of the young people and it is a joy to witness such talent being nurtured. The degree is inspirational; creating young dancers ready to join the industry. I have, and will, continue to employ graduate dancers from this degree as I can rely on a high standard of delivery, which is a testament to the excellent vocational focus of the degree."
Kristiina Smith (Managing Director of Future Culture)
"The student numbers in each cohort is considerably lower than most HE Dance degrees and the student staff ratio is excellent and on a par with Conservatoire status vocational institutions, which indicates an extremely good student experience, well managed by the small staff team, as preparation for the professional graduates the students will be. There is rigour and professional attitudes applied to the teaching and learning which give students a sense of reality about the professional commercial dance industry. This is balanced by good provision in terms of workshop leading and teaching preparation afforded by the Community Dance element of the programme."
Kate Flatt (Royal Ballet School)
The Creative Academy has undergone a Review for Specific Course Designationby the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and is awaiting publication of its final report.