***Applications for entry 2017 are now closed***
AY 17/18 dates 4th September 2017 to 30th June 2018
Course fees for entry 2017/18 £6,365 (£6,165 SLC - £200 non refundable deposit)
Creative Academy is a not-for profit organisation which is managed through Slough Borough Council. The Creative Academy has been supported by the Department for Education in developing and creating a permanent home at the old Orchard Community Centre. 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 of practical training a week. In 2016, Creative Academy became CDET accredited. 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.
The Creative Academy has strong links with industry and currently has 95% Graduates in employment or going onto Higher Education. Graduates have gone onto work for companies including Celebrity Cruises, Thompson Cruises, Peel Entertainment, TUI, Princess Cruises, Union Dance, Vogue, AVA Dance Company, perform with Mary J Bliege, Will.i.am and Rod Stewart and with representation from AMCK, Rudeye Dance Agency and Simon and How.
The Creative Academy currently works with AVA Dance Company, Ballet Boyz, 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, Rudeye Dance Agency, StopGap Dance Company and Tavaziva 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 has small class numbers to ensure students receive the individual attention required to understand and achieve in the diverse dance industry.
Entry requirements for Year 1 - GCSE English C or above, successful audition & 75 UCAS points or above. Entry for Year 3 - GCSE English C or above, Successful audition & HND/FdA (240 University Credits) on a dance course.
The Creative Academy BA (HONS) Dance splits into 2 streams in year three - Dance and Dance Performance
The Dance Performance stream is offered with additional entry requirements. Students must have FdA at Merit or higher, ISTD Intermediate Modern Theatre and ISTD/RAD Intermediate Foundation Ballet - merit or above).
Students at Creative Academy now have access to a purpose built venue in the heart of Slough. This brand new venue opened on March 14th 2016 at 73a Stoke Poges Lane, Portsmouth Court, SLOUGH, SL1 3NY. It has five studios, student areas and a welfare office. We also have access to 'The Curve’. This is a brand new theatre and library just a short walk from the new home for the Creative Academy, funded by Slough Borough Council and the Department for Education.
The QAA review and report can be found http://www.qaa.ac.uk
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."
"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."
The Creative Academy has undergone a Review for Specific Course Designationby the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).