We place excellence and progression at the centre of our courses, grounding our programmes in rigorous vocational training to prepare students for working life in the arts. Our courses take advantage of our professional facilities and highly skilled and qualified tutors to enhance your time with us. The extended performance and workshop opportunities that being in a dynamic arts venue provides, alongside the added value of professional practitioners working with our students as emerging artists, sets our courses apart from others.

We will nurture you whilst you study with us to reach your potential, we will support you to continue your journey as you progress onto the next steps in your training and career as a performing artist.

If you would like any more information on any of our courses please email education@thegarage.org.uk

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Meet the faculty

Andrés began his musical studies in Venezuela and was awarded a scholarship by The British Council (the first for a Venezuelan musician) to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Here he specialised in Early Music, where his teachers included Dame Emma Kirkby, before obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate and a Postgraduate Advanced Diploma from Trinity College of Music. He has performed extensively in both the UK and in continental Europe, as well as in South America and the Middle East. Highlight title roles include Handel’s Acis, Purcell’s Aeneas and Milhaud’s Le Pauvre Matelot, and he has also sung leading parts in operas by Monteverdi, Mozart, Delibes, Ravel, Holst and Poulenc, among others. He has appeared extensively with professional opera companies in the UK, including Grange Park Opera and Sounds Lyrical. Andrés is also in demand as a singing teacher and music history lecturer.
You can find more by visiting Andrés’s website at www.ahsmusic.co.uk

Diccon Hogger began his training at Impington International Sixth Form Centre in Cambridge. He then went on to gain a BA Hons in Performing Arts – Dance from Middlesex University. In 2002, he was the first foreign performer to dance with Lithuanian based Aura Sokia Danz Theatre in their 30 year history during a 2 month tour of the Baltic States and Sweden. Since then he has been consistently working as a Dance Artist/Performer and Choreographer with eXtant Performance Company, Vitamin G, X3 Collective, KD Productions (Russia, Romania), BoXed, and Ersatz Dance Company.

Diccon is the Artistic Director of Base Dance – a project funded education and Performance Company. Base Dance continues to develop their profile as an accessible and innovative company with a specialism for integrating technologies and multimedia sources into their work. The company has performed across the UK and produces highly energetic dance theatre works fusing contemporary, urban and advanced contact styles. Base Dance has a highly active education team who deliver high standard of tailor made workshops, residencies and experiences to all educational and community environments including teacher training/cpd sessions.

Diccon’s passion for knowledge transference is evident in his career history and has worked for various eastern region dance agencies (CambsDance, Dance in Herts and DanceDigital) as a Dance Development Artist, facilitating a wide range of education, youth projects and community activities. Over the past 9 years Diccon has been a Dance and Performing Arts Lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire. He has taught on the under graduate Dance and Professional Practice and Performing Arts programs as well as lecturing on the post-graduate Master’s degree courses.

Diccon’s expertise lies in accessible technology within the performing arts and enjoys delivering fast paced high energy workshops in a multitude of disciplines. He is a keen theatre-goer and always on the lookout for new inspiration for his work.

Sam Webber - Performing Arts LecturerSam began producing/directing theatre at aged 16, gained his BA in Scriptwriting & Performance from UEA, before going on to teach drama in local schools, as well as working as a freelance tutor, director and drama teacher across Norwich. He is heavily involved in theatres across the city, having regularly directed, performed, produced and written for Norwich’s various stages over the last few years.

Notable projects include Fat Dog Theatre, an independent young company based in North Devon, and Death and the Data Processor, a puppet comedy for adults in which Sam was a writer and performer that toured across the UK Fringe scene. Outside of work, Sam co-hosts the podcast Play Ground, which takes a deep dive into plays, classic and contemporary, for academic as well as entertainment value.

Sam’s special interest lies in new adaptations of older works, breaking expectations and dramatic conventions to find something new in otherwise well-known plays and stories. He takes a keen interest in new writing and is always searching for new projects by young practitioners to nurture and develop

Sarah has been dancing since the age of six, studying dance in Canada as well as in the UK. She has had a varied dance career so far, working as a Dance Coach in Norfolk Primary and Secondary Schools and as a Community Dance Artist for DanceEast before completing her PGCE in dance. Since then she has taught in Secondary Schools in London as Head of Dance and worked as a Dance Mentor for Young Offenders through Dance United, before returning to Norfolk to continue with teaching and leading dance.

She is currently Curriculum Leader in a local Secondary School. She has an extensive knowledge of dance qualifications ranging from GCSE and A-Level Dance to BTEC. She has also been an AQA GCSE Dance Moderator and Examiner for the past 5 years.

Sarah loves how dance provides everyone with a voice and means of expression, and enjoys catering for a range of abilities and needs. She is enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and appreciating dance and spends her free time watching professional work at the theatre. She also loves to perform and has danced in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony as a 70’s punk rocker.

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SUBJECTS

PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME – ACTING

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2021 – Easter 2022

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study.

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:

• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

ACTING UNITS:
• Movement for Actors
• Voice and Speech for Actors
• Devising Theatre and Performance

This intensive and highly practical course is designed to prepare students for further study at drama school or university. The focus of the course is to build strong foundations in technique and skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across acting, dance and singing which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas.

In Movement for Actors students will consider the importance of developing an expressive body as an essential component of their performance toolkit. Students will acquire foundation skills in suppleness, strength and agility, which will facilitate the development of movement capability and physical presence. In Voice and Speech for Actors students will explore the fundamental principles of vocal performance and how sound is formed physiologically. Students will learn technique and exercises that can be used to develop an expressive and flexible vocal
instrument capable of meeting the demands of professional work. In Devising Theatre and Performance students will develop a creative toolbox of methods, ideas and techniques that could all be applied to devised work. Practical work will be developed using multiple contemporary devising processes, including use of movement, text and ensemble, developing an appreciation of the entire creative process from stimulus to final product.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Opportunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to beth.norman@thegarage.org.uk.

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME – DANCE

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2021 – Easter 2022

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study.

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:
• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

DANCE UNITS:
• Choreography
• Contemporary Dance
• Ballet

The HNC Intensive Dance programme provides rigorous training designed to prepare students for further study at dance school or university. The course will focus on the essential technique and repertoire required for a career in dance, whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across dance, acting, and singing, which will be complemented by specialist units in art form specific areas.

In Choreography students will be given an overview of choreography, establishing an understanding of what goes into dance making. They will also explore the history of movement as an art form, how to construct an original piece of choreography and develop an understanding of choreography as a chosen career pathway.
In Contemporary Dance students will gain a grounding in contemporary dance technique; achieving greater control over their creativity and agency to grow as unique artists. Students will improve the quality of their movement through dance combinations, the learning of modern dance language, contemporary dance technique and by developing a stronger relationship to musicality and creativity.
In Ballet students will study the vocabulary and enchaînements of classical ballet. In addition, students will investigate different approaches to ballet which inform technique and style, considering how they relate to personal factors such as facility, physicality and prior experience.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Opportunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to beth.norman@thegarage.org.uk.

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

PERFORMING ARTS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME – MUSICAL THEATRE

LEVEL 4*

DURATION
8 months, full-time.

COURSE DATES
September 2021 – Easter 2022 

TIMETABLE
9AM-5PM Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, plus independent study

FEES**
£6000, scholarships and instalment plans available.

COURSE CONTENT
CORE UNITS:
• The Performing Arts Industry
• Professional Development
• Acting
• Jazz Dance
• Singing

MUSICAL THEATRE UNITS:
• Ensemble Singing
• Choreography
• Voice and Speech for Actors

This dynamic and comprehensive course is designed to prepare students for further study at dance/drama school or university. The course encompasses aspects of dance, acting and singing to build a ‘triple threat’ of skills whilst coaching students through audition preparation and process. Students will work alongside those on other pathways to develop core skills across which will be complemented by specialist units in artform-specific areas.

In Ensemble Singing students will develop skills including relative pitch, the singing of major scales and arpeggios, listening to and reproducing melodic lines, singing a capella, copying and identifying metre and rhythm, and developing internal timekeeping. Students will acquire knowledge of the rudiments of music notation and score reading and to learn to sing simple and more complex melodies at sight.
In Voice and Speech for Actors students will explore the fundamental principles of vocal performance and how sound is formed physiologically. Students will learn technique and exercises that can be used to develop an expressive and flexible vocal instrument capable of meeting the demands of professional work.
In Choreography students will be given an overview of choreography, establishing an understanding of what goes into dance making. They will also explore the history of movement as an art form, how to construct an original piece of choreography and develop an understanding of choreography as a chosen career pathway.

ASSESSMENT
Assignments, projects and practical tasks completed throughout the course.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students will be expected to demonstrate relevant previous learning at A-Level or equivalent alongside practical ability.

Age: 18+, adult learners welcome.

GREAT FOR…
College/sixth form leavers who are committed to a career in the performing arts.

APPLICATION
To apply download and fill in the Application Form & Equal Opportunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to beth.norman@thegarage.org.uk.

*Students who successfully complete this course will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC), a recognised level 4 qualification equivalent to a university or vocational training school foundation year.

**Some students may be eligible for support with fees from local charitable trusts. The Garage team is happy to provide a list of organisations that can be approached for financial assistance. All fundraising must be complete prior to the start of the course.

MA PERFORMING ARTS ENTERPRISE

This course starts September 2020. It is aimed at graduates and mid-career artists whose aspirations extend beyond performing and wish to develop as producers, entrepreneurs and creative leaders. The course will function as an incubator for those early-mid career artists who choose to study with us, nurturing and supporting their career vision.

This course has been developed as a response to the changing landscape of the performing arts ecology and to support the next generation of the creative workforce. You will undertake five units – Research into Practice, Creative and Cultural Ecology, Diversifying Practice, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship and the Masters Project. Through these units you will explore the business and enterprise elements of your particular areas of interest such as – artform specialisms, delivery channels (eg festivals, site-specific work, small scale venues) or specific audiences.

The course is a combination of taught elements, independent study and a substantial Master’s Project. The assessments you will encounter on your course will be varied to enable you to experience and adapt to different assessment styles. Assessed tasks will include: Group and individual presentations, prepared individual tutorials, essays, critical evaluations, reflective journals, research reports or project briefs. Teaching will occur at NUA Campus and The Garage.

Entrants should normally have achieved a BA (Hons) / BFA / BSc Degree of 2:1 or above (or its equivalent), in a subject related to your proposed course of study. Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline may also be considered for entry, subject to the submission of a satisfactory portfolio of art, design or media-related work in support of their application. The offer of entry onto a Masters Degree (MA) is based on an expectation that you have the potential to fulfil the aims of the course of study and achieve the standard required to successfully complete the award.

To express your interest in the course, send your contact details to education@thegarage.org.uk.  Applications to all postgraduate courses should be made directly to the Norwich University of the Arts using an MA Application Form – 

MA Application form 2020-21 – PDF format

Applications should be returned to admissions@nua.ac.uk

Terms and conditions:

NUA Terms and Conditions (06/12/18) (51k)

NUA 2019-20 Student Regulations and Procedures (17/09/19)

Student Protection Plan (05/09/18) (60k)

If you’re invited to interview we’ll ask you to bring a portfolio of recent work. You’ll be interviewed by one or more members of the MA course team, who will ask you about your work, your applicant’s statement and your preparedness for postgraduate study.

Interviews normally last around thirty minutes and you’ll have a chance to ask the course team questions. We will endeavour to let you know if you have been successful within ten days of your interview.

There is no official deadline for applying for a postgraduate course. We would recommend you apply by 25 August (at the very latest) of the autumn you wish to start. This will allow time for your interview to take place and the necessary paper work to be processed if you are successful in achieving a place.

Benefits include: Access to NUA library, access to NUA MA base room, local postgraduate community, discounted studio hire, half-price classes on The Garage class programme.

2020/21 University fees for new entrants:

UK/EU nationality

Postgraduate degree (full-time)

£8,000

UK/EU nationality

Postgraduate degree (part-time)

£5,000

Financial support for UK/EU students in 2020

Tuition fee loans and loans for living costs are available, as well as non-repayable NUA bursaries for UK students based on family income. Find out more about applying for funding.

Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £11,222

For 2020, UK and EU nationals may be eligible to apply for a government loan of up to £11,222 towards course fees or living costs. Both full and part-time Masters degrees are eligible for the Masters loan.

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Garage‘s scholarships support students wishing to take the next steps in their performing arts journey. Successful applicants can receive the full cost of their fees for the Performing Arts Foundation Programme.

To apply for one of the scholarships, you should complete our application form and email it to:
Beth Norman, Learning Manager by 24 August 2020beth.norman@thegarage.org.uk.

AWARD: Up to £6,000 to support course fees and £200 to support books and materials.
APPLICATION ASSESSMENT BY PANEL: Centre representative, Trustee representative and independent. 

CRITERIA

  • You receive Universal Credit or other benefits, and you earn wages of less than £338 a month.
  • Your earned income is less than £16,009 per year.
  • You are under 21.
  • You have been unable to obtain financial help from other sources e.g. family.

CRITERIA

  • You are over 21.
  • This is your first Level 4 qualification.
  • Your household income is less than £25,000.

CRITERIA

  • You are under 21.
  • You have overcome significant barriers to learning.
  • You are the first generation in the family to attend an HE Qualification.

CRITERIA

  • You are under 21.
  • You can evidence a high level or excellence in the art form of dance.

CRITERIA

  • You are under 21.
  • You can evidence a high level or excellence in the art form of drama.

CRITERIA

  • You are under 21.
  • You can evidence a high level or excellence in the art form of music/musical theatre.

CRITERIA

  • You are already working in the performing arts industry.
  • You would like to complete the Performing Arts Foundation qualification to further your career in the performing arts industry.

The Garage is committed to supporting the diversity of the performing arts industry. The aim of The Diversity Scholarship is to take positive action to encourage more local individuals from underrepresented backgrounds to consider a career in the performing arts sector.

If you consider yourself to be diverse, you should apply for The Diversity Scholarship Award.