Programmes

Diploma

Dance

Take the stage as an expressive and imaginative dancer who can confidently fulfil artistic and commercial demands.

The close guidance of lecturers, a supportive environment and many performance opportunities provided by this holistic programme will help you develop into a versatile performer in both artistic and commercial dance contexts, highly sought-after as a company dancer, dance teacher and event choreographer. You will be well-prepared for further study in local and international degrees.

An international faculty of lecturers and guest artists will teach a diverse range of dance techniques: Urban Dance, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Allied classes will also improve your technical proficiency, strength, expressive range and versatility in performance. The classes also include somatic based approaches, performance techniques and Asian movement practices.

Strength in creativity and performance is further enhanced through choreography and improvisation classes. A range of choreography and cross-disciplinary projects are initiated with various arts venues, institutions and students from LASALLE, including Film and Technical and Production Management.

Improvisation techniques are enhanced through a variety of classes such as Viewpoints, Dance Improvisation, Contact Work, Mask Work and Animal Work. Exposure to these many techniques will help you to be a more expressive performer. This is supported by performance opportunities in multiple performance venues, styles and situations.

Contextual studies in topics such as the dance histories of various genres and cultures, the development of the dance industry in Singapore and performance theories support the necessary understanding to become a relevant global practitioner.

Employability is further improved through components that introduce you to dance pedagogy, career paths and options, audition techniques and the local industry.

“Studying in LASALLE has probably been one of the best experiences as it has taught me many new things. I had the opportunity to participate in cross-disciplinary collaborations, creating new friendships with student-artists from other faculties.”
Nor Liyana
Diploma in Dance, Class of 2013

Course Details

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Duration

3 years

Mode

Full Time

Modules
Level 1

You will establish a technical, creative, and contextual foundation. It gives you the necessary tools for further development. 

Body in Performance 1A (15 CU) 
This module is an investigation into the body of a performer. You are guided to increase your movement range and creative palette, to recognise your habitual patterns and preferences, and encouraged to go beyond your initial default modes. 

Dance Techniques 1A (30 CU) 
This module delivers technique classes necessary for a sound foundation on which to build a dance practice. Through diverse practical classes, the module builds physical and technical strength, bodily, spatial and temporal awareness, connectivity, coordination and control, expression, and addresses specific stylistic principles.

Performance Studies 1A (15 CU) 
This is the key contextual module that is necessary for the development of an intelligent dancer. Apart from crucial historical and social contexts, it also introduces you to the necessary tools for analysing your physical needs as a dancer and a framework to discuss the body. It also develops oral and written skills, as well as research techniques.

Body in Performance 1B (15 CU) 
This module develops the expressive abilities of the body as a performer. This component extends the range of physical expressions, and therefore develops a greater awareness of the body when moving in space, within time and to music.

Dance Techniques 1B (30 CU) 
This module delivers technique classes necessary for a sound foundation on which to build a dance practice. Through diverse practical classes, the module develops physical and technical strength, bodily, spatial and temporal awareness, connectivity, coordination and control, expression, and addresses specific stylistic principles.

Performance Studies 1B (15 CU) 
This module continues to look at the context of the performer, from the personal physical experience to the socio-historical and cultural context surrounding the performer. It teaches you to interpret contemporary dance performances and to discuss the social, historical and cultural influences that impact the works.

Level 2

You will Increase your technical vocabulary, develop your creative and analytical skills, and be introduced to the local context. 

Body in Performance 2A (15 CU) 
This module expands your performance skills. It deepens your investigation into body, space and time. Exploration is extended into working with the duet and trio form.

Dance Techniques 2A (30 CU) 
This module builds on the techniques and principles introduced in Level 1. This is the prime development level and you are encouraged to gain greater ownership of the essential techniques, skills and principles necessary for your development.

Performance Studies 2A (15 CU) 
This contextual studies module introduces the local and regional dance landscapes, while also discussing the dancer as a holistic being. The intelligent dancer is further developed through applying the research required in all components of this module and you are encouraged to elevate your verbal and written expression.

Body in Performance 2B (15 CU) 
This module expands performance and choreographic skills. You will continue to experiment with how you fulfil the physical, technical and collaborative expectations of live performance. In preparation for a professional context, you are auditioned into roles and casts or understudy. The rehearsals and classes culminate in a public performance.

Dance Techniques 2B (30 CU) 
This module builds on the techniques and principles taught in 2A. You are further encouraged to gain ownership and depth of embodiment of the essential techniques, skills and principles necessary for your development of your practice. You are encouraged to find a personal approach to navigate the increased range of styles learnt.

Performance Studies 2B (15 CU) 
This module investigates how you can develop and locate yourself in the local and regional dance landscapes. You will hone your verbal and written expression through class discussions and presentations. You are provided with an overview of the development of performing arts in Singapore from 1965 to the present by discussing how the various Singapore arts policy papers influenced the evolution of dance in Singapore. Dance Science and Anatomy will review elements of the Dance Health Screening and remind you of how to work efficiently with your bodies.

Level 3

You will consolidate personal expression and understanding of professional requirements. Level 3 modules prepare you for employment as a dancer and the next stage of your artistic journey. 

Performance Creation A (15 CU) 
This module continues to work on the creative and expressive potential of your body. Having created works with other dancers in Level 2, this module brings the focus of the research back to the individual’s body. You will learn to work in a professional environment through links with the professional arts industry. You will get in touch with real-world expectations and be introduced to key practitioners, encouraging dialogue and possible future creative relationships.

Dance Techniques 3A (30 CU) 
This module enables you to gain greater embodiment in relationship to the various techniques and aesthetics explored. You are encouraged to develop greater ownership and visibility of individuality, with respect to the specificity of the styles encountered. You continue to expand their movement vocabulary and qualitative flow.

Dance Industry and Community A (15 CU) 
This module focuses on the practice of Contemporary Dance in the local context and communities. Your management skills are focused on becoming producers and managers of small-scale projects. It prepares you for the realities of a career in dance, looking at aspects of personal finances, training, auditions and interviews. You will learn to position yourself as an artist in relation to the world.

Performance Creation B (15 CU) 
This module continues to work on the creative and expressive abilities of the body in relation to the world around you, as well as contextualising performance within culture and society. Greater emphasis is put on analysis and evaluation of performance works and the processes surrounding performance creation and collaboration.

Dance Techniques 3B (30 CU) 
This module builds further embodiment and ownership of both principles and aesthetic specificities of the techniques encountered, greater self-evaluation and peer strategies. You will develop an artistic voice in the execution of a wide range of movement vocabulary, qualities and dynamics.

Dance Industry and Community B (15 CU) 
This module focuses on practical engagement in the local context and communities. Your management skills are applied as producers and managers of small-scale projects, such as the realisation of projects proposed in Dance Industry and Community A. You will survey the current performing arts industry in Singapore to discuss and evaluate existing companies, professionals and their audiences. You will also increase your familiarity with the local industry through visits/engagement with more professional companies/venues and talks given by respected professionals in the industry.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, seminars, practical presentations, class participation, rehearsals, journals and masterclasses. You will also engage in studio, theatre, community and site-based work.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
Dancer for stage, screen and events, or Dance Instructor.

Or make your mark in a related career:
Arts Manager

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Academics

Tap into the illustrious minds of our faculty members who are movers and shakers in their own disciplines. They will impart, challenge and encourage, as they share their invaluable expertise and experiences with you.

Dean, Faculty of Performing Arts
Head, School of Dance & Theatre
Lecturer, Dance
Lecturer, Dance
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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Apply by: 16 November 2018
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 14 December 2018
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Singapore
  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4

 


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL
Diploma 5.5 PBT IBT
525 71

ADMISSIONS TESTS/PORTFOLIO AND INTERVIEW REQUIREMENTS

As an applicant, you are required to submit written assignments and attend an audtion or interview. 

Written Assignments
(To be submitted before your audition/interview) 

  1. Write about a live dance performance that you have seen recently. Using appropriate descriptions and examples, explain what interested or inspired you. (Approx. 500 words) 
  2. Describe your dance training and exposure to date. (Approx. 100–200 words)
  3. Are Waffles really better than Pancakes? (Approx 250–300 words) 
  4. Why have you chosen to attend a dance programme at LASALLE and what will you do to prepare yourself for a full-time dance programme? (Approx. 600–800 words) 
  5. Discuss your strengths and weaknesses in reference to what makes you a good fit for the dance programmes at LASALLE, and how your chosen programme will benefit you. (Approx. 600–800 words) 

Option 1: Audition 
You will be required to do a Ballet class and a Contemporary class during the audition.

Option 2: Interview 
If you who are unable to attend the live auditions, you should send video links on YouTube or Vimeo. These videos should clearly show you dancing in at least two of the following genres: Ballet, Jazz, contemporary or Urban Dance. 

These clips should demonstrate your flexibility, strength and control. They should include jumps and turns. You should be the only performer in the video or should be clearly indicated. 

The video audition should also include a link that demonstrates you performing a combination set by the programme. This combination will be a contemporary combination that will be sent as a video link upon request.

Things to note in preparing for the audition: 
It is advisable that you thoroughly warm up and wear appropriate dance wear and footwear for the audition. Please take note that you may be asked to improvise in your audition. What are we looking for? The assessment of your audition will be based on your ability to pick up and replicate steps, show natural dance ability, a good understanding of the chosen technique, a strong performance quality and a passion for movement. We are looking for people who are disciplined, open to learning and are dedicated to growing in their art. 

Fees
Components

Tuition Fees

DIPLOMA TUITION FEES FOR AUGUST 2019 INTAKE (PER ANNUM FEES)

Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,280 S$6,930* S$9,780* S$19,000 S$21,150 S$23,800
Note for Diploma Fees:

* SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit tgonline.moe.gov.sg.

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2018.
 

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00
 

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.

 

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Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support

SCHOLARSHIPS

In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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FINANCIAL SUPPORT

We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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