Central School Of Ballet

Academic Support

Support for Students and Learning

As course providers Central School of Ballet is open to and conscious of individual needs, and is able to respond through a range of systems and procedures including:

• A full Induction Programme giving clarity on course aims, content, assessment methods, systems for support, resources, facilities and library provision.

• A copy of the Student Handbook with information about the school, staff, and facilities.

• A Programme Handbook with details of course content and Policies and Procedures.

• Industry relevant tutorials / mentor support which has a holistic approach, combining practical and theoretical elements, and access to professional practitioners / industry placements.

• A well-stocked library, including extensive DVD materials, library induction / skills booklet and information on research methods.

• Access to studio space and Ballet Central resources, including technical support and wardrobe department.

• A personal tutor and personal progress reviews.

• A system for academic support, and access to study skill support for written work and research, as required.

• Access to the school’s support services: physiotherapist, Pilates instructor / body conditioning equipment, Injury Prevention and Recovery teacher with a specialisation in Ballet, psychologist and nutritionist.

• Support for students with a disability or a specific learning difficulty, including access to a specialist dyslexia support tutor.

• Support for students whose first language is not English.

• Careers advice and links to the profession.

The modules for the programme of study will be delivered in accordance with the School's published Equality and Diversity policies and procedures. As far as can be reasonably anticipated, the curriculum, learning and teaching methods and forms of assessment do not present any non-justifiable disadvantage to students with disabilities.

Teaching Methods

Places are restricted to no more than 2 students in one cohort to ensure students gain close access to individual, bespoke mentor support and opportunities to rehearse and stage work. Enrolment for the MA and PgDip is in January and the course typically runs for four terms.

Within all modules you will engage in both academic and practice-based research. You are expected to carry out independent study, managing workloads and meeting deadlines, although there is on-going mentoring and tutor supervision from members of staff or visiting professionals.

There is flexibility to arrange study around professional dance work, although sufficient time must be allocated to carry out necessary research and preparation.

Assessment Feedback

Assessment will be through a mixture of studio presentation, public performance, verbal presentation and written submission.

Feedback is given through tutorials and one to one discussions. For each module students receive a written summary of the feedback, usually around 500 words per module, with the marks. We aim to give verbal feedback within 10 days of an individual assessment and the written feedback is provided once the whole module is complete.

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