Accredited Courses

  • The Garage Dancers Performing
  • Rehearsals in The Garage theatre
  • Dancers at the barre
  • Rehearsals in The Garage theatre
  • The Garage Dancers Performing
  • Leaping dancer

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.

 

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

  • GCSE Dance

    GCSE Dance

    LEVEL 2

    DURATION 
    21 months, part-time.

    COURSE DATES 
    October 2018 - June 2020

    TIMETABLE
    2.5 hours per week, Sunday afternoons, term-time only.

    FEES
    £1700, instalment plans and bursaries available

    COURSE CONTENT
    The course will comprise of 3 key modules – Performance, Choreography and Dance Appreciation - inviting students to explore a wide range of dance styles, with set works covering contemporary, ballet and hip-hop. Each weekly session will comprise of a 1 hour class, 45 minutes choreography, and 45 minutes appreciation. Sunday sessions will be complemented by tutorials, performance trips, masterclasses, guest tutors and a high profile performance opportunity.

    ASSESSMENT
    PRACTICAL Performance (30%), Choreography (30%) 
    WRITTEN Dance appreciation (40%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    No formal entry requirements, however students must be able to demonstrate the ability to take on both the practical and theoretical elements of the course, therefore auditions will include both written and practical tasks.
    Age: 13+, adult learners welcome

    GREAT FOR...
    Studying alongside work or other courses. Start this course in Year 9 to complete the GCSE qualifi cation before your year 11 exams.

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

    OFFER: ENROL ON BOTH THE GCSE DANCE & GCSE DRAMA COURSES AND RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT

  • GCSE Drama

    GCSE DRAMA

    DURATION
    20 months, part-time

    COURSE DATES
    October 2018 - May 2020

    TIMETABLE 
    2.5 hours per week, Sunday mornings, term-time only

    FEES
    £1700, instalment plans and assisted places available

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course is designed to engage and encourage students to become confident performers with the skills needed for a bright and successful future. The course will comprise of 3 key modules – Understanding Drama, Devising Drama and Text in Practice - inviting students to explore a wide range of performance styles and periods, with set works covering comedy, historical and teen drama. Sunday sessions will be complemented by tutorials, performance trips, masterclasses and guest tutors.

    ASSESSMENT
    PRACTICAL Devising Drama – Performance & log (40%), Texts in Practice (20%)
    WRITTEN Understanding Drama (40%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    No formal entry requirements, however students must be able to demonstrate the ability to take on both the practical as theoretical elements of the course, therefor auditions will include both written and practical tasks.
    Age: 13+, adult learners welcome

    GREAT FOR…
    Studying alongside work or other courses. Start this course in Year 9 to complete the GCSE qualifi cation before your year 11 exams.

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

    OFFER: ENROL ON BOTH THE GCSE DANCE & GCSE DRAMA COURSES AND RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT

  • GCSE MUSIC

    GCSE MUSIC

    GCSE Music is delivered at East Norfolk Sixth From College in Gorleston. 

    DURATION
    18 months, part-time

    COURSE DATES
    GCSE Music will not be intaking in 2018

    TIMETABLE
    4pm-6pm, Mondays, term-time only

    FEES
    FREE, this course is supported by Norfolk Music Hub*

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course will explore four key areas which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context.

    Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

    Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble

    Area of study 3: Film Music

    Area of study 4: Popular Music.

    Students will be supported to engage actively in the process of music study whilst developing performing and composing skills individually and in groups. They will explore a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing as well as looking at music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music. Students will reflect upon and evaluate their own and others’ music and engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music to become effective musicians.

    ASSESSMENT
    Assessment is based on the three skills of performing, composing and appraising

    PRACTICAL Performing (30%), Composition (30%) WRITTEN Appraising (40%)

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    No formal entry requirements, however students should be confident in their ability to take on both the practical and theoretical elements of the course. The course is aimed at current year 10 students, however students in year 9 with a strong musical training background are welcome.

    GREAT FOR...
    Complimenting in-school GCSE studies in other subjects

    APPLICATION
    To register, contact us on 01603 283382 or email education@thegarage.org.uk

    Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

    Application deadline: Monday 16 October

    *Norfolk Music Hub is funded by the Department of Education, administered by Arts Council England, to create more opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music throughout the county. We work in partnership with every organisation and school who engages with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education. www.norfolkmusichub.org.uk

  • Foundation Programme - Acting

    Performing Arts Foundation Programme - Acting

    LEVEL 4*

    DURATION
    7 months, full-time.

    COURSE DATES
    September 2018 - Easter 2019

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

    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries available

    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 Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@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.

  • Foundation Programme - Dance

    Performing Arts Foundation Programme - Dance

    LEVEL 4*

    DURATION
    7 months, full-time.

    COURSE DATES
    September 2018 - Easter 2019

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

    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries 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 Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@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.

  • Foundation Programme - Musical Theatre

    Performing Arts Foundation Programme - Musical Theatre

    LEVEL 4*

    DURATION
    7 months, full-time.

    COURSE DATES
    September 2018 - Easter 2019

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

    FEES
    £3500, instalment plan and bursaries 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 Oppotunities Form and return them to: Admissions, The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich NR2 1NY or email to education@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.

  • Meet the Faculty

    Chris Smith

    LEAD LECTURER (ACTING)

    CHRIS SMITH

    Smith received a BA Hons in Drama from the University of Exeter, before completing a PGCE in Drama with English at University of Warwick.  He has spent the past six years educating students in secondary schools, and is now bringing his expertise in the education sector, knowledge of curriculum and passion for creative learning to a more vocational setting.

    Smith’s teaching career thus far has seen him work in a range of educational settings in different parts of the country; working as an outstanding classroom practitioner as well as researching and continuing to develop pedagogy. Working across Warwickshire, Hertfordshire and Norfolk, Smith has personalised and adapted learning content to suit different groups of young people: designing programmes of study to share with his passion and knowledge of the creative arts. Smith has worked with students ranging from year 7 to 13, enabling him to follow the whole process of Drama education from beginning to end as students take their steps into continuing the subject in Higher Education. Through the years, Smith has managed departments, run a sixth form and redesigned courses to adapt to the fluctuations of curriculum, exam and industry requirements.

    Passionate about the creative arts and using performance to inspire and communicate, Smith is driven to give young people opportunities on the stage that help shape their futures and give them the confidence to explore their artistic potential. He considers that the performing arts give young people an incredible chance to explore the depths of human communication, allowing them to innovate and create in order to spread a message. As the arts come ever more under threat from cut backs and restrictions, the importance to develop artistic expression, individuality and a love of the arts is, he believes, of increasing and striking importance.

    With a clear vision of designing an inspiring, dynamic and innovative course that pushes students and challenges them to reach their greatest potential, Smith is excited to start the next step in his career and bring his experience and enthusiasm to The Garage.


    Diccon Hogger

    LECTURER (DANCE)

    DICCON HOGGER

    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.

     


    Andrés Hernández-Salazar image

    VOCAL COACH 

    ANDRÉS HERNÁNDEZ-SALAZAR

    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


    Emma Brady

    GCSE DANCE LEAD TUTOR

    EMMA BRADY

    Emma is a Norfolk dance artist with eleven years of teaching experience in a wide range of contexts. She has a proven record for nurturing the talent of young dancers. As Course Leader at City College Norwich, Emma prepared students for futures with prestigious schools and companies such as Laban and New Adventures. She is equally proud of her work with younger dancers, teaching at primary and secondary schools throughout Norfolk and catering for a range of abilities and needs.

    Emma has delivered a number of community projects and finds inspiration in working with a wide range of individuals, from weekly creative classes for young children (3-5 years) to adult summer schools and regional youth companies. Her high standards ensure that the varied needs and expectations of participants are met with empathy and enthusiasm.

    She has an extensive knowledge of dance qualifications ranging from A-Level Dance to BTEC to Arts Award. As a Dance Lecturer and Course Leader of BTEC Dance at City College Norwich for over five years, Emma was graded an Outstanding teacher, something which she continuously strives for. Her enthusiasm for building her own expertise and experience has led her to undertake a variety of courses and qualifications since graduation at a range of organisations including the British Ballet Organization and London Contemporary Dance School.

    Emma was nominated and selected for the DanceUK Teachers Mentorship Programme, a professional development opportunity for teachers identified by their peers as future leaders. Since 2016, Emma joined Rambert Dance Company as an Animateur. The role is one that requires working closely with the company to deliver classes and workshops based on the company’s repertoire.


    Sarah Brett

    GCSE DANCE TUTOR

    SARAH BRETT

    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.

Creative Ambitions

Creative Ambitions is an insightful and practical series of free taster workshops, masterclasses and application support for young people considering Performing Arts study or training after sixth form/college. 

To apply for a place on any of these activities email your name, date of birth, postcode and phone number, along with details of which session(s) you are interested in to education@thegarage.org.uk

 

Audition Masterclass

Monday 22 October

Planning on auditioning for further study in the performing arts? Join us for a full-day masterclass in audition technique for those wishing to train further in acting, dance or musical theatre. In the morning you will get the chance to build your skills in a group session – focusing on the skills and techniques needed to excel in a performing arts audition. In the afternoon you will get to work one-to-one with a tutor who will help you to prepare your audition pieces. Don’t miss this chance to gain valuable experience to help you prepare for the next step in your training.

 

Taster Week

Tuesday 28- Friday 31 August

These taster weeks have been designed to give you the full experience of professional performing arts training at Higher Education level. Designed and delivered in partnership with some of the top performing arts training institutions in the country, the programme will give you the experience of a typical week on a performing arts degree course. In addition to receiving high-quality training, you will also get the chance to speak to visiting practitioners from some top institutions who will be able to provide advice and guidance on your future training and opportunities. If you are considering studying performing arts at degree-level, this will be a perfect opportunity to give you additional skills and experience.

 

UCAS Support Session

Wednesday 26 September, Wednesday 17 October & Wednesday 21 November

There will also be sessions in Kings Lynn is October, dates to be confirmed. 

A strong UCAS application can often be essential to receiving the university offers you desire. These sessions will be an opportunity to talk through the entire UCAS process, receive support on your application and get some useful tips and hints on what makes a strong application. There will also be plenty of opportunities for questions and one-to-one support.

 

Eligible students will be aged 16-19yrs and living in one of the following identified wards: Bowthorpe – Catton Grove – Crome – Lakenham – New Costessey – Old Gaywood – Gaywood Chase. If you live outside these areas but would like to take part please contact us to express your interest.

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