Learning-disabled performance pioneers Mind the Gap are launching the UK’s first degree level performing arts course for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.
The course has been validated by York St John University and will offer students a Certificate in Higher Education in Performing Arts equivalent to Level 4, or the first year of a University degree.
The Bradford based company are Britain’s largest learning disability performance and live Arts Company running arts training programmes for people with learning disabilities and/or autism via its Academy since 1998. Much of that training is already accredited, but the new course is the first to be recognised and validated by a higher education institution.
“The validation from York St John University is a huge coup for Mind the Gap,” says Academy Director Charli Ward. “It really cements the company as a beacon for learning-disabled creatives and further strengthens our reputation within the industry.”
The demanding three-year course will study classic and contemporary theatre, dance techniques, music production, and music composition. Students will also learn choreography skills, explore physical theatre, develop skills in devising theatre and participate in workshops led by industry professionals.
“York St John University are committed to widening participation in higher educations,” says Professor Matthew Reason, Director of the Institute for Social Justice at York St John University.
“Through this unique partnership with Mind the Gap we are able to challenge some of the presumptions about who education is for and who can access higher learning. We are hugely proud to be working with Mind the Gap on this ground-breaking initiative.”
The course starts in September this year and the deadline for applications is Monday 7th June with auditions on Friday 11th June.
For more information on Mind the Gap, its Academy, and its work visit www.mind-the-gap.org.uk