Recognition of Qualifications
The Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire offers dance students the possibility to train on a professional level. This is achieved through a rigorous, holistic, thorough training method and course structure developed for the specific needs of the local dancer, in line with international standards.
The JCDC prides itself of a highly qualified and experienced teaching faculty. Regular courses, student exchanges and assessments are held with various collaborating professional dance institutions, dancers and teachers from abroad in order to give the local students the opportunity to develop their skills further and to be able to compare to an international level. Students graduating from the school have embarked in professional careers with companies overseas.
The National Commission for Higher Education (NCFHE) is a national accrediting agency for the development, assessment, certification and accreditation of qualifications other than those in compulsory education and degrees. It is responsible to the Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family. The overall objective of NCHFE is to maintain the development of the Malta Qualifications Framework and to oversee the training and certification leading to qualifications within the Framework and which is not already provided for at compulsory education institutions or degree awarding bodies. NCHFE also promotes and facilitates Life-Long Learning access, transfer and progression and fosters the recognition abroad of professional and vocational certificates awarded in Malta under these regulations. NCHFE is governed by a Council nominated by the Minister of Education, Employment and the Family. Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire endorses the Malta Qualifications Framework as the official National Qualifications Framework of Malta and agrees to abide with the level descriptors, standards and criteria that the NCHFE publishes from time to time to maintain the framework’s relevancy to the system of qualifications in Malta.
All qualifications offered by Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire will be classified under the eight-level system as detailed in Legal Notice 347/2005; The ISTD Grade 6 and Intermediate Vocational Graded Examination in Dance offered by Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire and awarded by ISTD is referenced to Level 4 of the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF); The ISTD Advanced 1 & 2 Vocational Graded Examination in Dance offered by Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire and awarded by ISTD is referenced to MQF and EQF Level 5; Levels of qualifications are determined by the exit points as detailed in the Malta Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning for each course. Programmes of Studies and Quality Assurance support mechanisms will be those established and regulated by external awarding bodies as endorsed by Johane Casabene Dance Conservatoire and MQC on the basis of the EQARF.