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London Contemporary Dance School · London Contemporary Dance School

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Entry requirements

Students who choose to follow the Postgraduate Programme in Performance usually join the School following conservatoire level training and completion of a BA in Dance (or the overseas equivalent). Equivalent professional experience is acceptable in lieu of a first degree and we welcome applications from imaginative artists, whether or not they hold formal academic qualifications. Students who aim to graduate with a Master of Arts qualification must demonstrate confident writing skills in English.

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate apprenticeships develop students’ skills as performers through placements with well-established professional companies. Apprentices work with the host company and always perform on stage with them in professional settings as part of the programme. Students specialising in Performance are almost always full-time students and work for the whole year in a company setting (36 weeks).

This programme is structured around the needs of the companies and enables students to focus on the very specific demands of a performance career.

Host companies who have worked alongside LCDS to deliver the Apprentice programme include BalletLORENT, Bern Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Henri Oguike, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton Dance, Jasmin Vardimon, Maresa von Stockert, Motionhouse, National Dance Company Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Tavaziva Dance.

Information for international students

Candidates whose first language is not English need to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting results from a recognised testing service, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. The minimum score required for is IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Please note: due to Visa restrictions set by UK Visas and Immigration it is not possible for us to place students from overseas (outside the EU) with host companies for apprenticeships. Therefore the apprentice programme is open only to applicants from the UK/European Union.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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