Taught course (will run subject to approval)

BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance

London Contemporary Dance School
BA Hons

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Entry requirements

Potential is the critical factor in applicants being suitable for our programmes. Our admission process is designed to give candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate that potential. This is not simply a matter of being technically proficient in dance, and is not about having a certain type of physique or capability. Candidates are not being compared to other candidates; we want them to show us what sort of artist they can be. We want to see that they have the right mental aptitude and hunger to learn that will enable you to realise this potential during their time at the School.

Dance Training

Candidates will have experience learning different styles of dance and have the physical ability and mental aptitude to be able to benefit from our training. Practical dance skills and potential for development will be assessed during the admission process.

Academic Requirements

Two passes at A Level or equivalent overseas qualifications are acceptable. As a general rule they are the qualifications necessary to begin a university undergraduate course in the candidate’s home country.

Other Requirements

Candidates must normally be at least 18 years old. Candidates whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate language proficiency at audition. We accept either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum required score of IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) or the Trinity College London (TCL) Integrated Skills in English test level II (undergraduate – minimum level B2).

Please note that if you require a student visa, the English test must be taken at an approved centre.

Months of entry


Course content

The highly focused and nurturing environment LCDS provided allowed me to develop and expand my artistic practice as well as forming friendships and collaborative relationships with my peers. - Emily Lue-Fong, BA graduate 2021.

Our BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance develops versatile artists with all the tools and skills for a prolific career in dance and the creative industries.

The course is fun and highly intensive, with a wide range of practical studio-based classes, enhanced by a range of contextual studies that directly relate to the experience of performing, making, researching, and understanding dance. Plus, you will have access to unique performance and creative opportunities throughout the course.

  • Full-time three-year degree course
  • High contact hours
  • Practical studio learning
  • A range of dance practices
  • Performance opportunities at The Place Theatre and across other sites
  • Working with costume and lighting designers
  • Collaborating with other art forms
  • Challenging what it means to be a dance artist

Year 1

Develop reflective, technical, and critical skills through studio-based learning, lectures, and tutorials. Introduction to dance teaching skills, media, screendance and site-specific dance through collaborative performance-based projects. Experience principles of safe dance practice including methods to enhance dance performance, prevent injury and develop psychological skills.

Year 2

Engage with the wider dance sector and explore your practices within different contexts. Develop collaborative skills within dance and other art forms and deepen your understanding of dance teaching in schools and communities.

Year 3

Emphasis on developing your artistic practice through an independent research year-long project. Focus on creation of professional portfolios, CVs, showreels and other materials. Performance opportunities within theatres, other sites and across different media.

For more information about the course structure please visit: lcds.ac.uk/course

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Click here to read about UK undergraduate fees.

Click here to read about Overseas undergraduate fees

Click here to read about scholarships and bursaries

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • BA Hons
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work120
Professional practice120

Course contact details

Hannah Redfearn