Taught course

Contemporary Dance Performance (Professional Placement Scheme)

Northern School of Contemporary Dance

Entry requirements

Entry is through a successful audition and interview. The course is open to graduates of two/three–year dance training courses at Higher Education level, or dance artists with professional experience and equivalent vocational dance training. Applicants are usually 21+ years of age.

Due to visa restrictions, the course is open to UK applicants and those with EU Settled or Pre-settled Status only*. UK applicants will need a Visa for placements with Tanzmainz (Germany) and Holstebro Dance Company (Denmark) and will need to prove they have funds to cover living costs for 8 months (approximately £3000 or €3,500) prior to application for a visa and acceptance of a place on the programme. EU and EEA students would not need a visa but would need to register as self-employed if working in Denmark (the company will provide guidance).

*Additionally. EU and EEA applicants who do not have EU Settled or Pre-settled Status may apply for placements with Tanzmainz or Holstebro Dance Company only. Students would not need a visa when they are with the company but will require a student route visa to complete the research project element of the course at NSCD. Further details would be provided in your offer letter, if successful.

Applications for 2024 entry are now closed.

Months of entry


Course content

This one-year, full-time programme provides an opportunity for students to undertake extensive professional development and refine their performance skills, as a member of an established professional dance company.

The distinctiveness of this programme lies in the offer of a work placement with a professional dance company of between five and nine months. Students work alongside professional dancers at their chosen host company, experiencing the creation, rehearsal, production and touring of a professional performance programme or project, including any related education and community outreach work.

Whilst on their placement, students are supported by a tutor at NSCD. Crucially, students on the professional placement pathway develop an understanding of the wider skills required of a professional dance artist, through small-scale projects, introductions to local networks and awareness of a variety of activities such as workshop teaching and project management.

Information for international students

NSCD is proud of the diversity of the students it attracts and over recent years 30% of our total students have joined us from outside the UK from over 25 different countries. Many of our teaching staff are also from outside of the UK. The diversity of cultures at the school enhances our creativity and broadens the learning experience on offer.

NSCD is an international centre of excellence offering specialist, conservatoire-level contemporary dance training.

For more information head to https://www.nscd.ac.uk/study/overseas-students/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
£18,000 (Applicants can apply for a bursary of up to £3,000)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Participating Companies 24/25

Tanzmainz – Germany

2Faced Dance Company



National Dance Company Wales

Phoenix Dance Theatre

Scottish Dance Theatre

Stopgap Dance Company

Southpaw Dance Company

Course contact details

NSCD Admissions Team
0113 219 3050