How to apply


Thank you for your interest in applying for a course at NSCD. We welcome all applicants regardless of disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or religion. We audition all applicants and our audition process is designed to assess your potential as a dance artist and your suitability for our courses.

Applications open: Sunday 1st October 2017

Applications close: Wednesday 31st January 2018 or  1 week prior to the audition if you are attending an overseas audition. (Hong Kong & Shanghai by 1st November)

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What do I need to know before I apply?

Before applying for a course, please read the following:
Course Information & Entry Requirements
Fees and Finance

Can I apply for direct 2nd year entry (level 5) on the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)?

NSCD does occasionally offer direct entry into the 2nd year/level 5 if applicants have already completed a 1st year/level 4 of an equivalent course at another institution.  Offers would, however, be dependent on places being available in the 2nd year/level 5 .

Applications should be made through the standard application form* followed by attendance at an audition or, for international applicants, submission of a video link audition. Applicants who are then selected for 2nd year/level 5 entry would then be required to provide details of previous/current course specification in order to show they have met the same learning outcomes of the NSCD 1st year/level 4 curriculum.

See the University of Kent website for NSCD BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) course specification.

*When completing your application please ensure that you select the level of study that you will have completed by the end of the current year i.e. if you are currently in the 1st year of an undergraduate degree course select level 4.

When and where are the auditions?

The auditions will be held in China, Denmark, Italy, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland (from November 2017- February 2018) in Leeds (December 2017-March 2018) or by video link (remote audition) for applicants from other countries.  Full details are available in the pdf document below:

BA Audition Types, Venues and Dates (pdf)

What does the audition involve?

Download the following documents for information about the audition:
BA Audition Information (Leeds & Overseas) (pdf)
BA Remote Audition Information (pdf) option for overseas applicants only.

Please note that at the audition for BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) the audition panel will automatically consider you for the Access to Higher Education Diploma: Contemporary Dance if they feel that this would be a better course for you at this stage. You do not need to make another application or attend another audition.

What information do I need to prepare for my application?

You will need to have the following information ready to enter into the on-line application form:

  • Personal Details (name, contact details etc)
  • Education (Most recent place of education)
  • Qualifications (Highest qualification level you expect to have completed by course entry)
  • Equality and Diversity Information (ethnicity, disability and household income).
  • A Personal Statement of 250-1000 words to include: Your reasons for pursuing training in dance; Your reasons for choosing Northern School of Contemporary Dance; What you hope to achieve after completing your training.
  • Your chosen audition date (subject to availability)
  • There is an application fee of £50 which is paid via PayPal after you have submitted your application. 

You are not required to provide copies of certificates, photographs or references.

The audition and interview fee waiver scheme

NSCD is an affiliate of The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama who offer a number of audition fee waivers to BA applicants from UK with low-income backgrounds who may not otherwise be able to make an application. Please note that places are limited and offered on a first come basis. If you believe you meet the criteria and decide to apply for an audition fee waiver please wait until you receive notification of the outcome before you make your application to NSCD. If you are successful you will then be able to select one of the free places at our auditions.  
Further details and how to apply for an audition fee waiver

Apply and book an audition

Apply and book my audition
On-line BA Application Form Link

Being offered a place

When will I find out if I have been offered a place?
BA Audition Outcomes (pdf)

What will I need to know if I’m offered a place?
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Need more information?

For any further queries, please contact NSCD Admissions Team:
T: 0113 219 3050/3013