How to Apply: CertHE in Contemporary Urban Dance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in NSCD. Applications for 2019 entry to the CertHE and BA (Hons) are now closed. 

Information on these pages will be updated for 2020 entry in September 2019.  In the meantime you are welcome to view details of our Summer School.

Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) Contemporary Dance


BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary)

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.

  • NSCD auditions will combined for these two courses as many candidates may wish to apply for both and this way they only need to attend one audition.
  • The audition panel will consider which course would be most suited to the candidate, at this stage in their dance study, and will shortlist for each course accordingly.
  • We limit each audition group to a maximum of approximately 25 candidates which we believe enhances the experience and provides a good insight to what life as a student at NSCD would be like. It also means that the audition panel gains a good insight into the work of each candidate and we therefore do not need to hold recalls auditions.

We have a limited number of places available at our auditions and so recommend early submission of your application to secure an audition date. Our final closing date for applications is Tuesday 15th January 2019*, however, you will need to submit your application in advance of the audition you wish to attend and we can advise that most applications are made and auditions booked by late December/early January each year.

*for overseas auditions taking place after 15/1/19, the deadline is 5 days before your audition date

Fees & Finance Course information


Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance & BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) audition dates for September 2019 entry:

Auditions at NSCD, Leeds, UK
Saturday 1 December 2018
Tuesday 11 December 2018
Saturday 15 December 2018
Saturday 5 January 2019
Saturday 26 January 2019
Saturday 9 February 2019
Monday 11 February 2019
Friday 15 February 2019
Saturday 2 March 2019
Sunday 17 March 2019
Saturday 23 March 2019
Friday 29 March 2019

Saturday 27 April 2019 (date added due to the high demand)

Auditions in Scandinavia
Saturday 5 January 2019 | Rom for Dans, Oslo, Norway
Wednesday 9 January 2019 | Trøndertun Folkehøgskole, Gimse, Norway
Saturday 12 January 2019 | GAME, Copenhagen, Denmark

Auditions in Europe
Saturday 26 January 2019 | Opus Ballet, Florence, Italy

Auditions in the Far East

Friday 15 February 2019 | Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) – audition for NAFA students only

Saturday 16 February 2019 | School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA)  – audition for SOTA students only

Tuesday 26 February 2019 | The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts  – audition open to any students (from HKAPA or other schools)

Remote Auditions (International applicants only)
Sunday 3 March 2019 | Final date to submit Remote Audition 


Application process and audition content

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Am I eligible for an audition fee waiver?

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