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. We are part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama which comprises eight specialist schools delivering world-leading teaching and vocational training in the performing arts.
In 2017 we received a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
If you are offered a place on any of our courses at NSCD we will support your transition to enrolment by helping you find local accommodation. We also hold Orientation Days for students who are joining us from outside the UK to help you get settled at NSCD and in Leeds. Throughout your course there is a full range of support available which includes Health and Well-being support, Injury support and English language support.
EU, EEA states and Swiss nationals do not need a visa to study in the UK.
All other international students are likely to need a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa; please check here.
If you do need a visa you can find further information here: NSCD Tier 4 (General) Student Visa Information
NSCD participates in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme
This course will replace the Access diploma from September 2019. Applications for the Certificate of Higher Education in contemporary dance open in September 2018.
This course is specifically designed for the education and training of professional contemporary dance artists, performers, choreographers and artist facilitators.
This one-year, full-time programme offers dancers a safe and inspiring space to grow as an artist, rigorously challenge their physical skill and build an understanding of the professional working environment.
1. 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.
2. Can I study as part of an exchange?
View our current Erasmus information
3. What support is available for EU, EEA & International students at NSCD?
NSCD is committed to ensuring that you settle in and are supported to fully access your course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
All new students who are joining us from outside the UK are invited to attend the NSCD International Student Welcome and Orientation Days that are held just prior to the Induction Week at the start of the academic year. These are designed to give you extra time to settle in and learn more about studying in the UK and at NSCD.
A range of Student Services are available to all our students all of which can be arranged easily through one point of contact.
Explore our industry-standard facilities here at the School - occupying an architecturally unique site
Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) was founded in 1985 as the first conservatoire dance school within the public sector.
NSCD’s Student Services department is a one stop shop for all students, and aims to be students’ first point of call for all enquiries. These enquiries may range from timetabling, accommodation, safeguarding and attendance.