How to Apply: MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance at NSCD.

Applications close midnight, Sunday 28 April 2024.

Our audition process for this course is by video:

Stage 1 – Online submission

  1. Read the guidance below and prepare your video submission
  2. Create an account and apply online, making sure to include a link to your recorded video footage
  3. Pay the £20 application fee

Stage 2 – Zoom interview

Shortlisted video applicants are invited to attend a 10-minute zoom interview

Full details and important information can be found in the sections below.

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

Visit our relevant course pages for entry requirements.

By Video

Making your application

Please ensure you submit your application and include a link to your video footage before the closing date.

Our application form asks for:

  1. Personal details
  2. Place of education
  3. Qualifications
  4. Place of dance education (this may be the same as your place of education)
  5. CV & Showreel
  6. Personal Statement (up to 200 words)
  7. Link to video footage 
  8. Equality and Diversity information

Read our guidance below for more information:


Once you submit your application you will be redirected to pay the application fee.

Applications without payment will not be processed.

You will also receive an email confirmation from Please check and save this email. We recommend you add this email address to your contacts to avoid emails going into your junk/spam folder.

Stage 1 video audition content
  • Improvisation (max 3 minutes) During your improvisation video, take the opportunity to play with dynamics, levels and the range of your physicality from detailed work to full embodied exploration. This is not a set choreographic exercise but rather just a filming in the studio where you show us a range of your movement possibilities and styles.
  • Technical Work: Contemporary (3 exercises, maximum 5 minutes). Specific technical work is required to be learnt (at this link) and filmed as part of your audition
  • Creative task: Create a solo or duet based on either: a) a text of your choice b) a site (can be performed in the chosen site) or c) an existing visual artwork (max 3 minutes). During your creative task, take the opportunity to show us your full range of skills including any other dance styles, text or use of voice
  • Verbal Personal Statement – tell us about yourself, your background and why you are applying for postgraduate study at NSCD. State which pathway you are interested in and why  (max 3 minutes) 
Stage 2 interviews

Successful video applicants from Stage 1 are invited to attend a 10-minute Zoom interview. The Admissions Team will inform you of when your interview is scheduled to take place and provide Zoom details.

What we are looking for

Places are awarded to applicants who demonstrate the greatest potential to benefit from the course. The audition panel assesses performance ability and creativity underpinned by technical/physical understanding, as well as critical thinking and reflective engagement.

MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance Curriculum Lead Fernanda Prata notes:

For MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance,  we are looking for  Dancers/Performers interested in extending their performance practice and openly working with many different approaches and art forms. Artists who are bold and eager to experiment with their movement vocabulary and have a strong practice in either dance or theatre work.

Audition outcomes
  • Candidates will be notified if they have been shortlisted for a Stage 2 interview following submission and review of their Stage 1 video audition.
  • All offers for MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance are made on a rolling basis.
  • Applicants who are not made offers will be added to a reserve list or receive notification of an Unsuccessful Outcome
  • Applicants placed on our reserve list may be made an offer at a later date.
  • All candidates have 3 weeks from receipt of an offer in which to make a decision

Have a question?

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