How to Apply: BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) - Northern School of Contemporary Dance

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) at NSCD.

Applications are now open. 

Applications for 2021 entry close on 15 January 2021.

Due to COVID-19 we have introduced a two-stage audition process. See below for more information.

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 the Course page for the entry requirements.

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Important information


The application form is available on this page until the closing date.

Places at our auditions are limited so we recommend early submission of your application to guarantee your preferred audition date/time. We are unable to guarantee an audition if places become full before the closing date.

Our application form asks for:

  1. Personal details
  2. Place of academic education
  3. Qualifications
  4. Place of dance education
  5. Headshot photo
  6. Personal statement (250 words)
  7. Solo video link (1 min 30 secs)
  8. Equality & Diversity information

Please read our application guidance below for more detailed information


Once you submit your application you will be redirected to book and pay for your Stage 1 Audition (subject to availability). Applications without an audition booking/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.


The application fee is a one-off payment of £20 when you book your Stage 1 Audition. No further fee is required as part of the audition process.

Audition fee waiver scheme

NSCD is an affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance & Drama (CDD), who offer a number of audition fee waivers to undergraduate applicants from the UK with low household income. Places are limited and so early application is advised. Fee waiver applications are made direct to CDD below:


IMPORTANT: This scheme has more applicants than can be offered places. To ensure that all of the allocated waivers are used, please ensure you make your NSCD application within 4 weeks of receipt of the waiver otherwise the fee waiver will be reallocated to another applicant.  It is therefore advised that apply for a waiver at such point that you will have filmed your solo within this timescale.

If awarded a fee waiver, CDD will inform us. We will then contact you to either confirm a refund of your fee payment or provide a promotional code for you to use at checkout (if you haven’t already booked your audition).


We want to see all applicants and so invite everyone to attend a Stage 1 Audition.

We ask you to watch and learn two set contemporary phrases in advance.


Stage 1 auditions are online via zoom and are held as a small group audition. They involve a creative icebreaker workshop (watch an example) and a chance for you to show us the contemporary phrases you have learnt (above). You’ll need a webcam/front-facing camera phone to join the audition and a space roughly 2m x 2m in which to move. You’ll receive an email with a zoom link prior to the audition date.

By taking part in an undergraduate zoom audition you are agreeing to the NSCD UG zoom audition risk assessment and disclaimer


Monday 14 December 2020 (if you wish to attend this date you must apply before 6 December):

  • 10.00-11.30 (GMT)
  • 12.30-14.00 (GMT)
  • 15.00-16.30 (GMT)

Monday 15 February 2021

  • 10.00-11.30 (GMT)
  • 12.30-14.00 (GMT)
  • 15.00-16.30 (GMT)

Tuesday 16 February 2021

  • 10.00-11.30 (GMT)
  • 12.30-14.00 (GMT)
  • 15.00-16.30 (GMT)

Shortlisted applicants from Stage 1 are invited to Stage 2. We get back to all applicants with an outcome approximately two weeks after their first audition. Some candidates may be invited to a Stage 2 audition for the Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance if we think you are more suited to this course.

Stage 2 Auditions are in small groups at NSCD or via online submission (for overseas applicants). They involve creative, contemporary, ballet and discussion sessions.

Please note: All candidates at these auditions are required to wear masks.  NSCD has protocols and procedures to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission within our building(s); further details will be provided to those who are shortlisted. If on-site auditions at NSCD are not possible due to enhanced lockdown measures, all applicants will be required to submit an online Stage 2 audition, details of which will be emailed to applicants.


For those who attend Stage 1 on Monday 14 December :

Sunday 14 February 2021

  • Final date to submit online audition (overseas applicants only)

Thursday 18 February 2021 

  • 10.00-13.00 (GMT)
  • 14.00-17.00 (GMT)

For those who attend Stage 1 on Monday 15 or Tuesday 16 February :

Sunday 7 March 2021

  • 10.00-13.00 (GMT)
  • 14.00-17.00 (GMT)

Sunday 21 March 2021

  • 10.00-13.00 (GMT)
  • 14.00-17.00 (GMT)
  • Final date to submit online audition (overseas applicants only)

Places are awarded to candidates who demonstrate the greatest potential to benefit from the course, regardless of previous dance experience. The audition panel assesses your physical potential, performance ability and creativity, as well as critical thinking and reflective engagement.

See What is NSCD looking for in potential students? for more information

Visit the course page for entry requirements


Applicants receive an email approximately 2 weeks after their Stage 2 audition with one of the following outcomes:

  • An offer (with 3 weeks in which to accept)
  • A place on the reserve list
  • No offer

Audition feedback is available on request to and provided once all offers have been made. Feedback consists of one of three descriptions below (due to a high applicant number we are unable to provide more detailed feedback)

A response to the tasks/movement material set which:

  • Consistently demonstrates that the candidate would be able to meet the demands of the course applied for.
  • Inconsistently demonstrates an ability to meet the demands of the course applied for at this time.
  • Demonstrates insufficient ability to meet the demands of the course applied for at this time.

Have a question?

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