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 for 2020 entry are now closed.

Applications for 2021 entry will open October 2020.

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.

Please read What NSCD is looking for in potential students (click to open pdf)

“The entire audition day was characterised by encouragement to challenge myself beyond my usual limitations and think in different ways.” (applicant quote)

Visit the Course Information page for full details of the course and the entry requirements.

Fees & Finance Course info

Your application

We have a limited number of places available at our auditions and so recommend early submission of your application to secure your preferred audition date. We are unable to guarantee an audition place if they become fully booked before the closing date.

If you are attending an overseas audition you will need to submit your application no later than 1 week before the audition date.

Full details of BA (Hons) Application Information (Click to open pdf)

The NSCD online application form will be available on this web page between the opening and closing dates.

Audition Dates

Auditions at NSCD, Leeds, UK
Monday 16 December 2019 Fully booked
Tuesday 18 February 2020 Fully booked
Wednesday 19 February 2020 Fully booked
Thursday 20 February 2020 Fully booked
Friday 21 February 2020 Fully booked
Monday 30 March 2020 Fully booked

Auditions in Europe
Saturday 11 January 2020 | Rom for Dans AS, Marstrandgata 8, 0566 Oslo, Norway.  9.30-5pm.
Saturday 1 February 2020 | Opus Ballet, via U. Foscolo, 6 (Porta Romana), 50124 – Florence, Italy.  9.30-5pm.

Remote Auditions (International applicants only; from outside the UK & EU)
Monday 10 February 2020 | Final date to submit Remote Audition

We are also holding pre-audition workshops in Chicago, New York and San Francisco, USA in October and November 2019.

See our USA Workshops page for more information

What does the audition involve?

NSCD auditions are designed to give you a good insight into what life as a student here is like. The audition starts with an ice-breaker creative task and is followed by opportunities for applicants to show us their strengths and potential in technique classes and creative sessions as well as in a short pre-prepared solo.

It was so refreshing to experience an audition that allowed applicants to present a number of different skills to the panel and it was lovely to see people shine through at different points during the day.” (applicant quote)

In addition to UK auditions we hold a number of auditions overseas. We also offer a remote audition option (for International applicants only, ie those outside the UK & EU) which involves submitting a URL link to your filmed audition footage on YouTube/Vimeo.

Full details of BA Audition Information (Leeds & Overseas) (Click to open pdf)

Full details of BA Contemporary Remote Audition Information (Click to open pdf)

Audition Fee

The audition fee is £50 which is payable through our online Box Office at the point you book your selected audition date. We are unable to process applications until your audition has been booked and paid for.

NSCD is an affiliate of The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama who offer a number of audition fee waivers, to undergraduate applicants from the UK with low household income who may struggle to find the funds for the application/audition fee.

Full details of Undergraduate Audition Fee Waiver Scheme (Click to open pdf)

Audition Outcomes

We aim to complete the selection process within approximately 4 weeks; from the audition day to the final outcome for shortlisted candidates.

  • We make our first shortlist at the end of stage 1 of the audition. Some candidates who are not shortlisted to stage 2 during the audition day, may be invited to return to a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in Contemporary Dance audition if it is felt this this would be a more suitable course. These candidates will receive an email with details and an option to confirm attendance.
  • Approximately 1 week after the audition, all candidates who were shortlisted for stage 2 will be notified by email to inform them if they have reached our final shortlist. Those who have reached the final shortlist will be provided with details about a short reflective written task, in relation to the audition, to be submitted online within 1 week from the notification.
  • Approximately 2 weeks after the writing task submission date candidates who reached our final shortlist will receive an email with one of the following outcomes:
  • An offer (with 3 weeks in which to accept).
  • A place on the reserve list (with potential further offers being made after all auditions have taken place).
  • No offer.

Audition feedback is available on request to and will be provided after the offers are made.  It will consist of one of the three descriptions* as due to high applicant numbers we are unable to provide more detailed feedback. (*listed in: What is NSCD looking for in potential students?) 

Find out more

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