HND Dance Artists

The award-winning Dance Studio Scotland is based in the fantastic purpose-built facility at Glasgow Clyde College's Anniesland campus.

Equipped with three large studios and a multi-gym, it offers a thorough and disciplined four year professional training which prepares students for a variety of careers in the dance industry.

Alongside recognised SQA qualifications at NC/HNC/HND levels, there is also the opportunity to take ISTD examinations in Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz in the first 2 years of full-time study. The outstanding teaching faculty have had extensive performing, teaching and choreographic experience and the department enjoys a very high level of graduate success.

HND Dance Artists is designed to further develop students who have successfully completed the NC Dance course, have demonstrated their suitability for professional dance training and have proven academic ability. A variety of dance forms and related subjects will be studied and, whilst the course is largely practical, there will be an appropriate theoretical input.

The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills required to gain employment in a highly-competitive field and equal weight is placed on teaching, choreography and performance.

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Course content

  • Anatomy and Injury Prevention for Dancers
  • Body Conditioning
  • Choreographic Skills
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Contextual Studies
  • Dance History
  • Dance: Performance and Production
  • ISTD Examinations Syllabi
  • Jazz Dance
  • Teaching Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Contact Improvisation
  • Contextual Studies
  • Sound Editing for Choreography

Entry requirements (minimum)

Entry is subject to a practical audition and group interview

  • NC Dance or strong dance technique which includes a minimum of 2 years classical ballet training (RAD, ISTD) or equivalent
  • A minimum of two Highers, one of which should be English or Core Skills: Communications at Higher level
  • The physical potential to undergo professional dance training

Applications from those who do not meet the above requirements may also be considered, but candidates must demonstrate exceptional technical ability and complete a written assignment, prior to audition

For those holding a relevant HNC it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

 Selection process information

Progression routes

Students may progress to degree-level study or develop careers as freelance dance artists.

Former graduates have continued their professional training at the following institutions:

  • Bird College of Dance, Music & Theatre Performance
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
  • London Studio Centre
  • London Contemporary Dance School
  • Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
  • Institute of the Arts, Barcelona
  • Laine Theatre Arts
  • The Urdang Academy
  • Northern School of Contemporary Dance
The department enjoys an excellent graduate employment rate and careers can be extremely varied. Former students are working as performers, teachers, choreographers, community dance artists and dance administrators. Self-employment is also very common and many graduates are successfully running their own businesses. 

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Start date

27 August 2018


2 Year(s), August to June

For courses starting in August 2017, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

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