This HND Dance Artists course is aimed to further develop your skills if you have successfully completed the 1 or 2-year dance programme at NQ level, can demonstrate your 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.
What will I learn?
The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills required to find jobs in a highly competitive field and equal weight is placed on teaching, choreography and performance.
- 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 Placement
- Sound Editing for Choreography
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 two years of full-time study. The outstanding teaching staff have had extensive performing, teaching and choreographic experience and the department enjoys a very high level of graduate success.
Employer and industry links
Students at Glasgow Clyde College frequently work with professional dancers and industry bodies. We regularly invite world-class guests from the professional world into the department, which provides a rich source of inspiration and allows our students to network. We have hosted and participated in workshops/ residencies with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, BalletBoyz and the National Dance Company of Wales. In addition, we commission at least one new piece of professional choreographic work per year, which allows the HND students to forge working relationships with potential employers.
Jobs and further study
You may progress to degree-level study or develop careers as freelance dance artists. 100% of graduates from the last 3 years are either on degree programmes or are working in the industry. Former graduates have continued their professional training at the following institutions:
- Bird College of Dance, Music and Theatre Performance
- Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and 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.
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 at Band C or above or Core Skills: Communications at Higher level
- The physical potential to undergo professional dance training.
If you do not meet the above requirements, you may also be considered, but you must demonstrate exceptional technical ability and complete a written assignment, prior to audition. If you hold a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.
If you hold a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.
- If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, 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.
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:
- Practical audition lasting up to two hours
- The dance audition will involve a basic contemporary dance class followed by a jazz sequence, which will be demonstrated by a tutor (you do not have to prepare anything). You may be asked to stay for part or all of these sessions.
- Auditions commence in February
- You will be normally be informed verbally of the outcome on the day of the audition.
Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place. An invitation to our end-of-term production and a Summer School application form will be sent in May. Joining instructions including Bursary/EMA pack will normally be sent in early July. Uniform requirements will be outlined at Induction in August.