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Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 or 2 Years (depending year of entry)

Applications for this course reopen January 2021

This NQ Dance Artists course provides you with an introduction to a broad range of dance styles and related subjects. The emphasis is on gaining practical skills but knowledge will be broadened by theoretical study and experience in a variety of dance contexts.

What will I learn?

The course is offered over two years, and if successful you will be placed on either Year 1 (SCQF Levels 4-5) or Year 2 (SCQF Levels 5-7), depending on individual experience.  NQ Dance provides the strongest preparation and foundation for entry into HND Dance Artists.

  • Body Conditioning
  • Choreography
  • Classical Ballet
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Dance Appreciation
  • Dance Etiquette and Personal Development
  • Dance Improvisation
  • Exercise and Fitness: Gymnasium
  • Healthy Eating for Dancers
  • ISTD Examinations Syllabi
  • Jazz Dance
  • Performance Skills
  • Preparation for Audition
  • Stage Make-up
  • Street Dance / Hip Hop
  • Tap Dance.

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 as part of a course of full-time study.  The outstanding teaching faculty has 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

This course is designed to progress to HND Dance Artists at Glasgow Clyde College and provides the strongest possible foundation for study at HE level.

Entry requirements (minimum)

Entry is subject to a practical audition and group interview.

  • A minimum of four passes at National 5, or Standard Grades at bands 1-3, one of which must be English.
  • Physical potential for professional dance training
  • If you do not have the formal qualifications, but have relevant life and/or work experience and excellent fitness levels, you may be considered.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • 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.

I've applied — what happens next?

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 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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6078