SCQF Level 8
Performing Arts

Course Overview

Dance Artists HND is a creative and technically challenging course designed to make you industry-ready as you progress towards a career in the dance sector. Push your artistic potential as you engage in professional training from experienced dancers in Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) dance studios.  


This course will develop your skills in several dancing techniques as well as teach you commercial dance styles, choreography, teaching skills and contextual subjects.

Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS) has a range of exceptional professional facilities including the Pass studio theatre as well as dance, acting and aerial studios

This course has a primary focus on teaching and creating dance projects and you will complete a practical work placement. This will be made available through PASS industry connections. Immerse yourself in the art of dance as you gain essential experience in professional environments and make crucial connections with industry professionals. You will work with a variety of client groups of varying ages and abilities to create workshops, events and projects with essential and practical experience. The course will ensure your progression into the professional industry or further study such as our in-house degree program. 


What You Will Learn

  • Practical Performance Opportunities 
  • Choreography 
  • Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary & Commercial 
  • Graded Unit 
  • Performance and Production 
  • Theoretical Knowledge 
  • Body Conditioning 
  • Professional Guest Workshops 

Placement Information

  • You will be given the opportunity to take part in a range of performance opportunities during your course 

Entry Requirements

  • Two Highers NC at SCQF Level 6

  • Based on a practical audition, we look for potential, commitment, energy and focus
  • Must be physically and academically able to take part fully in all practical and theoretical classes

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

You will be assessed through practical demonstrations and theoretical assignments.

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

Section 1: 

  • This section will take the form of three dance technique workshops (Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz), taught by the dance faculty at PASS 
  • You will be required to wear dance kit (leotard, dance tights, ballet shoes and jazz shoes) for the workshops 
  • A discussion regarding the course will take place after the classes.; this will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions about the course 
  • You will have the opportunity to see the campus and meet current students to hear about their experience as a dance student at PASS 


Section 2: 

  • You will perform a two-minute, self-choreographed solo, based on a theme of your choice 
  • The solo is a chance for you to demonstrate your creative choreographic skills and demonstrate how you would approach creating a new piece 
  • We are looking for potential, not the finished article, so we want to encourage everyone applying for the course to choreograph and play with ideas 
  • A short interview will follow the performance of the solo in which the panel will discuss the creative process that you have been through to create your work as well as discuss your career aims, goals, inspirations and influences as a professional dancer 


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • BA (Hons) Dance accredited by Kingston University

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Dancer
  • Teacher
  • Facilitator
  • Dance artist
  • Arts administrator
  • Choreographer
  • Community artist
  • Dance development officer

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4 to 5 days but you will be expected to work out with College class hours

Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Anwar Russell speaks of his time spent at Edinburgh College:

“During my time at College I was taught a variety of techniques and classes giving me a well-rounded knowledge of dance which helped me to decide the route I personally wanted to take in my professional career. There are so many opportunities to perform during your course which you do not get at many other dance schools and the facilities are excellent. There is also a great nurturing environment if you wish to create work of your own. I was always given honest critical feedback which helped me grow as an artist and performer.”

Most recently Anwar has just finished a tour of Matthew Bournes Swan Lake. He also performed at the 2009 Brit Awards as a dancer for Pet Shop Boys and briefly worked with the creative team for the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Other work includes performing at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for comedians Adam Hills and Jason Byrne.

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