SCQF Level 6
Performing Arts

Course Overview

This course explores the world of performing arts and will further your understanding of a range of performance skills. You will focus on the essential techniques and disciplines needed for a career in dance and performing arts. The course will develop your skills in the main three dance disciplines of ballet, jazz and contemporary alongside classes in tap and street dance. During this course you will gain essential skills in choreography. 

As well as taking part in our rewarding performance workshops you will gain valuable insight into the different career paths available to you through training in anatomy conditioning; safe practice for dance in the commercial industry; dance appreciation. The course not only allows for your development within the specialism of dance training but also growth in your self-confidence, communication, employability and interpersonal skills. This course is internationally recognised and can lead to direct employment. 


What You Will Learn

  • In-Depth training in the performing arts  
  • Practical performance techniques  
  • Creative practices  
  • Choreography  
  • Devising theatre  
  • Rehearsal processes  
  • Theoretical knowledge 

Entry Requirements

  • You must be physically able to take part fully in all practical and theoretical classes 
  • Entry will be based on a practical audition where we look for potential, commitment, energy and focus 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through practical demonstration and theoretical/research assignments

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

The audition will take the form of three dance technique workshops (Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz), taught by the dance faculty at PASS. You are 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 candidates to ask any questions that they may have. Candidates will have the opportunity to see the campus and meet current students to hear about their experience as a dance student at PASS. 


Progression And Articulation Routes
  • HND Dance Artist
  • HNC Musical Theatre
  • BA Hons Dance
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Dancer
  • Choreographer
  • Teacher
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4/5 days per week plus self-directed study outside assigned College 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. 

Read more of our student stories here.  


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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Our Campuses
Performing Arts

Edinburgh College is home to the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), one of the country's largest and most respected centres for training in the performing arts.  

We are delighted to have renowned actress Karen Gillan as our Patron.

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