The BA (Hons) Dance and Drama degree at Edinburgh
College is an intensive industry training course
delivered by Kingston University. Challenge your drama and dance
potential as you emerge yourself in the art of dance through critical performance
techniques. This is a university-level course that will ensure you are prepared
to an industry-standard to progress into a career as a portfolio artist. As
part of becoming a skilled practitioner you will critically engage in industry
practices and learn how to take a simple performance idea and bring it to life.
You will develop a range of transferable skills to equip you
for the demands of a competitive world.
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
Immerse yourself in the art of
dance and drama as you gain essential experience in professional environments
and make crucial connections with industry professionals.
- Drama Production Projects
- Dance Production
- Dance Making 3 - Creation and Collaboration
- Body Conditioning for Performers
- Study Skills for Performing Arts
- Tutorial for Performing Arts
- Fundamental Dance Techniques
- Dance Live Performance
- Personal Development and Planning
Access to Dance - Enables students to organise and undertake a 40 - 120-hour placement with a professional dance organisation in a career path of their choice such as
- Community dance teaching
- Dance education
- Community dance management
- Dance event organisation
- Dance company management
- Dance outreach
- Develop students skills and experience in professional dance contexts
- Enable students to apply their knowledge and understanding of relevant cultural theory and dance practice to the experience and analysis of professional dance practice
- Enable students to test and evaluate their own skills in relation to the professional workplace
- Demonstrate independent organisational and communicative skills in arranging a work placement
- Demonstrate self-motivation, self-management and professionalism in undertaking a work placement
- Utilise and develop their own skills and knowledge in the context of a work placement
- Critically evaluate their contribution to a professional workplace in relation to the specific project aims
- Demonstrate an awareness of their professional work to the wider context of the arts and dance industry (for example national policy, theoretical models or frameworks)
This module allows you to gain a greater understanding of current practice and expectations when working in the professional dance industry with a range of contexts and settings allowing you the opportunity to start to define who you are as a practitioner, artist or creator.
- HND Dance Artist or Professional Dance performance (Graded
Unit A/B result)
- HND Musical Theatre with a Graded unit A/B result
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- You will be assessed through practical, portfolio and
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
The audition process for this course will be in 3 stages as
Technique Class: You will be required to take part in a
2-hour technique class looking at Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz exercises.
(Please bring the correct dancewear)
Creative Solo: You will have to create a 1.5-minute solo
piece exploring one of the following themes; political corruption, Importance
of social classes, cultural identities, the influence of technology on the
individual or gender classifications. The final choice of the theme must relate
to one of these four categories; therefore, you have a lot of artistic
freedom as to what the focus of your solo is. Your solo will be performed in
front of staff and BA Drama and Dance applicants, after each solo an open
discussion using the critical response process will take place.
Interview: You will be interviewed by 2 members of the BA
teaching faculty who will ask you a series of key questions to further assess
your suitability for the course. Please note these questions are standardised
and allow the faculty to understand who you are and why you want to study at
Written Task: Write 500 words which address the following
If dance is a reflection on the world in which we live and
our position in it – what do you want to say? Who do you want to say it to? And
how will you say it?
This should be emailed ahead of the audition date to DramaDanceBA@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Download our progression route map here
- MA in Dance Science at Edinburgh University
- MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts
Course Cost And Funding Options
Edinburgh College BA (Hons) Dance students collaborated with
Performance Costume Masters students to create an exceptional public event.
Five students performed original work exploring ideas
related to the body, performance, process and materials alongside the
inspirational artworks from Jenny Saville and several of her artistic peers.
The free 40-minute shows took place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern
Edinburgh College curriculum manager for Performing Arts
Ethelinda Lashley-Scott said:
“The collaboration with Edinburgh College of art and the
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is a fantastic opportunity for our
dance students to take inspiration from the methods, themes and ideas explored
in Jenny Saville’s work and to express this in dance form. Our dancers have
enjoyed working with the Performance Costume students on a collaborative
approach to costume and movement. They’re really looking forward to performing
their choreographed pieces on Saturday and to showcasing the brilliant designs
by the Costume students in an iconic venue.”
Read more of our student stories here.