SCQF Level 10
Performing Arts

Course Overview

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. 

What You Will Learn

  • 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

Placement Information
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
Learning outcomes
  • 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. 
Entry Requirements

  • 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
  • ILETS 6.5
How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed through practical, portfolio and written assessments

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

The audition process for this course will be in 3 stages as follows:


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 PASS.


Written Task: Write 500 words which address the following question,

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

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • MA in Dance Science at Edinburgh University
  • MEd Learning and Teaching in the Performing Arts

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Performing
  • Choreographing

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 5 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

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 Art

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.

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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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