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 which will take place in year 2 of the course. 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.

Please see below for audition information.


What You Will Learn

  • Practical Performance Opportunities
  • Choreography
  • Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary
  • 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

      For HN Dance our audition process is broken down into 3 parts.   


      • Part 1:  Evidence of knowledge and understanding in Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary 
      • Part 2:  A 1.5-minute self-choreographed solo 
      • Part 3: A short video introducing yourself and previous dance experience/qualifications and why you chose to study dance at PASS. 


      Once you have completed your application form online you will be sent an email with a link to the requirements for Part 1 – 3.  Demo and tutorial footage will be provided to help you achieve what is being asked. There will also be a guide to uploading your footage to YouTube or using an alternative method for submission. 


      We do not expect everyone to have experience and knowledge of all techniques but we would ask that you attempt the exercises and combinations shown and send those as evidence for your practical audition.  


      Remember we are looking for potential, not perfection so please do your best. 


      Audition Footage must be submitted by emailing your links to with the subject heading HND Dance Audition Footage by one of the following dates in 2021: 


      • February 19th 
      • March 26th 
      • April 29th 
      • May 28th  
      • June 18th 



      Applications will be fully processed once all information has been provided. 


      Should you have any further questions regarding the course or audition please mail us on  


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

      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.

        Start Date and Time

        Full Time

        This course will start week commencing...
        • Monday 30/08/2021
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        Full Time

        This course will end on...
        • Friday 17/06/2022
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