Do I need to have passed any particular graded dance exams in order to audition for the course?
London Studio Centre does not request applicants to have reached a particular grade in syllabus work; however, prior experience is essential as all auditions consist of one-hour classes in ballet, contemporary and jazz. Please ensure, when completing the form, to fill in the table in section C even if you have not taken any dance exams.
Is singing or drama experience essential?
It is not essential for applications to have had formal training in these areas. Candidates interested in following the Jazz Dance/Music Theatre route of the programme, who have passed the dance section of the audition, will be required to sing for their recall audition. The purpose of this assessment is to determine whether the candidate has the potential to sing and act and that there are no problems with the vocal chords.
What academic qualifications are required?
A-level dance is desirable but not essential. Initial selection is made on the basis of the application form and successful candidates will be invited to attend the first stage of the audition process. We normally ask for 280 A-Level UCAS Tariff points or an overall pass with Distinction at BTEC National Diploma. The minimum entrance requirements also include English Language and Maths and three other GCSE's grades A-C.
Applicants whose first language is not English must complete the British Council IELTS academic test at 6.5 or above (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or show evidence of an equivalent level of achievement.
How many hours of academic lectures do students get each week?
Students on the BA Hons degree receive 6 contact hours per week. This includes anatomy, dance & theatre history, dance theory & criticism and music.
How do students with varying levels ability in different disciplines cope?
Students are streamed on ability and put into groups according to level and experience. This enables students to progress at their own speed and will then be upgraded if necessary. Students participate in assessments and receive regular feedback.
What is a typical student timetable?
Timetables are individually structured and will be changed each term. Each student will have a daily ballet class and contemporary and jazz techniques classes twice a week. Students will also study partnering, choreography and academic studies. Dependent on the students area of specialism, students will then have the opportunity of choosing a range of supplementary core techniques and options including drama, singing, hip hop, Cunningham, contact improvisation etc.
What performance opportunities are there?
There are many performances opportunities throughout the training, including the Spring Showcase, performance collaborations with design students from Central Saint Martin’s and end of year productions. Third year students work towards a final production in their chosen specialisation and have the experience of taking the shows on tour.
Where do students live?
If you are successful in gaining a place at London Studio Centre we will send to you a list of recommended accommodation. This ranges from student accommodation to residential hostels. Many of our students will take up a place in Halls or a hostel for their first year and then look for private accommodation for their second and third years.
What funding is available?
Throughout the audition process scholarships maybe awarded for excellence or financial need. Applicants may also be asked to audition for the Andrew Lloyd Webber Scholarship which will award one student support for their tuition fees.
Those students that are unsuccessful in gaining any scholarships will be self-funding and will be liable for the full tuition fee.
Student support is available to all UK students on the Degree programme; this enables students to apply for a tuition fee loan, maintenance loan and maintenance grant (means-tested). EU students can also apply for tuition fee loans. Both tuition fees and maintenance loans do not have to be paid back until they have graduated.
Is it possible to transfer to London Studio Centre’s degree programme from another course or University?
Applicants wishing to transfer from another college or university must have Approved Prior Learning. Entry is by audition only following the standard application procedure. London Studio Centre will only accept students at the start of the academic year and not partway through.
What documents do I need when applying for a course at London Studio Centre?
When you apply you will need:
- Two digital photographs; one passport style head shot and one full length photograph in dance wear.
- A debit or credit card to pay the £40 audition fee.
A personal statement of your aims and ambitions and your reasons for wishing to enrol at London Studio Centre is required when applying. To make the application process easier, we suggest you write your statement before copying and pasting it onto the form.
On successful completion of your form you must send two written references to the Admissions & Registry Administrator; one academic reference from your current school or college and one dance reference from your current dance teacher.
At the application stage the medical form does not need to be signed by your doctor. This will be returned to you if you are successful in gaining a place. Please do not include any certificates of dance exams, these are not required.
If your query remains unanswered after reading our FAQ, please feel free to contact us.