Performance Pathway: Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning applications are open for Sep 2020 entry. Deadline: Fri 17 Jan 2020, 12pm noon

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Apply for MA/ PGDip in Contemporary Dance 

Preliminary audtions 10-12 Feb 2020.

Recall dates: 

Sat Feb 22           Scottish Dance Theatre

Sun Feb 23          James Wilton 

Sat Mar 7             National Dance Company Wales 


This programme develops students’ skills as performers through placements with well-established professional companies. Work-based learning students work with the host company and always perform on stage with them in professional settings as part of the programme. Students specialising in Performance are almost always full-time students and work for the whole year in a company setting (36 weeks).

This programme is structured around the needs of the companies and enables students to focus on the very specific demands of a performance career.

Please note: due to Visa restrictions set by UK Visas and Immigration it is not possible for us to place students from overseas (outside the EU) with host companies for work-based learning. Therefore the programme is open only to applicants from the UK/European Union.

Host companies who have worked alongside LCDS to deliver the Work-based Learning programme include BalletLORENT, Bern Ballet, Danish Dance Theatre, Henri Oguike, Hofesh Shechter, James Wilton Dance, Jasmin Vardimon, Maresa von Stockert, Motionhouse, National Dance Company Wales, Rambert Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre and Tavaziva Dance.

If you would like to apply for more than one of the companies for the Work-based Learning programme, you will need to submit separate applications for each company.

Full-time Work-based Learning for the award PGDip (120 credits)
Performance Module. Full immersion in company work (100 credits)
Practice-led module. Chosen from the range available (20 credits)

Full-time Work-based Learning for the award MA (180 credits)
Performance Module. Full immersion in company work (100 credits)
Research Lab. Research and academic essay (20 credits)
Academic work is completed by correspondence, with regular feedback from the School.

Dissertation. Wholly written (60 credits)
Dissertation (30) and Practice-based module (30) (60 credits)

Note: All postgraduate students who choose to progress to the MA award must pass the compulsory Research Lab Module (20 credits) prior to beginning the MA Dissertation.

Take a look at the MA Contemporary Dance (Performance Pathway) Course Summary here.


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Applications are now open for Sep 2020 Entry


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