London Contemporary Dance School is a founding affiliate school of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, established to secure the future of professional training in dance, drama and circus arts in England. The Conservatoire receives grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Students are jointly registered with LCDS and the Conservatoire.
The Conservatoire is composed of eight affiliate schools, collectively offering world-class higher education training in dance, acting, circus arts, and technical theatre. The Conservatoire’s unique structure gives students opportunities for collaboration beyond the individual affiliate school. It also ensures that those schools receive government funding which contributes to the high cost training and that Conservatoire students are eligible for government-funded financial support.
The other Conservatoire schools are:
The specialist programmes provided by these schools are expensive, requiring more facilities and equipment and far greater contact hours than most other degree programmes. As a publicly-funded higher education institution, the Conservatoire enables LCDS to ensure that the most talented students can access our programmes regardless of background or financial circumstances.
Being part of the Conservatoire means that the School can share some back-office and administrative functions with its fellow affiliates, including the application and administration of tuition fees and fee waivers. Equally importantly, it brings LCDS students and faculty into a bigger creative community. Through exchange programmes, joint platforms and other peer-learning opportunities, the Conservatoire encourages a wider understanding of creative practice and collaborative possibilities for today’s performing artists.
The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama is a publicly funded institution which is registered with the Office for Students.