Entry requirements

We are interested in prospective students with creative ideas, as well as a desire to make, watch and think about screendance.

Therefore the course will be open to candidates coming from diverse backgrounds. Technical filmmaking skills are a desired but not essential criterion for admission into the programme.

The entry requirements are an undergraduate degree in Dance, Film, Arts, Media, Fine Arts, Performance, or similar. Equivalent professional experience is acceptable in lieu of a first degree and we welcome applications from imaginative artists, whether or not you hold formal academic qualifications. If you aim to graduate with a Master of Arts qualification must demonstrate confident writing skills in English.

Each student will be selected based on their personal statement, showreel (a selection of short films) and interview (which could be done via Skype).


Showreel, personal statement and interview


A collage of images by Madison Pomarico

Image: I, the consumer by Madison Pomarico


You will be selected based on a collection of screendance pieces submitted via an online link (on Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube or your own website, for example). Please include examples of film, video, moving image or installation work you have already made, across a small number of projects. These could be as director, choreographer, cinematographer, performer, collaborator, and others. You will also need to indicate the role you have undertaken on the production and any other relevant information. Each submitted item must have original titles and credits.

Personal statement

You should also prepare a Personal Statement (200 - 400 words), discussing your interest in Screendance, relevant experience or abilities, what you would like to achieve on the programme, your career aspirations, as well as why you think you are ready for a Master’s programme and your reasons for choosing London Contemporary Dance School.


You will be required to attend an interview (which could be done via Skype). This is an opportunity for the School to learn more about you and your experience and interests, as well as about what you expect from the programme and how you intend to fund your studies.


English language

Candidates whose first language is not English need to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting results from a recognised testing service, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. The minimum score required is IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Candidates who need the IELTS for their visa application must ensure they take a UK Visa and Immigration recognised test. Check for recognised test centres.


Application process

Black and white image of Community Improvisation by Rhys Dennis

Image: Community Improvisation by Rhys Dennis

For more information see: showreel, personal statement and interview.

You should ensure that you meet the entry requirements for this programme. The application process consists of submitting a written application online, a personal statement, a showreel and an interview (which could be done via Skype). You will be allocated an interview date once your application has been received.

The application form includes details about you, your educational and professional history, and a personal statement about why you want to join London Contemporary Dance School.

You are welcome to contact us before the interview stage to discuss any questions or concerns you may have, and to arrange a visit to the School. We hold a number of open days during term times, and may be able to arrange visits for other times.

If you have any questions about the School please get in touch via email or call 020 7121 1111