Performance Pathway: Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning

We will not be running this pathway from September 2021, consequently you cannot apply for September 2021 entry onto this programme.  We are in the process of developing  postgraduate studies at London Contemporary Dance School, focusing on how we can situate dance within a wide social, political and artistic context. Soon we will launch a new one-year MA course that will support you to locate, resource and apply your practice across these contexts.  We will be opening the applications for the new MA in Expanded Dance Practice in January 2021 for January 2022 entry. If you have any questions please get in touch.

Work-based Learning applications are closed for Sep 2020 entry. 

Preliminary audtions 10-12 Feb 2020.

Recall dates: 

Sat Feb 22           Scottish Dance Theatre

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.


How to Apply

Applications for the BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance are open for September 2021 entry. Deadline for applications is Monday 8 February 2021, 12 noon.