Frequently Asked Questions
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 applicants to have had formal training in these areas. Candidates who have selected Music Theatre on their application will be required to sing in both the primary and recall auditions. Singing is also required for the Jazz Dance recall. 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?
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. A-level Dance is desirable but not essential. Applicants under 21 years old must have obtained a minimum of two A-level passes*, plus three different GCSE passes of grade C or higher (or equivalent qualifications) including GCSE English, and have accumulated 96 UCAS points.
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 you a list of recommended accommodation. This ranges from student accommodation to residential hostels. London Studio Centre’s location in North Finchley means that many of our students choose to live locally in private rental accommodation.
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.
Can I transfer credit from another course to join the second or third year of the BA Hons Theatre Dance programme?
Subject to audition, students may enter directly into Level 4, Level 5 or Level 6 or be exempted from part of Level 4 or Level 5 with appropriate prior learning and/or experience in accordance with Middlesex University's regulations.
Prior learning is identified through systematic reflection on experience, the writing of clear statements about what was actually learned and the collection and collation of evidence to support those statements.
Applicants wishing to apply the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) to their application must provide full details of their academic studies in the Academic Qualification section of the form and clearly state in the personal statement the desired level of entry and reason for requesting APL.
For further information please view the BA (Hons) Theatre Dance Programme Specification 2017-18
Can I appeal the outcome of my audition?
Applicants cannot appeal against the decision of the Admissions Review Board itself, but they may appeal if new information is available about circumstances that affected the process, for example appealing based on illness. London Studio Centre has a policy not to offer individual feedback from the audition process.
A copy of the Auditions Appeals Procedure is available upon request from the Admissions and Registry Administrator.
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 non-refundable £40 audition fee.
- Two written references, one from your current school or college and one from your dance teacher.
- A personal statement of your aims and objectives for wishing to enrol at London Studio Centre.
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. Copies of exam certificates are not required at the application stage.
If your query remains unanswered after reading our FAQ, please feel free to contact us.