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London Studio Centre Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridget Espinosa’s Memorial Trust (BEMT), which is a Registered Charity (Charity number: 803577).

London Studio Centre Ltd.
Registered office: 6th Floor, 2 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5AU.
Registered in England No. 3787251

Trustees of the BEMT

Richard Fairbairn Partner, Lester Aldridge LLP
Yvette Rathbone Development Officer, University of London
   

London Studio Centre Board of Governors

In accordance with London Studio Centre's mission statement and the fundamental principles of the school laid down by Bridget Espinosa, members of the Board are qualified to ensure that the Theatre Dance Course remains at the forefront of professional theatre training and continues to produce students equipped to fulfill the exacting demands of a professional performing career.

Mark Baldwin OBE Choreographer & Former Artistic Director, Rambert Dance Company
Susan Crow Choreographer
Dr. Stephanie Jordan Professor, Roehampton Institute
Dr. Wayne Sleep OBE Choreographer and dancer
Bob West Former Casting Director for Cameron Mackintosh
   

London Studio Centre Policies

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London Studio Centre is committed to promoting academic freedom among its staff and students and recognises its role in enabling LSC in becoming a world-class conservatoire for professional dance and musical theatre, enabling artists to reach their creative potential in performance, creation and production. Freedom of thought and expression, fostering academic freedom of speech is enshrined as one of LSC’s Values.

In this context, academic freedom gives LSC’s teaching faculty and students the freedom, within the law, to question and test received wisdom; to put forward new and controversial or unpopular opinions without risk of repercussions, within the context of their teaching and research.

Alongside LSC’s commitment to academic freedom is a commitment to freedom of expression, and so it is important that all members of LSC’s community do not obstruct or interfere with other’s right to express views they may disagree with. These views should be challenged constructively through criticism and contest of the ideas or speakers.

The full policy can be found here.

LSC is committed to providing access and encouraging individuals from all backgrounds regardless of their financial or socio-economic circumstances. LSC actively creates opportunities to increase access from under-represented or disadvantaged groups in line with its equal opportunities policy.

The full Access and Participation statement can be found here.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre is committed to valuing and protecting the well-being of the individual. Encouraging diversity in both students and staff in an inclusive and safe learning and working environment, where everyone can achieve their full potential and feel equally respected.

London Studio Centre does not accept or tolerate bullying or harassment and every effort is made to prevent it in any form. The college is committed to promoting a supportive and open environment where individuals are able to report incidents in the knowledge that their concerns will be taken seriously and dealt with in confidence.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre complies with the regulations of the Data Protection Act (1998) and is registered (as a data controller who is processing information) with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). On 25th May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will be superseded in the UK by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which provides individuals with enhanced rights, and imposes increased responsibilities on organisations processing personal data. This policy applies under both the DPA and GDPR.

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London Studio Centre is committed to equal opportunities for people with a disability. The college promotes a positive and welcoming environment free from discrimination of any kind on the grounds of disability. The college promotes a positive and welcoming environment to all in its shared Staff/Student Code of Conduct and in conjunction with its equal opportunities policy.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre is committed to respecting and valuing the rich diversity of its students, staff and alumni, understanding that this inclusive, supportive and nurturing environment results in a motivated, productive and creative workplace for all.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre is committed to providing students with an environment where freedom of expression and speech (within the law) are protected, but balanced with the need to ensure that the college is free from harm and hatred. It provides access to a range of visiting lecturers from around the world. It values the experience and diversity of opinion they bring, to spark academic discussion and debate among staff and students.

In conjunction with London Studio Centre’s Equal Opportunities Policy, the college is committed to creating an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect and where diversity is valued.

The full policy can be found here.

LSC is committed to maintaining and developing strong links with the performing arts industry to ensure that its educational provision meets the needs of the industry and maximises students’ opportunities for employment and advancement.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre welcomes feedback from the wider community about the provision of our education, services and facilities as part of our commitment to enhancing the quality of our provision. We are particularly aware of our responsibilities as we share our location in artsdepot with members of the public. As part of this, we acknowledge that on occasion individuals may wish to complaint about our services, facilities and representatives.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre welcomes applications from students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) and aims to provide a supportive environment that emphasizes inclusion and accessibility. SpLD may affect students’ learning in dance, through difficulties with spatial awareness, retaining movement sequences, understanding of time, organisational skills and/or working memory.

The full policy can be found here.

London Studio Centre is highly attuned to the nature of professional dance employment and develops its students to make provision for it. The skill-sets developed in training and higher education – collaborative team-working, problem solving, digital literacy, creative project management, forward planning, the ability to gather and arrange ideas in logical arguments – are nurtured and manifest in the creative, performance and contextual studies components of the programme.

The results of the 2018 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education survey show that 97% of our graduates moved into work or further study 6 months after graduation, with 87% in a professional or managerial role.

The full statement can be found here.

LSC ‘s student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should their course or the college close. It highlights the ways in which students can continue and complete their studies, or can be compensated if this is not possible.

The full statement can be found here.

London Studio Centre is committed to supporting students and applicants who wish to transfer between courses and institutions. The definition of transfer at London Studio Centre (LSC) is where a student either transitions between programmes at the same provider, onto another programme at a different provider or from another programme at a different provider to LSC. They may also need to change their mode of study or in the case of LSC, their pathway or specialism.

LSC’s programmes provide reflection to encourage students to consider and discuss their future. As such, LSC welcomes conversations about student progression. This policy explains LSC’s commitment to supporting applicants and students through transfer processes and the procedures.

The full policy can be found here.

Transparency Return

As a registered provider with the Office for Students, LSC is required to publish the following Transparency data for its applications, offers and acceptances on the BA Hons Degree Programme. For further information regarding this please see the OfS website.

The information published on these pages shows:

  • The number of applications for admission on to recognised, undergraduate higher education courses that we have received from UK domiciled applicants.
  • The number of offers we have made in relation to those applications. The number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us.
  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It also shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socio-economic background.

It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

Key
N/A - Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
N - 24 or fewer students in this population
DP - Data suppressed for data protection reasons

Transparency Return

Facilities

Fit To DanceLondon Studio Centre took up permanent residence in its premises in artsdepot in 2013, having been resident on a temporary basis since 2012. The partnership provides the college with rehearsal and performance spaces that facilitate LSC’s high quality training, and the building’s bright, contemporary feel has quickly provided the ideal atmosphere for London Studio Centre’s new home.

LSC’s facilities comprises of ten dance studios, two fully equipped performance spaces, drama and singing rooms, a library with IT suite and a lecture room. The triple-height atrium café and social areas also offer ample space for relaxation.

AD20 Dance StudioDance Studios: All our dance studios are bright and spacious, with over 1000m2 of specialist sprung dance flooring. Studios are used for daily classes and are also available to students outside of class time to develop their own choreographic projects, for example for their dissertations, Student Platform or Design for Dance. Dedicated singing and drama spaces are also available for these specialist classes.

Pentland TheatrePentland TheatrePentland Theatre: artsdepot’s fully-equipped, 395-seater theatre is at the heart of the venue, and is used by London Studio Centre for classes, rehearsals and of course performances: LSC holds up to 10 public performances in the theatre each academic year, ranging from professional tours by our third year performing companies, to our annual Spring Showcase, to smaller-scale productions combining current and graduate students, showcasing alumni choreography. The theatre’s extensive technical capabilities make it a unique venue for students to hone their performing craft through our invaluable and exciting range of performing opportunities. This fabulous dance space offers great versatility, its stage transforming into a flat floor for special events such as LSC’s Summer Ball.

Studio TheatreStudio Theatre: artsdepot’s second performance space seats 148 people and is suitable for small-scale productions and other events. The theatre is used regularly by LSC students and staff for informal showings of work, talks and lectures.

artsdepot cafeCafé: artsdepot’s café is subsidised by London Studio Centre, providing reasonably-priced options in hot and cold food and drinks for our students and staff. With its high ceilings and natural light, the café provides a pleasant space for students to relax and refuel between classes.

Library: The recently refurbished library comprises an ever-increasing collection of resources comprising books, journals, DVDs and musical scores to inform and support the academic work undertaken by students on the BA (Hons) Theatre Dance. Our resident librarian is on hand to assist students in finding the best resources for their independent research. The library also contains an IT suite with up-to-date computers, including video editing software; resources such as cameras and tripods are also available for students’ use.

Click here to take a look at our facilities.


artsdepotartsdepot is a leading arts centre and cultural hub in north London, which celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014 and welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year. London Studio Centre holds dedicated space within the building, as well as having shared use of some areas. This symbiotic partnership provides not only the use of modern and spacious facilities, but also the opportunity to engage with visiting practitioners.

London Studio Centre’s location on Tally Ho Corner makes it easily accessible by bus and tube, and it stands at the heart of the North Finchley community that the majority of our students call home during their training.


“We were immediately struck by all that the venue has to offer in terms of training and performance. Our partnership with artsdepot provides additional opportunities for the substantial development of LSC in the longer term, in a unique performing arts environment”
Nic Espinosa, Director of London Studio Centre

“This partnership between an arts centre and a performing arts college is unique in the cultural sector and brings with it opportunities for both organisations to collaborate and share creative ideas.”
Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive of artsdepot

London Studio Centre at artsdepot

London Studio Centre at artsdepot

London Studio Centre at artsdepot

London Studio Centre moved its headquarters to artsdepot in North Finchley at the start of the 2012/13 academic year, and is delighted to work closely with this first class performance venue; which provides lecture halls, a library, rehearsal studios and performance space.  It also facilitates the opportunity to develop interesting and innovative collaborative work.

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artsdepot houses London Studio Centre’s foundation, first and second year students temporarily while negotiations for the fit out of its proposed new premises in West London are completed, which will provide it with purpose built studios and state of the art facilities.

London Studio Centre moved from its York Way studios after 26 years due to the Kings Cross area redevelopment but looks forward to creating a new home in Acton with brand new studios in the near future.

Nic Espinosa
Director, London Studio Centre

 

Mission, Vision and Values

Vision

To be a world-class conservatoire for professional dance and musical theatre, enabling artists to reach their creative potential in performance, creation and production and, thereby, shaping the future of the profession.

Mission

To enable students to become innovative and skilled performers, at the cutting edge of professional dance and musical theatre through the development and delivery of innovative programmes.

Values

The London Studio Centre is committed to:

  • Excellence in professional practice
  • Preserving and developing the heritage of dance and musical theatre
  • Engagement with a diverse range of dance forms
  • Respect for the individual
  • A culture of health and well-being
  • Freedom of thought and expression, fostering academic freedom of speech
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • A culture of creative opportunities
  • Life-long learning and continuing professional development
  • Students as partners in quality management and enhancement

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