Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
Please see our How to Apply page.
How much is the audition fee?
The audition fee is £45, this includes video applications, there is no additional charge to attend the recall audition.
Do I need to apply through UCAS?
Applications for the degree programme are made to London Studio Centre, you do not need to apply through UCAS for the BA Honours Theatre Dance course.
What happens if I am ill on the day of my audition?
Can I reapply if I am unsuccessful?
Applicants can only apply once during an academic year; however you can apply again for the following year of entry.
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 all details of your dance experience 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 vocal problems.
What are the entrance requirements?
Please see our Entry Requirements page for full details.
For applicants applying for the BA (Hons) Theatre Dance degree programme 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 4 or higher (Grade C if awarded prior to 2017) including GCSE English Language (or equivalent qualifications), and have accumulated 96 UCAS points.
How many hours of academic lectures do students get each week?
Students on the BA Honours Theatre Dance degree programme receive 5 contact hours per week. This includes dance science, dance & theatre history and dance theory & analysis.
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 usually change each term. Each student will have core training in classical ballet, contemporary dance, jazz dance and partnering. Students also study a range of specialist subjects and repertoire that are associated with their chosen pathway. In addition, students may select options from a broad range of dance and music theatre classes to personalise their timetable. Students receive approximately 30 contact hours per week.
A programme of choreography, lectures and seminars run alongside the practical programme to support and compliment the students professional training.
More detailed information can be found here.
What performance opportunities are there?
We are extremely lucky to have access to 2 in-house theatres. London Studio Centre normally produces in the region of 60 public performances a year, including third year company tours, Dance Overture, Spring Showcase and Design for Dance in collaboration with Central St Martin's. A further 10 in-house productions featuring a range of choreographic work created by renowned industry professionals, alumni and current students in our main theatre. In addition, numerous small scale productions and workshops are performed in our Studio Theatre.
Where do students live?
Further information can be found here.
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?
Student support is available to all UK and EU students on the BA Honours Theatre Dance degree programme; this enables students to apply for a tuition fee loan and a means-tested maintenance loan (UK Students only). Full details can be found here.
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
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 close fitting dance wear.
- Two written references, one from your current school or college and one from your dance teacher.
- A personal statement of your aims, ambitions and career aspirations and your reasons 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.