• Adele Goh © John Pridmore
  • Rei Hanashima ©Stephen Berkley-White
  • Shane Muhimanyi ©John Pridmore
  • Students on the Grass by Clifton Lodge © Stephen Berkley-White

FD/BA (Hons) Degree

Two courses of the School are designed normally to form a single three-year programme. The two courses are:

  • Foundation Degree in Ballet and Contemporary Dance (two years)
  • BA (Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance (one year)

Both courses were introduced in September 2005, validated by the University of Kent.

Danny Hay-Gordan and Ayumi Nagasawa © John Pridmore


The FD/BA (Hons) Degree

The degree courses include the study of Ballet and Contemporary Dance technique, pointe, pas de deux, choreography, solo and repertory work, as well as conventional and academic methodology and skills, research and written work.

Classical Ballet Class © Stephen Berkley-White

These degree courses focus on the processes of learning and applying a progressively sophisticated body of dance knowledge, understanding and related skills, so that students are able to dance Ballet and Contemporary Dance to at least a professional level and, in many cases, well beyond that.

Other aspects of the programme either derive from or support this central process. The study of choreography within the courses is grounded in the process of learning to dance and in a choreographer’s own expertise as a dancer.See Training and Academic Information for further course details.


UK/EU students are required to pay standard tuition fees, which are £9,000 for the 2015/16 academic year. The degree courses are open to non-UK/EU students who will, however, be required to pay full tuition fees of a minimum of £17,200.

See Student Finance for more details.


Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry, all students must be 16 or over by 1st September in the year they wish to start.

Candidates who are successful at audition show their talent in varying ways and come from various backgrounds. Female applicants do not need to have passed exams, but should usually be at an intermediate level of Ballet, to include Pointe work.

Male applicants will usually have completed a minimum of 1 year of training in Ballet and/or Contemporary Dance, although typically will have more training, to include the vocabulary of intermediate ballet.

For all applicants, prior experience of Contemporary Dance is not essential, however it is always beneficial.

Please note that the Application process for the full time FD/BA (Hons) in Ballet and Contemporary Dance has now closed.

Thank you to all who have applied.
Applications for September 2017 will open in September 2016.