A fun and fast dance training programme covering all aspects of contemporary dance for students intent on going to university to pursue a career as a professional dance, choreographer or dance instructor.

Through high levels of contact time, one-to-one coaching, daily dance practice, regular performances and applications guidance, we are dedicated to helping you secure a place to study dance at degree level.

Our streamlined curriculum provides the all-round experience needed to stand out and succeed in this highly competitive industry.  Over the three terms you spend with us, you will grow in confidence as a performer, choreographer and practitioner, improving your dance technique, knowledge, performance and physical abilities. You'll also make friends for life!

Please note that there are no government grants for funding for this course. Students will need to be privately financed.

  • The Foundation programme is modelled on a first-year Conservatoire-style intensive dance training programme.
  • Across all programmes we guarantee you 5 days a week contact time - more than almost any other college or university.
  • Every week you will be timetabled one-on-one tuition to address your individual needs or help develop your audition pieces.
  • Class groups are small, on average no more than 15 students to one lecturer, allowing for intensive work that can be adapted to meet your needs, together with personalised feedback and guidance.
  • Highly trained specialist teaching staff with professional experience of film, TV and theatre.
  • Guest dance instructors will lead sessions in well-known techniques and contact improvisation.
  • High-quality facilities include specialist sprung flooring designed for dance, climate-controlled studios and a black box theatre.
  • Develop real-world skills which will be invaluable throughout your career.

What to Expect

During an average day with us your morning will begin with a fitness class to bring your senses alive and get your body warm and ready for the day, this will be followed by either a ballet technique class or a contemporary dance class to build your strength and develop your skills. An afternoon may include a creative session in choreography or physical theatre working with a theatre director or dance maker. Your day will end with studio time for you to work on your own creative compositions. Your weeks will include Dance seminars to encourage your analytical and appreciation skills, improvisation to free your expression along with weekly sessions in jazz, hip hop and tap. Each term there will be regular opportunities to join with the other students on the Performing arts courses to share skills and develop performance together through theatre workshops and movement studies.

Contemporary dance is a key component to our course as we believe it explores the connection between mind and body, using natural energy along with strong knowledge of technique, vocabulary, and repertoire. Contemporary dancers can come from many training backgrounds, making it very accessible to classical ballet dancers and break dancers alike.

On our Dance Foundation, our goal is to help you grow and progress as both a performer and potential director of dance performance. You will learn about multiple dance styles, but perhaps more importantly develop as an individual – physically, emotionally and intellectually. Our work is designed to improve confidence, performance, physical and mental stamina, openness, focus, willingness to explore and experiment, intuition and instinct, self-discipline and motivation. 


The Award

At the end of the year, upon successful completion, you will be awarded the UAL Level 4 Professional Diploma in Performance, which attracts 36, 60 and 84 UCAS tariff points for pass, merit and distinction grades respectively.

Entry Criteria

17 years +

Educational Level
Successful completion of Secondary Education (Grade 11 or Grade 12 depending on native country) or 1 x A level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification and 3 x GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent overseas qualifiction, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level for International Students
IELTS 4.5+ (no element under 4.0)

Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information. Please refer to the Audition Process tab for more information.

Awarding Body
University of the Arts London Awarding Body (UAL)


Course Length
3 terms 

Contact Time
Up to 30 hours per week

English Language
Up to 5 hours per week if required

Performing Arts School or University

How to Apply: Audition Days

Admission to this course is by attending an audition.  

Attending an audition day will give you an opportunity to see how we intend to work with you and gives us the occasion to audition you holistically by observing your group work skills, in addition to your individual audition.

To sign up for an audition please contact our Student Advice team on: or call us on +44 (0) 1223 447792.

Please note that a non-refundable audition registration fee applies.

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How to Apply: International Students

International students who cannot attend the audition in person, can audition via DVD/Video/YouTube. This must be submitted with your application form. Following this you may also be asked to attend a Skype interview as well.

Audition Requirements

Candidates must perform two contrasting dance solos of approximately 90 seconds in length. Please use these solos to show your stylistic strengths and passion. We will be looking for technique, strength, versatility and connection with the music/style.

Please bring any music needed for your dance solos on your laptop or phone. We will have a sound system you can connect to with a small jack (the jack will be there for you to use). Please do not bring your music on USB or CD.

Clothing for the dance audition needs to be fitted and streamlined so the audition panel can see the lines and shapes your body is creating. For example, a sports vest and leggings/well-fitting tracksuit bottoms or dance trousers. Please bring either trainers with cushioned sole or jazz shoes. The ballet section of the audition will require ballet slippers, tights/leotard or t-shirt and leggings/dance trousers. If you have long hair, please have what you need to be able to put it up. Dancing in bare feet is permitted for some sections of the audition.

For more information about how to prepare for your audition download our useful guide

What we look for in an audition

For more information about the course download the programme specification

Level 3 programme specification

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