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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

BA Modern Ballet

UCAS Code: 201F

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements

- Five passes at a minimum of National 5 or equivalent such as Standard Grades (Grade 1–3) or Intermediate 1 or 2 or - passes in five GCSEs – Grades A*–C or equivalent - Knowledge of ballet vocabulary to a minimum of Intermediate level (or equivalent) - Appropriate physical qualities for a career in professional classical dance

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About this course

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Full-time | 2020



The BA Modern Ballet is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet. This programme is designed to help you build a robust classical technique and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional ballet companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with an audience through the performance of a wide variety of classical, modern, and contemporary choreography.

Our partnership with Scottish Ballet provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work regularly with Scottish Ballet staff and dancers, and internationally-acclaimed teachers and choreographers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in performances or placements.

We are the only UK conservatoire to offer training in all of the performance art disciplines and are dedicated to enabling, and encouraging, students to work collaboratively to expand their artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing on film for our screen students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres.

Our facilities are among the best in Europe and feature state of the art dance studios and professional venues, as well as a whole range of other facilities to support you.

You will take part in numerous performance opportunities, within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of training, and enhancing your employability. We aim to train you to be versatile and adapt across a variety of styles to prepare you for work both in the UK and internationally.

You will be offered a plethora of exciting opportunities during your time with us, from performance to collaboration to work based learning, all of which are designed to nurture your individual development as a distinctive and intelligent artist, as well as allowing you to focus on the style of dance most suited to your unique talents and interests.


Year one

Your first year of training is focused on developing a sound technical and artistic basis in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. This grounding will be enhanced by supporting subjects such as Pilates, pas de deux, pointework, virtuosity and contextual studies. In repertoire classes, corps de ballet work and solos are introduced and you will learn the fundamentals of creating work in the ‘Introduction to Choreography’ module. You will end your first year with a performance in the end of year show.

Year two

In second year, you will focus on building upon the skills learned in first year both technically and artistically. In repertoire, you will gain skills as a solo performer (in both ballet and contemporary) including learning works from the classics. The collaborative element of choreography is developed through the opportunity to work with other departments on the creation of a new work and you will have more performance opportunities, including the Piano and Dance festival and a specially commissioned work created for the annual performance.

Year three

Third year is a year of refinement of individual strengths (focusing more intensively on either ballet or contemporary dance), development of artistic and performance skills and preparation for auditions for professional employment. You will have the opportunity to work with Scottish Ballet and other professional companies in Company Class, gaining invaluable professional experience. The ‘Solos Evening’ is a highlight for the third years, where you perform your chosen classical and contemporary graduation solos and your training will culminate in the annual graduation performance in June.

A typical week

In addition to the daily ballet class, students will have classes in pas de deux, contemporary dance, repertoire, pointe work, virtuosity, contextual studies, Pilates and Gyrotonics. Students will also have the opportunity to work individually with tutors on technique and repertoire solos. In addition, there will be observation sessions at Scottish Ballet and work with Company members where appropriate. The timetable is predominantly practical (generally 9am-5pm), with additional Saturday morning sessions.

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The Royal Conservatoire is able to offer a number of entrance scholarships which are awarded as part of the audition/selection process on the basis of merit and financial need. Please see our website for more information -

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