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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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Perform an audition

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Dance

The BA Modern Ballet programme is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet.

This programme is designed to help you develop secure classical and contemporary dance technique, and prepare you for the profession as a confident, versatile and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional companies as well as the ability to communicate effectively with other artists, choreographers and audiences.

BA Modern Ballet is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet and provides numerous opportunities, allowing you to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work regularly with Scottish Ballet staff, dancers and internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers, including Artistic Director/CEO Christopher Hampson. All graduate year students will work with Scottish Ballet throughout the ‘Wee ballet’ project and additionally, some students will have the opportunity to perform in the mainstage company tours. All third-year students attend weekly Company Class at Scottish Ballet.

We are the only European conservatoire to offer all of the performance art specialisms and we encourage you to work collaboratively to expand your artistic horizons. You might find yourself performing to camera for film students, choreographing a piece with our composers, or on stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres. RCS facilities are among the best in Europe. You will take part in performances within a variety of environments and contexts, further enhancing the breadth of vocational education and your employability.

Modules

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, conditioning and contextual studies. In repertoire classes, corps de ballet work and solos are introduced and you will learn about creating new work in the ‘Introduction to Choreography’ module. You will complete your first year with a performance in the annual show.

Year Two

You will focus on building upon the skills learned in first year with much more challenging work 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. Choreographic skills are developed through the opportunity to collaborate with other departments and a commissioned choreographer in the creation of a new work. You will have more performance opportunities, including the Piano and Dance festival and a more significant part in the annual performances. You may also participate in exchange projects and international competitions.

Year Three

Your final year is a year of refinement of individual strengths, development of artistic and performance skills and preparation for auditions for professional employment. All third year students work with Scottish Ballet which may include touring opportunities. Third year students also have the opportunity to join Company Class with Scottish Ballet and other professional companies. There are additional regular performance and touring opportunities with Scottish Ballet in mainstage tours – in recent years these have included Swan Lake (ch. Dawson), Mayerling (ch. MacMillan), The Snow Queen (ch. Hampson), Cinderella (ch. Hampson), The Nutcracker (ch. Darrell), Emergence (ch. Pite) and The Fairy’s Kiss (ch. MacMillan). The Solos Evening is a highlight for third years and your training culminates 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.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£17,685
per year
International
£17,685
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

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 - https://www.rcs.ac.uk/apply/finance/scholarships/.

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Department:

School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film

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32%
International students
18%
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4%
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