- BA (Hons) Ballet
- Taught by
- Ballet West
- Course length
- Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year.
- UCAS codes
- Institution Code: B20
- Course Code: BW01
- Campus Code: S
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes.
See 'typical offers' for more information.
Develop your professional dance skills with a Ballet degree delivered by the specialist performers and choreographers at Ballet West.
- Hone your ballet skills and knowledge within a company of professional dancers, choreographers and technicians.
- Join a unique learning environment – Ballet West is an acclaimed specialist ballet school in rural Scotland.
- Expand your career options through optional Royal Academy of Dance syllabus classes.
Test and develop your skills in performance, choreography, research and writing with this specialist course, delivered at Ballet West, Scotland. Expand your knowledge, experience and appreciation of dance practices within a variety of contexts, and hone your techniques in classical ballet, while also exploring contemporary and jazz dance.
Our aim is that, when you graduate, you'll be able to work well in companies and be adaptable to different styles and methods of working. We also want you to develop as a reflective dance practitioner, with a well-developed personal appreciation of the nature and potential of dance as an art form.
What you'll learn
This programme provides structures for you to develop your skills, working methods and principles, predominantly as a performer but also as a choreographer and researcher. Four strands run through each year of the programme:
You'll develop skills year-on-year through a succession of modules taken in each of the three academic years. You'll also acquire knowledge in other areas of study, such as the cultural contexts of dance.
Modules in Classical Ballet Techniques take you from the foundations of ballet to professional standard ballet, through daily ballet classes and work on the classical ballet repertoire.
Dance Technique modules help you to professional standard through regular technique classes and work on repertoire and newly created work.
During Professional Practice and Performance modules, you'll participate in the creation, rehearsal and performance of two productions each year:
- A full-length classical ballet performed on tour, and
- A contemporary and jazz showcase.
All performances are public, and take place in leading venues in Scotland. You'll work within a company of professional dancers, choreographers and technicians.
Choreography modules teach choreographic techniques and the role of dance in cultural and historical contexts, enabling you to create and discuss your own original work.
In your final year, you'll complete an Independent Study project based in an area of individual interest to you, which can be presented in any way that is negotiated and agreed with the module tutor. Also in your final year, the Professional Dancer module prepares you for life after your studies, providing skills in self-promotion and audition technique.
How will I be assessed?
We use a variety of assessment tasks across the programme, including:
- Practical dance classes, both rehearsed and unrehearsed
- Solo and ensemble performances
- Created choreographic work
- Online promotional material.
How will I be taught?
You're taught through a mix of studio based practical classes and rehearsals in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, body conditioning and choreography, and classroom based work on research skills and the history and cultural contexts of dance.
We expect you to undertake self-directed learning in creating your own choreographic work, maintaining fitness and researching individual projects.
This course is designed to equip you with transferable skills that will serve you long after graduation, and help you seek employment in a range of fields.
You'll learn the discipline and dedication required to be a professional performer, including:
- The ability to lead and work cooperatively in teams
- Skills in academic research
- The skills needed to bring a complex project to a successful conclusion for a deadline.
Each of these is applicable to a wealth of careers.
Competitions and awards
You'll be encouraged to participate in training for Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) vocational examinations, which is provided as an optional extra to complement your degree training and for which an additional fee is payable (see below).
Students taking RAD exams are also encouraged to compete in RAD competitions.
Ballet West is also the only UK partner of the RAD to deliver the Registered Teacher Status access route, which enables students on selected Dance degrees to undertake this additional course, run by the RAD, to achieve Registered Teacher Status.
Facilities and resources
Where the subject is taught
Based in Scotland, you'll be taught at Ballet West in Taynuilt, Argyll.
A key feature of training at Ballet West is its touring company, which has a reputation for delivering quality in some of Scotland's largest venues, such as the Armadillo in Glasgow.
UK and EU students full time
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All students full time - with professional placement year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.
Additional costs and fees
You're required to provide your own dancewear and shoes, including the specified ballet uniform.
You can also participate in Royal Academy of Dance syllabus classes, leading to RAD exams, as an optional extra to your degree training. The fee for 2019-20 is £1,500.
Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
We're looking for students who have the talent, determination and ambition to become professionals in the dance world.
We want creative and curious individuals who are prepared to be open to new ideas, and can reflect on their own practice and critically analyse the practice of others.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. Ideally we are looking for 80 UCAS Tariff Points - the main qualifications are shown below:
- A Levels - CCD
- BTEC Extended Diploma - grades Merit, Merit, Pass (MMP)
- RSL Extended Diploma - Merit
- BTEC Diploma - Distinction, Merit (DM)
- Scottish qualifications - a mixture of Highers and advanced Highers equaling 80 UCAS points
- Graded Dance qualifications above Grade 6 also accepted in addition to other qualifications listed above.
English Language requirements for international and EU applicants
- IELTS overall score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.
Interview and portfolio guidance
Auditions and interviews are carried out at Ballet West in Taynuilt, Argyll, Scotland. Students are strongly advised to attend in person to meet staff and current students, however, international students and others who have travel difficulties may audition by submitting an audition video file or DVD.
Please note that Ballet West makes a charge of £40 for in-person auditions.
Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180