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BA Modern Ballet

Delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet, the programme will equip you with the technical and artistic skills required by today’s professional dance companies. 


Our BA Modern Ballet programme is designed to help you develop secure classical and contemporary dance techniques and prepare you for a professional career as a confident, versatile, and technically strong dancer. You will graduate with the skills required by professional companies and the ability to effectively communicate with artists, choreographers, and audiences.  

The course is delivered in partnership with Scottish Ballet. This provides students with numerous opportunities to gain invaluable insight into professional life. You will work with the Scottish Ballet artistic team and dancers, and internationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers, including Artistic Director/CEO Christopher Hampson. In your final year, you will attend company class. Some students will have the opportunity to perform on main-stage company tours.   

RCS is the only European conservatoire to offer all performance art specialisms. In this environment, you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with other students, expanding your artistic horizons. You might find yourself

  • Performing on camera for film students
  • Choreographing a piece with our composers
  • On stage at one of Scotland’s major theatres

Taking part in performances within a variety of environments and contexts will further enhance the breadth of your vocational education and your employability. 

The important details

UK Applicant Deadline:
31 January 2024

International (including EU) Applicant Deadline:
31st of March 2024

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Audition Fee:

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Why Study Modern Ballet at RCS?


A student-centred approach is foundational to the Modern Ballet course. We prioritise your well-being and foster a supportive environment.

A close-up shot of a ballerina adjusting pointe shoes.

Professional Partnerships

Our partnership with Scottish Ballet gives you invaluable professional opportunities to collaborate, improvise and develop choreographic skills. 

Students practice ballet in an RCS studio.

Award-Winning Studios

You will dance in Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks — home to a suite of award-winning dance studios. Our studios are purpose-built for BA Modern Ballet students. 


A ballerina holds a tambourine above her head in the Gleneagles ballroom.

Prestigious Performance Opportunities

You will perform at country-wide events and participate in high-profile international competitions. Recently, our students have performed at Buckingham Palace and Gleneagles and competed at the Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, YAGP, Cecchetti Competition and the Prix de Lausanne.

A tutor guides students through exercises during an RCS Bellet Open Day.

Extraordinary Staff & Workshops

You will learn from highly experienced teachers and work with professional musicians. In addition to tuition, you will participate in regular guest workshops and masterclasses. 

Production students work behind the scenes of a performance. One is operating a light/sound board.


You will join a cohort of Modern Ballet BA graduates who have obtained contracts to perform with companies across the globe. Our course prepares you to join companies like Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Ballet Cymru, National Ballet of Portugal and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. 

A tutor gives a lesson on physical wellbeing to ballet students. The tutor is at the front of the class and students watch on from their chairs.


The physical and mental well-being of our dancers sits at the heart of training at RCS, starting from the audition process. Throughout your studies, the ballet team works with each of our dancers to prepare them to enter the professional world as individuals who are confident, versatile and technically strong artists. 

Owen Montague holds his hands together and smiles at students while tutoring.

Supportive Environment

We work in partnership with the Scottish Ballet’s Performance Medicine team to deliver specialist well-being services. You will be provided physical and mental health support as part of the course, including: 

  • Twice-weekly Clinics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Dietary and Nutritional Advice
  • Health Education Programme
  • Annual Physical Screenings that Inform Training and Benchmark Setting
  • Access to One-to-One Focused Counselling Sessions
A black and white image of ballet dancers sitting behind the scenes.

Body Positive

A body-positive approach is taken by all staff, with issues around weight and body image addressed confidentially and proactively, rather than being ignored or addressed publicly. You will be supported in addressing any issues swiftly. Access to non-dance subject classes like Gyrotonics, PIYO, pilates, yoga, and mindfulness will help you develop a healthy mind and body, and cope with the demands of the course.

Meet the Staff

Additional Staff

Teaching Staff

  • Aya Kobayashi – Contemporary Technique 
  • Rowan MacGregor – Jazz 
  • Maria Jiminez – Ballet, Repertoire 
  • Matthew Broadbent – Ballet, Pas de Deux 
  • Bethany Kingsley-Garner – Ballet 
  • Lewis Normand – Choreography 
  • Ruth Mills – Contemporary 
  • Bethany Whiteside – Contextual Studies

Performance Medicine Team

  • Martin Lanfear – physiotherapist 
  • Fraser Johnston – chiropractor and massage therapist

Scottish Ballet

  • Christopher Hampson – Artistic Director/CEO 
  • Oliver Rydout – Rehearsal Director 
  • Nicolas Shoesmith – Choreographer in Residence 


  • Michael Barnett 
  • Signy Jakobsdottir – Percussionist 

Professional Partners

The BA Modern Ballet team designed and delivered the programme in partnership with Scottish Ballet. 

Work with the world-renowned company, as well as acclaimed guest teachers and choreographers, throughout your studies. Get a unique and invaluable insight into professional life whilst studying with us and enjoy exclusive access to Scottish Ballet rehearsals.  

There is also the opportunity to join the company on tour. Recently, students have performed in Scottish Ballet productions of Starstruck, Cinders!, The Nutcracker, The Scandal at Mayerling, and The Stravinsky Season which saw them take to the stage at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.  

A warm glow from stage lights is back lighting ballet dancers and creates a silhouette of their pose.

Graduate Destinations


Our graduating students have been contracted to a range of renowned companies including:  


  • Scottish Ballet  

  • Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures  

  • Northern Ballet  

  • National Ballet of Portugal  

  • Ballet Cymru  

  • Joffrey Ballet Apprenticeship  

  • Ballet Ireland  

  • Geneva Junior Ballet

  • Plovdiv State Ballet  

  • Balletto di Roma  

  • Alberta Ballet  

  • Ballet Theatre UK  

  • Prague Chamber Ballet  

  • National Dance Company of Wales Apprenticeship  

  • Universal Ballet Korea  

  • FX Saldy Liberec  

  • Ballet Prelocaj 

Hear from some of our graduates:





Alumni of the Modern Ballet BA programme include:

Hannah Cubitt poses in ballet attire.

Hannah Cubitt

Scottish Ballet 

Keenan Fletcher in a devant pose.

Keenan Fletcher

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures  


Rose Goddard balances on one toe, wearing ballet attire.

Rose Goddard

   Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures  


Programme Structure

Your first year of training will focus 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 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 works in the ‘Introduction to Choreography’ module.  

You will complete your 1st year with a performance in the annual show. 

You will focus on building upon the skills learned in the first year with more challenging technical and artistic work.  

In repertoire, you will gain skills as a solo performer (in 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 to create a new piece.  

You will have increased 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. 

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 alongside Scottish Ballet and other professional companies in company class. There are additional performance and touring opportunities with Scottish Ballet in mainstage tours. In recent years, these have included Cinders! (ch. Hampson), The Nutcracker (ch. Hampson), Emergence (ch. Pite), The Fairy’s Kiss (ch. MacMillan), Swan Lake (ch. Dawson) and Mayerling (ch. MacMillan).  

The Solos Evening is a highlight for third years, and your training culminates in the Annual Graduation performances in your final term. 

Class of 2024

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Five passes at a minimum of National 5 or equivalent such as Standard Grades (Grade 1—3) or Intermediate 1 or 2
  • 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 

English Language Requirements

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Level 5.5, a minimum score of 5.5 in each component is required. 

Direct Entry 

Applications for direct entry beyond Year 1 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and per the Royal Conservatoire’s Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning policy. If you wish to apply for direct entry, please mark the point of entry on the UCAS Conservatoires application as 2 or 3. 

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees

  • Scotland: £1,820 (for most full-time, Scottish-domiciled undergraduate students, this will be paid by SAAS. More information is available on our Fees & Funding pages) 
  • RUK: £9,250 
  • International (including EU): £27,968 

Funding & Scholarships

You can find out about the funding and scholarships available for studying at RCS by visiting our dedicated page:

Funding & Scholarships

Cost of Living & Programme Costs

In addition to tuition fees, it is estimated that you will need between £11,200 and £15,300 per year to live in Glasgow, plus programme costs. Much will depend on your lifestyle and whether your course runs for three or four terms. 

Undergraduate Programmes within the School of Drama, Dance, Production and Film have a range of associated costs related to the specific activities required and advised by the programme team. To ensure fairness and parity of experience concerning certain core programme activities, a one-off payment to cover a proportion of necessary costs is required of the student at matriculation. You can find these costs in the pdf below: 

BA Modern Ballet Programme Costs

How to Apply

Apply via UCAS Conservatoires

Applications are made through UCAS Conservatoires website. The UCAS Conservatoires application system is separate from the main UCAS undergraduate application system.

You can read our guidance about using UCAS Conservatoires on our dedicated How to Apply page. 

We do not offer deferred entry. If you wish to commence in 2025, you must apply next year. 

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland institution code is R58. You will also require the following programme code to apply: BA Modern Ballet: 201F – Dance

The closing date for on-time Modern Ballet applications is 31 January 2024 for UK applicants and 31 May 2024 for International applicants. If you submit your application after this date, we cannot guarantee that the audition panel will review your application. If you do want to submit a late application, you must contact in the first instance to check we are accepting late applications 

Application/Audition fees

There is a UCAS Conservatoires application fee of £27.50. In addition to the application fee, each conservatoire charges an audition/interview assessment administration fee. The interview assessment administration fee is £55 for this programme. Fees are not refundable. The fees are paid via the UCAS Conservatoires website and not directly to RCS. 

We recognise that auditioning and interviewing for conservatoires, drama and ballet schools can be costly. The audition assessment administration fee charge allows us to offer a thorough and positive experience to all applicants and we encourage you to get in touch to ask the panel questions and find out more about the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to see if it is the best place for you.  

We are committed to ensuring fair access to a conservatoire education for students who have the talent and potential to benefit from it, regardless of their background. In support of this, audition fee waivers are offered to applicants whose financial hardship may be a barrier to auditioning. Please see the audition fee waivers document for more information 


We have a number of policies and statements which you should read when applying to study at the Royal Conservatoire.

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It is your responsibility to ask two separate referees to write references and ensure that these are sent to RCS.

The references must be written by two different people and we will not accept references from family, other relatives or close friends. You can submit your UCAS Conservatoires application form and send your references at a later date, but they must be received prior to your audition date.

UCAS Conservatoires provides reference forms for you to download and send to your referees for completion.

Audition Information

You can choose between in-person auditions in Glasgow or London or auditioning online. If you are auditioning in person, you will not need to submit a video. However, you must submit photos via Accept’d, regardless of your audition preference.

Details of the Photographs required are included below   

In-person – Preliminary Audition  

You will be invited to a preliminary audition which will consist of a classical ballet class which will include barre work, centre and allegro. There will be a short pointe work section at the end of the class. The class will last approximately 90 minutes and will be taught by one of the RCS ballet staff and accompanied by a musician.  

The Glasgow Preliminary auditions will take place on the following dates at our Wallace Studios: 

  • Friday 19th January 2024  
  • Friday 9th February 2024  
  • Friday 23rd February 2024  

 The London Preliminary auditions will take place on Friday 26th January 2024. 

If you are successful at the preliminary audition, you will be invited to attend a final recall audition held in Glasgow on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March 2024.  

Final Recall Audition  

The final audition will consist of:  

  • a classical ballet class (including pointe work)  
  • a contemporary class  
  • a medical screening (carried out by a qualified physiotherapist)  
  • an interview with members of the Programme Team  

You and your parent/guardian/carer will be also invited to an ‘Information Session’, buildings tour and accommodation tour during the recall auditions, where you will be given further details on the course and an opportunity to meet some members of the department.  

Online Auditions  

All material must be submitted via Accept’d. The audition videos and photographs do not need to be professionally filmed/taken – your phone or a similar device is suitable. The camera should be positioned so that the full range of movements is shown (ideally between the front and the side for barre work and at the front for centre work). Applicants should wear a plain leotard, ballet tights, and ballet shoes (no skirts or warm-up clothes, please).  

Please contact the admissions team if you have any questions.

Please prepare the following

Barre Work  

  •  Plies – on one side only  
  •  Battements Tendus – shown on both sides  
  •  Battements Fondus – shown on both sides  
  •  Grands Battements – shown on both sides  

Centre Practice and Allegro  

  • Adage – showing both sides  
  • Pirouette enchainement – can be taken from 5th, 4th and/or 2nd position, shown both en dehors and en dedans. Pirouettes should be performed on both the right and the left side.  
  • Petit Allegro/Warm-up jump – sautes, echappes sautes and changements  
  • Allegro enchainement  
  • One grand allegro enchainement  

 (no music required)  

Applicants should take care to work within their own range of movement and not force or bounce in the following stretches:  

  • Spine roll down – facing the back with feet together and arms by sides, slowly roll down through the spine (keeping legs straight) and recover  
  • Achilles stretch – facing the side with feet together, bend knees with heels remaining on the floor and recover  
  • Hamstring stretch – facing the side, sitting on the floor with legs fully stretched forward in parallel, reaching up and then forward towards toes, keeping backs of knees on the floor  
  • Splits on the right leg – facing right corner  
  • Box splits – facing front  
  • Splits on left leg – facing left corner  


In addition to the above, applicants who have studies pointework should show a short example, in the centre. Please include:  

  • Echappes and releves  
  • Simple pirouette enchainement – shown on both sides  


In addition to the above, applicants who have studied virtuosity should show a short example. Please include:  

  • Tours en l’air – to both sides  


Photograph Requirements

The photographs do not need to be professionally taken but should be against a plain background and of good quality. You should be photographed in a leotard and tights.  

You will be required to create an Accept’d account and once you have done so you will be able to easily upload your photographs.  Please arrange for these to be submitted at least 5 days before the audition date. 

Image of a student demonstrating demi plie in 1st position en face.

Demi-plie en face

Image of a student demonstrating degage a la second.

Degage a la seconde

Image of a student demonstrating developpe a la seconde en l’air.

Developpe a la seconde en l’air

Image of a student demonstrating arabesque en l’air, facing decote (side).

Arabesque en l’air, facing decote (side)

Image of a student demonstrating a 2nd position en pointe.

2nd position en pointe

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Our graduates are resourceful, highly employable and members of a dynamic community of artists who make a significant impact across the globe.

At RCS, students develop not just their art but their power to use it.

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