Covid-19 Update

The Creative Academy campus will remain closed until further notice.

The Creative Academy has moved all its courses to online learning support and regular updates will be sent to all students. Students are encouraged to make contact with their personal tutors for all aspects of teaching, learning and assessment and still have access to the wellbeing team for any issues you may be facing. For any logistical, financial or accommodation issues please contact administrative staff via


From September 2018, in line with our Widening Participation Policy, The Creative Academy will not charge for auditions! Our training is for the talented, not for the elite. We believe auditions fees are a barrier to application.


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Auditions for BA (Hons) Dance & Foundation Year:

  • 11th December 2019
  • 15th January 2020
  • 5th February 2020
  • 21st March 2020
  • 25th March 2020
  • RECALL – 6th April 2020

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Course fees for BA (Hons) & Foundation Year are £6,200 a year.

The aim of the Creative Academy is to offer practice based industry standard training, alongside rigorous academic study that reflects the cultural diversity within the dance industry, creating dance practitioners and technicians that can excel in the diverse professional market. The Creative Academy is a unique not for profit partnership between Slough Borough Council and The University of West London, allowing the organisations to re-invest all funds into the programmes to enhance the student experience.

Creative Academy aims to create confident, knowledgeable, technically proficient, versatile, strong, independent, passionate and talented performers/teachers ready for the diverse dance industry by:

• offering industry relevant, affordable and innovative vocational dance training
• creating an inspirational and inclusive learning environment
• ensuring students are treated as individuals
• supporting students to reach their full potential
• engaging high profile industry partners
• being wholly committed to developing and maintaining the highest quality standards
• creating employment and performance opportunities

The Creative Academy offers 6 specific programmes:

BA (Hons) Dance with Foundation (Funded through SLC)
BA (Hons) Dance (Funded through SLC)
Master In Dance (Funded through SLC)
Diploma in Dance Education (Access to funding)
Diploma Pilates Matwork
Creative Saturdays

The programmes have been carefully designed to reflect the demands of the dance industry, the changing demands and needs of young people, students and aspiring dancers. The industry needs confident, multi-skilled and flexible workers who can adapt to an ever-changing set of demands. The ability to re-skill and update knowledge is also vital in this area.

This innovative course is designed for the practical education of a dancer, underpinned with a professional qualifications and a service which can respond to their individual requirements. The programme has links with the industry and is delivered by a core staff team and visiting professional practitioners/companies. Currently the Creative Academy has 100% of students graduating (Class 2018) securing employment in the creative industries or post-graduate study.

This course has been developed through funding from the European Commission and Slough Borough Council and launched in 2003. The programme has been developed through our relationship with companies and dancers including AVA Dance Company, Company Wayne McGregor, DanceFusion, Kerry Nicholls Dance, Khiley Williams, Kimberly Wyatt, London College of Dance Network, London College of Music, Lost Dog Dance Company, Love Rudeye, Multi-Trax UK, New Adventures, Rambert Dance Company, RIFCO Arts, Resource Productions, Sadlers Wells Theatre, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, StopGap Dance Company, Sue Passmore, Swipe, Tavaziva Dance Company & West End On Demand.

Students will explore, experiment and be enabled with the skills required to work in the diverse UK dance industry. It has full accreditation with the Council for Dance Education and Training, has been quality assured by The Quality Assurance Agency and is an approved centre with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and Active IQ.

We have 96% graduate employment or post-graduate study with students going on to study Masters or PGCE with students working with including 9 to 5, AMCK, Alesha Dixon. Angel’s Dance Company, AVA Dance Company, La Strass, Fred Olsen, Cunard Cruise, P&O Cruise, Celebrity Cruises, Circus Fantasia, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Liners, Potters Theatre Company, JV2, Ke$ha, Princess Cruises, Mary J. Blige, Dream Girls, Union Dance Company, Sean Paul, Jay Sean, MTV and Sky.

The Creative Academy aims to create confident, knowledgeable, technically proficient, versatile, strong, independent, passionate and talented performers/teachers ready for the diverse dance industry by:

• Offering industry relevant, affordable, innovative vocational dance training
• Creating an inspirational and inclusive learning environment
• Ensuring students are treated as individuals
• Supporting students reach their full potential
• Engaging high profile industry partners wholly committing to developing and maintaining the highest quality standards
• Creating employment and performance opportunities

Foundation Year:

This is a 1 year level 3 programme has been designed to ensure students have the technical, emotional and academic ability to study at vocational/professional level.

The programme has 6 modules:

Jazz Foundation
Into to Commercial
Physical & Emotional Wellbeing of the Performer
Academic Skills
This is underpinned with a full programme of dance classes including ISTD Ballet & Modern Theatre

BA (Hons) Dance

This is a 3 year programme and brings together our highly successful Foundation Degree & BA (Hons) Dance – Top Up together. This will allow new students to have uninterrupted, professional and clear path in their studies. The Creative Academy prides itself on its holistic and professional training working with the best companies, dancers and choreographers in the industry. Every dancer is individual and this programme promotes individuality, innovation, empowerment and professionalism. The programme has 25 core modules scaffolded alongside more optional modules in the 3rd year. This will encourage further individualism ensuring students can achieve direction into their genre within the diverse creative industries.

The programme is under-pinned with a full time-table of technique classes including Acro, Ballet, Bootcamp, Contact, Cunningham, Commercial, Jazz, Graham, Gymnastics, Release & Tap and ISTD Imperial Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap. Students on the Level 6 will have the opportunity to undertake the Active IQ Diploma in Pilates Matwork at a highly reduced rate. The BA programme has a minimum of 28 hours training a week.

Masters in Dance (Level 7)

The Creative Academy Masters is uniquely placed within the academic and creative industry to offer a programme that ensures diversity, industry experience while offering individual training opportunities. From performance to arts administration from community arts to theatrical producing this masters caters for those currently working in the industry to gain much need qualifications or those looking to train further from vocational and non-vocational institutes. This Masters is the only CDMT institute to offer a Masters in Dance. The practice based programme is an alternative to the contemporary dance focused Masters.

This programme has the additionality of optional daily professional Jazz and Commercial classes and ISTD Imperial Ballet and Modern Theatre.