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Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies

Course Description

Our Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies (GDDS) is an enriching and stimulating programme designed to support your artistic development. It is a flexible programme based on a professional development model, with in-depth training in core areas of dance practice combined with a range of options. You can select aspects of dance study to help you work towards your goals, within a vibrant and challenging environment that encourages independent learning alongside shared practice and collaboration.

You will develop your practice through in-depth training in core areas of study: contemporary dance technique, devising and performance, choreological practice and choreography. You will have further opportunities to broaden your experience and understanding of dance by selecting from a range of electives covering different aspects of dance, as well as practical applications of the art form. As part of a diverse community of students from a wide variety of backgrounds and training, you can tailor the programme to suit your needs, interests and experience, and work towards your individual learning, training or professional goals.

Programme Content

Core studies support the development of your contemporary dance practice. You can then choose elective subjects to specialise or diversify your studies.

• Dance Practice (core):
Contemporary Dance Technique; Choreography; Choreological Practice; Devising and Performance

• Elective Study (options)
A range of components offering further dance study to extend your practice or knowledge base according to your needs, experience and interests:

• Pilates For Dance
• Contemporary Jazz
• Ballet
• Movement Workshop: The Creative Body
• Movement Workshop: Dance as Performance
• Rep Extracts
• Soundscores For Dance
• The Dancing Body
• Dance Teaching: Principles and Practice
• Teaching Dance Technique
• Choreological Practice - Choreutics
• Dance Perspectives 1: History
• Dance Perspectives 2: Critical Frameworks
• Independent Investigation

See the Programme Specification on our website for more details: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/dance/professional-development/graduate-diploma-in-dance-studies


Achievement of the Diploma in Dance Studies requires you to pass 120 credits as detailed above. Each component you select will be assessed separately, some by coursework assessment, others by written or practical assignments.

As a condition of acceptance onto the Trinity Laban Diploma in Dance Studies, overseas students are required to register for the ATCL Performance Arts (Contemporary Dance) qualification accredited by Trinity College London (TCL). This will require you to go through a registration process at the commencement of the academic year, and an assessment day at the end of your programme. Entry for this additional qualification is also open to, but optional, for UK/EU students.


There are a range of possibilities, depending at what stage in their training / career people enter the programme. GDDS graduates work as independent artists, performers, choreographers and teachers. The programme may lead to further dance training or study at Masters level.


The Laban building is the world's largest purpose built contemporary dance centre and a leading conservatoire for contemporary dance artist training. Facilities include:

• Thirteen purpose built dance studios with the latest sprung flooring and large windows
• Laban Library and Archive
• 300-seat theatre
• Cafe and Bar

Faculty of Dance

Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is one of Europe's leading centres for the training of professional contemporary dance artists. Based in the RIBA-award winning Laban Building, in the heart of South East London's thriving arts community, Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance is a creative and cosmopolitan community of performers, choreographers, teachers, designers and researchers, and is acknowledged internationally as a leader in the contemporary arts.

With one of the largest teams of specialist contemporary dance artist teachers in the world, our world class facilities include a 300 seat theatre, studio theatre and outdoor theatre, 13 purpose built dance studios and the largest dance library and archive in Europe.

We believe that contemporary dance has a vital part to play in everyone's lives. Our unique mix of energy and creativity advances the dance art form and fuels the dance world, connecting people to the exhilarating possibilities that dance offers. Our links with the professional dance world, local communities and other arts organisations ensure that an experience at Trinity Laban will be a rich and rewarding one.

How to apply: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/how-to-apply/dance-applications

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Dylan Crossman

1202.png Being a student at Trinity Laban taught me how to learn. From teachers, from fellow dancers, from all the different situations, challenges and experiences that were presented to me. I experienced hard work, compassion, creatice processes, being on stage. It created a network of amazing dance artists. I learned how to analyse movement, articulate it both physically and theoretically. I worked with a lot of established, up and coming as well as emerging choreographers. To this day, the clarity in my own body and in space comes from the Laban Movement Analysis. Trinity Laban gave me the freedom to figure out who I was and who I wanted to become as a performer and it taught me that being me is good. I still strive to be myself honestly, on stage, to this day.

(Student Profile)

Luca Silvestrini

1204.png I will always look back at my time at [Trinity] Laban as one of the most significant turning points of my life. The teachers, choreographers and fellow students I came into contact with have all played a considerable role in the development of my passion for dance and choreography into a successful career.

(Student Profile)

Rosalie Wahlfrid

1205.png Trinity Laban has offered me three very different years of training and guidance. I have been provided with a base of great knowledge and understanding of my body and mind, my own responsibility as a student and investigation into what my interests are, both as performer and dance maker. This has been essential for entering a professional environment. I have had the opportunity to work with great artists that have nurtured and inspired me to continue my journey in the profession. I have experienced freedom and been given the space to start research of my own practice whilst working alongside other dance artists.


Trinity Laban Dance Awards - No. of awards TBC

Available to accepted applicants on the following programmes:- MA Dance Performance
- MA/MFA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary
- MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice
- MSc/MFA Dance Science
- Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance
- Graduate Diploma in Dance StudiesThe amount awarded will total approximately 15-20% of the relevant full fee. Please note that for part-time students, any award would be split equally over the two years of the programme.Applications for 2017 entry students will open later this year; exact details will be available as soon as possible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

15-20% of the relevant full fee


Available to accepted applicants on the following programmes:- MA Dance Performance
- MA/MFA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary
- MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice
- MSc/MFA Dance Science
- Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance
- Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies

Application Procedure

To apply for a Trinity Laban Dance Award, you can download and complete the application form on the website: http://www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/study/fees-and-finance/financial-awards#dance (including additional information as requested) and return it by email to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

The programme caters for people with a variety of experience and backgrounds, and the entry requirements reflect this. Entry to this programme is by application form; there is no audition, but you may wish to submit examples of your practice on DVD to support your application. Professional experience, a first degree or other relevant qualifications are accepted and you must show strong motivation to undertake a dance studies programme to further your professional development. English language competency requirements also apply.

Last Updated

31 January 2017

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