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MA / MFA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary Pathway

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance    Graduate School

Full time & Part time September MA, Other MA: 1 year full time; 2 years part time. MFA: 2 years full time

About the course

A unique opportunity in the UK to build your own Dance Masters programme. Specialise in your areas of interest, experience a breadth of perspectives and develop your artistic excellence and creativity.

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Course detail

The MA Creative Practice is a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.

The MFA Creative Practice is a two year full-time programme. It shares the first year taught programme with the MA. An extended independent project forms the second year, providing time for in-depth research and realisation of a substantial body of work.

MFA applicants should be able to demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth that an extended time frame can afford.

The choice between engaging in an MA or MFA programme of study will depend upon your prior experience and future aspirations.

We offer two routes of study through the MA and MFA:

- Transdisciplinary
- Dance Professional Practice


The Transdisciplinary focus is ideal for recent graduates of dance, performing arts or humanities, and dance professionals who want to develop and promote their creative ‘voice’ within a safe and supportive environment.


The Transdisciplinary focus offers the opportunity to build your own dance Master's programme. With its open format and broad range of modules, you can specialise in areas of interest, develop your skills, and experience new insights through engagement in practice based research, including collaborative projects. Areas of study incorporate a diverse range of perspectives, including theoretical and philosophical underpinning of arts practice, visual and body-based art, film making, writing, and somatic practice. Modules are designed to be conversant with one another, supporting an interdisciplinary approach to the development and articulation of your individual practice through studio exploration supported by reflective and theoretical study.

For MA students, the year culminates in an independent project, allowing you to build on the ideas encountered in the taught programme and undertake self-directed research, experimentation and reflection.

The MFA Extended Project is an extensive, self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent creative practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research, develop, realise and identify appropriate modes of presentation for your ideas.

Career progression

Graduates use their creative research to inform their practice in whichever professional setting they enter. Students have gone on to work as dance artists, performers, choreographers, visual/film artists, writers, and to teach in schools, colleges and universities. Alumni have had their work programmed in international festivals and performance platforms, and published research in peer-reviewed journals.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a good first (undergraduate) degree or have five years' professional experience. However, if you do not have formal qualifications, you will need to refer to our policy on admissions using AP(E)L.

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Student Profile(s)

Dylan Crossman

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.

Nicola Conibere

The explorations I began through the MA programme enabled me to discover a way of working that integrates my theoretical and practical interests in performance, and remains the foundation for the work I make today. This was the result of study which not only nurtured tireless interrogation of both theoretical discourse on performance and the practical issues of making it, but, importantly, suggested that each area is equally capable of enlightening the other.

Luca Silvestrini

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.

Rosalie Wahlfrid

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.

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