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MFA Creative Practice (Dance)

Course Description

The MFA Creative Practice Programme offers you an inter-disciplinary environment for deepening your understanding and experience of your arts practice. It also expands the opportunities for you to engage in collaborative practice across the conservatoire.
You can apply directly for the MFA programme or you can apply to transfer during the course of your MA. This programme allows further time and space to interrogate practice as research, potentially laying the groundwork for further study such as M/Phil or PhD.

Programme Aims

• To provide professional development opportunities for you as a graduate of dance, performing arts or humanities programmes.
• To develop you as a reflective practitioner who is critically aware of the reciprocity of theory and practice, thereby promoting standards of excellence in your dance practice, and preparing you for employment.
• To enable you to explore and reflect upon dance practice in its many forms, taking account of the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which performance practice is located.
• To encourage you to make links across various approaches to and perspectives on practice.
• To develop your ability to address complex issues creatively and systematically, as well as the ability to problem-solve in a variety of artistic contexts through the engagement in practice based research, including collaborative projects.
• To develop your potential for a range of practices in or associated with dance and research-based activity.

Programme Content

The MFA Creative Practice comprises a taught element of four modules plus an independent project. The second year is devoted to independent learning via studio or practice-based activity. This usually takes the form of a project or series of projects, which investigate particular aspects of dance practice that you have discussed with your supervisor and have the potential to yield a substantial area of research. You will have pre-arranged tutorials with your supervisor, some of which will be in the studio / rehearsal room. The module is likely to culminate in the form of a performance, a lecture demonstration, a written dissertation or a mixed mode project.

Taught modules are shared with the MA Creative Practice. Please see the website for details of specific modules available.

Progression Routes

Students will usually take this intensive period of creative research back into their professional practice, whether that be as a dancer, teacher or performance maker. It can also be the starting point for further exploration at MPhil/PhD level.

"The MFA Program at Trinity Laban has pushed me towards excellence in my research, writing, and performance. It has given me a sense of creative independence...driving my creative practice forward so that it serves my vision."
Chris McMillan, MFA Creative Practice graduate

Visit the MFA Creative Practice (Dance) page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

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. English Language competency requirements also apply.

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