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Diploma in Dance Studies

Course Description

Our Diploma in Dance Studies (DDS) 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.


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.

Progression Routes

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

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

Student Profiles

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.

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