New MA and MFA Programmes

The MA Creative Practice is a one year programme with two distinct pathways. The Dance Professional Practice pathway is designed for the professional practitioner. It provides a rigorous and investigative learning and research environment to support professional dance artists to further develop their practice. Mid-career artists can reflect on their previous professional experience and its role in their ongoing learning, engage in intensive studio-based learning with internationally renowned dance artists and a professional peer group, deepen their own practice as performers/makers, develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies within the arts, and pursue their own area of artistic interest through substantial independent research. Key elements of study will be delivered by Independent Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance at the RIBA award winning Siobhan Davies Studios in South East London.

Students choosing the Self-Selected pathway will develop their interest in and practice of dance and dance related activities following their undergraduate and post-graduation experiences. The pathway also allows for and reflects declared interests in the wide diversity of activities under the dance rubric. The programme responds to such diversity and provides a scope of enquiry that matches the broad canvas of dance as a collaborative art. The range of modules available will suit those wanting to gain specialist knowledge in differing but related areas of creative practice. It includes a module focussed on choreographic practice across the creative industries, delivered at placements managed by The Cholmondeleys.

The MFA in Creative Practice programme is an exciting development in Trinity Laban's collaborative practice and research activities. Housed in the Stirling Prize winning Laban building in Deptford, South East London, the diversity of study allows students to further develop their interest in and practice of dance, performance and related activities. Catering for student interest in a range of reflective research activities, this programme provides an interdisciplinary environment where students can deepen their understanding and experience of their arts practice and benefit from a range of collaborative opportunities.

Trinity Laban was formed in 2005 by the merger of Trinity College of Music and contemporary dance centre Laban - both leaders in their respective fields. These new programmes are an expansion of Trinity Laban's existing postgraduate provision in dance, all of which has been revitalised.

Trinity Laban Principal Professor Anthony Bowne says: "We are very pleased to be partnering with Independent Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs to offer these innovative new programmes. I am constantly amazed by the quality and breadth of work developed by Trinity Laban postgraduate students. These new programmes will provide even richer opportunities for exploration, collaboration and creative excellence."

Siobhan Davies, renowned choreographer and Artistic Director of Siobhan Davies Dance and Gill Clarke, Independent Dance's co-director, comment: "We are very excited about the potential of this new partnership for independent dance artists and for dance. This MA provides a frame within which dance artists can gain academic recognition for their artistic research, making and performance, and an opportunity to further their investigations and confidently build their future practice. The academic and artistic body of work produced by the MA students, alongside their expanded knowledge, will add to both the understanding and evolution of dance as an artistic and research practice as it increasingly contributes its distinct voice to contemporary creative thinking."

Lea Anderson, choreographer and director of the Cholmondeleys and its 'brother' company The Featherstonehaughs says: ""I am very excited that we are able to offer this module. There is so much potential for choreography and movement direction in related performance and The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs are well placed to help artists who wish to explore this relationship with their own practice."

For more information visit our Graduate School section

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