MA/MFA Choreography

"The Trinity Laban Graduate School and other programmes provide wonderful opportunities for emerging and developing choreographers, to test their research beyond the normal boundaries of accepted practice, in an engaging and supportive atmosphere."

Tony Thatcher, Programme Leader, MA/MFA Choreography

What is it?

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

The MFA Choreography 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.

What is special about it?

The MA and MFA Choreography offer a stimulating environment in which to explore and develop your choreographic practice and expertise. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career or an experienced dance artist, these programmes present opportunities to engage with contemporary ideas, concepts and propositions within the choreographic field.

The taught programme of the MA (first year of the MFA) encourages you to explore your current practice. You will encounter interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborative practices, creating work across a range of settings and media. You will be challenged to experiment, take risks and continuously create: developing your individual artistic voice.

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

The MFA Extended Project is a self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent choreographic perspectives and practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research and realise your ideas as a coherent choreographic project.

Student Testimonial

"One of the most important parts of being on this course for me is getting to meet people from different countries, different backgrounds and different ages, with different ideas about what they want to do with dance. Getting to collaborate with each other has been really inspiring…we can just keep bouncing ideas back and forth off each other."

Katie Rank, MA Choreography

Who is it for?

You will normally have prior choreographic experience and/or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in a related subject. We encourage applications from:

  • professional choreographers wishing to re-invigorate, broaden or consolidate their practice;
  • emerging choreographers intending to interrogate their practice and develop independent choreographic perspectives; and
  • recently graduated dance artists showing a commitment to develop their choreographic practice.

MFA applicants should demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth afforded by an extended time frame. The choice between an MA or an MFA programme of study will depend upon your prior experience and future aspirations.

What can I do next?

Recent graduates have worked on and choreographed productions all over Europe, including research at KOLT, productions at FLOTA Slovenia, Pro Progressione in Europe and other companies in the UK and internationally.

Alumni of the programme include:

  • freelance performers and choreographers;
  • founders and co-founders of independent dance projects;
  • theatre and opera directors;
  • assistant choreographers with major dance companies; and
  • PhD students and lecturers in colleges and universities.

What language skills do I need?

Minimum IELTS Band 7, TCL Integrated Skills in English III, or Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 67).

How can I find out more?

Please email Tony Thatcher at [email protected]

MA Full-time: 11 months plus an independent research project (2 months).

MA Part-time: 22 months plus an independent research project (2 months).

MFA Full-time: 2 years (no part-time option)

You will normally have prior choreographic experience and/or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject, or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (eg USA degree GPA of 3.00). English Language competency requirements also apply.

Research Degree Programme

PhD and MPhil research

Postgraduate Dance Applications

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