Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies

What is it?

The Graduate Diploma is an intensive, practically focussed, flexible programme of dance study leading to a level 6 qualification. Core elements of contemporary dance practice are offered within a broad and varied menu of options from which you can select areas of study according to your own needs and interests.

What is special about it?

The programme offers the opportunity for intensive study within a conservatoire setting. You will join a vibrant, friendly community of dancers from a great diversity of backgrounds and nationalities and benefit from the specialist facilities and resources of Trinity Laban’s award-winning building.

With its flexible format and broad range of components the programme provides a varied and stimulating learning environment in which to develop as an artist: enhancing your existing knowledge and skills and acquiring new areas of expertise. The elective menu offers a range of practices and perspectives across technical, creative and performance disciplines, and different modes of learning: from taught dance classes and creative workshops to lecture-seminar based study and independent and collaborative projects. You will enjoy a high level of contact time and interactive learning with expert tutors who will nurture and encourage your artistic development and support you towards your own learning and professional development goals.

Who is it for?

This programme is normally taken after completion of initial training, or by mature students wishing to enter higher education. The Diploma is based on a professional development model, which caters for different levels of expertise and experience and appeals to students looking to consolidate and expand their knowledge and skills in contemporary dance. Students on the programme are mature learners from diverse backgrounds such as:

  • graduates of degree programmes, sometimes in a discipline other than dance, who have maintained their dance interests
  • late starters with an unconventional route into dance
  • practitioners within a specific dance form possibly other than contemporary dance

Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/ performance arts related area or a first degree or equivalent level of educational maturity (such as through experiential knowledge / professional experience / other qualifications).

Student Testimonial

"The teaching staff here are really high calibre and that’s one of the things for me that has really stood out at Trinity Laban. It’s not just the information that they can give you; their expertise is amazing. But it’s also the pastoral care that they provide: you really feel like you’re valued as an individual."

Melanie Berry, Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies

What can I do next?

As a Level 6 higher education qualification, for some it has provided the opportunity to progress to postgraduate studies, and for others it has led to careers in dance performance, choreography, theatre, dance teaching, dance leadership and management roles, and roles within education.

What are my study options?

1-year full time, or 2-years part time

How to apply

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires, supported by additional materials – at the applicant's discretion - uploaded to Decision Desk. You will be contacted regarding setting up a Decision Desk profile once your UCAS Conservatoires application has been received.

Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/performance arts related area, and a first degree or equivalent level of educative maturity (such as through experiential knowledge / professional experience / other qualifications). There is no audition requirement for the programme, but you may submit examples of your practice on DVD/online (via Decision Desk) to support your application.

English language requirements: IELTS Band 6 (General or Academic Training) or above, or Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English Level II or above, or Cambridge English Language – Level B2 or above. Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please be aware of its English language requirements, as they may differ. Secure English Language Tests and levels can be found at gov.uk. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.

Early application is recommended. However, the on-time deadline for 2016-17 applications is 10 June 2016.

Should you wish to start the application process for this programme, please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application first. When you apply through UCAS Conservatoires, please use Conservatoire Code T75, and Programme Code 502G for full-time or 500G for part-time study.

How can I find out more?

Please contact Melanie Clarke at [email protected].

  • Full-time: 10 months
  • Part-time: 20 months

Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/performance arts related area, and a first degree or equivalent level of educative maturity (such as through experiential knowledge / professional experience / other qualifications). There is no audition requirement for the programme, but you may submit examples of your practice on DVD/online (via Decision Desk) to support your application.

English language requirements: IELTS Band 6 (General or Academic Training) or above, or Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English Level II or above, or Cambridge English Language – Level B2 or above. Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered.

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, please be aware of its English language requirements, as they may differ. Secure English Language Tests and levels can be found at gov.uk. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.

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