BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance

"In order to prepare students for the diversity of the contemporary dance profession, students are taught by a wide range of practicing dance artists and academics, each prominent in their particular field of specialism and expertise. The undergraduate programme trains students to be technically advanced, versatile and creative dance artists, which is why so many choreographers are keen to work with our graduates."

Colin Bourne, Head of Undergraduate Studies

 Key Features

  • Our three-year undergraduate programme prepares you for a career in contemporary dance by giving you the opportunity to develop the technical, creative and performance skills needed to become an individual and versatile dance artist. 
  • The programme will also help you gain the contextual understanding and the critical, analytical and reflective skills which will inform your artistic practice.
  • Alongside daily classes in contemporary dance techniques and classical ballet, creative workshops will help you shape your artistic practice and develop your choreographic voice.
  • You will have numerous opportunities to create your own choreography and perform in your own and others' dance works.
  • Reflecting on a range of creative processes and investigating movement and dance in its historical, social and cultural contexts will allow you to locate your own practice and to explore areas that interest you.
  • As you move through the programme, major performance projects enable you to work with leading dance practitioners (members of the Trinity Laban teaching faculty as well as visiting dance artists) to create and perform a wide range of dance works.  The performance projects in the first and third years of the programme involve the creation of new dance works whilst second year students participate in the restaging of historically significant repertoire.
  • A substantial independent project is an important element in your third year and you can choose to undertake theoretical or practical research, leading to a written dissertation or the performance of a choreographed work. 
  • A degree show at the end of the final year provides a public showcase for work by graduating students.

Year One

You will enhance your understanding of movement and develop your technical and choreographic skills, leading up to a performance project at the end of the year. Developing frameworks for reflection on contemporary dance practice will be integral to your practical studies.

Year Two

You will continue your technical training in a variety of dance techniques while working creatively on choreographic and performance projects. Theoretical and analytical engagement with dance and its broader contexts will support your understanding of the art form. You will be able to choose specialised areas to study in further depth, and the placement at the end of the year will allow you to work within the professional dance world.

Year Three

Company-like experience of intensive performance projects led by in-house and visiting artists starts the final year. You will tour the created work and bring your choreography and technical training to a culmination with presentations in performance. You will also undertake a substantial independent project in an area of your choice. A degree show marks the end of your studies as a final year student.

For more detail have a look at our Programme Specification (correct for academic year 2015-16).

How Will I Be Assessed?

A wide variety of assessment methods are used to reflect the diverse learning experiences you will encounter on the programme and to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of the broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become a rounded and versatile dance artist.

  • Practical tasks
  • Assessed classes
  • Performance/Choreographic presentations
  • Rehearsal and performance (both in commissioned work, your own work and that of your peers)
  • Group and individual oral presentations
  • Lecture demonstrations
  • Viva voce
  • Research based academic writing
  • Reflective journal writing
  • Report writing
  • Notebook/sketchbook

What Do I Need To Apply?

If you wish to apply for September 2016 entry please contact admissions@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Entry is by audition, where you will need to demonstrate the commitment and potential required to study dance to a professional level, and normally you will have previous dance experience. You should be curious, willing to be challenged, be open to new ideas, be mature in your approach to study and have an enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training.

In addition, normally you should hold qualifications appropriate for entry to university/degree level study in higher education. For overseas candidates, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Abitur and Gymnasium are recognised. English Language competency requirements also apply

All UK and EU students on the BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance are eligible for the same level of Government support as students studying at any UK university, see funding information.

Video: Alumnus James Pett

Full-time: 3 years

Entry is via an audition, where you will need to demonstrate the commitment and potential required to study dance to a professional level, and normally you will have previous dance experience. You should be curious, willing to be challenged, be open to new ideas, be mature in your approach to study and have an enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training.

In addition, normally you should hold qualifications appropriate for entry to university/degree level study in higher education. For overseas candidates, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, Abitur and Gymnasium are recognised. English Language competency requirements also apply

The BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance is validated by City University London.

A wide variety of assessment methods are used to reflect the diverse learning experiences you will encounter on the programme and to give you the opportunity to demonstrate the acquisition of the broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become a rounded and versatile dance artist.

• Practical tasks
• Assessed classes
• Performance/Choreographic presentations
• Rehearsal and performance (both in commissioned work, your own work and that of your peers)
• Group and individual oral presentations
• Lecture demonstrations
• Viva voce
• Research based academic writing
• Reflective journal writing
• Report writing
• Notebook/sketchbook

"The unique thing about Laban is its strength in teaching both performance and choreography, and its focus on developing the individual."

Matthew Bourne - graduate and Artistic Director, New Adventures

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