Dance Applications

Application Process

The application process depends on your choice of programme. For most programmes, initial applications are made online through UCAS Conservatoires.

The next stage will depend on the programme/programmes applied for. Please read the programme-specific information below fully before commencing your application.

For initial applications through UCAS Conservatoires

Please note: the application deadlines shown on the UCAS website do not necessarily apply. Please refer to the deadlines in the programme information below for your chosen programme.

Your UCAS Conservatoires application should include full details of your previous education, qualifications and experience. 

Two references are required (one practical/professional and one academic). Your referees should be familiar with your work and be able to comment on your suitability for the programme of your choice and your ability to work at the appropriate academic level.

The Personal Statement should address:

  • your background and relevant experience;
  • your reasons for applying to Trinity Laban; and
  • a rationale for your choice of programme (for each programme if you are applying for more than one) including:
    - the relevance of the programme to your current practice and future professional aspirations; and
    - why you are interested in the programme at this point in your educational / personal / career / professional development.

Programme-specific information

BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance

Submit an application via UCAS Conservatoires and you will be scheduled for an audition. 

Early application is recommended as there are limited places available and auditions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The on-time deadline is no later than 15 January 2017.

At your audition, you will need to demonstrate the commitment and potential to study dance at a professional level. You will normally have dance experience, be curious and willing to be challenged, and have enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training. 

You will normally have two A Levels at Grade E or above. For overseas candidates: International Baccalaureate, Abitur and Gymnasium are recognised. Alternatives can be considered.

English language requirements (if applicable): IELTS Band 6 (General or Academic Training) or above; or Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English level II or above; or Cambridge English: First Certificate – grades A or B. 

If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK you may require a Secure English Language Test (SELT). More information can be found at gov.uk

Applicants from outside the UK who are unable to attend a UK or overseas audition in person may be considered for entry onto the programme by submitting a recorded audition. The recording can be submitted via Decision Desk. The recorded audition should include the following:

  • 30 minutes of material from a Contemporary Technique Class
  • A two-minute solo devised and performed by yourself

If 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 200F.

Study Abroad Programme

You must currently be studying on an undergraduate programme overseas and aiming to achieve credits from your studies at Trinity Laban. You will need to show strong motivation and demonstrate in your application how the programme will support your personal and professional development.

Submit an application via UCAS Conservatoires and upload online materials on Decision Desk. You will be contacted once your UCAS Conservatoires application has been received.

English Language requirements (if applicable): IELTS Band 6 (General or Academic Training) or above; or the Cambridge English: First Certificate (grades A or B); or Trinity College London - Integrated Skills in English level II.

If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK, you may need a Secure English Language Test (SELT). More information can be found at gov.uk

Please apply online no later than 1 July 2016 for entry in September 2016.

If 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 102F.

Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires, supported by additional materials – at the applicants 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.ukIn 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.

Independent Study Programme

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

Entry requirements reflect that the programme is designed for people with a variety of experiences and backgrounds and you will need to demonstrate how the programme will support your personal and professional development. Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/performance arts related area and a level of maturity. Professional experience (not necessarily in dance), or relevant qualifications are accepted.

English Language requirements: IELTS Band 5 (General English Test) or above, the Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English II (or equivalents). 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.ukIn 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 100F for full-time or 100P for part-time study.

Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires; further selection via audition and interview. You will also be required to set up a Decision Desk profile.

Once your UCAS Conservatoires application has been received and considered by Trinity Laban, you may be invited for audition and interview. Application does not guarantee an audition.

At audition, applicants will undertake a contemporary technique class and a creative dance workshop, and each candidate will have a one-to-one interview with a member of the programme team.

Applicants are normally expected to have a first degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject and/or relevant (professional) experience, preferably in dance, education or community-related work. Applicants without formal qualifications are subject to the Institution’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

English Language requirements: IELTS Band 7 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material. 

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.ukIn 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 601F for full-time or 601P for part-time study.

Master's Programmes

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

Common entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification) or 5 years’ professional experience in a relevant discipline. Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. 

English Language requirements: IELTS Band 7 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material.

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.ukIn addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.

MA, MSc and MFA programme-specific requirements

MA Dance Performance

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires. Your UCAS Conservatoires Personal Statement should include a brief written commentary on:

  • your experience to date as a performer; and
  • your experience as a contributor to creative/choreographic processes.

Once your UCAS Conservatoires application has been received and considered by Trinity Laban, you may be invited for audition, and you will be contacted about this as soon as possible. Application does not guarantee an audition. 

Applicants from outside Europe who are unable to attend a UK or overseas audition in person may be considered for entry onto the programme by submitting a recorded audition. The recording can be submitted via Decision Desk. The recorded audition should include the following:

  • 10 minutes Contemporary Technique Class material (new material not previously learned)
    Ideally footage of you performing the material during the class in which you learnt it. Please identify yourself so it’s clear which dancer you are. If you are unable to record the class itself, footage of you performing the material outside of a class setting is also acceptable, but the material should not be overly rehearsed. Footage of you being taught/learning the material is not necessary
  • 10 minutes of performance
  • 2 x 3 minute improvisations (on 2 very contrasting themes) 

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 703F.

MA and MFA Choreography

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires. Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s written application, and additional portfolio/video/other evidence which should be provided by setting up an account on Decision Desk following the initial UCAS Conservatoires application. 

You should upload or provide an online link to choreographed work that you have created. It should be between 12 -15 minutes in length, and include:

  • an excerpt of a solo;
  • an excerpt of a group work; and
  • an excerpt of a rehearsal, workshop or class in which you are an active participant.

You should also include:

  • a comment on the material presented, and on the process for its creation/devising/realization; and
  • a comment on some of the artistic problems you encountered, and how you went about solving them.

Additional requirements for MFA

Applicants should upload (to Decision Desk) a proposal, outlining:

  • the reasons you wish to carry out an independent project over a full academic year;
  • your suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Choreography; and
  • the nature of your intended research and a draft project timeline with indicated research outputs (which is understandably subject to change).

Applicants to the MFA will also be required to undertake an interview (if not in person, phone/Skype interview can be arranged). 

Should you wish to start the application process for this programme/s, please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application first. When you apply through UCAS Conservatoires, please use Conservatoire Code T75. The Programme Codes are:

  • MA Choreography, full-time: 700F
  • MA Choreography, part-time: C700
  • MFA Choreography, full-time: 700M

MA and MFA Creative Practice

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires. Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s written application and additional portfolio/video/other evidence which should be provided by setting up an account on Decision Desk following the initial UCAS Conservatoires application.

If your practice is in dance/dance theatre

You should upload or provide an online link to choreographed work that you have created. It should be between 12 -15 minutes in length, and include:

  • an excerpt of a solo;
  • an excerpt of a group work;
  • an excerpt of a rehearsal, workshop or class in which you are an active participant.

You should also include:

  • a comment on the material presented, and on the process for its creation/devising/realization; and
  • a comment on some of the artistic problems you encountered, and how you went about solving them.

If your practice is in an other art form

You should upload or provide an online link to:

  • material evidence of your dance/movement ability; and
  • substantial evidence of current artistic practice (such as design portfolio, scripts, evidence of theatre direction, acting involvement, etc.). The visual material must be accompanied by explanatory notes that set the context of the material. 

Additional requirements for MFA

Applicants should upload (to Decision Desk) a proposal, outlining:

  • the reasons you wish to carry out an independent project over a full academic year;
  • your suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Creative Practice; and
  • the nature of your intended research and a draft project timeline with indicated research outputs (which is understandably subject to change). 

Applicants to the MFA will also be required to undertake an interview (if not in person, phone/Skype interview can be arranged). 

Should you wish to start the application process for this programme/s, please firstly submit your UCAS Conservatoires application. When you apply through UCAS Conservatoires, please use Conservatoire Code T75. The Programme Codes are:

  • MA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary Focus, full-time: 701F
  • MA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary Focus, part-time: 701P
  • MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice, full-time: 702F
  • MA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice, part-time: 700P
  • MFA Creative Practice, full-time: 802F

MSc and MFA Dance Science 

Initial application via UCAS Conservatoires. Applicants are expected to have practical dance experience (in any dance style) and the UCAS Conservatoires application should evidence this. In addition, your Personal Statement should include:

  • a commentary on the value of the developments in dance medicine and science to the dance artist/practitioner;
  • awareness of what Dance Science is – with possible reference to current research/debate in dance science; and
  • the particular areas of Dance Science in which you are currently interested, i.e. what you are interested in exploring more while on the Programme and why.

Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s written application, and additional portfolio/video/other evidence which should be provided by setting up an account on Decision Desk following the initial UCAS Conservatoires application.

You may be asked to complete a workbook as part of your application. 

Additional requirements for MFA

Applicants should upload (to Decision Desk) a proposal, outlining:

  • the reasons you wish to carry out an independent project over a full academic year;
  • your suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Dance Science; and
  • the nature of your intended research and a draft project timeline with indicated research outputs (which is understandably subject to change).

Applicants to the MFA will also be required to undertake an interview (if not in person, phone/Skype interview can be arranged). 

Should you wish to start the application process for this programme/s, please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application first. When you apply through UCAS Conservatoires, please use Conservatoire Code T75. The Programme Codes are:

  • MSc Dance Science, full-time: 801F
  • MSc Dance Science, part-time: 804P
  • MFA Dance Science, full-time: 500M

MPhil/PhD 

Applications are made by printing and posting the Research Degree Programme paper application form along with the other required documents. Please go to Research Degree Programme for detailed information.

Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies

Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s application which should be provided by setting up an account on Decision Desk and uploading the following:

  • A current CV and copies of relevant qualifications
  • A personal statement including your background in Choreological Studies and your reasons for wishing to study on this programme
  • A recent headshot (passport photos are fine)
  • Details of any English language qualifications if English is not your first language

You will have prior knowledge of Laban Studies or Choreological Studies, or a practice-based BA (Hons) in movement or dance studies with a movement analysis component, or a Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) qualification or equivalent professional experience.

English Language requirements: IELTS Band 6 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material. 

Please apply online no later than 12 June for entry in the summer. 

Diploma in Dance Teaching and Learning

Selection is by scrutiny of the applicant’s application which should be provided by setting up an account on Decision Desk and uploading the following:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • A headshot (passport photos are acceptable)
  • A personal statement including why you wish to study on this programme and why you wish to develop your teaching skills

Entry requirements reflect that the programme is designed for people with a variety of dance experience and backgrounds. You will normally have completed dance training that is equivalent to degree level that ensures you have appropriate dance knowledge, skills, and understanding. However, applicants with other relevant qualifications or no formal dance qualifications but significant dance experience can apply. You will normally have already been involved in some teaching, volunteering, or facilitating of teaching. We welcome applications from practitioners across a range of dance styles.

English Language requirements: IELTS Band 6 (General English Test) or above (or equivalent). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area then you may be asked to supply additional written material.

Applications can be made throughout the year but start dates for each unit of study will vary and can be obtained online or from Trinity Laban.

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