The Graduate Diploma is an intensive, practically focussed, flexible programme of dance study, based on a ‘professional development’ model. 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. This programme can be used as preparation for an application to a Masters degree.
- Experience intensive study within a conservatoire setting and benefit from the specialist facilities and resources of Trinity Laban’s award-winning building.
- Join a vibrant, friendly community of dancers from a great diversity of backgrounds and nationalities.
- 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.
Please note that for 2019/20 this programme will be running on a full-time basis only.
With opportunities to study across a wide range of subject areas, and with flexible routes of study, the Graduate Diploma in Dance appeals to and caters for, a wide range of individuals at different stages in their personal and professional development. Students on the Programme are part of a diverse community from a wide variety of backgrounds and training and with different types and levels of expertise and experience.
Students navigate an individual route through the programme by selecting 120 credits from the component menu, enabling them to access a broad range of areas of practice according to their needs, experience and interests.
Graduate Diploma in Dance (Level 5-6)
Technical Dance Practice:
Contemporary Dance Technique
Pilates for Dance
Creative Dance Practice:
Devising and Performance
The Creative Body
Site & Performance
Extending Dance Practice:
The Dancing Body
Investigating Dance Practice:
Perspectives on Dance
Teaching and Learning
The Programme consists of (approximately) 1200 notional learning hours. The total number of contact hours varies according to the combination of components selected.
How will I learn?
- formal taught classes
- lectures and seminars
- self-directed study (reading, individual reflection and research)
Learning and teaching methods support the acquisition of knowledge and skills, alongside critical thinking and reflective evaluation. Students will be encouraged to be active learners in contributing to discussion, peer observation and feedback and group work.
An important aspect of the programme is increasing knowledge of the art form, and students are encouraged to attend as many performances, exhibitions, showings etc. in as many different art forms as they are able.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is through a variety of mechanisms that evaluate knowledge, skills and values demonstrated in relation to the areas of study. Modes of assessment are varied, to suit different learning styles and enable students to apply a range of practical, written and oral skills in evidencing their learning. Assessment includes:
- practical technique classes
- practical presentations
- written critical observations
- individual/group oral presentations
- viva voce
- Undergraduate degree in a dance or performance arts related area and/or relevant professional experience
- This programme is normally taken after completion of initial training, or by mature students wishing to enter higher education.
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.
Fees and Finance
Fees for 2020/21
Fees are reviewed annually and may increase by up to 5% each year. The following fees are confirmed.
|Mode of Study||ALL STUDENTS|
|Full Time (1 year)||£14,730|
You can also view our Current and Past Fees.
Accommodation and Living Costs
This information can be found on our Costs of Living page.
Read about financial awards and external funding opportunities in the Fees and Finance section.
Please note that, for those who do not already hold a degree qualification, once you've completed this programme, you will no longer be eligible for a Student Loan in order to fund an undergraduate degree.
Graduate career pathways include:
- Progressing to postgraduate studies
- dance performance
- dance teaching
- dance leadership
- management roles
- roles within education
I have particularly enjoyed the space that the programme offers me to really develop as an artist and dancer… I love that I can develop at my own pace, while there is still an emphasis on hard work… I’ve gained a new appreciation for what my body can do… The programme has so far been perfectly suited to my needs and goals and I have enjoyed my time at Trinity Laban very much!
- Noémie Cattez, student 2014/15
|Duration||1 year (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2020|
What our students say
Songhay Toldon / Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies
Intensive, practically focused and flexible, this programme is normally taken following on from initial relevant studies and/or experience.
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