The Independent Study in Dance programme enables you to build on your dance interests, skills and experience and open up possibilities for your personal, artistic and professional development. You create an individual programme of study by choosing components from an elective menu, enabling you to navigate a personal route of study and pursue particular areas of interest according to your individual goals. This programme is based on a 'professional development' model.
- Rigorous, progressive and supported study in a flexible, open format that encourages a maturity of approach and self-motivated learning.
- Plan a programme of study to suit your individual learning, artistic and professional development goals.
- The elective menu offers a range of practices and perspectivesacross technical, creative and performance disciplines, and different modes of learning.
- Join a vibrant, friendly community of dancers from a great diversity of backgrounds and nationalities.
- Work with expert tutors who will nurture and encourage your artistic development.
- Benefit from the specialist facilities and resources of Trinity Laban’s award-winning building.
*Please note that for 2019/20 this programme will run on a full-time basis only.
The programme draws from the same subject list as the Graduate Diploma in Dance programme and the elective menu offers a range of practices and perspectives across technical, creative and performance disciplines, and different modes of learning.
The programme allows you to select components from the list below, totalling up to 120 credits in the year as a full time student (you must select a minimum of 80 credits).
There may be restrictions on the opportunity to study some components as follows (more information can be found in the component specifications):
- To elect Teaching Dance students must also elect The Dancing Body
- To elect Ballet students must have some previous experience of ballet and pass a leveling/audition class in induction week
- To elect Rep Extracts students must pass an audition in induction week
Independent Study 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 – if you select 120 credits - consists of (approximately) 1200 notional learning hours. The programme comprises (at 120 credits) between approximately 550 and 700 contact hours. The total number of contact hours varies according to the combination of components selected.
How will I learn?
- studio-based practical classes and workshops
- lectures and seminars
- group and individual tutorials
- self-directed study – this may comprise set tasks and reading to support taught sessions, or individual reflection and research
Learning activities on the Programme are experiential, interactive and co-operative and you will be encouraged and expected to be active learners in engaging with your own ideas and practice and that of your peers in contributing to discussion, peer observation and feedback and group work.
How will I be assessed?
Modes of assessment are varied, to suit different learning styles and enable you to apply a range of practical, written and oral skills in evidencing your learning.
- practical technique classes
- practical presentations
- written critical observations
- individual/group oral presentation
- viva voce
Assignments are phased and a schedule of submission/presentation dates is published each year. Students receive an assignment sheet which details the requirements of each formal assignment/presentation.
Note: this programme does not lead to a formal qualification. On completion of your programme, Trinity Laban will provide a transcript of your results and a certificate of attendance.
Graduates have embarked on, or re-entered professional practice in: dance performance, choreography, dance teaching and dance management. Other graduates assimilate dance knowledge into their professional careers which can include a whole range of body based pursuits such as physical therapy, somatic practices, physical theatre, performance art, drama and non-dance disciplines.
For some, the programme can provide an opportunity to discover an area of specialism that they wish to pursue through further study, and graduates of the programme have progressed on to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across a range of dance-related disciplines.
Studying at Trinity Laban allowed me to find my voice as an artist. The nurturing environment and the supportive faculty and colleagues allowed me to take risks with my practice and explore areas I hadn’t touched before and I still regularly work with contacts I made on my courses.
- Mari Frogner, Independent Study Programme student 2010/11, Founder of Nutshell Dance Company
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban dance graduates, visit Alumni Profiles.
This programme provides opportunities for learners whose dance training/education has taken an unconventional route or have trained in a different style of dance or outside formal education, to study contemporary dance practice(s) within a conservatoire environment. Equally, the programme suits students with considerable training or professional experience who wish to re-engage with supported learning or refresh, hone and broaden their knowledge and skills base.
- Applicants are expected to have a level of maturity to enable them to work towards level 5/6 study (such as through experiential knowledge/professional experience/other qualifications)
- as well as experience in a dance/performance arts related area.
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.uk. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential. For international students, eligibility for a Tier 4 study visa requires you to register for a recognised qualification; therefore, you would not be eligible for the ISP. You would be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Dance.
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.
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2020|
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