The MA Choreography is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.
The MFA Choreography is a two-year full-time programme. It shares the first year taught programme with the MA. An extended independent project forms the second year, providing time for in-depth research.
The MA and MFA Choreography offer a stimulating environment in which to explore and develop your choreographic practice and expertise. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career or an experienced dance artist, these programmes present opportunities to engage with contemporary ideas, concepts and propositions within the choreographic field.
The Trinity Laban Graduate School and other programmes provide wonderful opportunities for emerging and developing choreographers, to test their research beyond the normal boundaries of accepted practice, in an engaging and supportive atmosphere.
Tony Thatcher, Programme Leader, MA/MFA Choreography
The taught programme of the MA (first year of the MFA) encourages you to explore your current practice. You will encounter interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborative practices, creating work across a range of settings and media. You will be challenged to experiment, take risks and continuously create: developing your individual artistic voice.
For MA students, the year culminates in an independent project, allowing you to build on the ideas encountered in the programme and undertake self-directed research, experimentation and reflection.
The MFA Extended Project is a self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent choreographic perspectives and practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research and realise your ideas as a coherent choreographic project.
Modules (Level 7)
Synergies and Transformations
Research and Development
60 (MA) or 140 (MFA)
For more information see the programme specifications or contact Tony Thatcher at email@example.com.
A primary focus of the programme is to offer a series of learning and teaching scenarios which support students to develop as innovative, independent choreographers. Students are encouraged to take initiatives to review their current practice, and to engage in critical dialogue with their work from a variety of perspectives. The modules two of which are intensives, also support the student to review and redefine their individual fields of artistic interest. Two of the modules offered in the taught component provide opportunities for collaborative exchanges with other artistic practice and encourage a reflexive attitude through collaborative encounters with other artists and art forms.
The MA Project module is the culmination of study offers a period of sustained independent enquiry and critical engagement.
The MFA Extended Project undertaken in the second year offers a period of sustained enquiry and critical engagement.
In year 1 the overall number of learning and teaching hours is 1,800, totalling an average of 220 contact hours. Other types of learning and number of learning hours required of students (e.g. for self-directed study/group study etc) is 1,580.
Recent graduates have worked on and choreographed productions all over Europe, including research at KOLT, productions at FLOTA Slovenia, Pro Progressione in Europe and other companies in the UK and internationally.
Alumni of the programme include:
- freelance performers and choreographers;
- founders and co-founders of independent dance projects;
- theatre and opera directors;
- assistant choreographers with major dance companies; and
- PhD students and lecturers in colleges and universities.
For information on the successes of Trinity Laban MA/MFA Choreography graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Assessment is through a variety of modes which evaluate theory and practice, related to the realisation of choreographic ideas and practice as research. These prepare you for engagement with the various modes in which the processes of choreographic practice and creative collaboration are realized and in which related inter-disciplinary concerns are critically examined and disseminated.
Assessment modes include: showings of work in progress with chaired question and answer forums; Presentation with an open Q and A and supplementary document; the realisation of speculative research practice as performed event. Each, test the ability of the student to develop as an independent, self- 3 critical, investigative artist, with the ability to critically reflect, synthesise and apply knowledge and understanding across both theory and practice and cater for different modes of learning.
The percentages of assessment by coursework are as follows:
Applicants are expected to have a significant level of choreographic experience and/or an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification).
We encourage applications from:
- professional choreographers wishing to re-invigorate, broaden or consolidate their practice;
- emerging choreographers intending to interrogate their practice and develop independent choreographic perspectives; and
- recently graduated dance artists showing a commitment to develop their choreographic practice.
MFA applicants should demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth afforded by an extended time frame. The choice between an MA or an MFA programme of study will depend upon your prior experience and future aspirations.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.
MFA applicants should also submit an initial project proposal, outlining the following:
- The reasons they wish to carry out an independent project over one academic year
- Their suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Choreography
- The nature of their intended research and a draft projected timeline with indicated outputs of research (which is understandably subject to change)
An interview (phone/Skype interview is acceptable) will also be required.
Fees and Finance
Fees for the following academic years have been confirmed:
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to inflation and changes in government policy.
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.
|UCAS||MA: 700F (Full-time) / C700 (Part-time) / MFA: 700M|
|Duration||MA: 1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / MFA: 2 years (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2018|
Dance at Trinity Laban
Both the MA and MFA programmes provide a dynamic yet mutually supportive learning environment, offering the opportunity of exploring choreographic practice exclusively and in significant depth.
- 1 - Showcase 2012
- 2 - Showcase 2012
- 3 - Showcase 2013
- 4 - Showcase 2015
- 5 - Showcase 2013
What our students say
Katie Rank / MA Choreography
Introducing Fulbright Scholar Oluwaseun OlayiwolaTrinity Laban has welcomed a new Fulbright Scholar to the Faculty of Dance, choreographer and performer Oluwaseun Olayiwola.Fri 21 Sep 2018#Dance #Choreography
Introducing Fest en Fest - a new international festival of expanded choreographyFest en Fest (22 - 24 June 2018) is the latest project by award-winning maverick performers and choreographers H2DANCE.Wed 30 May 2018#Dance