The MA Creative Practice is a one year (full time) or two year (part time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.
The MFA Creative Practice 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 and realisation of a substantial body of work.
Delivered in conjunction with our partner organisations: Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance, the Dance Professional Practice enables experienced practitioners to develop their artistic practice in a stimulating environment of intellectual and creative inquiry. We support mid-career artists to: reflect on their body of professional experience and its role in their ongoing learning; engage in intensive studio-based experiences with significant artists and a skilled peer group; deepen their own practice as performers/makers; develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies within the arts; and pursue their own area of artistic interest.
For MA students, the year culminates in an independent research project, allowing you to reflect on dance practice in its many forms, and the social, cultural, aesthetic and political contexts in which performance practice is located.
The MFA Extended Project is an extensive, self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent creative practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research, develop, realise and identify appropriate modes of presentation for your ideas.
MA/MFA Creative Practice: Dance Professional Practice (Level 7)
60 (MA) or 140 (MFA)
You must select one from the ‘module menu’ listed below, noting that not all modules may be offered in any one year and there may be scheduling conflicts which may render some choices ‘unavailable’
Synergies & Transformations
Histories of the Body
Bodies, Space, Place
Dance & the Moving Image
Writing the Body
For further details see the programme specifications below or contact Programme Leader, Dr Becka McFadden.
Depending on the modules you select, learning will take place in a variety of different contexts including taught sessions or lectures, workshops, seminars, in studio tutorials, and individual study and research. Some studio based modules encourage reflection and peer review through sharing of practice. Teaching embraces different learning styles, allowing for a flexibility of response to your needs and abilities. The introduction of visiting lecturers and artists allows you to encounter a variety of views and approaches 3 from current fields of practice.
The MA Creative Practice assumes 1800 notional learning and teaching hours with average contact time of approximately 55 hours per module (naturally this will vary depending on your selected modules, please refer to individual module specifications to determine precise number of hours per module).
The MFA Creative Practice assumes 2600 notional learning and teaching hours with average contact time of approximately 55 hours per module (naturally this will vary depending on your selected modules, please refer to individual module specifications to determine precise number of hours per module). Supervisory contact during the extended project will be arranged in consultation with your project supervisor, located at key points in the development of your research.
Assessment by practical presentation and supporting documentation. The majority of modules are assessed within a practice-based format, often by performance or presentation with supporting reflective/contextual documentation. Usually, following a practical assessment task, there will be an opportunity to discuss the outcome with tutors. This is normally led by tutors but also includes opportunities for peer involvement.
Assessors will examine the submitted supporting documentation as part of the assessment. In some modules, the assessment task is wholly written in the form of an essay or proposal and does not include a practical component. For all assessment tasks you will be assessed according to your ability to meet the learning outcomes for the module, and against any specific assessment criteria provided.
All graduates use their creative research findings to inform their practice in whichever professional setting they enter. Some graduates go on to work freelance, creating and performing their own work. Some graduates go on to become dance industry professionals, taking roles within arts management, and others go onto further study.
My MA allowed me to deepen my choreographic practice and provided me the tools needed in order to work as a professional in the arts. With the guidance of great tutors, Trinity Laban allowed me to build relationships with a great artistic community inside and outside the UK.
- Maria Sideri, MA Creative Practice student 2012
For information on the successes of Trinity Laban MA/MFA Creative Practice graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Dance Professional Practice is for experienced professionals in the fields of dance, performing arts or humanities, such as dancers, choreographers, academics, teachers and somatic practitioners. 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 prior experience and future aspirations.
Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification) or 5 years’ professional experience. Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
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.
Applicants will also be required to 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 Creative Practice
- 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 this course are listed on our current Dance Fees table.
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
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: 702F (Full-time) / 700P (Part-time). MFA: 802F|
|Duration||MA: 1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time). MFA: 2 years (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2019|
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The Creative Practice programmes offer artists at all stages of their career a unique chance to develop and advance their skills within a vibrant community of postgraduate researchers.
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- 2 - Showcase 2016
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- 4 - Showcase 2014
- 5 - Showcase 2015
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