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.
The MA/MFA Creative Practice: Transdisciplinary offers a unique opportunity to place your interdisciplinary practice in transformative dialogue with leading dance and movement practitioners. Flexible curriculum lets you develop existing specialisms and pursue new skills, such as performance making, embodied writing or film making. Choreological Practice will provide a framework and terminology for investigation and analysis of human movement. Practical investigations aim to enhance observation skills and develop movement literacy. At the centre of the programme is your practice: whether established, or emerging, the Transdisciplinary pathway offers a bespoke and supported space to challenge your assumptions, bring clarity, and articulate your values and priorities as an artist and creative practitioner. And access to Studio Wayne Mcgregor gives you the opportunity to experiment with new technologies.
The MA/MFA Creative Practice is designed to provide a flexible and bespoke programme of study, enabling you to choose from a range of modules delivered by Trinity Laban. Studio practice is supported by reflective and theoretical study; modules are devised to be conversant with one another, allowing for an interdisciplinary approach to the development and articulation of your individual research. The MA/MFA Creative Practice supports both emergent and professional (dance) artists in the further development of their practice, facilitated by an environment of intellectual and creative enquiry.
You undertake this journey as part of Trinity Laban’s vibrant community of postgraduate researchers. Research Lab sets the context for cutting edge practice as research in the creative and performing arts and brings you into conversation with your peers in the faculties of music and dance. A series of lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by artists, practitioner-researchers and scholars, and the creative and performing arts industries excavate the territory and possibilities of contemporary practice as research. The programme culminates with an independent project of your choice, where you consolidate your study in relation to your practice and position yourself within your chosen field.
MA/MFA Creative Practice (Level 7)
Research Lab (core)
60 (MA) or 140 (MFA)
You must select three modules from the ‘Electives’ listed above, noting that not all modules may be offered in any one year and there may be scheduling conflicts which may render some choices ‘unavailable’.
For further details see the programme specifications below or contact Programme Leader, Becka McFadden, at B.Mcfadden@trinitylaban.ac.uk.
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 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.
Alumni have gone on to careers as performers, choreographers, visual, film, and multi-media artists, writers and teachers. They have had their work programmed in international festivals and performance platforms, pursued further study and published research in peer-reviewed journals.
The process of completing my MFA pushed my creative practice to a place I wouldn’t have imagined. The commitment and perseverance the programme requires is a skill that is hard to master. With the help of fellow students, my tutors, and the design of the modules, I learnt the resilience and diversity that it takes to emerge from Trinity Laban as a professional artist and researcher.
- Briar Boyko, MFA Creative Practice student 2015/16
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.
The Transdisciplinary pathway welcomes artists and creative practitioners at varying stages of their career. Applicants may have backgrounds in physical theatre, design, film, visual and live art, contemporary performance or circus. The programme is particularly suited to multi-faceted artists wishing to pursue portfolio careers that might include performance and performance-making, teaching, movement direction, and multimedia and cross art practice. As part of the application process, you’ll be asked to tell us about your current practice, where you envision it going and how postgraduate study at Trinity Laban will help you get there.
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 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: 701F (Full-time) / 701P (Part-time). MFA: 802F|
|Duration||MA: 1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time). MFA: 2 years (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2019|
Dance at Trinity Laban
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.
- 1 - Showcase 2014
- 2 - Showcase 2014
- 3 - Showcase 2013
- 4 - Showcase 2012
- 5 - Showcase 2012
Research Lab brings together all MA, MSc, MFA, Phil and PhD students from the Faculties of Music and Dance. It is a space for you to explore what practice might mean in the context of the programme of study you are pursuing at Trinity Laban.
You can find out more about our range of research programmes and facilities here:
What our students say
Tonny Ajoup / MA Creative Practice
Part of Lewisham’s Creative MomentTrinity Laban is a partner organisation of the Mayor of London’s new Creative Enterprise Zone SHAPESLewishamTue 21 May 2019
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
What our students say
Elizabeth Simoens / MFA Creative Practice