This unique vocational programme is for anyone wanting to work as a dance practitioner in community settings. It supports your development as a dance artist with practical knowledge and skills, and an understanding of dance as a socially-relevant, inclusive practice.
Trinity Laban is the only institution where intensive, conservatoire-level art form training sits alongside applied study in community dance. The programme has four key strands:
- Artistic development. Progress your dance skills and artistic practice in a world-class conservatoire with first-class teachers and facilities.
- Dance leadership and teaching. Develop knowledge and skills for working with different kinds of groups. Learn from some of the UK’s leading community dance practitioners and work with Trinity Laban’s renowned Learning and Participation programme.
- Understanding community dance. Context-specific study explores the values and principles of community dance, how it happens, and its impact on individuals and communities. Learn about planning and delivering projects, and the networks and agencies that support community dance provision.
- Professional practice. Encounters with practising artists and their work - supported by our partnerships with some of the UK’s leading professional organisations - facilitates your understanding of how the profession operates, as well as providing valuable contacts and work experience.
The course is brilliantly designed to cover all bases and each individual’s interests… There are so many opportunities to volunteer and work out in the community; this ensures that you will leave the course with the real-life experiences that are vital to starting a career… I feel proud and privileged to be a part of this exciting place.
- Corinne Meredith, PGDip student 2013–15
*Please note that for 2019/20 this programme will run on a full-time basis only.
The Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance (PDCD) is a vocational programme for people who want to work as professional dance artists in community contexts. Community Dance has been a recognised field of professional dance activity in the UK for over 30 years, led by artists who continue to push the boundaries of how, where and with whom they practice, and make dance, in all its forms, accessible to more people.
The Postgraduate Diploma Community Dance supports existing and emergent dance artists towards the profession, enabling them to develop their artistic practice alongside the skills and knowledge required to work effectively as practitioners in a range settings.
As a student on this programme you will train as a dance artist - working on your technical dance skills and artistic development - alongside developing knowledge and skills for leading dance activities in a variety of settings and with different kinds of people. Your development as a practitioner is supported by context-specific study that explores the values and principles of inclusive participatory dance practice, how it happens, and its impact on individuals and communities. You will learn about the practicalities of planning and delivering projects as well as have real life encounters with practice in community settings. Your study will be further contextualised by encounters with practising artists and their work, facilitating your understanding of how the profession operates and the demands of professional practice in this field.
The programme consists of three Core Modules, plus an Elective Study Module. The Core Modules each consist of a group of related Components; Elective Study offers separate Elective Components from which you can select an area of supporting dance study that will extend your practice base.
Dance Practice (Level 6)
Teaching and Leading Dance (Level 7)
Community Dance in Context (Level 7)
Elective Study (Level 5-6)
Choose one 5 credit component from the following:
For more details, see the programme specification
Learning takes place within studio-based practical classes and workshops; projects; lectures and seminars; group and individual tutorials and through learning opportunities afforded through participation in extra-curricular projects, volunteering, shadowing and observation of practice in professional or work-based contexts.
Learning and teaching methods are varied and support the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills, and critical engagement with ideas and practice. The teaching and learning ethos of the programme is to establish dialogic, inclusive working practices that support learner autonomy. 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.
Alongside the taught aspect of the programme, there are substantial hours allocated for self-directed study. This may be guided by your tutors towards specific activity – tasks, reading, research, practice - to support your taught classes and coursework and towards completion of your assignments. Otherwise there is an expectation that you are proactively and continuously using time outside contact hours to support your learning through independent study and voluntary work based learning in community teaching contexts.
The programme consists of approximately 1500 notional learning hours. The three Core Modules plus Elective Study comprise approximately 600 contact hours.
Part time study over two years is also available for this programme. Part time students would be expected to be in classes three days of the week (one of these days may be a half day). Core components are met across the two years. Elective study can be taken in either year.
View a list of the teaching staff.
Assessment is through a variety of mechanisms that evaluate your knowledge and understanding, skills and abilities and values and attitudes as demonstrated in relation to the areas of study. Modes of assessment are varied, and enable you to apply a range of practical, written and verbal skills in evidencing your learning. The assessment strategy allows for a variety of assessment modes that integrate theory and practice, as appropriate to the subject and the modes of learning and, in selected assignments, replicate practices that are transferable to the context of professional practice in community dance.
Dance Practice is assessed through a range of practical modes focussing on knowledge, skills and understanding of the art form:
- technique class
- a choreographed work
- practical presentation – lecture demonstration (group)
Teaching and Leading Dance is assessed through practical and written modes focussing on applied knowledge and integration of theory and practice:
- written analysis of practice-based scenarios
- verbal presentation, taught workshop and post-workshop discussion
- teaching project and evaluation
Community Dance in Context is assessed through written and presentation modes focussing on application of conceptual, analytical and reflective skills to specific contexts:
- project proposal and presentation (group)
Dance Practice 30%
Teaching and Leading Dance: 35%
Community Dance in Context: 35%
Elective Study does not count to the final award
The Programme prepares students for a breadth of possibilities and our graduates work in a variety of settings as dance artists, facilitators, teachers and artistic leaders, or go on to further study in related disciplines. The vocational focus of the Programme ensures that it continues to support graduate practitioners into the profession on an employed or independent basis.
Trinity Laban offered me the most spectacular of opportunities which have continued to support artistic and academic movement enquiry. The structure of all programmes enables the individual to be challenged, motivated, nurtured and guided; providing solid grounding from transition of student to professional.
Lucy Blazheva, PGDip student 2009/10
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban PgDip Community Dance graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
Entry to this programme is initially by submitting a UCAS Conservatoire application and then selected invite to practical audition (technical and creative work) and interview. For audition information, visit the Dance Auditions page.
Applicants are normally expected to have a first degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a relevant subject and/or relevant (professional) experience, preferably in dance, education or community related work. Applicants without formal qualifications are subject to the Institution’s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
Candidates should demonstate:
- enthusiasm for dance as an artform and to develop their skills as dance artists
- appreciation of, and engagement with, the values and principles of Community Dance as a professional area of practice
- understanding of the vocational and theoretical aspects of the programme and how they sit together to develop students holistically as Community Dance practitioners
- potential to teach and lead dance in a range of community and participatory dance settings
- commitment to undertaking the programme, including independent study and work based learning opportunities alongside timetabled classes
English Language requirements: IELTS Band 7 (General English Test) or above (or equivalent). Certificates will need to be provided in order for your application to be fully considered. If the panel feel that there is a lack of English Language proficiency or understanding of a subject area, then you may be asked to supply additional written material.
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.
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Fees and Finance
For the academic year 2018-2019, the tuition fees are:
For the academic year 2019-2020, the tuition fees are:
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||601F (Full-time) / 601P (Part-time)|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2019|
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