Independent Study Programme

Devise the programme of your choice from a broad range of components designed to support, challenge, stimulate and open up your artistic practice.

What is it?

The Independent Study 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.

What is special about it?

The programme offers rigorous, progressive and supported study in a flexible, open format that encourages a maturity of approach and self-motivated learning. We will sit down with you at the start of your studies and plan a programme of study to suit your learning, artistic and professional development goals. The elective menu offers a range of practices and perspectives across technical, creative and performance disciplines, and different modes of learning: from taught dance classes and creative workshops to lecture-seminar based study and independent and collaborative projects.

As a student on this programme you will 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 and benefit from the specialist facilities and resources of Trinity Laban’s award-winning building.

Who is it for?

The programme is based on a professional development model, catering for different levels of expertise and experience and appealing to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. It provides opportunities for learners whose dance training/ education has taken an unconventional route or have trained in a different style of dance or outside of 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/arts related area.

Require a visa to study?

 For international students, eligibility for a Tier 4 study visa for the ISP requires you to register for an additional qualification: the Associate Trinity College London Diploma in Performance Arts (ATCL). Further information about the qualification can be found on the Trinity College London website.

Registration for the ATCL is necessary as the ISP is an internal Trinity Laban professional development programme and as such does not qualify for recognition by UK Visa and Immigration. 

There is an additional fee cost for the ATCL, which is payable during the Spring term. Students would be guided through the process of registration during the year and tutored towards the exam which takes place at the end of the ISP programme in late June/early July.

Additionally, as an international student, you would need to meet a minimum number of contact hours per week to meet your study visa requirements, so you are advised to take the full 120 credits available. Your Programme Leader would work closely with you in choosing your electives and designing your timetable to ensure that it meets this requirement.

What can I do next?

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.

What do alumni say?

“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, ISP student 2010/11, Founder of Nutshell Dance Company

What are my study options?

1-year full time, or 2-years part time (UK/EU students only).

What language skills do I need?

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.

How can I find out more?

Please contact Melanie Clarke at [email protected].

  • Full-time: 10 months
  • Part-time: 20 months

Part-time Students

For part-time students, the programme is structured over two years; individuals determine which components they will take in each year and the days they will be studying. It is recommended that part-time students take approximately 60 credits per year and be in classes on a minimum of 3 days a week* (one of these days maybe a half day). Components are taken in full and completed within one year; each component can only be taken once. The exception to this is 401 Contemporary Dance Technique, which part-time students take as 2 classes a week in year one and two class a week in year two, spreading the learning over two years of study.

*Some extracurricular activities may not be accessible to part time students if they occur on a day the student is not in.

Entry requirements reflect that the programme is designed for people with a variety of experiences and backgrounds and you will need to demonstrate how the programme will support your personal and professional development. Applicants are expected to have experience in a dance/performance arts related area and a level of maturity. Professional experience (not necessarily in dance), or relevant qualifications are accepted.

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.ukIn addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.

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