Our three-year undergraduate programme prepares you for a career in contemporary dance by giving you the opportunity to develop the technical, creative and performance skills needed to become an individual and versatile dance artist. The programme will also help you gain the contextual understanding and the critical, analytical and reflective skills which will inform your artistic practice.
Alongside daily classes in contemporary dance techniques and classical ballet, creative workshops will help you shape your artistic practice and develop your choreographic voice. You will have numerous opportunities to create your own choreography and perform in your own and others' dance works. Reflecting on a range of creative processes and investigating movement and dance in its historical, social and cultural contexts will allow you to locate your own practice and to explore areas that interest you.
As you move through the programme, major performance projects enable you to work with leading dance practitioners (members of the Trinity Laban teaching faculty as well as visiting dance artists) to create and perform a wide range of dance works. The performance projects in the first and third years of the programme involve the creation of new dance works whilst second year students participate in the restaging of historically significant repertoire.
A substantial independent project is an important element in your third year and you can choose to undertake theoretical or practical research, leading to a written dissertation or the performance of a choreographed work. A degree show at the end of the final year provides a public showcase for work by graduating students.
In order to prepare students for the diversity of the contemporary dance profession, students are taught by a wide range of practicing dance artists and academics, each prominent in their particular field of specialism and expertise. The undergraduate programme trains students to be technically advanced, versatile and creative dance artists, which is why so many choreographers are keen to work with our graduates.
Colin Bourne Collins, Head of Dance Programmes
The BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance programme is designed to encourage you to develop as an independent, autonomous learner and grow into a confident, creative dance practitioner.
The programme consists of three parts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) which are undertaken over three consecutive academic years on a full time basis. Each Part is undertaken over three terms and consists of modules which are structured to support progressive development in your training and studies. Advancing through the programme you are increasingly encouraged to develop as an independent learner and dance artist.
Year One (Part 1)
In your first year, you will study a range of contemporary dance techniques and ballet and improve your understanding of movement and its expressive potential. You will develop your choreographic skills and develop new frameworks for reflecting on contemporary dance practice. During the year, you will learn how performances are created and take to the stage yourself.
Year Two (Part 2)
Your second-year study focuses on continuing your technical training and developing your choreographic and performance skills. The year ends with a performance project of existing contemporary dance repertoire. Examples of choreographers featured in this project include Matthew Bourne, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Wayne McGregor and Rudolf Laban, whose work has been reimagined for the Laban stage.
We will introduce you to analytical and theoretical frameworks for understanding dance in the broader arts context. These will enable you to develop a sophisticated approach to dance performance and making. You will undertake an independent assignment on a specific area of dance study, which will bring you into contact with the world of professional dance.
Year Three (Part 3)
Alongside advanced technical training, you will undertake an Independent Research Project, developing a substantial piece of research with a practical and/or written outcome. You will also work with members of the Faculty of Dance and visiting artists on two intensive performance projects (Commissioned Work) to prepare you for the pace and focus of the professional working process.
You can choose various options which enable you to further develop your choreographic and performance skills. You can also learn how to teach contemporary dance technique.
Year 1 (Level 1)
Technical Practice 1:
Creative Practice 1:
Performance Practice 1:
Investigating Dance Practice 1
Year 2 (Level 2)
Technical Practice 2:
Creative Practice 2:
Performance Practice 2:
Investigating Dance Practice 2:
*Students are required to select one of the three component options
Year 3 (Level 3)
Technical Practice 3
Performance Practice 3:
Investigating Dance Pratice 3
*For completion of this module students are required to select a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 2 options. Where a student selects two options only the highest grade awarded will count towards the calculation of the degree classification.
Creative Practice 3:
For more details, have a look at our Programme Specification.
A wide range of methods is used to meet the diverse learning approaches of the students and to provide a breadth and depth of learning experiences essential for the rigorous training of multi-skilled dance artists in order to maximise their professional opportunities in the highly competitive dance field.
- Studio based practical classes
- Lectures and seminars
- Individual and group tutorials
- Tutor and guest artist led workshops
- Self-directed study
- Individual and group projects
- Educational visits
- Self and peer feedback
- Professional placement and projects
- Student tour to a range of performance contexts
- Hands-on practical task-based activities
The overall number of student learning hours is approximately 4500, comprising taught, placement and self-directed study hours. The average number of contact hours on the programme is around 2100.
View a list of the Teaching Staff.
At Trinity Laban you will always have one eye on the future. Whether you want to enter employment, work as a freelancer or go on to further study, we will help you to develop the skills, knowledge and experience that you need to succeed.
BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance students prepare for entry into the competitive world through masterclasses and mock auditions. They also receive guidance on CV writing, navigating self-employment and setting up a dance or performance company.
Graduates from this programme have gone on to perform with leading dance companies and/or establish themselves as acclaimed choreographers. Other graduates enjoy successful careers as teachers, community dance artists, arts managers and dance writers.
Below is just a small selection of our recent BA graduates that have gone on to perform, and the company they are working/have worked with:
Eeva Juutinen (2011-14) - Tilted Productions
Elly Braund (2008-11) - Richard Alston Dance Company
Ian Gardside (2005-08) - DV8
James Pett (2008-11) - Company Wayne McGregor
Matthew Sandiford (2009-12) - BalletBoyz
Saara Hurme (104-15) - Protein
Olivia Edginton (2012-16) - Candoco Dance Company
Dylan Crossman (2003-06) - Merce Cunningham Dance Company
Mandeep Raikhy (2002-05) - Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company
Luka Owen (2007-10) - Motionhouse
Petros Treklis (2007-10) - Sydney Dance Company
Sebastian Abarbanell (2012-15) - Sidra Bell Dance New York
TJ Lowe (2005-08) - Akram Khan Company
Adam Russell (2009-12) - BalletLorent
Jack William Parry (2015-18) - New Adventures
Jasmine Orr (2013-16) - Jasmin Vardimon Company
Vince Virr (2005-08) - Barrowland Ballet
Marine Tournet (2014-17) - National Dance Company Wales
Lisa Rowley (2005-10) - Tavaziva
To view more of the impressive organisations that our alumni have worked with, visit Alumni Destinations.
For more information on the successes of Trinity Laban's BA (Hons) dance graduates and what they have to say about the course, visit Alumni Profiles.
A wide variety of assessment methods are used to reflect the diverse learning experiences you will encounter on the programme and to give you the opportunity to demonstrate a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to become a rounded and versatile dance artist.
- Practical tasks
- Assessed classes
- Performance/Choreographic presentations
- Rehearsal and performance (both in commissioned work, your own work and that of your peers)
- Live group and individual oral presentations
- Filmed and web-based presentations
- Lecture demonstrations
- Viva voce
- Research based academic writing
- Online blogs and websites
- Reflective writing
- Report writing
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.
You will normally have two A Levels at Grade E or above. For overseas candidates: International Baccalaureate, Abitur and Gymnasium are recognised. Alternatives may be considered.
English language requirements (if applicable): IELTS (General or Academic Training) minimum 5.5 in all four areas; or B2 First (Cambridge English) minimum 160 in all four areas; or Trinity College London – Integrated Skills in English level II or above.
If you require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study in the UK you may require a Secure English Language Test (SELT). More information can be found at gov.uk.
Entry is by audition, where you will need to demonstrate the commitment and potential to study dance at a professional level. You will have practical experience of at least one dance form, be curious and willing to be challenged, and have enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training. Auditions usually consist of:
- Contemporary Technique Class
- Classical Ballet Class
- Creative Class
- An individual interview
For audition information, visit the Dance Auditions page.
How to Apply
Applications for entry in September 2019 are still open.
Submit an application via UCAS Conservatoires and you will be scheduled for an audition. Early application is recommended as there are limited places available and auditions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
At your audition, you will need to demonstrate the commitment and potential to study dance at a professional level. You will normally have dance experience, be curious and willing to be challenged, and have enthusiasm for the physical demands of intensive dance training.
If you are unable to attend the audition in person, you may be considered for entry onto the programme by submitting a recorded audition via Embark. The recording should include the following:
- 30 minutes of material from a Contemporary Technique Class
- A two-minute solo devised and performed by yourself
If you wish to start the application process for this programme, please submit your UCAS Conservatoires application first. When you apply through UCAS Conservatoires, please use Conservatoire Code T75 and Programme Code 200F.
Please note: the application deadlines shown on the UCAS website do not necessarily apply.
Your UCAS Conservatoires application should include full details of your previous education, qualifications and experience.
Two references are required (one practical/professional and one academic). Your referees should be familiar with your work and be able to comment on your suitability for the programme of your choice and your ability to work at the appropriate academic level.
The Personal Statement should address:
- your background and relevant experience;
- your reasons for applying to Trinity Laban; and
- a rationale for your choice of programme (for each programme if you are applying for more than one) including:
- the relevance of the programme to your current practice and future professional aspirations; and
- why you are interested in the programme at this point in your educational / personal / career / professional development.
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Major performance projects enable you to work with leading dance practitioners to create and perform specially commissioned works, and restage historically significant repertoire.
- 1 - BA2 Historical Project
- 2 - 'Highland Fling' by Matthew Bourne, BA2 Historical Project
- 3 - BA3 Graduate Show
- 4 - 'In The Land of Invented Languages' by Jessica Wright (from Studio Wayne McGregor), BA3 Commissioned Works
- 5 - Rising Talents: BA1 Performance Project
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Flux Tour 2018
BA3 students on tour in the UK
Final year students perform works by leading choreographers Gary Lambert, Struan Leslie, Zoi Dimitriou and Tony Thatcher.