This programme supports your professional development, enabling you to tailor your studies on an individual basis to suit your needs, interests and experience, and work towards your personal learning, training or professional goals. This programme can be taken prior to a postgraduate degree or diploma (Graduate Certificate), or following postgraduate studies (Professional Certificate).
Those undertaking the ISP: Advanced (Graduate Certificate) are typically: Students who gained a first degree at a university and who wish to spend a year focusing on principal study development, or: students aspiring to study at postgraduate level who wish to first improve and consolidate their musical knowledge and abilities, or to develop their English language skills.
Those undertaking the ISP: Advanced (Professional Certificate) are typically: Students wishing to enhance their career prospects, or: students focussing on particular aspects of their professional development.
Students who select and successfully complete the ISP Advanced: Integrated English Pathway are awarded an International Graduate Diploma: Music & English. This programme is particularly suitable for students wishing to significantly enhance their use of the English Language.
- Enable students to develop sophisticated and assured technique and musical development appropriate for entrance into the profession
- Enable students to make independent choices in relation to repertoire, style and technical issues
- Enable students to develop independence in their approach to study
- Enable students to plan future professional development
This full-time programme is available over one term, two terms, or a full academic year.
Assessments take place both during and at the end of each Additional Study Option (if taken), and at the end only of the Professional Studies module. CoLab takes place during a two-week period in February.
For students studying for one or two terms, the allocation of Professional Studies activities will be 50% of that available to students studying for the full year, including a 50% allocation of principal study tuition/supervision. Access to Departmental classes and large ensemble activities will be determined on an individual basis agreed through dialogue with your Head of Department. The study plan will be set out in the Learning Agreement at the time of registration.
|Professional Studies (core)|
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One Term (Autumn only)
Two Terms (Spring and Summer only)
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Students considering the ISP Advanced: Integrated English Pathway should take note of the seperate credit framework outlined within the details of the Integrated English Pathway.
Additional Study Opportunities
Additional Study Opportunities may be chosen/ required: Students on the ISP Advanced (Graduate Certificate) will be able to access modules from the BMus programme where these are seen as necessary to their acquisition of skills and knowledge required for PG Diploma or Masters level study. This will be agreed in consultation with the Programme Leader and Head of Department and will be subject to the payment of an additional module fee.
All ISP Advanced students are entitled to access the same range of learning resources as those open to students on other Programmes of Study within the Faculty of Music including practice rooms, library, student support services including careers support services etc.
Students who require a visa to study in the UK may apply for the one term option as a student visitor or the full year on a Tier 4 visa.
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Teaching and Learning
The programme assumes 800 learning and teaching hours with approximately 270 hours average contact time for students taking the full academic year – This will vary depending on the principal study discipline and the selected components, so you will need to examine each module’s specification to determine the precise number of hours.
How will I learn?
Learning takes place through a combination of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental, composition, or vocal tuition/supervision is the central element of the provision, with the Professional Studies module consisting of individual one-to-one learning, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. You will develop and contextualize your individual tuition/supervision within a broad range of solo, small-group/chamber, and large-ensemble activities including the CoLab module.
Find out more about Performance Opportunities.
Tuition within the Additional Study Opportunities area (where taken) is delivered through formal taught sessions. Throughout the programme your learning will be consolidated through extensive self-study. Delivered in small groups, wherever possible, practical experience is blended with theoretical knowledge to develop performers’/composers’ informed musicianship and employability skills. Where appropriate, Principal Study teachers, lecturers, visiting artists, and ensemble coaches/directors expose students to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession.
Certain elements of the programme may involve your studying with another student(s) in a collaborative way (e.g. with other musicians, dancers or other artists in a working relationship). This may involve you working alongside, and/or undertaking leadership responsibilities for other (possibly undergraduate) students engaged in projects with you as, for example, assistant directors or lead performers. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and, as such, opportunities such as these represent valuable learning experiences.
How will I be assessed?
In the Professional Studies module, you will be assessed on your Major (Principal Study) Performance/Composition discipline. There are no specific programme requirements, however performers are expected to present an artistically convincing programme which may explore a variety of composers and styles; a programme focussing on a particular specialist repertoire is also acceptable.
The CoLab module requires participation in a designated project but no formal assessment.
Additional Study Opportunities: students choosing to take an additional study option module or component will be required to undertake the appropriate assessments. These will feature a blend of written and practical assessment methods (including, but not exclusive to essay, analysis, composition, improvisation, performance, editions etc.) arrived at through negotiation between the student and tutor depending on the material under consideration.
There is no formal assessment for other performance/composition activities including chamber/small ensemble, large ensemble or technical work.
Our graduates go on to follow careers in solo, ensemble and orchestral performance, composition and arranging, creative project work, instrumental/vocal teaching, community project work, collaborative projects with other media/art forms, postgraduate performance/composition study, other related postgraduate study or PGCE.
Applicants should demonstrate:
- An appropriate grasp of performance practice issues relevant to the repertoire they have performed at audition or an appropriate grasp of stylistic and formal issues relevant to the compositions they have presented in their portfolio;
- The capacity for independent, critical and reflective judgement;
- The ability to express themselves effectively, orally and in writing
In addition to meeting the audition/interview requirements, candidates will normally be expected to hold a Bachelor’s level degree or equivalent. Other qualifications or professional experience may be considered for entry to the programme, subject to completing the Institution’s RPL procedures.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 in all 4 areas OR Trinity College London - Integrated Skills in English III (ISEIII).
Students considering the ISP Advanced: Integrated English Pathway should take note of the requirements outlined separately within the details of the Integrated English Pathway.
Fees and Finance
Fees for September 2020 entrants
Fees are reviewed annually and may increase by up to 5% each year. The following fees are confirmed.
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|Two terms||£8,190 |
ISP Advanced (Vocal Studies)
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International Graduate Diploma: Music and English (ISP Advanced: Integrated English Pathway)
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International Graduate Diploma: Music and English (ISP Advanced: Integrated English Pathway) Vocal Studies Students
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|Vocal Studies Students: Full Year||£17,670|
You can also view our Current and Past Fees.
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.
Integrated English Pathway
ISP Advanced (International Graduate Diploma: Music & English)
Integrated English Pathway enables students to significantly enhance their skills in the use of the English language.
The programme provides opportunity for students to access high-quality conservatoire study and may provide a route to further specialist/vocational training (e.g. postgraduate degree programmes within the Conservatoire or wider higher education sectors, particularly within the UK) or a platform for a dedicated period of personal study with a vocational focus alongside English language skill development. In doing so it aims to equip students with secure executant skills as performers or composers.
Importantly it also prepares students to undertake English Language assessment at the level required for entry to postgraduate level study within the UK and to introduce them to the UK education system so that they are fully prepared for postgraduate degree level study.
All students taking the Integrated Skills in English module as part of their programme will be entered for the Trinity ISE III (C1) examination. The ISE qualification can be used to demonstrate the level of English required for entry to another postgraduate (C1) programme at Trinity Laban.
Integrated Skills in English
Entry Requirements and English Language Requirements
- In addition to meeting the audition/interview requirements, candidates will normally be expected to hold a Bachelor’s level degree or equivalent. Other qualifications or professional experience may be considered for entry to the programme, subject to completing the Institution’s RPL procedures.
- The International Graduate Diploma: Music & English has CEFR B2 (IELTS 5.5 min in all areas) as an entrance requirement.
The programme accepts students in all Western Art Music instruments and voice (NB this programme does not accept jazz students).
Fees for September 2020 entrants
Fees are reviewed annually and may increase by up to 5% each year. The following fees are confirmed:
|Vocal Studies Students: Full Year||£16,100|
How to Apply
Please apply through the main ISP: Advanced route and mention in your personal statement that you wish to be placed on the International Graduate Diploma: Music & English pathway.
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time)|
|Start Date||September 2020|
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