Spend a dedicated period focused on developing your performance or composition skills and become an informed and engaged musician through the Postgraduate Diploma.
If you have not yet completed a Master's programme and want to spend a dedicated period focused on developing your performance or composition skills and becoming an informed and engaged musician, the Postgraduate Diploma is ideally suited to your needs.
- Provides advanced musical training at postgraduate level which encourages the demonstration of individual musical talent and scholarship, underpinned by articulate, informed and sophisticated critical self-reflection, at a highly professional standard.
- Enables musicians of proven ability, and with the potential for further training, to advance and refine their skills and specialism/s and deepen their professional expertise through focused activity in those areas.
- Acknowledges the significance of musical context, highlighting the relationship of music to wider artistic, historical, philosophical, cultural and/or social practices, issues and/or phenomena.
- Cultivates musicians who have the ability to work in a variety of complex musical groupings and multi-disciplinary environments, and to exercise initiative, personal responsibility, and leadership in professional practice.
- Creates an environment which encourages risk and nurtures creativity and innovation, reflecting, wherever applicable, cutting-edge thinking within the profession, and taking advantage, where appropriate, of advances in digital and other technologies.
This programme comprises compulsory ‘core’ modules designed to develop students’ individual technical and interpretative skills in their principal study discipline through one-to-one and group tuition, as well as through a wide range of departmental and cross-department solo, small group/chamber music, and large ensemble activities, in which settings you will be able to develop a range of artistic and related skills relevant to their professional aspirations. In addition you will undertake an intensive research module which provides a foundation for Masters level critical thinking to underpin all aspects of the programme; the programme also offers a range of ‘Electives’, through which you will be able to develop and explore subjects appropriate to your developing artistic profile and which will enhance your employability in the professional world. The programme is designed to allow the skills and experience of the individual student to flourish and for new skills and insights to be gained.
The programme is structured to enable progressive development through the material studied and the assessments undertaken, leading to your increased autonomy and independence as a learner, in preparation for professional life and/or further study at Masters level.
- The Professional Studies module will be at the centre of your learning experience. This module will combine individual and small group tuition with major performance opportunities in both chamber and large ensemble contexts.
- The Research Lab module provides a foundation for postgraduate-level thinking and self-evaluation that will underpin all aspects of your programme.
- The programme also offers a range of elective options, through which you will be able to develop and explore subjects appropriate to your developing artistic profile and which will enhance your employability in the professional world. These options will usually include:
Arranging and Musical Techniques
Music Pedagogy for the 21st Century
Psychology in Music Performance
- You will also take part in Trinity Laban's unique Collaboration Lab (CoLab). This is an exceptional learning space in which you will be encouraged to take creative risks and explore the boundaries of your art form in collaboration with staff and students from across Trinity Laban, leading artists from across the artistic spectrum and many of our professional partner organisations.
Our world-class teaching staff play with leading chamber ensembles and orchestras, sing with opera companies, and are renowned composers and acclaimed recitalists. This extensive in-house expertise is enhanced by an international cast of visiting artists, mentor ensembles and placement partners.
Learning takes place through a blend of formal tuition, experiential learning and personal study. Instrumental, composition, or vocal tuition is the central element of the provision, consisting of individual one-to-one learning, group tuition, rehearsals, workshops, seminars and masterclasses. Students will develop and contextualize their individual tuition within a broad range of solo, small-group/chamber, and large-ensemble activities. Most tuition within the Research Lab and Electives modules is delivered through formal taught sessions, seminars and tutorials, and consolidated in extensive self-study. CoLab module learning is largely student-led, supported by mentors and interventions from a range of internal and external professional colleagues including staff from the Faculty of Dance. All learning is delivered in small groups, and wherever possible practical experience is blended with theoretical knowledge to develop students’ informed musicianship and employability skills. Throughout the programme, visiting artists, ensemble directors and lecturers expose the students to a variety of views and approaches current within the profession.
The programme aims to enable you to develop independent learning strategies for lifelong learning. Your tutors will regularly encourage you to reflect on learning and to formulate personal programmes of study and targets for learning. Certain modules/components in the programme may involve you studying with another student or students 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 or supervisory responsibilities for other (possibly undergraduate) students engaged in projects with you as, for example, assistant directors or performers. Collaboration is considered to be at the heart of professional artistic life and, as such, opportunities such as these represent valuable learning experiences.
This programme assumes 1,200 learning and teaching hours with at least 350 hours average contact time.
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.
Assessment methods as far as possible mirror professional contexts. In the assessment for Professional Studies performance/composition activities will include a combination of solo, chamber/small ensemble, large ensemble and technical work. Other programme components, including CoLab, Research Lab, and the Electives will feature a blend of written and practical assessment methods (including, but not exclusive to essay, analysis, composition, improvisation, performance, websites, blogs, etc.) arrived at through negotiation between the student and tutor depending on the material under consideration. Elective assessments will focus on employability skills and knowledge.
- Undergraduate Degree: high 2:2 pass in a BMus (Hons) or equivalent, with 2:1 in any performance element
- Or a recognised Performer's Diploma (such as LTCL, LRAM, LRSM, ARCM, etc.)
Applicants must demonstrate through the application, audition and interview procedure the potential to carry out detailed investigations of topics in which they have a particular interest, and to communicate their ideas coherently and effectively to others. They will show the capability to deliver at the end of the relevant programme a series of performance, written and/or oral submissions, which display both a critical awareness of the implications of their topic, and the ability to synthesise and communicate their ideas effectively.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0.
Fees and Finance
Fees for this course can be found on our current Music Fees (Please note that fees for Vocal Studies students are listed separately on this table).
It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years, as fee changes are linked to government policy. Fees may increase by up to 5% each year.
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||600F (Full-time) / 600P (Part-time)|
|Location||King Charles Court|
|Duration||1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time)|
|Start Date||September 2019|
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