Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction

Introduction

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.

Course Details

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £9,250 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £9,250 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £19,050 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £5,200 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £5,200 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip £10,700 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: 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. 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
  • International entry requirements: 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.