Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction

The MFA Creative Practice is a two year full time programme. It shares the first year taught programme with the MA. An extended independent project forms the second year, providing time for in-depth research and realisation of a substantial body of work.

Delivered in conjunction with our partner organisations: Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance, the Dance Professional Practice enables experienced practitioners to develop their artistic practice in a stimulating environment of intellectual and creative inquiry. We support mid-career artists to: reflect on their body of professional experience and its role in their ongoing learning; engage in intensive studio-based experiences with significant artists and a skilled peer group; deepen their own practice as performers/makers; develop their understanding of a range of research methodologies within the arts; and pursue their own area of artistic interest.

Course Details

The MFA Extended Project is an extensive, self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent creative practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research, develop, realise and identify appropriate modes of presentation for your ideas.


Depending on the modules you select, learning will take place in a variety of different contexts including taught sessions or lectures, workshops, seminars, in studio tutorials, and individual study and research. Some studio based modules encourage reflection and peer review through sharing of practice. Teaching embraces different learning styles, allowing for a flexibility of response to your needs and abilities. The introduction of visiting lecturers and artists allows you to encounter a variety of views and approaches 3 from current fields of practice.

The MFA Creative Practice assumes 2600 notional learning and teaching hours with average contact time of approximately 55 hours per module (naturally this will vary depending on your selected modules, please refer to individual module specifications to determine precise number of hours per module). Supervisory contact during the extended project will be arranged in consultation with your project supervisor, located at key points in the development of your research.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £5,200 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £5,200 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MFA - Master of Fine Art £11,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Dance Professional Practice is for experienced professionals in the fields of dance, performing arts or humanities, such as dancers, choreographers, academics, teachers and somatic practitioners. MFA applicants should demonstrate their capacity to undertake self-directed research and propose a project that warrants the depth and breadth afforded by an extended time frame. The choice between an MA or an MFA programme of study will depend upon prior experience and future aspirations. Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification) or 5 years? professional experience. Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution?s recognition of prior learning (RPL) process. For MFA: Applicants will also be required to submit an initial project proposal, outlining the following: The reasons they wish to carry out an independent project over one academic year Their suitability for extended independent research in the context of an MFA Creative Practice The nature of their intended research and a draft projected timeline with indicated outputs of research (which is understandably subject to change) An interview (phone/Skype interview is acceptable) will also be required.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0. In addition, meeting external requirements of UK Visas and Immigration is essential.