Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction

Introduction

The MFA Dance Science is a 2-year research-focused postgraduate programme, which broadens the possibilities within dance science research and study. The first year shares module content with students on the MSc Dance Science programme. An extended independent project forms the second year, as the defining feature of the MFA Dance Science.

This is the world?s first and only MFA Dance Science programme. It examines both the science and the art of dance. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with qualitative and quantitative modes of research and practice, integrating interdisciplinary elements of dance science such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and embodied practices (e.g. Somatics). Scientific research methods and modes of statistical analyses are central to the taught programme in the first year.

The second year offers an opportunity for students to direct their postgraduate dance science experience through an extended enquiry. This requires both breadth and depth of critical engagement culminating in a substantial research project.

The uniqueness of the programme, being situated within a dance and music conservatoire, brings with it the opportunity to be part of the wider Trinity Laban artistic and scholarly community, along with access to specialist staff and performance and laboratory facilities.

Our team is internationally known in the field and work with professional companies and organisations around the world. Trinity Laban is a founding partner of the National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science (NIDMS) and a supporter of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS).

The programme aims to extend the range of practice, educational, research and employment possibilities available to graduates. An MFA Dance Science is likely to appeal to graduates wishing to pursue a career in higher education, especially where a terminal degree is required. As with the MSc, graduates can go on to become consultants for dance companies, training institutions and national dance organisations. Some might pursue further study at PhD level. Others will use their dance science knowledge to inform their practice as dancers, teachers, rehearsal directors or choreographers.

Course Details

The MFA Dance Science is a research-focused programme which explores aspects of dance practice and performance through a range of scientific disciplines and in a variety of dance contexts. The programme investigates ways of enhancing dance practice, optimising dancer performance, reducing injury occurrence, and examining the impact of dance on other populations. From both a theoretical and applied perspective, the programme engages with qualitative and quantitative modes of research and practice, integrating interdisciplinary elements of dance science such as physiology, biomechanics, psychology and embodied practices (e.g. somatics).

The MFA programme follows the same taught module offer as the MSc Dance Science, but with an extended independent project as the defining feature of the MFA Dance Science, which forms the second year of the programme.

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: Applicants are expected to have an appropriate first degree (or an equivalent qualification) or 5 years? professional experience in a relevant discipline. Applicants without formal qualification are subject to the Institution?s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.
  • International entry requirements: English Language requirements: IELTS Band 7 (General English Test) or above (or equivalents). 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.