Taught course

Contemporary Dance: Developing Artistic Practice

London Contemporary Dance School · London Contemporary Dance School

Entry requirements

Candidates will usually have a first or upper second class degree in dance, or in another subject with a major dance component. Individual applications will also be considered from candidates who have a high level of professional experience, or are graduates from another discipline, and who have the knowledge, understanding, skill, motivation and experience to succeed at the advanced level of this programme. Choreography modules are aimed at artists with an already established choreographic voice, and have proved particularly fruitful for mature students who have been choreographing for some time and who wish to take time to reflect on their work within a supportive environment.

Developing Artistic Practice

Months of entry


Course content

Postgraduate students at London Contemporary Dance School have unrivalled opportunities to engage with professional dance artists and to make the connections which will help them to continue developing their work on graduation. The School was the first in the UK to offer Masters degrees for students wishing to pursue their practical dance studies as postgraduate disciplines.

The Programme

Students will investigate and challenge their artistic practice through critically engaging in practice and research, pushing the boundaries of the art form, and defining their own creative pathway.

There are two routes through the programme:

  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), this is entirely practice-based
  • MA (180 credits), both practice and academic research (including written assignments and a dissertation module

Developing Artistic Practice is a modular programme, available full or part time over a period of one to six years. It allows students to combine study with their ongoing professional practice.

There are different potential routes through the programme:

  • specialise in one particular area (for example in performance, teaching or choreography),
  • or create a bespoke pathway from the wide range of different modules available (including choreography,
    teaching practice, advanced somatics, improvisation and screen dance, amongst others)

All modules are artist-led and expertly delivered.

Advanced training in a range of techniques supports a variety of performance opportunities.

Modules and credits

  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
    Select modules from the wide range available in the areas of Choreography, Teaching, Performing (including part-time Apprenticeships), Studio-based Techniques, Advanced Somatics, Improvisation, Screen Dance and more (subject to availability).
  • MA (180 credits)
    Practice-based modules (100 credits)
    Research lab (20 credits)
    Dissertation, wholly written (60 credits)


    Dissertation (30) and Practice-based module (30) (60 credits)

Note: All postgraduate students who choose to progress to the MA award must pass the compulsory Research Lab Module (20) prior to beginning the MA Dissertation.

“ Quite simply, there is no way I would have been considered for my current job without this course. The enormous experience, enthusiasm and integrity of the staff made my postgraduate experience exciting and rewarding; without the skills and guidance of my teachers, I would not be doing the job I now find myself qualified for.” - Developing Artistic Practice alumnus

London Contemporary Dance School is a founding affiliate of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and its degrees are validated by the University of Kent.

Further information

Information for international students

Students with Tier 4 Student Visas must study full-time and complete their programmes within 16 months. Candidates whose first language is not English need to submit results from a recognised testing service. The minimum score required is IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students may apply for a Fund for Excellence bursary, awarded to students on the bases of need, and the efforts they have taken to mitigate that need.

London Contemporary Dance School also offers advise on independent sources of funding, such as a career/professional development loan, grants for individuals and educational grants services.

Further information regarding funding is available on lcds.ac.uk

Useful Contact

London Contemporary Dance School Financial Aid Officer: Mark Tyler, email studentsupport@theplace.org.uk or +44 207 121 1133

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
N/A months
part time
24 months
block mode
72 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Creative work100
Research Lab20

Course contact details

Florent Trioux
+44 (0)20 7121 1111
+44 (0)20 7121 1145