Taught course

Choreography (MA/MFA)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

You will normally have prior choreographic experience and /or have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in an appropriate or related subject; or hold an overseas award of equivalent standard (eg USA degree GPA of 3.00). English Language competency requirements also apply.

We encourage applications from:

  • professional choreographers wishing to re-invigorate, broaden or consolidate their practice;
  • emerging choreographers intending to interrogate their practice and develop independent choreographic perspectives; and
  • recently graduated dance artists showing a commitment to develop their choreographic practice.

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 your prior experience and future aspirations.

Months of entry


Course content

Engage critically with your practice and develop your choreographic voice, whether you are a choreographer in the early stage of your career or an experienced dance practitioner wishing to create new opportunities.

The MA and MFA Choreography offer a stimulating environment in which to explore and develop your choreographic practice and expertise. Whether you’re in the early stages of your career or an experienced dance artist, these programmes present opportunities to engage with contemporary ideas, concepts and propositions within the choreographic field.

The taught programme of the MA (first year of the MFA) encourages you to explore your current practice. You will encounter interdisciplinary perspectives and collaborative practices, creating work across a range of settings and media. You will be challenged to experiment, take risks and continuously create: developing your individual artistic voice.

For MA students, the year culminates in an independent project, allowing you to build on the ideas encountered in the programme and undertake self-directed research, experimentation and reflection.

The MFA Extended Project is a self-directed module during which you consolidate your independent choreographic perspectives and practice. You will create and present a substantial body of work that evidences your capacity to research and realise your ideas as a coherent choreographic project.

The MA Choreography is a one-year (full-time) or two-year (part-time) taught programme, culminating in an independent research project.

The MFA Choreography 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.

Information for international students

Students from over 60 countries currently study at Trinity Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing our international community.

We want our international students to enjoy their time at Trinity Laban and make the most of the academic, personal and social opportunities available here. Living away from home can be a big change and adapting to a different country can be a little confusing at times. We are here to help you if you have questions or come across any difficulties while you are with us, and ensure you can access the full range of student support available.

Our thriving Students’ Union will help you meet people from all over the world, make life-long friends and experience life in London, considered by many to be the cultural capital of the world.

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability. Free English language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English and for students with a learning disability (e.g. dyslexia).

Once enrolled on one of our programmes, you can access support from your English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Tutor. Depending on the programme, this is through timetabled classes or one-to-one tutorials. Draft-checking of written assignments is available, as is help in any area where your level of English may be causing you problems. Support is available for all programmes (except for the Teaching Musician programme and other courses within the Learning and Participation department).

Trinity Laban holds various auditions in Asia, North America and cities throughout Europe. They are designed to give you an insight into what we expect from our students, and to find out more about the programmes we offer at our award-winning facilities in London. Find out more on the Auditions section of our website.

Fees and funding

Postgraduate students pay tuition fees annually to cover the costs of studying at Trinity Laban. These vary from programme to programme and depend on whether you are a UK/EU or international student.

The government has announced that Student Loans of up to £10,609 are available for Masters programmes for Sept 2018 entry. Those loans have to be paid back after the end of your course, once you are earning over £21,000. You can find more information on the Student Loans Company website and check terms and eligibility.

If you are ineligible for this loan or it does not cover your living costs, you can also apply for a Career Development Loan from a bank. Repayment starts one month after the end of your course, with no interest during your studies. Interest will accrue after your course and repayment rates will vary according to your loan. Check terms and eligibility.

There are alternative ways to fund your studies, including:

Trinity Laban also has some funding opportunities available and provides a variety of awards to students each year.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
22 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 8305 4444