Taught course

Creative Practice (MFA)

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

Entry requirements

  • A high (2:1) in a BMus (Hons) or equivalent
  • OR a recognised Performer's Diploma (such as LTCL, LRAM, LRSM, ARCM, etc.)
  • Equivalent qualifications and/or relevant prior experience may be considered

Non-native English speakers also require an IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The MFA Creative Practice is designed for graduates who wish to develop their musical and creative practice through an extended period of postgraduate study, leading to a significant creative output by the end of the degree.

The programme is designed to attract students wishing to develop their skills across the Artist-Producer-Creative nexus. To this end, it is specifically contructed to appeal to performer/composers able to produce innovative practice-based outputs which are well-attuned to both their aspired audience and its wider production context.

The programme aims are:

  • To provide advanced musical training at postgraduate level, underpinned by articulate, informed and sophisticated critical self-reflection
  • To enable musicians of proven musical ability to advance and refine their skills and deepen their professional expertise
  • To acknowledge the significance of musical context
  • To cultivate musicians who have the ability to work in a variety of musical groupings, and to exercise initative, responsibility and leadership in professional practice
  • To develop reflective practitioners who are critically aware of the reciprocity of theory and practice
  • To create an environment which encourages risk and nurtures creativity and innovation
  • To develop musicians' ability to address complex issues creatively and systematically
  • To produce enterprising, entrepreneurial musicians

Programme content:

  • The first two years (or four years for part-time students) are the same as the MMus programme
  • The final component consists of a dedicated programme of independent learning based on practice-based activity and dedicated academic supervision
  • During the final third of the programme, you will develop an extended project which investigates particular aspects of creative musical practice

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
36 months
part time
72 months

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