Taught course

Creative Practice

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

Entry requirements

  • High 2:1 pass in a BMus (Hons) or equivalent; or
  • Recognised Performer's Diploma (such as LTCL, LRAM, LRSM, ARCM, etc)
  • Equivalent qualifications and/or relevant prior experience may be considered

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 MFA is designed to attract students wishing to develop their skills across the Artist-Producer-Creative nexus. To this end, the programme is specifically constructed 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.

This is a three-year full-time, six-year part-time, or two-year ‘intensive’ Level 7 programme which enables graduates to create music as instrumentalists, vocalists or composers at an exceptionally highly professional and employable standard. Students on the MFA programme study concurrently with those on the MMus programme throughout the first two years of their studies (or first year if in ‘intensive’ mode). Their MFA specific studies take place during their final year of study only.

You will have established a secure artistic personality and developed a range of sophisticated professional skills. As an emerging artist you will have created music – solo, small and large ensemble – in a variety of settings and in relation to a range of audiences. You will have gained understanding of the music profession and its audiences in contemporary society. Through your understanding of audience you will develop collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial skills in support of a professional career. The programme prepares you to communicate at the highest levels as an artist through your instrument/voice/compositions and to engage audiences through informed discussion and text where appropriate.

Towards its conclusion, this programme enables you to identify and develop your own programme of study, and to spend a considerable period of time developing an analytical stance for your own work within a practice led research environment. It offers the opportunity to develop work in a rigorous yet supportive environment and to gain the intellectual, practical and interpersonal skills needed for a career as a musician or practitioner in a related field. Cumulatively building your knowledge, understandings and skills through broadly-based M-level studies, you will undertake an extended project (or series of projects), investigating particular aspects of your musical practice with the support of a supervisory team. The work will have the potential to generate a substantial area of research, and is likely to culminate in the form of a performance event or events.

The programme is designed to allow the skills and experience of the individual student to flourish and for new skills and insights to be gained. The programme is structured to enable progressive development through the material studied and the assessments undertaken, leading to your increased autonomy and independence as a learner, in preparation for professional life and/or study on the MPhil/PhD programme.

Information for international students

Applicants for whom English is not their first language should demonstrate proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS 7.0.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

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