Welcome to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Formed in 2005 from the merger of Trinity College of Music and the Laban Dance Centre, Trinity Laban is the UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The unrivalled training programmes at Trinity Laban build on a long and illustrious history of over a century, and prepares students for opportunities in the competitive and growing world of the performing arts. Trinity Laban boasts choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne and conductor Sir John Barbirolli among its alumni, and in recent years, Stjepan Hauser (2Cellos) and James Pett (Company Wayne McGregor).
Trinity Laban sits right on the river in south-east London's vibrant borough of Greenwich. The Faculty of Music is located within the beautiful surroundings of King Charles Court at the Old Royal Naval College, while the Faculty of Dance is based in the RIBA-award winning Laban Building in Deptford.
Students from its courses have remarkable employability rates – 99.1% of our first degree leavers are in employment or further study six months after graduation – the second highest figure across the entire UK higher education sector.
With a rich roster of teaching staff made up of highly respected musicians and dance artists, programmes in classical music, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary dance, and world-class facilities housed in landmark buildings, Trinity Laban enjoys a reputation as one of Europe’s leading performing arts institutes.
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Courses and Fees
The courses at Trinity Laban are designed to help students develop both their technical ability and artistic confidence. The courses on offer include undergraduate, postgraduate, independent study and one-year programmes, as well as professional development courses, postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates.
Specific requirements vary depending on your area of study, but music students will need two A-levels (or their equivalent) and to have achieved Grade 8 in their chosen instrument. As Trinity Laban is a conservatoire, you apply for admission via competitive audition, and these are held annually on campus and at various locations in Asia and the USA.
Prospective dance students face a similar application process, and dance auditions are held on campus and at various cities in Europe and the USA.
Musical theatre has similar entry requirements, and the audition day on campus consists of a group workshop (taking part in warm-up exercises and learning a musical theatre sequence), individual audition and short interview.
UK and EU full-time undergraduate students currently pay £9,000 a year.
Fees for both postgraduate and international students vary, but loans and funding opportunities are available. For more information visit the Trinity Laban website.
Bursaries and scholarships
Student loans are on offer for UK and EU undergraduate students, and some postgraduate dance students may be eligible for bursaries. Some existing students will also qualify for a limited amount of financial support from the Student Services department. Read more on the financial support section of Trinity Laban's website.
Scholarships and financial awards are available for students. All applicants to the conservatoire’s music programmes will be automatically considered for scholarships through our audition process. You do not need to apply separately for these.
For students who are offered a place in one of the postgraduate dance programmes, you may be qualified for financial support during your studies.
Find out more about scholarships and financial awards on the Trinity Laban website.
As a music student at Trinity Laban, King Charles Court provides a wide range of excellent facilities in an elegant and stimulating environment. You will have access to several recital rooms, a 600-seat concert hall for large-scale performances, over 80 practice rooms, music technology suites and a recording studio.
As a dance student, you will have access to the world’s largest purpose built contemporary dance centre, which includes 13 purpose-built dance studios, a 300-seat theatre, and outdoor performance spaces. Musical theatre students will find themselves using facilities from both buildings. Find out more about facilities at Trinity Laban on the website.
Students from both faculties also have the opportunity to perform and rehearse in various venues in London itself.
As well as the great teaching facilities, Trinity Laban offers countless performance opportunities for both music and dance students.
For music students, you can take part in:
- Regular orchestral, choral and musical theatre performances
- Daily lunchtime recitals for soloists, chamber and large ensembles
- Beats in the Bar - our weekly series of jazz performances
- Critically acclaimed opera productions
- Showcase events in renowned venues across London including the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, and Ronnie Scott's.
Musical theatre students have the opportunity to perform in Trinity Laban’s own Laban Theatre and Blackheath Halls, and other prestigious venues on and off the West End. Performance projects include a devised musical, theatre productions in local schools, and a final-year West End agent showcase. Last year’s showcase took place at the Ambassadors Theatre.
All dance students have the chance to perform in the 300-seat Laban theatre. Performances include new commissions, students' own works and recreating dance works by major contemporary choreographers. Students also have the chance to create innovative and inspiring works in less conventional settings within and around the building. There are also opportunities to perform across London and beyond. Recent performances have taken place at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Southbank Centre and in schools and colleges around the UK.
Library and study facilities
Trinity Laban has two libraries, both with searchable online resource lists so you can trawl the collections without fuss.
The Laban Library offers the UK's largest open-access specialist research collection on dance and related subjects, holding more than 18,000 books, 3,000 videos and an extensive catalogue of journals and electronic resources.
a href="The Jerwood Library of Performing Arts has more than 70,000 items of printed music, audio-visual stations for use of audio and video recordings, a clavinova for playing through scores, and PCs with a suite of music software including Sibelius, Auralia and Musition. It also won the IAML excellence award for music libraries in 2010 and 2014.
Welfare and financial aid
Both faculties offer students support with academic or personal issues. All students have an academic tutor or advisor they can check in with individually, and learning support staff provide practical help, and can liaise with academic staff if you experience difficulty.
The on-campus clinic, Trinity Laban Health, provides medical support, and there is an advisor specifically for international students.
Although there is no GP practice on campus, there are numerous doctors’ services within walking distance. Trinity Laban encourages students to register with a local GP as soon as possible, and if your course is longer than six months you will qualify for free NHS treatment.
There is an on-site clinic for more specialised medical problems. It offers students help with mental health, disability, neurological issues and long-term illnesses, and subsidised treatments such as sports massage, acupuncture and physiotherapy.
Courses at Trinity Laban are designed to prepare students for professional careers in performing arts, and the majority of graduates take positions as professional teachers or artists following their studies. The conservatoire’s careers coordinator can help you explore what career options are best for you, as well as helping you find part-time work and apply for scholarships and jobs while you study.
If you prefer to do your own research, there is also careers information online and via the student e-learning platform, Moodle. Alternatively, you can find more information about the career options available to you during and after your studies on our website.
Trinity Laban currently welcomes students from around 60 different countries, and all international students can access specialist language training as part of their studies.
The conservatoire offers both dance and music exchange programmes where students from overseas universities can spend a year in London.
For a few months of the year, UK students can swap with students from partnering European institutes as part of the Erasmus+ exchange programme. Learn more on Trinity Laban’s student exchange programme page.
To further support your studies in the UK, English Language support classes are provided for students whose first language is not English.
Trinity Laban is proud of the culturally diverse student community, and is committed to making sure that international students enjoy their time and make the most of the academic and social opportunities available here. You can access the wide range of student support available, and the dedicated Student Services team are here to help with any questions or difficulties you may experience during your studies.
The Students’ Union at Trinity Laban offers a range of societies, entertainment and support to help make your experience at Trinity Laban the best it can be. They can help students set up societies, provide spaces dedicated to students, and organise great events.
Trinity Laban students generally find accommodation in the McMillan Student Village – a privately run halls of residence. Alternatively they move into flat-shares with friends and classmates (more commonly in the second year).
Halls of residence
Five minutes from campus (and close to all transport links) is the privately run McMillan Student Village. All rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, and they range from singles sharing a kitchen/diner to studio apartments, with private kitchen, for two people.
If communal halls living isn't for you, you could search for a flat or flat-share though the conservatoire, local papers such as Loot or via an accommodation agency. Alternatively, you could choose to lodge with a family for the duration of your stay. Trinity Laban’s site has more about private accommodation options.
Accommodation for international students
If you're coming to Trinity Laban from overseas, it's probably easiest to live in the McMillan Student Village, at least for your first year, as overseas private renters need to provide details of a UK-based guarantor, which can be tricky. It's best to arrange your accommodation as soon as possible after your application is accepted, as flats can get booked up quickly during the summer period.
Whether you plan to study music, musical theatre or dance, on a Trinity Laban Open Day you will meet other prospective students, sit in on rehearsals and classes, tour a faculty building, and have the opportunity to ask the academic staff any burning questions about your chosen programmes.
Each day is organised around you! So make the most of these opportunities to ask lots of questions, meet the staff and students, and soak in the great atmosphere Trinity Laban has to offer.
Music open days
Open Day dates for 2018 Entry will be announced soon.
Musical Taster Days
Open Day dates for 2018 Entry will be announced soon.
Musical Theatre Open Days
Friday 23 June 2017
Dance Open Days
BA (Hons) Contemporary Dance 2018 Entry
Saturday 10 June
Friday 7 July
Audition Preparation Workshop
Monday 10 July
Dates for the 2017/18 year:
Autumn term: 18 September - 8 December
Winter term: 8 January - 29 March
Summer term: Music: 23 April - 6 July / Dance: 16 April - 6 July
The local area
From the historic grandeur of Greenwich to the cutting edge cool of Deptford, Trinity Laban is based in an area that provides a culturally rich and diverse environment to live and study in.
Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, King Charles Court is the home of the Faculty of Music, and is one of the spectacular buildings that make up Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College, a World Heritage Site. Greenwich, famous as the home of Greenwich Mean time also houses a host of historic landmarks including the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum.
As well as its reputation as a popular tourist attraction, it also has a welcoming local community that makes it one of the most favourite locations for Londoners to live in. Greenwich Market is open daily and features various stalls from vintage, arts and crafts, food and drink, and quirky independent shops. There's also plenty of cafes and restaurants, and a range of pubs and bars for those all-important night outs with your friends.
The Laban Building, home to the Faculty of Dance is located between Greenwich and Deptford. Deptford is a vibrant, multi-cultural community with a buzzing artistic spirit. With a whole host of new galleries, quirky cafes and a local theatre, Deptford has grown into a flourishing local area brimming with creative energy.
Find out more about the local area on the Trinity Laban website.
Connections to Central London
But it doesn't end there. With excellent transport links to Central London, you can take advantage of the huge range of world-class cultural attractions, student ofers and events ranging from the traditional to the cutting-edge London has to offer. Particularly for music, musical theatre and dance students, London offers an array of classical music concerts, jazz nights, musical theatre productions and dance performances you wouldn’t want to miss.
Take a look at Trinity Laban's guide to London on the website.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Our alumni are at the forefront of music and dance – many of whom have worked, or are currently working for renowned music ensembles, major dance companies and leading West End productions. Notable alumni include choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, conductor Sir John Barbirolli and composer John Powell. More recent alumni include Stjepan Hauser (2Cellos), The Puppini Sisters, James Pett (Company Wayne McGregor) and Matthew Sandiford (Balletboyz). Find out more about some of the people who have studied here on our website.
What grants/scholarships do you offer?
We offer a number of scholarships for music undergraduate and postgraduate students. All music applicants will be automatically considered for scholarships through our audition process – and there’s no need to apply separately for these. Students offered a place on one of our postgraduate dance programmes may be eligible for financial support.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
It’s a bit of both – our buildings are both based in Greenwich, a unique environment unlike anywhere else with lots of tourist attractions, so there’s a real creative buzz and nice local community around it that makes the conservatoire feel like a campus.
But at the same time, it's definitely not excluded from the rest of the city. With easy access to the rest of London, you can take advantage of everything this diverse and cosmopolitan city has to offer - from major performing arts venues to the busy high street.
How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?
Our buildings are within short walking distance of each other, just 5-10 mins walk apart. Our main Halls of Residence, McMillan Halls is located within easy walking distance from both of our buildings.
What fields of study is the university best known for?
We are the UK’s only conservatoire that provides intensive performance training in both music (classical music, jazz and musical theatre) and contemporary dance.