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Trinity Laban Conservatoire

UCAS Code: T75

Location: South-east London Show on Map

Site: Two sites: music in Greenwich, dance in Deptford

 Specialist music and dance school

Student Population

Total Students:920
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:640
Full Time:100%
Mature on Entry:15%
UK Students:78%
State school entry:80%

Teaching Staff

40 full-time, 220 part-time.

Broad study areas

Music performance, dance theatre, contemporary dance artist training and related subjects.


Points on Entry (Mean):288
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:Most first years housed. 


Founded:2005, from merger between Trinity College of Music (founded1872 in Marylebone; moved to Greenwich 2001) and Laban (founded 1945 in Manchester; moved to London 1975).
Structural features:The UK's only conservatoire for music and dance.  
Site:Music faculty in Greenwich Old Royal Naval College; dance in award-winning, state-of-the-art building in Deptford
How to get there:DLR to Cutty Sark station close to both sites; trains to Greenwich (from London Bridge, Charing Cross and Waterloo East) for both sites and Deptford mainline or DLR station for dance; by road via M25, A2, A20 and South Circular; by riverboat to Greenwich Pier; by air to London City Airport or Gatwick; on many bus routes. 

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Doctor, psychiatrist, physiotherapist, osteopath, remedial masseur, counsellors, welfare officer, international student affairs officer, Alexander Technique counsellor, career adviser.
Amenities:In-house publications: Dance Theatre Journal, Labanlink and Discourses in Dance.
Accommodation:Most first years housed in student village (15 mins’ walk, joint with Greenwich University), rent from £160 per week, 40 week contract. Privately-owned accommodation locally rents: £85–£130 pw for self-catering. A few first-degree students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:170,000 items, 125 study places. At Greenwich, 40,000 volumes, 60 periodicals, 50 study places. Specialist collections: CYM collection; Barbirolli collection of scores; Almeida collection of conducting scores; special instrument collection; Mander & Mitchenson theatre collection. At Deptford, large dance collection (130,000 items) comprising books, scores, theses, publications, videos, including the Laban Collection, Peter Williams, Peter Brinson and Shirley Wynne archives; 75 study places. Information provision, £82 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and IT services converged. Ratio of workstations to students 1:10. Access to internet from 14 computers, library also online. IT facilities open 10+ hours/day, part-time consultant and library staff provide IT support; handbook and induction programme to library and information services for new students; word- and music-processing skills training within undergraduate courses.
Other learning resources:Recording studio, video conferencing suite, 13 dance studios, 300-seat theatre, dance health facilities, pilates studio, production and wardrobe department.
Careers:Information, advice and placement.  


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £9930–£13,630 pa (excluding tuition fees) recommended by College. 
Term-time work:College allows part-time work. Some work available in college eg helping with auditions and examinations, library, setting up equipment. External engagements organised for chamber groups.  
Financial help:Scholarships of £3000 in Year 1 (£2000 reduction in fee, £1000 bursary) for English students whose family income is up to £25k pa; £1000 progression bursary for all UK/EU students in this income bracket for Years 2 onwards. Some scholarships (variable value).  
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £15,750 pa. 


Academic features:

Music faculty: professional studies, musicianship, communication and teaching skills, contextual studies; BMus in Indian music; MMus in performance; specialist short courses; trains musicians for a variety of careers in music. Dance faculty: in addition to degree courses, offers diploma and postgraduate courses (MA, MSc, PhD, MPhil) in eg community dance studies, teaching and notating dance, dance science, choreography, scenography (dance). Visiting dance artists as teachers and performers. Annual international Easter and summer schools; study year abroad scheme for US students. EFL taught.

Awarding body:

City University

Main undergraduate awards:

BMus, BA

Length of courses:

3 years (BA), 4 years (BMus)

Main subjects offered:

  • Choreography
  • Community Arts
  • Dance
  • Movement Studies
  • Music
  • Music Theatre
  • Performance Arts

Student view


Greenwich is a small, friendly college with around 600 students studying all aspects of music, from jazz to church music, baroque to popular. A long history of musical education, having pioneered practical music exams from 1879, and introducing the first junior department to a conservatoire. Most students are British nationals but a strong international contingent. Set in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, a world heritage site and a fantastic venue in which to study. Brilliant new facilities, including over 80 practice rooms, keyboard lab, recording studio and a chill-out area in the basement. SU has always and continues to have a very good relationship with the staff and is proactive for its students, in a lively and social environment.


Deptford is in a terrific new building on Creekside (Stirling architecture prize, 2003). It's purpose-built for dance training with great facilities: a pilates studio, in-house physiotherapist and osteopath, a dance-related library with helpful staff, the Bonnie Bird Theatre (which features student performances as well as visiting artists) and Feast Your Eyes Café (mainly fair trade and organic, which offers nutritious food at student prices). On the border of Deptford and Greenwich, it is close to mainline and DLR stations for easy access to central London in about 20 minutes (use common sense when travelling alone!). Since the merger with Trinity College of Music, there are increasing opportunities for collaboration between music and dance. Students' union for Trinity and Laban organises many joint events and parties throughout the year; mainly socially active within college but increasing interest in political, ethical and environmental issues. Challenging course focuses on contemporary dance. Mainly release-based training but daily classes in ballet and changing modern techniques (eg Cunningham, Graham) throughout the 3 years. Choreography is a big element throughout the course, with many opportunities to show own work and dance in pieces of visiting artists. Academic modules in the first and second year, with many essays and presentations; choices in many dance-related subjects in second year (eg visual/costume design, Labanotation, community dance, teaching technique, sound scores, theatre, and dance science); even more freedom to choose area and direction of study in third year. Very heavy timetable - 8.45am until 6pm most days plus weekend and evening rehearsals when necessary. Drop-out rate high. Many international and mature students. High teaching standards. Laban also offers one year course, many different MA studies and community classes. Good relations between students and management; very free thinking, open to student views.


Housing: New halls 5 mins' walk; others a bus ride away. Accommodation relatively cheap and easy to find in Greenwich and Deptford area. Eats: Café on site at Deptford; good variety of reasonably-priced eateries nearby. Good local food markets, Deptford for cheap food, Greenwich for organic and delicatessen.College canteen at Greenwich, many inexpensive restaurants, pubs and cafés. Drinks: Friday night drinks in Laban Bar, all nights drinks in Trinity bar. Many local pubs in Deptford, New Cross and Greenwich. Nightlife: Regular SU parties in Greenwich and closer to town. Goldsmiths SU very active with regular club, comedy and film nights; also comedy club (Up The Creek), Greenwich Theatre and Picture House cinema nearby. Few cafés feature small jazz bands or jams. Also some gay-friendly bars. Bonnie Bird Theatre, the Venue (club) for bands, The Fridge at Brixton. Sports: Active SU arrangements for football, hockey, basketball, tennis, local gym, leisure centres with swimming pools with student rates. Travel: Easy to travel into town via DLR, bus or train (10-20 mins). Excellent night bus services. Financial help: Good, with a supportive SU committee and warden. Jobs: Some part-time work in college, private teaching, gigs and bar work easy to find. Local work in cafés, supermarkets, shops, pubs, restaurants and the market; also at Bonnie Bird Theatre for performances and in bar. Best features: Small, family-like atmosphere. And worst: Noise from film crews on location at Greenwich; long hours and heavy workload for dance. 

Past Students

Katrina Karneus (singer); Sir John Barbirolli, Barry Wordsworth (conductors); Mike Dixon (Pop Idol coach); Sir John Taverner (composer); John Powell (film composer); The Cholmondeleys (contemporary dancers); David Massingham (National Dance Agency); Matthew Bourne, Lea Anderson, Jacob Marley (choreographers); Mark Murphy (director and movement specialist).



Trinity Laban Conservatoire
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF


020 8305 4444





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