Dance Performance - Bachelor
DOCH, School of Dance and Circus

Dance Performance - Bachelor

The Bachelor’s Programme in Dance is for students who are interested in learning through dance and who want to work as artists in the professional field of contemporary dance. Here you will find information about the structure and content of the three-year programme and how to apply.

The work as a dance artist largely consists of being able to immerse yourself into physical, choreographic and intellectual practices. It also involves knowing how to relate to your own artistic practice often in collaborations and collective processes. In particular, the work is about how, what and why you want to communicate with an audience. The programme focuses on these practices, working methods and processes. Practice is interwoven with theory in the form of analysis, discussion and practical reflection, and the combined content of the programme prepares students for work as artists in the professional field of contemporary dance.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Dance Performance

During the programme you will work continuously with various practices, aesthetic styles and forms of expression. The objective is for you to acquire knowledge of various approaches to movement, working methods, staging and production. By meeting teachers from the professional field, both nationally and internationally, you are given the opportunity to create a broad network and develop knowledge and methods with which to work in various ways with contemporary dance and choreography. 

You are required to be able to work independently and responsibly, and through critical reflection develop your ability to take part in a discourse on dance as an art form, both contemporary and its tradition as well as historic development.

After three years you will have the opportunity to get closer to the way in which you want to express yourself as an artist within the field. 

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    The programme mainly consists of three perspectives that contain theory and practice: the dancer and physical skills, the dancer and performative aspects, and the dancer and the art/choreography/the creative process. 

    In daily training, you will develop physical and technical dance skills. Through training in subjects such as ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, yoga and somatic practices, you will develop the awareness of your body that you will need in order to articulate yourself through movement. 

    Understanding of what you communicate on and from a stage will be developed through continually performing in front of an audience. By being observed, both within and outside traditional performance venues, your approach to performative work will be developed and deepened. The programme also offers you tools for combining analytical theoretical work with physical expression. 

    The programme places a great deal of emphasis on creation, and you will work both individually and in collective processes. The focuses of the programme include developing knowledge of artistic methods, the ability to articulate your ideas, project development and various forms of presentation. While working on your own project you will also learn how you can administrate your own future work activities.

    If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact Anna Grip, Head of the Programme.

    If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees and/or scholarships, please contact the Education administration offices.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies on the first-cycle level in higher education, with an exemption from Swedish 1, 2 and 3 and English 6 or the equivalent, and specific entry requirements A grade of Pass on the qualification test in dance.

    If you don’t fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme you may apply for recognition of prior learning, in other words that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities are assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. Submit your application for recognition of prior learning with your application for the programme.

    You may also apply for an exemption/a waiver, that allows you to proceed to the selection process even though you don’t meet the general admission requirements. Submit your application for an exemption/a waiver together with your application.

    Read more about how you can show that you meet the entry requirements (that you are eligible).

  • Valuable prior knowledge

    In order to be admitted to the Bachelor's Program in Dance Performance, you need to have previous knowledge of dance. Most of our students have been dancing during their free time and/or have a preparatory dance education, such as an arts/dance program at upper secondary school level, or folk high school, before they start the program.

  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-button on this page.

    Don’t delay in submitting your application! You may run into trouble if you wait until the last day and your internet connection happens to be down, or you find that your files are in the wrong format. You will not be able to apply once the last date for applications has passed.

    You will find updated information on how to apply to the programme in the beginning of November 2017.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    Confirmation of your application

    When you’ve submitted your application you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive an confirmation e-mail, you should firstly check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact the technical support for the application system by e-mail:

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    The process of assessing the entry requirements is divided into two parts. One of them is to assess the final grades from upper secondary school. The other one is the qualification test in dance. All applicants that send in complete applications will take part in the qualification test.

    After the qualification test, an overall decision will be made about your eligibility.

    You have to meet all the entry requirements in order to be eligible.

    The dance qualification test takes place at DOCH. If you pass the qualification test and also fulfill the general entry requirements, you are eligible to the programme.

  • Application and tuition fees

    If you are a Swedish citizen or a citizen of another EU or EEA country you are not required to pay application or tuition fees. Some other groups are also exempt from the requirement to pay application and study fees.

    A few years ago Sweden introduced application and tuition fees for higher education. The level of the study fees depends on which course/programme they are for, and the level is set in order to cover the actual costs of the course/programme in question. Uniarts has some possibilities of offering scholarships that cover the whole study fee or that subsidise it.

    If you are required to pay an application fee, we need to have received your payment by the last date for applications. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and we have not received your payment by the last date for applications, we will not process your application.

    Tuition fee for the Bachelor Programme in Dance Performance starting autumn term 2016: 165 000 SEK per term/990 000 SEK for the whole programme

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

    Read more about application and study fees, how you pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.


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