New Performative Practices - Master
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New Performative Practices - Master

The Master Programme New Performative Practices is aimed at experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. Performing artists are given context and support to engage with their own performative practices as well as tools to further their research. Below you will find information regarding the content and setup of the programme, as well as the admission process.

The programme comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, which qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, with a specialisation in Performative Practices. Artistic development demands the ability to constructively question established methods. New Performative Practices gives space to art that challenges the commonplace.

Master Programme New Performative Practices

The Master programme New Performative Practices is a road to deepened and expanded knowledge. Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer's role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. The individual artist's development of a personally sustainable practice is placed in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

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    You apply to the programme with your artistic practice and a plan for its presentation. Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice. The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. There may be a certain degree of influence on how the courses are carried out according to the student’s individual plan for presenting her/his artistic practice. The artist's individual practice is the basis for two years of in-depth studies with compulsory courses and optional courses. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others' and formulate you own artistic method for its presentation. In addition, the individual practice is put into relation with theory construction of contemporary aesthetics, and philosophy and theory construction. Several of the programme's courses are offered as freestanding courses which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.

    During 2015/2016 the student met, amongst others, Erik Berg, Frank Bock, Annchristine Björk, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Katye Coe, Sara Borgström, Camilla Damkjaer, Anna Efraimsson, Anna Petronella Foultier,  Frédéric Gies, Lena Hammergren, Martin Hargreaves, Pavle Heidler, Rebecca Hilton, Rolf Hughes, Janez Jansa, Linn Hilda Lamberg, André Lepecki, Joakim Mansfeld, Juliette Mapp, Arantxa Martinez, Sam Meech, Chrysa Parkinson, Susan Rethorst, Cecilia Roos, Kerstin Schroth, Bogdan Szyber, Ingrid Redbark Wallander, Tilman Wolfgang, Partriez Van der Wiez, John-Paul Zaccharini.

    If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact: Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme.
    chrysa.parkinson@uniarts.se

    If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees and/or scholarships, please contact:
    Education administration offices
    Phone: +46 8 494 00 850
    studieinfo.doch@uniarts.se

     

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for programme studies at the second-cycle level in higher education (a Degree of Bachelor, or equivalent), and

    Specific entry requirements

    • English 6 or the equivalent
    • At least five years of professional experience of artistic activities.


    You will find detailed information under the heading How to apply. Please note that the language of instruction is English, there is no Swedish language requirement.

    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

    Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice.

  • 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.

    Start your application early! 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.

    When you have entered the application system:
    1. Register by putting in your name and e-mail address.
    2. Input your personal data (including your Swedish civic registration number if you have one).
    3. Fill in the application form and upload the required documents.

    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows:

    • You should scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL document pages, even those that just contain instructions, or keys, or other information that is not necessarily your grade information. It must be the complete document.
    • If you upload copies of original documents (degree certificates, transcript of records, language test results etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, print their name and provide their telephone number on each document copy you submit. This person, by signing, is certifying that the copy you submit is an exact copy of the original. A friend, relative or government official can provide this certification for you.
    • All documents that are in the same category (for example transcripts and diploma copies) must be scanned into ONE file - do not make a separate file for each page.
    • Check your scan to see that everything on the original document can be read on the scan, including text, stamps, numbers, etc. If it cannot be read when it is uploaded, it cannot be accepted.
    • We do not recommend that applicants take photos of their documents. The quality is not at a level where we can guarantee we can accept the document in that format.
    • All files must be in PDF-format to be accepted for uploading.
    • Please name your files with content and your name for example: CV_AnnaSmith.


    Documents to upload

    • A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you)

      Applicants from non-EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, need to pay application fee for higher education in Sweden, and if admitted a tuition fee. If you are a citizen in an EU, EEA-country, or Switzerland, you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card.

      For the passport/national identity card to be considered valid, your copy must be uploaded a maximum of 3 months after the expiration date has passed. Since last day of application is February 1st 2017, the last valid day for your passport/national identity card must be November 1st 2016.

      If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. But don't forget to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.
       
    • A degree certificate (for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records)

      Upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Spanish are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
       
    • Certificate from university about current studies (if applicable for you)

      If you attend last term at a bachelor programme you have to send in a transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. A certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree should be at DOCH at the latest at the start of the autumn term (before registration).
       
    • Application of recognition of prior learning/exemption from entry requirements (if applicable for you)

      If you do not 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. You will be asked in your application to explain why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general and/or specific entry requirements. You also need to upload signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter. The documents you upload need to be in English and marked with your name and day of birth.

      Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

      The required prior learning - What is important to show for the general entry requirements?
       
    • Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6, or the equivalent)

      You need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6, or the equivalent) defined in the specific entry requirement. English 6 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school. You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge. You should upload your grades from upper secondary school/high school, or the equivalent from adult education at upper secondary level.

      You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test (TOEFEL, IELTS Michigan English Language Assessment Battery or University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations). We need to have your test results no later than 21 June 2017.

      You can also take a local language test at DOCH, to be given in conjunction with the selection tests. The test is organized at our school premises in Stockholm. Please note that the local language test is only valid when applying to an education programme within DOCH.

      Students, who have studied at university level with English as the language of instruction, may meet the English language requirements through certain exemptions.

      Here you will find more information regarding the English language requirements, accepted tests and minimum results required.
       
    • Documentation that shows that you have at least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities

      You need to upload documentation that shows that you have at least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities. For example, you can upload copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publications, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, presenters and/or directors etc, as a complement to your CV. The documents must be marked with your name and day of birth.
       
    • Your CV

      Upload your CV that describes your education and professional experience in chronological order. The CV needs to be in English.
       
    • A letter of motivation

      Answer the following questions:
      - Why are you applying to the programme?
      - What are your expectations of your studies at the programme?

      You need to write in English. Please write your name and day of birth. Word limit: 1000 words.
       
    • Biography

      Upload a 1-page description of relevant professional experience in relation to your expectations of the programme. The biography needs to be in English.
       
    • A statement on artistic practice

      Upload a statement on what Artistic Practice means to you currently. You need to write in English. Word limit: 1000 words.
       
    • A proposal for presenting your artistic practice

      Upload a copy of your proposal for presenting your artistic practice. The proposal must be in English. Word limit: 1000 words.Please write your name and day of birth. The proposal must include the following elements: 
      − the presentation plan
      − the problem/-s raised by the presentation plan
      − the chosen method
      − the artistic approach in relation to your primary artistic practice, training/background and professional experience
      − idea/-s about the documentation and its form.
       
    • A film of previous work (maximum length 10 min and 150 Mbit)

      Upload a film of your previous work with a maximum length of 10 minutes (maximum 150 Mbit). You might have to reduce/compress the video size before uploading it, for example by using MPEG Streamclip. Please note that DOCH cannot provide any support in terms of installation or use of the programme MPEG Streamclip.

    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: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

    E-mail: support@varbi.com 
    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays at the following times: 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30) 

  • When you have applied

    The selection of candidates will be carried out in several steps. The assessment will be made by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the fields of choreography and performative practice. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment. After each step a decision will be made regarding which candidates will proceed to the next step. Every candidate will receive notification of whether they have proceeded to the next part of the process or not.

    All eligible applicants proceed to the selection process. The first step of the selection process (Selection test 1) will be based on the material that you turn in with your application. The candidates that go on to the second part of the selection process (Selection test 2) will be invited to a selection test in Stockholm. Selection test 2 will consist of an interview that is carried out individually at the end of March. The interview will focus on your proposal for presenting your artistic practice and your abilities to carry out the planned presentation. We strongly recommend an in-person interview, but under special circumstances you may have your interview over Skype.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection tests

  • 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.

    The tuition fee for the Master’s Programme New Performative Practices starting in the autumn of 2017 is SEK 192 150 for the first semester and SEK 784 300 for the programme as a whole.

    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 to pay to Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.

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