Dance Performance - Bachelor

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 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 Kristine Slettevold, Head of the Programme.

    If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, tuition fees, or the application process, 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.

    Swedish language skills are not required.

    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 Programme 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.

    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. Your application has to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    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. All files must be in PDF-format.

    ◦ 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.

    ◦ Please name your files with content and your name for example: CV_Firstname_Lastname.

    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 January 15th 2020, the last valid day for your passport/national identity card must be October 15th 2018.

    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.

    School grades from upper secondary school/high school
    In order to meet the general entry requirements for the programme you must verify that you have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education. You need to upload your diploma, a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school (high school), or a grade document, or the equivalent, from adult education at upper secondary school level. Your completed education must qualify you for higher education studies in the country you received it.

    Upper secondary school documents in Swedish, Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German and Norwegian do not need to be translated. If your documents are in any other language, you must also submit authorized translations of the documents into Swedish, or English.

    If you have upper secondary qualifications from the United States - or a foreign high school with American accreditation - you must have your qualifications sent directly to Uniarts from your school. This includes transcripts, certificates and diplomas.

    Certificate from upper secondary school about current studies (if applicable for you)
    If you attend last term at upper secondary school (high school) you have to send in an individual study plan and/or transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. This also applies to students in adult education at upper-secondary level. A copy of your final school grades should be received by DOCH June 18 2020 (Swedish upper secondary school), or July 5th 2020 (school grades from abroad), at the latest.

    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 or exemption. 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 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 or Swedish 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 5, or the equivalent)
    You need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent) defined in the general entry requirement. English 5 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school (high school). You need 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 June 18 2020.

    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.

    Upload your CV that describes your professional experience in chronological order.

    The CV needs to be in English only.

    Letter of Motivation
    Upload a letter of motivation. Write maximum one page (English only). Please mark the document with your name.

    Answer the following questions:

    - Why are you applying to the programme?
    - Describe an art experience and how it has inspired and influenced you.
    - What do you want to use your education for?

    A video (maximum length 6 min and 150 Mbit)
    Upload a video where you complet tasks/exercises described here soon.

    Please follow the instructions for all 4 tasks/exercises carefully and practice as much as you need. You can shoot with any camera you want. It is important that the entire body is visible throughout the whole film. The exercises are preferable filmed in a dance studio, without lighting or other arrangements. Use music if you want to, otherwise you can film in silence. Upload your video together with your application. Maximum length 6 minutes and 150 Mbit.

    Tasks for your video:

    1. Dance phrase 1 min (see instruction video)
    2. Score exercise (see instructions below)
    3. Score exercise (see instructions below)
    4. Score exercise (see instructions below)

    Please watch the instruction video below. The instruction video contains task/exercise nr. 1. They are directed by Ulrika Berg. Ulrika first shows the exercise in full, followed by more detailed descriptions of the exercise.


    Instructions for task 2,3 and 4 (Score exercises)
    Below you will find the instructions for tasks 2,3 and 4. The texts are written by Zoë Poluch and describe the exercises you are going to show in your video. 

    General Principle: The front is everywhere (360 degrees around you), meaning that you do not treat the camera as your front.

    Task 2
    Time Frame: 3 minutes.
    Dance a dance*, any dance, and explain why you chose to dance that dance.

    *Dance: this could be a style or a technique, a dance you are familiar with that comes from your personal archive, a dance that you have learned from somewhere else, for example, the internet or from a library, it could be a historical dance or a contemporary dance.

    Dance for 2 minutes
    Explain/contextualize for 1 minute

    Task 3
    Time Frame: 1 minute.
    Dance a technical dance.

    1 minute

    Task 4
    Time Frame: 1 minute.

    Dance a untechnical dance.

    1 minutePlease note that you might have to reduce/compress your video size before uploading it.

    Here you will find instructions on how to convert your video


    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 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 field. 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.

    The first step of the selection process (Selection test 1) will be based on the video 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. After Selection Test 2, the admission group makes a selection of applicants that proceed to the last selection test (Selection test 3). Selection test 3 also takes place in Stockholm. Selection test 2 and 3 consists of several parts. 

    Time plan

    - Last day of application: 15 January 2020.
    - Selection test 1: February 2020. Will be based on the material (your video) that you turn in with your application. No participation is necessary.
    - Invitation to selection test 2: will be sent out at the end of February 2020 at the latest.
    - Selection test 2: March 23-27 2020
    - Selection test 3: March-30-April 2 2020.
    - Admission decisions: sent out earliest April 15 2020

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection tests and the assessment

  • 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.

    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 2020: 175 900 SEK per term/1 055 400 SEK for the whole programme.

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


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