Mime Acting - Bachelor

Mime Acting - Bachelor

The Bachelor's Programme in Mime Acting is for you who wants to work with physical acting and movement on a professional level. Here you will find information about the structure of the education.

As a graduated mime actor, you will be a well-trained and versatile stage artist who can work in almost all areas of the performing arts: mime, dance, circus, text-based theatre, performance. As a fully trained mime actor, you’ll have excellent opportunities to work in innovative contexts with colleagues from different fields of the arts. You become very good at anything that involves physical creation, whether you are acting on your own or working as a choreographer or director.

In the training, you will learn to tell stories and portray emotions in interaction with an audience. The movement and the physical portrayal provides a foundation for whatever career path you choose in modern performing arts.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Mime Acting

The main subject is called "mime figuration" where you are trained from the outset to creatively work with scenes and presentations. The historical background of the training is the mime technique by the Polish director Henryk Tomaszewski which was developed by mime actor and professor Stanislav Brosowski. Brosowski’s pedagogy called “The physical thinking actor” is still the base of the education. Through daily training you learn to visualize and embody thoughts and feelings. Technical training is interspersed with improvisation and self-creation. Voice and texts can be used as a supplement, but is rarely the main focus.

You are also taught subjects such as acrobatics and movement, dance, voice, stage production and stage design, text interpretation, dramaturgy and performance creation, clown technique, Mime Corporel (Decroux technique), singing, health, reflection on practical knowledge and theatre studies.

The focus is on one's own creation in all subjects.

From 2021, the main language of instruction will be English. The native language, such as Swedish, will be able to be used in subjects such as text interpretation and stage production and stage design as well as in other exercises where text is included.


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    Year 1 is focused on basic training in mime figuration and related subjects. During year 2, you deepen your knowledge and continue to develop your own creation. Year 3 is mainly production-oriented and you apply, develop and consolidate your knowledge.

    We collaborate with students from other educations in different ways. We have, for example, a couple of smaller collaborations and a larger production exercise with the Department of Performing Arts.

    The mime figuration is complemented by, among other subjects:

    • dance and Mime Corporel (Decroux technique)
    • acrobatics and movement
    • stage production and stage design
    • voice, text interpretation, song
    • dramaturgy, performance creation
    • theatre studies and professional meetings
    • clown technique


    As a fully trained mime actor, you are an actor and theatre maker with a deep and special knowledge of the body's possibilities on stage and the creation of movement-based performing arts. You have also started to develop your own artistic expression.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies on the first-cycle level in higher education, with an exemption from Swedish 1, 2 and 3.

    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

    There are no formal prerequisites in addition to completing upper secondary education, but most of our students have engaged in various disciplines that have to do with physical expression. For example, physical acting, dancing and circus techniques. Some have played amateur theater or attended some form of preparatory education at, for example, aesthetic high school programs, study associations, folk high schools or schools abroad. It is important that you have a desire to portray with your body.

  • How to apply

    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. Keep in mind that your application has to be turned in by 23:59 (Swedish time).

    When you have entered the application system:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in 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 must scan your original documents. If the document is in colour, scan it in colour.
    • Be sure to scan ALL pages in the document, even those that just contain instructions or other information that is not necessarily information about your grades. It must be the complete document and all the pages should be in the same file.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, write their name in block letters 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.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format unless speciafied otherwise
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete.

    1. A copy of your passport or national identity card (unless you are a Swedish citizen)

    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. Please upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card as we need to check your nationality. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport. Remember to state your Swedish civic registration number when you fill in your personal data.


    2. Documentation to show that you meet the General Entry Requirements for studies at first cycle

    • You must upload your diploma with a list of subjects taken and grades received from upper secondary school/high school.
    • If you study in the  last year in upper secondary school/high school you must upload a certificate on your current studies.
    • If you do not have grades from upper secondary school/highschool you can apply for recognition of prior Learning.
    • We only accept documents in Nordic languages, Finnish and English. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
    • Please note that we do not accept print outs from Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.


    3. Letter of motivation

    Personal letter in which you describe why you are applying for the programme. Max 1 A4 page (4000 characters). Please use pdf.


    4. Your CV

    Here you list education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to show.


    5. Films

    Upload two films with your application. You can record them with a mobile camera:

    1. For the first film, the content is optional: Choose something that you think represents you. It can be an improvisation or a scene in motion and/or text, or alternatively a clip from a performance you worked on.
    2. For the second film, you will portray an excerpt from one of the following texts:

    Instructions film 2:

    • Choose one of the three texts.
    • Portray the text using both your body and voice.
    • Do not focus on getting through the whole text in your film, if it is perceived as short on time. The important thing is that you present the story in a way that you are satisfied with. If you go on to audition 4, you will have the chance to play a longer piece of the story.
    • You may NOT have any co-player, i.e. any other person, in the film.
    • Make sure you are visible and can be heard well and that you are visible throughout the film, not just your face.
    • If you use sign language, make sure the language is centered in the film.
    • The story must be filmed in one shooting and the mobile phone must be still during the filming.
    • The mobile film must be in an unbroken, unedited shot without zoom.
    • Note that your application cannot be processed if the material has been edited. The test is then considered invalid and will not be assessed.

    For both films, the following applies:


    In the instructional video below, you will receive further guidance on how to record your film.

    In order for your application to be complete, you need to have answered all the questions in the application form and uploaded your film.


    Applying for recognition of prior learning

    If you do not meet the general requirements and/or specific requirements you can apply for recognition of prior learning. When you apply for recognition of prior learning you should upload:

    • a letter explaining why you think that you will manage the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements and/or specific entry requirements.
    • signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter and CV. The documents you upload need to be signed and dated by the person/s that wrote them. We only accept documents on in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.


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

    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

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

  • When you have applied

    The selection procedure will be conducted in five steps. The first step (Selection 1) takes place based on the films you as an applicant have submitted in connection with your application. Selection tests 2, 3, 4 and 5 take place on site at Stockholm University of the Arts, Department of Acting at Valhallavägen 193 in Stockholm.

    The assessment is made by an admissions group as well as a student representative. The student representative has the right to express an opinion but not the right to make a decision.

    After each selection round, a decision will be made as to which applicants go on to the next step and which do not. Everyone is notified, regardless of whether you proceed to the next step on or not.


    When is the selection taking place?

    Selection tests 2-5 takes place during weeks 15-17. The dates below are preliminary. 

    Selection 1: The selection is based on submitted material. The last day to submit your application is 15 January 2021 at 23.59.

    For more information on what to submit, see the tab "How to apply" on the programme page.

    All eligible applicants who have submitted a complete application on time will be notified whether they will be called for selection 2 or not.

    Selection 2: The test takes place 12–16 April in the Department of Acting's premises in Stockholm.

    Applicants attend one of the days either morning or afternoon. You can not choose the day and time yourself.

    No special preparation is required. Applicants participate in workshops, both in groups and individually.

    Selection 3: The test takes place 19–20 April in the Department of Acting's premises in Stockholm.

    Applicants participate one of the days. If you are called to the test, you must be able to participate the whole day.

    No special preparation is required.

    Applicants participate in a joint lesson in mime acting and improvisation. Individual assignments are distributed and reported individually during the day.

    Selection 4: The test takes place 21 April in the Department of Acting's premises in Stockholm.

    Applicants participate throughout the day in a joint lesson in mime acting and carry out both group work and individual work.

    If you are called to the selection, you must prepare to present the saga you sent in with your application (Selection 1). You have the opportunity to extend your portrayal of the saga up to 3 minutes.

    Selection 5: The test takes place 22–23 April in the Department of Acting's premises in Stockholm.

    Applicants participate both days. If you are called to the selection, you must prepare an assignment you have been assigned in connection with Exam 4. Applicants participate in group work as well as individual assignments and Interviews.


    Assessment criteria

    The selection is based on the following criteria:

    • The applicant's ability of artistic figuration
    • The applicant's potential ability to pursue the programme
    • The assessment must be made on artistic basis


    Important to know about the selection procedure

    SKH follows the recommendations and restrictions of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government regarding the Corona-pandemic. Depending on how the situation with the pandemic develops during the winter, and which restrictions that might follow, it might not be possible to go through with the admission tests on SKH’s campus as planned, but only digitally. If that is the case, we will send all applicants information about this and on how the admission tests will be done instead.

    As an applicant, you will receive continuous information on whether you are moving on to the next step or not and, if so, how you need to prepare. All correspondence takes place in the Varbi application system via the e-mail address you used in your application. You are responsible for monitoring your e-mail, including your spam inbox, so that you do not miss important information from us!

    The admissions group gives no justification for their decision after tests 1, 2, 3 and 4. Only after the last selection round, selection 5, does the applicant have the opportunity for a follow-up conversation with one of the members from the admissions group.

  • 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. SKH 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, the Swedish Council for Higher Education needs to receive your payment by the last date for paying the application fee. The application fee is SEK 900. If you are required to pay the application fee and the Swedish Council for Higher Education has not received your payment by the last date for paying the tuition fee, they will not process your application. Read more here.

    The tuition fee for the Bachelor's programme in Mime Acting is 245 600 SEK per term and 1 473 600 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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