Mime Acting - Bachelor

Do you want to work with physical theatre and movement on a professional level? The Bachelor’s Programme in Mime Acting is aimed at those who want to educate themselves and work as mime artists, actors and creators within the contemporary field of performing arts.

As a mime actor you will have the opportunity to work in in a wide range of contexts with colleagues from different fields of the arts. Former students work as mime actors, directors and choreographers as well as animators, puppeteers and motion capture actors. They work as freelancers, in established companies and create their own companies. Through their artistic approach, they have expanded where and how mime acting and physical theatre are presented.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Mime Acting you develop tools for your artistic practice. You will be working independently as well as with collective creation. Practice is interwoven with theory in the form of analysis, discussion and reflection. In daily training, you will study various movement and acting practices supporting the development of the awareness of your body and the other bodies in the room. You develop a capacity to visualize, express and embody thoughts and feelings. There are also courses where you can relate your own artistic practice to a historical, artistic and socio-political context. You will be collaborating with students from other disciplines in joint courses and projects.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Mime Acting also opens up the possibility to continue further studies, for instance in a Master’s programme.

The main language of instruction is English. You will be able to work in your native language, such as Swedish for example, when working artistically with text and creation.

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    During the programme you will develop your artistic practice and ability to create.

    Year 1 is focused on basic training in mime acting and supporting subjects. During year 2, you deepen your knowledge and continue to develop your own creation. Year 3 is mainly production-oriented including an individual project as well as an ensemble project. You apply, develop and consolidate your knowledge and artistic practice.

    In the programme you will study:

    • mime acting and an introduction to mime corporel
    • improvisation, acting and clown technique
    • dance and acrobatics
    • voice, singing and text interpretation
    • dramaturgy and performance creation
    • stage production
    • the performing arts in a historical, artistic and socio-political context
    • health


    From the start, you will present your work and develop the ability to perform for different types of audiences. As a fully trained mime actor, you are an actor and theatre maker with a broad knowledge of the body’s possibilities on stage and the creation of physical theatre.

  • 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).

    You apply to the programme in two steps

    1. Apply to the programme via
      Last day for application: 16 January 2023

      Please note that you need to submit supporting documents showing that you meet the general entry enquirements via: pages/Documents/Upload documents.
    2. Submit your worksample via Varbi (according to instructions below):
      Last day to submit worksamples to be part of the selection: 16 January 2023


    Other important dates

    • 1 February 2023: Last day to submit supporting documentation of previous studies (qualification)*
    • 1 February 2023: Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees (read more under Application and tuition fees below)
    • 5 May 2023: Admission results published on “My pages” on


    * 21 June is deadline for submitting your final grades for you who are currently studying the last term of your Upper Secondary Education in Sweden.

    * 5 July is deadline for submitting your final grades for you who are currently studying the last term of your Upper Secondary Education in another country or IB- education.

    * 5 July is deadline for you who need to submit proficiency test in English or Swedish.


    Instructions on how to submit your work samples* via Varbi

    * Please read below which type of documentation and/or files that is required for the programme you have applied to.

    When you have entered Varbi:

    1. Register by stating your name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in your personal data.
    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.
    • All documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

    Send in the following via Varbi:

    The work samples consist of a motivation letter and two videos. Both letter and films must be uploaded via Varbi. The main language of instruction is English, and you choose whether you want to present the work samples in English or Swedish. Please read all the instructions carefully before starting your work samples.

    1. Letter of motivation

    Motivation letter in which you describe:

    1. Why you are applying for the Bachelor of Mime Acting?
    2. What you hope to gain from the programme?

    Max 1 A4 page (4000 characters). Please use pdf.

    2. Film 1: Optional content that represents you

    In 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 a clip from a performance you have worked on.

    3. Film 2: Portray a story

    In the second film, you will portray an excerpt from one of the following texts:

    1. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow
    2. The Lion and the Mouse
    3. Persephone


    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 in Film 2 has been edited. The test is then considered invalid and will not be assessed.

    For both films, the following applies:

    You can record them with a mobile camera. 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 apply to the programme via and submit your worksample via Varbi.

    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.

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 08:30–12:00 and 13:00–16:30).

  • When you have applied

    The assessment of eligibility and the selection take place in several stages. The assessment of formal merits/grades is carried out by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The assessment of artistic merits is carried out by an admission group from SKH consisting of teachers and professionals from the field. A student representative can also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment.

    After each stage of the process there will be a decision on who will proceed to the next step. Everyone is informed of whether they will proceed or not.

    Here you find detailed information about the selection process.

  • 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 251 500 SEK per term and 1 509 000 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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