Contemporary dance didactics, international context - Course

Contemporary dance didactics, international context - Course

This course is for you, who are already working with or would like to work with dance teaching and are interested in developing your teaching from a norm creative and contemporary perspective. The course is given in English and is open to international applicants.

Contemporary dance didactics, international context is a course as well as a platform where you develop dance and dance didactics with a norm creative perspective. It is a course where knowledge and points of view are challenged and developed to increase the relevancy of dance teaching in contemporary society. The aim is for you to formulate an individual approach to dance didactics and to develop ability to teach and discuss dance with a contemporary approach and in international contexts. There are two options for the studies on this course, which means that you can choose to read it full-time on campus or full-time partly at a distance.

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    Contemporary dance didactics, international context consists of three parts; dance practice, Dance 7,5 ECTS, practical dance didactic work, Dance didactics 15 ECTS, and theoretic studies, Dance theory 7,5 ECTS. It will give you a possibility to expand your dancing as well as your dance teaching through studies and through input and collaborations with students from different countries and contexts.  

    Course content is practical work, theoretical studies and discussions. Topics are dance, dance didactics, dance theory, dance analysis, ethics and norm creativity. There will be dance classes, didactic creative work in the dance studio, presentations, lectures and seminars, workshops, collaborations and studies of and discussions on relevant texts.

    There are two alternatives for studies:

    Alternative 1: Full time studies at campus

    The studies will be on campus full time for one semester, from week 4 until week 23.

    Half of the day will be dance classes with one chosen major; Jazz Dance, Classical ballet, Street Dance, Swedish Folk Dance or Modern and Contemporary Dance, one additional genre and Improvisation. The other half of the day will consist of didactic studies, theory or own work. There will be practical, verbal and written assignments.

    Week 4-23 Dance

    Week 4-11 and week 19-23 Dance didactics

    Week 12-18 Dance theory

    Alternative 2: Full time studies, Part time distance studies

    The studies will be both on campus and on-line and there will be practical, verbal and written assignments. The semester runs from week 4 until week 23. The on-campus studies will be structured through three intensive periods, week 4-5, week 12-13 and week 21-22. During the intensive periods, there will be dance classes and didactic or theory classes. The dance classes will be in one chosen major; Jazz Dance, Classical ballet, Street Dance, Swedish Folk Dance or Modern and Contemporary Dance, one additional genre and Improvisation as well as dance workshops together with Alternative 1/Full time students. Between intensive periods there will be own studies, collegial collaborations and net based interactions.

    Week 4-5 Dance and Dance didactics

    Week 12-13 Dance and Dance theory

    Week 21-22 Dance and Dance didactics

    Students in Alternative 1 and Alternative 2 will collaborate and the studies will be connected.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the first cycle, with exemption for Swedish 1, 2, 3 and English 6, and

    Specific entry requirements

    • 60 credits in dance or dance pedagogy or or equivalent

    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

    Worked with education in dance or have the will to do so.

  • How to apply

    When the course is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply"-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. Keep in mind that your application needs 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.
    • 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.

    • 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.


    Below are the entry requirements for the course.  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.

    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 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 We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements:

    • 60 credits in dance or dance pedagogy or  equivalent

    if you do not have 60 credits in dance or dance pedagogy you can apply for recognition of prior learning.

    Other documents needed for the admission process

    • Letter of Motivation max 1/2 A4 page (2000 characters)
    • Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to.

    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

    If there are more qualified applicants than training places, a selection is made. The selection is made through an overall assessment of the applicant's submitted qualifications. In the assessment, special consideration is given to experience/activities with focus on and connection to the course content.

  • 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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 186 000 SEK.

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