Directing in Performing Arts – Contemporary Methods and Practices - freestanding course

Directing in Performing Arts – Contemporary Methods and Practices

This is a course for performing arts professionals who wish to broaden their understanding of directing methods in contemporary performing arts.

The purpose of the course is to engage with topical discussions concerning directing methods in the performing arts in order for you to develop your  individual artistic strategies.

During the course you will develop your awareness about some of the questions that challenge contemporary performing arts, such as: the question of hierarchies, ownership and agency, leadership and ethics, in relation to artistic freedom, the idea of collectivity and context-based performative practices.

You will discuss these questions with others as well as critically examine your own artistic practice and reflect on the possibility of implementing specific methods in your future artistic work.

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    The course is conducted full time over 7 weeks. The teaching consists of digital meetings two afternoons per week. In addition, there will be individual work.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements:
    for Second-cycle (graduate) studies

    Specific entry requirements:

    • English 5.
    • Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts, or equivalent.
    • A total of 1 year of professional experience in the performing arts.

    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 addition to the entry requirements required for the course, no special prior knowledge is required.

  • 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 needs to be turned in by 23.59 (Swedish time).

    You apply to the course in two steps

    1. Apply to the course via  
      Last day for application: 17 April 2023
      Please note! Choose “Autum 2023” for your search!

      Please note that you need to submit supporting documents showing that you meet the general entry requirements via under My pages/Documents/Upload documents.

      Last day to submit supporting documentation: 2 May 2023


    1.  Submit your worksample via (according to instructions below):
      Last day to submit worksamples to be part of the selection: 17 April 2023


    Instructions for work samples

    You need to submit the following work samples via in order to be part of the selection to this course:

    Documents to be submitted for this course (worksamples)

    When you apply for the course, you need to compile the following material in ONE pdf-file:

    1. Documentation of a specific artistic project that you consider has developed your artistic practice (e.g. text, images, links to moving images or sound)

    2, Your answers in writing to the following question (max.400 words):

    • Which questions or problems were you faced with in the project and how did you solve them?

    3. Your reflection upon the following questions (max.400 words): 

    • Which questions related to directing methods in the performing arts are important for the further development of your artistic practice ?
    • Which colleagues/artists/thinkers have inspired you in your thoughts around these questions so for and how ?

    The pdf-file should be max.5 A4-pages in total.

    Name the pdf-file; "Work sample directing your name".

    Attach your CV in a pdf-file, and include selected, certified, documents that confirm your eligibility, that is: A total of 1 year of professional experience in the performing arts.

    Name your pdf-file “CV documents, your name”.

    Other important dates for your application 

    - Last day for applications: 17 April 2023
    Please note! Choose “Autumn 2023” for your search!

    - Last day to pay the application fee or prove that you are not required to pay the fees: 2 May 2023 (read more under Application and tuition fees below)

    Admission results: Published on My pages on 12 July 2023.

    - Last day to reply to possible course offer: 21 July 2023.


    * If you're completing your upper secondary studies in an EU/EEA country, Switzerland or an IB/EB programme, you have until 5 July to submit your documents. All other supporting documents should be submitted together with your application.

  • When you have applied

    If there are more eligible applicants than available places a selection will be made, based on the following criteria :

    1. The applicant’s ability to solve given tasks, problems or questions

    2. The applicant’s artistic capacity

    3. The applicant’s capacity to reflect upon one’s own and others’ artistic expression

    The evaluation is based on the material you submit with the application.

  • 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 forpaying the tuition 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.

    The tuition fee for the course is 111 000 SEK.

    Read more about tuition fees and how to pay to SKH.