Site and participant - Course
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Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Site and participant - Course

Do you want to expand your artistic work to locations other than the traditional auditorium? Do you want to explore how audiences can become participants and co-creators, based on a specific site ?

The course Site and participant is aimed at those who wish to create encounters and meeting places in interaction with the site and the landscape together with other artists and who wish to explore how audiences and visitors can become participants and co-creators in such an artistic work.

The course is structured so that it can be taken without being resident in Stockholm. The language of instruction is English. If the students are all Swedish speaking, teaching and discussions can take place in Swedish.

The course is aimed at those who are artists in theatre, opera, dance, circus, performance, visual arts, directing, drama, music, lightand sound design, set design and costume design. You should have a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts or equivalent professional experience in the area. The main language of instruction is English and the course is at second cycle level.

How can we create meeting places and artistic expressions that are based on the site and its landscape and people? How can audiences and visitors become participants or co-creators in such a process?

What does this mean for the artist's work? What does this mean for the site?

What ethical questions and discussions does this entail?

These are some of the questions that the course examines and addresses.

The purpose of the course is to develop and test methods for creating an artistic work based on a specific site in collaboration with the landscape and how the transformation from audience and visitor to participant and co-creator can be made possible. The aim is also to illustrate and explore what artistic, practical and ethical choices this entails and to explore new ways of socially engaging landscape and culture in an artistic work.

The focus of the course is different methods for understanding a site in relation to the characteristics of the landscape and how the site , with its people, history, cultural heritage and potential future, can be involved in the artistic work, as well as how the audience and visitors can be transformed into participants and co-creators. The course also provides an overview of the historical use of the concepts of place, meeting and participant and what the development of the practice looks like in the field of the performing arts.

The course includes reflective work on methods and experiences linked to your practical artistic work and your own practice, as well as the development of a personal artistic project based on the methods, knowledge and experiences that the course provides.

The teaching is done through workshops, lectures, seminars, discussion-based seminars, literature studies and supervision.

The course includes both independent work and collaboration in groups.  

The course is a reworking of the three courses on the theme of Encounter that Uniarts has given in 2018-2019: Encounter - Site event participants, Encounter - Performing Arts and Landscape and Encounter - Create for and with participants.

Sara Erlingsdotter, is the teacher responsible for the course. Within the course you will meet other teachers with expertice in performing arts as well as landscaping.

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    Course plan:

    The physical meetings consists of workshops, lectures, seminars and group discussions.  We meet at either Alby or at SKH Campus at Valhallavägen 189. Your supervising can be conducted via Skype (or similar). It is also possible to partake in the November meeting digitally.

    10-12 SEPTEMBER (Tue-Thu)
    Registration Tuesday morning September 10th.

    8-10 OCTOBER (Tue-Thu)

    5-7 NOVEMBER (Tue-Thu)
    Lectures - can be viewed Skype/Video conference for those who are not able to come to Stockholm.

    10-12 DECEMBER (Tue-Thu)

    21-23 JANUARI (Tue-Thu)

    18-20 FEBRUARI (Tue-Thu)
    Supervision. Can be conducted via Skype/Video conference for those who are not able to come to Stockholm.

    17-19 MARS (Tue-Thu)

    21-23 APRIL (Tue-Thu)
    Supervision. Can be conducted via Skype/Video conference for those who are not able to come to Stockholm.

    26-29 MAY (Tue-Fri)

    Between these meetings you are working independently and partly through the learning platform Canvas.

    Through site-specific workshops, you examine, together with the other students, different ways of understanding a  site in relation to the characteristics of the landscape, urban as well as rural. You also explore ways of involving the whole site with its people, history, cultural heritage and potential future in the artistic work and how the audience and visitors can be transformed into participants and co-creators in such a work.

    The course also includes lectures, reflections and discussions. In seminar form, you and the other students reflect on methods and experiences linked to the practical artistic work in relation to your and the other students' experiences.

    The first course period ends with you writing a reflective text.

    The second course period ends with you reporting on a project that you have worked on and developed during the course, possibly in collaboration with one or more of the other students.

    The course is based on both collaboration and individual work: partly together with other artists in encounters with different experiences and competencies, and partly in the development of the project.

    Most of the teaching will take place at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, partly at Valhallavägen and partly in the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts’ premises in Subtopia in Alby, the municipality of Botkyrka and nearby places in the area, in both urban and rural landscapes.

    Part of the teaching will be in collaboration with the Department of Landscape Architecture, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle and
    specific entry requirement of a Bachelor of Fine Arts and English 5.

    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 qualifications required for the course, it will be valuable if you have practical professional experience of performing arts in some form.

  • 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.

    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 showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level

    • Upload a signed transcript of records showing that you have previously studied at university level.
    • If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).
       

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. 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. Documentation showing that you meet the specific entry requirement of a Degree of a Bachelor of Fine Arts

    • Upload an official document stating that you have completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, including the transcript of records, signed by the university.
    • If you are in your last year of studies please upload a certificate that shows completed and current courses
    • If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below)
       

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. 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

    4. Documentation showing that you meet the specific entry requirement  of English 5.
    Read more about how to show your level of proficiency in English here.

    5. Your cv
    List education, professional and other experience that you find relevant for this application. Write in either English or Swedish. Use PDF.

    6. Letter of motivation
    A brief description of why you wish to take the course. Max 1 A4 (about 4000 characters incl. blanks). Write in either English or Swedish. Use PDF.

    7. Project description
    Describe a project that will serve as a point of reference for the project that you then develop and examine during the course. Max 2 A4 (about 8,000 characters incl. blanks). Write in either English or Swedish. Use PDF.

    8. Optional project material
    If you wish, you can add material that you think is needed to present your projet: Still images (max 3, use PDF), film (max 1 file, use MP4) and/or sound (max 1 file, use MP3). Max 150MB/file.

     

    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.

    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: support@varbi.com

    Technical difficulties with your application?

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

  • When you have applied

    Selection is made by an admissions group. The selection is based on the applications, as well as interviews if necessary. Interviews can be done via Skype.

  • 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 315 000 SEK.

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