Choreography - Master

The Master’s Programme in Choreography comprises two years of full time, advanced studies with your own work at its center. It is practice based as well as research preparatory. It will qualify you for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Choreography.

The Master Programme in Choreography

The Master's program in Choreography is designed to create a milieu for learning, dancing and research leading to making things. A guiding idea in developing the program is that dance and choreography are speculative practices that produce the forms they need.  The purpose of the programme is to provide support for artists who would like to deepen and challenge what dance can do and what choreography can serve.  

The program encourages the members of the cohort to experiment strategies and methods of being together while supporting and preserving a variety of aesthetics and opinions on art.  If you feel that making work is also creating the ‘fields’ in which it participates please consider applying! The program does not privilege a particular form of presentation, encouraging the students to follow the logic and poetics of the process they have put in place in conjunction with the realities of the place in which they are working. 

The programme is given in English and requires an aptitude in this language, but it also welcomes problems of translation and imagines itself as a possible a heterogenous language field. Certainly, it would like to accommodate questioning English as the common language of ‘contemporary' art. 

This program is ’international’, but also emphasises the importance of local relations and anchoring especially in the face of the rapid change we are presently experiencing and the questions brought up around travel and responsibility.

Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP)

The programme is a part of the Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP) network. The NCP partners are TEAK (University of the Arts Helsinki), DASPA (The Danish National School for Performing Arts), KHIO (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) and SKH ID). There are many opportunities through this program which is focused on bi-annual meetings that are designed to allow you meet your peers in other programs and attend events of importance in the region. Through these meetings that expose you to diverse discourses in choreographic pedagogy and artistic research you will be able to expand your future professional network by meeting both peers and presenters and situate the dynamics of your own program in relation to others. 

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    This program is constructed with the idea that the field of choreography needs both challenges and play in order to develop and survive. It endeavours to support the artists who want to do this and to figure out how the creative process fits into life in a sustainable way. Here you will experiment with designing working processes as well as forms of performance or presentation. No one particular aesthetic has priority over another. Perhaps you will be interested in the development of ‘expanded choreographic practices’, meaning those forms and practices that exceed existing markets and categories because of the needs and curiosities of the artists who instigate them. In this program the works of the participating students are at the centre. Your study revolves around developing varied ways of knowing through dancing, reading, instigating group activities and experimenting with what one does in a working process.  An important part of the ethos of this program is helping you to use the aforementioned methods to perceive the systems and structures that surround you and your process, noticing how they both afford and limit possibilities, form and content. We start with the school and program itself and expand from there towards dominant and minor production methods, ethical responsibilities, familiar and unfamiliar artistic milieus including that of ‘Artistic Research’. You will be asked to think about form and production as intertwined and begin to speculate on how your choreographic efforts can participate in the larger world through, or outside, of various institutional structures.


  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle (a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent), and

    Specific entry requirement
    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • A grade of Pass in the work sample showing the applicants own experience of choreographic work
    • A grade of Pass in the qualification test showing artistic ability in choreography

    The language of instruction is English, knowledge in Swedish is not needed.

    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

    The program particularly welcomes candidates who see choreography as a question rather than a defined discipline and have experience in making and producing their own work.  If you are coming from another discipline and consider your work to be choreographic, you are welcome to apply. The program will require you to be willing to think and inquire through dancing, so you should be at ease with this and curious about it.    

  • 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: 17 January 2022
      Please note! Choose “Autumn 2022” for your search!
    2. Submit your work sample via Varbi (accordning to instructions below):
      Last day to submit work sample via Varbi: 17 January 2022

    Other important dates for your application

    • Supporting documentation deadline: 1 February 2022*
    • Admission results: Published on My pages on 6 May 2022

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

      Deadline for Diploma of Bachelor’s Degree and transcript of records for you who are currently studying the last term of your Bachelor’s Programme, is by the time for registration.

    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 (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.
    • 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:

    1. CV

    Upload your CV that describes your professional experience in chronological order. The CV needs to be in English only.

    2. Work samples

    Upload 2-3 Work samples in the format of video clip(s). The admission group will view approximately a total of 10 minutes of your submission. If the video sample is long, please indicate from where you wish them to start/stop watching. Please use MP4 (max 150MB/file).

    3. Letter of motivation

    Upload a letter of motivation where you answer the following questions:

    1. Why are you applying for this programme?
    2. What expectations do you have on the studies?

    The letter must be written in English. Sign with name and date of birth. The text should be a maximum of 2000 characters. 

    4. A written text

    Write and upload a text elucidating your art practice where you address one or more of the following questions:

    1. What is your working understanding of ‘choreography’?
    2. Is there a ’field’ in which you would situate your work? (discuss a few people, things or phenomena that you relate to in your artistic practice.)
    3. What do you think dance and/or choreography ‘does’ in the world?

    This text should be a maximum of 2 A4 (approximately 8000 characters incl. blanks). 

    Please note that you might have to reduce/compress your video size before uploading itRead more about reducing video size and what Bitrate is.

  • 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.

    You can find detailed information about the admission process here. 

  • 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 Masterprogramme in Choreography: 181 000 SEK per term and 724 000 SEK for the whole programme.

    Scholarships to Cover the Tuition Fee

    If you are obliged to pay a tuition fee you can apply for a scholarship which covers the tuition fee. The scholarship does not cover any private costs during your studies. Please note that you still need to pay an application fee (900 SEK). The application fee is non-refundable.

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


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