Choreography - Master
DOCH, School of Dance and Circus

Choreography - Master

The Master Programme in Choreography comprises two years of advanced studies. It is practice based and research preparatory, and qualify you for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Choreography.

The Master Programme in Choreography creates a milieu for learning, research and creation processes, as well as for the development of choreographic practices. Negotiating and analysing different notions of the body and of movement, it focuses on problem posing and emphasizes the links between choreography and social, ethical and political movements.

The program is in constant dialogue with the other programs and courses of the department of dance as well as the research center at Stockholm University of the Arts. Read more about the department.

The Master Programme in Choreography

The two year Master Programme in Choreography is in English. It first started in 2008 and has played a vital role in the development of dance and choreography in Sweden and internationally, notably with regards to the interaction between theory and practice.

Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP)
In the period of 2019-2021 the programme will take part in the newly established international collaboration in master studies in choreography, Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP). 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 DOCH (School of Dance and Cirkus at Uniarts Stockholm).

Studying in NCP allow you to take part in diverse learning environments within the partner institutions and widen the future professional network by meeting both peers and presenters. NCP will provide you with the opportunity to attend events of major importance for the subject of choreography and thus situate both communalities and differences. You will be exposed to diverse discourses in choreographic pedagogy and artistic research and this will broaden the student’s horizons of the educational and professional field of choreography.

In the past years the program has taken interest in the complex dynamics between arts, civil society and the public, and critically addresses the question of agency in relation to choreography. The programme operates internationally, but also emphasizes the importance of local relations and implementation. The program director of 2020 is being recruited during the late fall of 2020. Previous program directors include: Frédéric Gies, Jefta van Dinther, Mårten Spångberg and Jens Östberg.

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    The programme’s activities are shared between scheduled time and individual and collective self-organized activities. Theoretical and choreographic practices embrace each other and are approached as extensions of one another. 

    Thematic learning processes include practical/artistic, methodological and theoretical knowledge, research and interdisciplinary meetings with other artistic and scientific fields of knowledge and expression. 

  • 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

    You have a background in performing arts and knowledge about the current developments of the dance field.

  • How to apply

    When the programme is open for application you apply through our web-based application system by clicking on the "Apply here"-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 has 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
    • 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 We do not accept e-mails as certificates


    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.
    • Documentation showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level. Upload your Degree of a Bachelor including the transcript of records.
      If you are in your last year of studies please upload a certificate that shows completed and current Courses.
    • Documentation that shows that you meet the specific Entry Requirement. (English 5 or the equivalent)
      If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).
    • Your CV Upload your CV that describes your professional experience in chronological order. The CV needs to be in English only.
    • A letter of motivation with a Link to a film. Answer the following questions:
      - Why are you applying for this programme?
      - What expectations do you have on the studies?
      The letter must be written in English. Sign with name and date of birth. Max 2000 characters. In your letter of motivation please add a link to a film with documentation of previous work (specify your function and roll in the work)
    •  A written text where you review a choreographic work you have seen, containing a reflection on the choreographic and aesthetic choices made in this work, and its link to broader questions (maximum 10 000 characters including spaces)

    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 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.

    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

    The Qualification process is divided into two parts, described below.

    Time plan

    - Last day of application: 15 January 2020.
    - Selection test 1: February 2020. Will be based on the material (your video) that you turn in with your application. No participation is necessary.
    - Invitation to selection test 2: will be sent out in the end of February 2020 at the latest.
    - Selection test 2: March 23-27 2020
    - Selection test 3: March-30-April 2 2020.
    - Admission decisions: Earliest April 15 2020

    Part 1 - Assessment of the general and the specific entry requirements – no participation of applicant needed
    A selected part of the jury will make a first assessment of the applicants based on the qualifications/documents/Link to a film with previous work sent in by the applicant. The jury will evaluate the level of the applicant’s choreographic work, looking at artistic articulation, method of work, communicability, craftsmanship and previous experiences. In the applicant’s text reviewing a choreographic work, the jury will evaluate the ability of articulating ideas, expressing thoughts and point of views, and positioning in regard to a chosen topic.

    Applicants, who qualify from part 1 (the general and specific entry requirements except for the qualification test) are invited to participate in part 2, Qualification test, at DOCH.

    Part 2 - Qualification test at DOCH - Workshop and Presentation
    Part 2 of the admission process consists of workshops led by members of the teaching staff of DOCH and a presentation at DOCH of the applicant’s own choreographic work (max. 20 min).

    In the workshop the jury will look at the applicant’s ability to engage in a working process out of a given task and how to generate ideas, materials and positions both through choreography and its discourse. Further, the jury will look at the applicant’s ability to collaborate and work in a group situation. The applicant’s own work is evaluated on the basis of artistic articulation, method of work, communicability and craftsmanship.

    After part 2, the Qualification test, the applicants who pass the qualification test proceed to part 3, Selection.

    PART 3 - Selection, at DOCH
    The selection is made through selection tests. The assessment is made by a jury.

    Workshop and Interview
    The third part of the admission process consists of workshops led by members of the teaching staff of the school and an individual interview. In the workshops the jury will look at the applicant’s ability to engage in a working process out of a given task and how to generate ideas, materials and positions both through choreography and its discourse. Further, the jury will look at the applicant’s ability to collaborate and work in a group situation. In the interview, the jury will ask the applicant questions concerning their work and their approach to choreography. In the interview the jury wishes to get to know the applicants better through a verbal interaction, learning about their research, working methods and artistic choices as well as their previous/current work and activities. Clarity and the ability to share ideas, both alone and in discussion, will be evaluated.

    After part 3, Selection, the jury will suggest which applicants that should be admitted and which applicants should be put on the reserve list, if a reserve list is applicable. The Vice-Chancellor will then make the final decision about admission and reserve list, if a reserve list is applicable.

    The jury
    The assessment of the applicants in the selection process is made by a jury with qualifications in choreography. The jury consists of teachers engaged, a student representative at DOCH as well as from the professional environment.

    Criteria for assessment of applicants
    The assessment is made on a scale (1-5) where 1 is the lowest assessment and 5 the highest. The assessment relates to the aims for the different selection tests. The result of the selection tests is judged and assessed on the following scale: 1. The applicant does not demonstrate the requested ability.
    2. The applicant to some extent demonstrates the requested ability.
    3. The applicant demonstrates the requested ability.
    4. The applicant demonstrates well the requested ability.
    5. The applicant demonstrates very well the requested ability.

    Admission Decision
    When the selection process is finished, a decision about admission is made by the Vice-Chancellor´s  stating who is admitted or placed on the waiting list. The Vice-Chancellor makes the decision about admission based on the jury´s proposal. You will be notified of the result in an admission decision sent through Varbi In order to keep your place, you must confirm your place. This applies even if you are placed on the waiting list. If DOCH does not receive your answer within the stipulated time you will lose your place in the programme.

  • 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. Uniarts 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, 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 Masterprogramme in Choreography: 175900 SEK per term 703 600 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 Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.


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