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 qualifies the student for a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Choreography.

In the fall of 2020 we plan to start with a new group of students in the Master’s Programme in Choreography (MAKOR) at DOCH. The application period will be during the fall of 2019. During 2018, 2019 and spring 2020 the Department of Dance will arrange a series of independent courses, symposia and collaborations.. More information will be posted on the website.

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 Master Programme in Choreography

The structure of the programme resembles a choreographic score that facilitates the correspondences and interferences between different artistic and non-artistic practices and their potential for reformulation. It takes interest in the complex dynamics between arts, civil society and the public, and critically addresses the question of agency in relation to choreography. Here, the question of participation is crucial to the programme, including the reflection on the own involvement and responsibility in choreographic and societal processes, as well as in the productional and organizational dimensions of choreography. The programme operates internationally, but also emphasizes the importance of local relations and implementation.

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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. Each semester, except for the fourth semester that is mainly dedicated to the students’ degree projects, three courses are running parallel to each other. This structure enables to make connections between the courses, as well as between different topics and activities and to explore how they can inform each other. This trans-disciplinary approach allows addressing broad and over-arching questions through specific questions, singularities and details.

    The moment of exchange and continuous feedback is central to the program: the programme is conceived and designed by the permanent members of the artistic committee of the Master in Choreography: Frédéric Gies (head of programme), Anna Efraimsson, Sandra Noeth and Anne Juren. Their diverse backgrounds as artists, curators, academics and educators are reflected in both the contents and the formats of the programme, as well as in it structure. All members of the committee accompany the students’ processes in different moments. Apart from the artistic committee, the students regularly meet international guest-teachers and artists in workshops, seminars, lectures, labs, feedback sessions and mentoring. 

    Teachers in the programme (2014-2016): Sandra Noeth, Anna Efraimsson, Anne Juren, Frédéric Gies, Mette Edvardsen, Paz Rojo, Siegmar Zacharias, Litó Walkey, Maria Jerez, André Lepecki, Josefine Wikström, Philipp Gehmacher, Robert Steijn, Victoria Perez Royo, Michael Klien, Antonia Baehr, Carla Bottiglieri, Anna Grip, Kerstin Schroth, Dalija Acín Thelander, Marie Fahlin, Scott deLahunta, Yusuf Etiman, Deborah Hay.

    For questions regarding the content and setup of the programme, please contact Head of the programme, Frédéric Gies:

    For questions about the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees etc, please contact the Education administration offices:

  • Entry requirements

    Please note that the following text applies for the last admission round to the programme (2016). 

    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).

    Information about how to apply to the programme will be published in December 2017.

    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

    Please note that the following text applies for the last admission round to the programme (2016).

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

    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 the programme (permanent and guest teachers) 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 programme (permanent and guest teachers) 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 Dean 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 artists engaged 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 Dean stating who is admitted or placed on the waiting list. The Dean makes the decision about admission based on the jury´s proposal. You will be notified of the result in an admission decision sent through MyNetwork. 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 (2016): 165 000 SEK per term/660 000 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 Uniarts and tuition fee scholarships.


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