Contemporary Circus Practices - Master
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DOCH, School of Dance and Circus

Contemporary Circus Practices - Master

The Master’s Programme in Contemporary Circus Practices, 120 credits, is aimed at practising circus artists who want to deepen their circus technique, develop new forms of circus and contribute to the dialogue/discussion in the contemporary art field.

As a student you are encouraged to develop practical tools so that you can extend and challenge circus as an art form and the arenas/platforms where it is presented. The programme also gives you the possibility of applying for PhD (third-cycle) studies in artistic research.

Contemporaneity in Circus requires analysis, critique, openness to other fields and an understanding of the contemporary conditions that shape human experience. The programme challenges you as a student to develop advanced artistic and conceptual skills of relevance to the existing field of circus. Your projects should help you to expand as an artist and contribute to circus discourse and practice. You will have courses within which you can develop and study your circus discipline and movement practices in depth, explore the relationship between theory and practice, and work with rigging and the development of material and design. You will meet international artists whose processes challenge the world around us, and you will have the opportunity to present your projects throughout the programme.

 

 

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    The programme consists of two years full-time studies at second-cycle level. It prepares you for research and leads to a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits). You apply to the programme with a project. Your individual artistic practice and project form the basis for your studies with compulsory courses, two supervised research projects and one work placement in the professional field.

    Year 1

    During the first year, you will have courses with teaching mainly held at Uniarts. You will study your specific circus discipline and work individually with teachers and supervisors. You will also have courses within which you can develop new approaches to an audience, create new meeting places for circus and take part in a dialogue with other art forms. You will study theory in a dynamic relationship with practical circus as a craft in order to develop an understanding of its place in contemporary culture. 

    Year 2

    During the second year you will have two supervised projects/residencies, mainly outside Uniarts, and during the last term you will work on your independent project

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for programme studies at the second cycle level (a degree of Bachelor or the equivalent).

    There are also Specific entry requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree of fine arts
    • English 6 or the equivalent
    • A grade of Pass in the qualification test showing artistic ability in circus

     

    English 6 is a course from the Swedish upper secondary school. You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge.

    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 order to be admitted to the Master’s Programme in Contemporary Circus Practices you need to have strong technique in one circus discipline. You are interested in developing new forms and ways of expressions within the field of circus, in helping to develop discourse within circus, and in examining how theory and practice can work together within circus.

  • 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).

    Uploading instructions - Preparing your 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 document pages, even those that just contain instructions or keys or other information that is not necessarily your grade information. It must be the complete document.
    • If you upload copies of original documents, (degree certificates, transcript of records, language test results etc.) they must be certified/attested! This means that another person must sign their name, print their name 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. A friend, relative or government official can provide this certification for you.
    • The documents must be in PDF-format.
    • Please name the file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name

     

    Documents to upload

    A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you)

     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. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card.

    For the passport/national identity card to be considered valid, your copy must be uploaded a maximum of 3 months after the expiration date has passed. Since last day of application is January 15th 2020, the last valid day for your passport/national identity card must be October 15th 2019.

    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 for the General Entry Requirements

    Degree Certificate and Grades

    Upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree including a transcript of records to show that you meet the formal entry requirements for studies at second cycle level

    Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German and Norwegian are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
     

    Certificate from University about Current Studies (if applicable for you)

    If you attend last term at a bachelor programme you have to send in a transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. The certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree should be received by Uniarts at the latest at the start of the autumn term 2020 (before registration).
     

    Application for Recognition of Prior Learning/Exemption (if applicable for you)

    If you do not fulfil the formal entry requirements for the programme, you may apply for recognition of prior learning or exemption. In other words, that the knowledge and competence you have acquired through other activities can be assessed as the equivalent of the formal merits that are required. You will be asked in your application to explain why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general entry requirements. You also need to upload signed documents/certificates that confirm your merits/experiences that you refer to in your letter. The documents you upload need to be in English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, French or German and marked with your name and day of birth. We do not accept e-mails as certificates.

    Here you can find more information regarding prior learning/exemption.

     

    Documentation for the Specific Entry Requirements

    Degree Certificate and Grades Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts

    Upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor of fine arts or the equivalent degree including a transcript of records. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German and Norwegian are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
     

    Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6, or the equivalent)

    You need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6, or the equivalent) defined in the general entry requirement. English 6 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school (high school). You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge. You should upload your grades from upper secondary school/high school, or the equivalent from adult education at upper secondary level.

     You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test (TOEFEL, IELTS, Michigan English Language Assessment Battery or University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations). We need to have your test results no later than June 18 2020.

    You can also take a local language test at Uniarts, to be given in conjunction with the selection tests. The test is organized at our school premises in Stockholm. Please note that the local language test is only valid when applying to an education programme within Uniarts.

    Students, who have studied at university level with English as the language of instruction, may meet the English language requirements through certain exemptions.

    Here you will find more information regarding the English language requirements, accepted tests and minimum results required.
     

    Letter of Motivation

    • Answer the following questions:
    • Why are you applying to the programme?
    • What are your expectations of your studies at the programme?

    Write maximum one page in English only. Please mark the document with your name
     

    Your Project Description

    Upload your project description. The project description must include the following elements:

    • the project idea
    • how it contributes to or develops your current circus practice
    • the problem/-s and/or ideas raised by the project
    •  the method and process
    • the artistic approach in relation to your primary artistic training/background and professional experience
    • idea/-s about how you would document your process

    The project description should be maximum 1 000 words and in English only. Please mark the document with your name
     

     A written reflection to a given text

    Download the text “Writing Practices” that you find in the right column of this course page. What do you understand from the text and how could it be useful for your practice? If not, explain why? The text should be in English and maximum one A4.
     

    A film of Previous Work (maximum length 5 min)

    Upload a film, converted (mov, mp4, avi ), of your previous work with a maximum length of 5 minutes (maximum 150 Mb).

    Here are instructions on how to convert the film.

    CV

    Upload your CV. The CV needs to be in English only.

    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

    The assessment of eligibility and the selection take place in several stages. The assessment of formal merits/grades is carried out by the Education administration office. The assessment of artistic merits is carried out by an admission group consisting of teachers and professionals from the field. There is also a student representative in the admission group, but s/he has no vote. 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.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection tests

  • 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 first term is 241 400 SEK and for the whole programme 1 448 400 SEK.

    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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