Dance Education - Master

Dance Education - Master

Be a part of Sweden's most vibrant and largest dance department at Stockholm University of the Arts! Do you seek to deepen your knowledge in and about dance practice and choreography and how to convey such knowledges? MADE invites experienced dance practitioners to engage with any dance genre of your own preference in depth. Based in choreography, this is a programme aimed at professionals in the field of dance education. Below please find information regarding the programme’s content, setup and admission process.

MADE is a unique Master programme that prepares you for ways of working in dance that are becoming increasingly varied and cross-disciplinary. There are only a few equivalent programmes in the world. The education is given part-time remotely, where you meet teachers and course mates one intensive week per course. This enables part-time work during the studies. The focus is on how you can convey and work with dance and choreography in an exploratory manner. We welcome different dance genres, created both for performing arts contexts but also for social contexts such as tango, folk dance and community dance.

MADE aims to contribute to changing an elitist dance discourse by asking who gets the opportunity to dance, and which dance genres have been considered “correct” in Western education. The questions were created out of an awareness of the colonial legacy where modernism's idea of ​​original, author and aesthetic ideals by definition worked exclusively. How can a critical inclusive dance practice instead be developed? How can an inclusive perspective pervade the entire education and how can pedagogical methods be developed that contribute to this?

MADE welcomes the students' own methods, supporting a critical approach and an interactive way of working. Different dance genres are welcome, created both for performing arts contexts but also for social contexts such as tango, folk dance and community dance, and genres that go beyond such context boundaries.

Studying at MADE, you develop your practice along with an aesthetic and sociocultural awareness to process both local and globally current issues. Your own in-depth knowledge creates the opportunity to expand the field of dance education, choreography and artistic leadership.

Working today as a dance educator and leader of artistic processes in dance and choreography

You work in the artistic and cultural field in general. This often means that you are in the borderland between leading and teaching dance in different contexts, both creating choreography for the stage but also for other situations outside the theatrical context. This can, for example, mean developing dance educational projects in relation to issues of integration, equality, gender and democracy. It can also take place in connection with more traditional performing arts activities such as collaborative projects between dance educators and various performing arts institutions to develop more relationships between the stage and society. It can be about reflecting on one's own dance practice for an artistic and educational deepening, formulating new courses in dance for children and young people, exploring decolonizing dance techniques and contributing to questions about dance, functional variations and ageism. Our alumni work today as dance pedagogues, choreographers, university teachers, artistic directors at training courses, projects and festivals. MADE also opens the door for a continuation within the academy. Several of our alumni have won prizes for their master's theses, published research articles and continued with doctorates in the field.

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    The programme is given half time over four years to enable you to work with educational and artistic projects while you study. Your professional work might support your MFA project as case studies. The programme is organized through mandatory intensive periods of one week where you meet guest lecturers from various fields at Stockholm University of the Arts. Usually there will be two weeks of compulsory attendance per semester. Between these one week-sessions, you continue working with independent tasks online, and with your student peers.

    The programme prepares students for continued research on doctoral level. Therefore, we pay great attention to how research can be understood within the artistic subject of choreography with a focus on dance education. To adopt an experimental, research-based approach, you practice both reflection and critical thinking in an open, dialogue-oriented classroom. This is done by starting from and developing your professional practice, trying different methods and theories, critically examining both processes and results. You study compulsory courses, each with a specific perspective, where you read research-based literature, communicate your own work and write  your own conclusions. During the first academic year, you for example study different methods and theories of choreography from a decolonizing perspective and exercise these in practice. During the second academic year, one theme is documentation and screendance. During the third school year, you will work with community dance outside traditional stage rooms. As early as in the second school year, introductory work is started around your own independent work, which finally ends in the fourth year. You study two cross-disciplinary method courses in artistic research together with SKH's master's students in choreography, dance, acting and film. The programme also includes an elective course of your choosing, which gives you room to deepen your special focus.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for studies at the second cycle (a bachelor's degree or the equivalent).

    Specific entry requirements:

    • English 5 and 6
    • Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts or other relevant Degree of Bachelor of Arts or the equivalent
    • Professional work experience as a dance teacher, choreographer or dancer
    • A grade of Pass in qualification test showing experience in and ability to develop pedagogical work within an artistic context
    • A grade of Pass in qualification test showing artistic, pedagogical and reflective ability

    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 can be active in one or more of the professional roles of dancer, choreographer or educator and need to have experience of educational work in some form.

  • 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

    Please note! Read all the instructions below before you submit your application

    1. Apply to the course via
      Last day for application: 16 January 2023 
    2. Submit your worksample via Varbi (accordning to instructions below). Last day to submit worksample to be part of the selection: 16 January 2023


    Submit supporting documentation of previous studies via
    Check that your documentation of previous studies is submitted at If you can’t see your documents on “My pages”, then you need to submit them there: pages/Documents/Upload documents.


    Other important dates

    • 1 February 2023 - Last day to complete your application with supporting documentation to prove your eligibilty.*
    • 1 February 2023 - Last day to pay the application fee or prove fee exemption (read more under Application and tuition fees, below).
    • 30 March 2023 - Admission results are published on My pages on


    *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 for worksamples

    You need to submit the following work samples via Varbi in order to be part of the admission process:

    • Work sample

    ​Upload a text, maximum three A4 pages (approx. 1 500 words), that describes in more detail one or two development projects you have completed, in which context the project was developed and which target group it was aimed at. Also explain the educational and artistic ideas that formed the basis of the work.

    • Film

    Upload a film as an example of the project(s) you described in the work sample (max. file size 150MB). Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.

    • Resume

    Upload a CV/resume that briefly describes your background (max. 1 A4 page).

    • Idea sketch

    ​Upload a text, 1-2 A4 pages (approx. 500-1000 words), where you describe an idea in the field of dance education that you would be interested in researching or developing. The text must also state how you think the idea can be implemented and in what context you consider it to be a relevant area of development.


    Before uploading your documents, they must be prepared as follows

    1. Register by providing name and e-mail address.
    2. Fill in you contact information.
    3. Please note! Fill in the application number you received when submitting your application to the course via
    4. Submit the requested documents/files.
    5. Please name the document/file with content and your name for example: CV_ first name_ family name


    Confirmation that you have submitted your work samples via Varbi

    When you've submitted your work samples you will receive a confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated.

    If you don’t receive a confirmation e-mail, you should first check your spam filter. If the confirmation e-mail is not there, contact Varbi's technical support.

    Phone: +46 520 580 050 (weekdays 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 Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). 

    The assessment of tests and work samples for eligibilty and selection will be made by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the field. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment.

    Admission tests for eligibility and selection will take place via Zoom 13–15 March 2023. 

    Here you will find detailed information on about the admission process. 

  • 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.

    Tuition fee for the Master's Programme Dance Education starting autumn semester 2023 is SEK 91 750 per semester and SEK 734 000 for the program as a whole.

    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.