New Performative Practices - Master
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New Performative Practices - Master

The New Performative Practices (NPP) Master’s Programme invites experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. In this education you join a vibrant, supportive context to engage with your own artistic practice and find tools to further your research. Below please find information regarding the program’s content, setup and admission process.

The Master’s Programme New Performative Practices (NPP) creates a site for active, nuanced questioning and expanded artistic knowledge wherein you as a performance practitioner define what constitutes your artistic practice.

As a practitioner of physical, live-performance you develop new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer's role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. Your development of a personally sustainable artistic practice is placed in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

The programme consists of two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, qualifying the student for a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, with a specialisation in Performative Practices. By constructively questioning established methods and focusing on the sustainability of artistic practices, the NPP education offers a space for art that challenges the commonplace.

Lecturers and course leaders

In 2019-2020, lecturers and course leaders for NPP have included: Anna Adeniji, Parasto Backman, Eleanor Bauer, Sara Bergsmark, Frank Bock, Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Ulrika Dahl, Camilla Damkjaer, Anna Karin Domfors, Anna Efraimsson, Heiko Goelzer, Ylva Habel, Olof Halldin, Martin Hargreaves, Kristin Ryg Helgebostad, Rebecca Hilton, Scott De La Hunta, Insister Space, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Rudi Laermans, Jennifer Lacey, Ralf Lemmon, Sonya Lindfors, Juliette Mapp, Michikazu Matsune, Jyoti Mistry, Rani Nair, Chrysa Parkinson, Jeroen Peeters, Will Rawls, Ellen Roed, Björn Säfsten, Tove Salmgren, David Sheutz, Myriam Van Imschoot, Kajsa Wadhia, Josefine Wikstrom, John Paul Zaccarini.

Supervisors: Lucy Bleach, Alice Chauchat, Katye Coe, Jeanine Durning, Anna Grip, Every Ocean Hughes, Melanie Jaime-Wolf, Nance Klehm, Susan Kozel, Linn Hilda Lamberg, Alice Mackenzie, Arantxa Martinez, Paz Rojo, Cecilia Roos, Alma Soderberg, Martin Sonderkamp, Stacey Sacks, Litó Walkey, Andros Zins-Browne.

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    You apply to the programme with your artistic practice and a plan for its presentation. Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice. The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. The course contents may be influenced by the questions and concerns inspired by your practice and plan for presentation.

    Your own artistic practice is the basis for two years of in-depth studies with compulsory and optional courses. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others' and formulate you own artistic method for its presentation.

    In addition, your practice is put into relation with theory, construction of contemporary aesthetics, and philosophy. Several of the programme's courses are offered as freestanding courses, which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.

    You may arrive at an articulation of your own artistic practice during the NPP education by pursuing a single project over the two years of your studies. It’s also possible to include your current artistic process as part of your studies, or to arrive at a final project by following through and keeping track of what accumulates and becomes evident to you as essential to your artistic work during the education.

    Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of relationships to audience, perceptions of the performer's role in society, and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. Personal history, ethnographic studies and classical academic enquiries are all supported and encouraged by the program. The individual artist's development of a personally sustainable practice is studied in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.

    As an NPP student you study what constitutes your artistic practice, how that practice relates to current practices in your artistic field, the boundaries of your knowledge and what conditions you need to sustain your artistic practice. The course invites participants into contexts that recognize the history of knowledge in choreography and performance as well as into contexts that support the constructive questioning of conventions.

    If you have questions regarding the content of the programme, please contact: Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme.

    If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees and/or scholarships, please contact:
    Education administration offices
    studieinfo@uniarts.se

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirements for programme studies at the second-cycle level in higher education or equivalent,

    and

    Specific entry requirements

    • At least five years of professional experience of artistic activities
    • English 5 and 6 or the equivalent


    You will find detailed information under the heading How to apply. Please note that the language of instruction is English, there is no Swedish language requirement.

    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

    Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice.

  • 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

    The following documents have to be uploaded for your application to be complete:

    1. 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.

    2. Documentation showing that you meet the general entry requirements for studies at second cycle/advanced level.

    - Upload your Bachelor's degree including the transcript of records.

    - If you are in your last year of studies please upload a certificate that shows completed and current Courses

    - If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish and 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 Antagning.se. We do not accept e-mails as certificates

    3. Documentation that shows that you meet the specific Entry Requirements.

    - English 5 and 6 or the equivalent.

    - 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities (copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publication, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, presenters and/or directors etc. as a complement to your CV). They must be signed and your name and date of birth must be entered on all documents.

    We only accept documents in English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.

    4. Your CV.

    Your CV with a description of your education and professional experience in chronological order. The CV must be written in English.

    5. A letter of motivation

    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. Maximum 2000 words.

    6. Biography 

    Upload a description of relevant professional experience that is in line with your expectations of the education. The biography must be written in English. Maximum 1000 words.

    7. A statement on artistic practice

    Upload an account of what artistic practice currently means for you. The statement must be written in English. Maximum 1000 words.

    8. A proposal for presenting your artistic practice

    Upload a proposal for presentation of your artistic practice. The proposal must be written in English. Sign with name and date of birth. Maximum 1000 words.

    9. A film of your previous work (maximum length 10 min and 150 Mbit)

    Upload a video to a previous job in a maximum of 10 minutes (max 150 Mbit). You may need to resize the video before uploading it.

    Read more here about reduce video size and What is Bitrate.

    Please note that we only accept applications and certificates through the application system, not by means of regular post or e-mail.

    If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior Learning.

    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 on 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.

    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 selection of candidates will be carried out in several steps. The assessment will be made by an admissions group consisting of teachers and professionals from the fields of choreography and performative practice. A student representative will also participate in the admissions group, but will not take part in the assessment. After each step a decision will be made regarding which candidates will proceed to the next step. Every candidate will receive notification of whether they have proceeded to the next part of the process or not.
     
    The first step of the selection process will be based on the material that you turn in with your application. The candidates that go on through to the second part of the selection process will be invited to Selection 2.
     
    The second part of the selection process will consist of an interview that is carried out individually digitally via Zoom or in person at SKH between 8-12 March 2021.The interview will focus on your proposal for presenting your artistic practice and your abilities to carry out the planned presentation.

    Here you will find detailed information about the selection process

    SKH follows the recommendations and restrictions of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government regarding the Corona-pandemic. If Covid-19 proximity restrictions are still in effect, all interviews will be held online.

  • 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 Master’s Programme New Performative Practices starting in the autumn of 2021 is SEK 203 985 for the first semester and SEK 832 600 for the programme 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.

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