Performing Arts - Master

Performing Arts - Master

The Master´s Programme in Performing Arts addresses those who are professionally active within the field of performing arts and would like to continue to develop their artistic practice in dialogue with others.

If you enter the program, you will have the opportunity to develop new ideas and knowledge within a dynamic study and research environment. The education consists of two years of fulltime studies, partly on campus in Stockholm and partly via digital encounters. The programme is in English.

Within the Master´s Programme in Performing Arts you will have the opportunity to deepen your artistic practice through the development of research-based methods within your practice. You will be discussing your work and the work of others critically with other artists within the programme. You will be engaging in conversations about topical questions within the performing arts and the future of the field.

Within the Master´s programme you will develop your understanding of methods and processes within artistic research. You will meet on-going research within the field and develop your capacity to share your knowledge with others.

When you apply for the Master´s programme, you apply with an individual exploratory artistic project that you will develop during the two years and finalize within your Degree project. All courses within the programme aim to provide different perspectives that allow you to develop your project. 


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    The Master´s programme consists of three parts:

    • Method courses that prepare you for artistic research
    • Thematic courses with different perspectives on artistic practice in the performing arts
    • An individual Degree project

    Furthermore, an elective course is included, allowing you to broaden your practice.

    Within the method courses you will develop your understanding of artistic research as a field and its main concepts. You will be introduced to the methodological starting points of artistic research, and what that means to the way one can conduct practice-based artistic research processes. In these courses, you will meet students in other MA-programmes at SKH, and this opens for exchange of experience and knowledge across different artistic disciplines.

    The Master´s programme also contains four thematic courses where you will encounter different perspectives on artistic processes in the performing arts. These perspectives are intended to support the development of your individual project. The courses focus on:

    • Body and voice
    • Concept and composition
    • Technique and materiality
    • Site and audience

    In the thematic courses you will develop your contextual and theoretical understanding of the performing arts as well as your artic methods and approaches.

    Within the Degree project you will finalize and document the artistic project that you have developed.

    The programme is conducted partly on campus, partly through digital encounters. There are intensive compulsory teaching modules on campus, but the rest of the programme can be attended digitally. There are three intensive modules, four days each, per term with compulsory teaching on campus in Stockholm. The other weeks, there will be one day of digital encounters per week. Apart from this, the programme consists of individual work and preparation. The method courses and the elective course can be attended on campus or digitally.

    The individual project that you will be working with and finalizing as your degree project, is based on your existing artistic practice and the contexts in which it is anchored. Through different forms of presentation, where you reflect on and contextualise your artistic investigation, you will engage in a deepened critical dialogue around your work. The artistic practice can take different shapes within the project but is shared through those forms of presentation that are possible within the frames of the education.

  • Entry requirements

    General entry requirement for studies at the second cycle (a Bachelor's degree or the equivalent), and

    Specific entry requirements:

    • A bachelor in fine arts or the equivalent
    • English 5 or the equivalent
    • A grade of Pass in the qualification test showing artistic ability in performing arts


    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

    Apart from the entry requirements that are demanded to enter the program, it is valuable if you have an established artistic practice that you would like to critically examine and use as a starting point to explore new questions within your 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


    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

    • A certificate of a 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 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

    3. Documentation showing that you meet the specific Entry Requirements of Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and English 5

    • A certificate of a Degree of a Bachelor of fine arts including the transcript of records.
    • Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 5, or the equivalent). You will find more information about the language requirement here.
    • If you do not have the required courses from university studies you can apply for recognition of prior learning (see below).


    4. A personal letter

    Where you describe why you are applying to the programme. Please write max. 1 A4 (max. 4000 signs).

    5. Your Project Description

    A project description where you describe the individual artistic project that you would like to develop during the education and finalize in the Degree project. You can start from the following questions:

    • What would you like to explore within the project?
    •  In which context/contexts are the project based, and how does it relate to others who have been working with similar questions?
    •  How do you expect the project to contribute to your current artistic practice and to the field of performing arts?

    (Max. 2 A4, 8000 signs)


     6. When you open the application system Varbi, there is a link for a text. Please write a text where you reflect upon how it can relate to the field of performing arts and to your practice. If it does not relate – please explain why! The text should be written in English, max. 1 A4, 4000 signs.

    7. A CV in English. You need upload documentation of the most important experiences.


    8. Examples of former work. Please upload information about 2-3 examples of your artistic work. Please include a list, where you name the project and your role in the work. You can upload the following kinds of material :

    Film : max. 5 min compressed film (mp4, max.159Mb)

    Pictures : Max. 10 picgures (jpg, max. 150 Mb)

    Sound : Max. 5 min (mp3, max.150 Mb)



    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:

    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

    If there are more eligible applicants than we can accept within the programme, a selection will be made. A first selection will be based on the material you have provided in your applicaiton. If you continue in the selection process you will be called to an interview.

    SKH follows the recommendations and restrictions of the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Swedish Government regarding the Corona-pandemic. Depending on how the situation with the pandemic develops during the winter, and which restrictions that might follow, it might not be possible to go through with the admission tests on SKH’s campus as planned, but only digitally. If that is the case, we will send all applicants information about this and on how the admission tests will be done instead.


  • 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 in Performaing Arts: 301 300 SEK per term and 1 205 200 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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