Performing Arts - Master

Performing Arts - Master

Do you have a background in Performing Arts and would like to explore new directions for your practice and work? The Master's programme in Performing Arts offers you the opportunity to experiment, reflect, investigate, explore and generate new ideas and knowledge within a dynamic learning and research environment.

The Master’s programme in Performing Arts is aimed at artists and practitioners who want to develop their creative practice, explore new directions as well as engage more deeply with ideas, reflection, and practice-based research. As a student you should have a background within one or more of the following fields of performing arts: scenography, playwriting/dramaturgy, directing, costume, sound, lighting, make-up and wig design, production or technical management. The Performing Arts is a cross-disciplinary field and the programme brings together diverse disciplines, fields and art forms thus encouraging a cross-disciplinary approach to making, thinking and communicating.


Master’s programme in Performing Arts

The Master’s programme facilitates a space for inquiry into your own practice and art as well as introduces you to different concepts, discourses, approaches and perspectives relating to culture and performing arts. The aim is not to create and devise stage productions, rather you will come to the programme with a proposed investigation. During the two years you will pursue your investigation through a series of labs, workshops, presentations and theoretical inquiries ending with a presentation of your process and research.

Today performing artists are operating and working in a fast changing world and the Master’s programme will enable students to articulate and ask complex and challenging questions about performing arts, the fast changing means of production and the relationship of the arts to the public and to the world in general. As a student you will therefore analyze current and future challenges and questions concerning modes of production and creative processes with a particular focus on new media, audience, the intersection between performance and society, innovative models of collaboration and the creation of new dramaturgies.

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    It is a two-year full time programme, which leads to a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits). The programme consists of four teacher-led courses and one supervised independent project. The structure of the programme enables you to benefit from the accumulation of knowledge and experience allowing you gradual absorption and revisiting of ideas to deepen your understanding and learning.

    Year 1: During the first year you are introduced to various positions on knowledge, theory, reflection and artistic research. Within the course ‘Methods in Artistic Research’ we look at a broad range of artistic research methods and processes as well as practice-based research. We ask how we understand knowledge and analysis within an artistic context and we look at the ways in which the processes of performance-making enable artists to contribute with new knowledge into a field. For example, how can an artistic project on dementia or aging contribute with new knowledge to the existing and conventional body of knowledge? What contribution can the arts make to fields of knowledge? What kind of new audiences can  be reached ?

    The course ‘Art Society Context’ explores the relationship between art and society, with a particular focus on audience, context and social works. Ideas relating to the public and the changing (and participating) role of the audience will be a particular focus. Finally during the course ‘Performing Arts’ you will do a more focused exploration relating to contemporary stage art; how do new and innovative dramaturgies and forms arise; what kind of innovative processes facilitate and generate these and how can we create conditions for innovation to happen? We may explore what kinds of story-telling arise if we focus on the light’s dramaturgy within a process; or what happens if we start a process with costume, or if we let sound be at the centre of the exploration? The course will challenge you to devise innovative processes and practical strategies for creating new stage art.


    Year 2: In the second year we will  build on experience and knowledge acquired during year 1 and you will take advanced versions of ‘Methods in Artistic Research’, ‘Art Society Context’ and ‘Performing Arts’. There will be one elective course.The Master’s programme ends with an independent project, which will be the culmination of your ongoing investigation into your original proposal. You will have a supervisor with whom the exact nature and form of independent project will be developed.

  • 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

    Detailed information about the qualification test and the selection process is found here.

    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

    The programme is aimed at people with a background in performing arts and have professional experience of working as writer/playwright, dramaturg, costume designer, sound designer, lighting designer, make-up and wig designer, scenographer/set designer, director, producer or technical manager.

  • 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. Letter of Motivation
    Write maximum one A4-page in English only. Please mark the document with your name. Answer the following questions: Why are you applying to the programme? What are your expectations of your studies at the programme?

    5. Your Project Description
    The project description should be maximum 1,000 words and in English only. Please mark the document with your name. The project description must include the following elements:

    • the project idea
    • how it contributes to or develops your current performing arts practice
    • the problem/-s and/or ideas and/questions raised by the project
    • contextualisation of the project (for example references to other artists and thinkers)
    • idea/-s about how you would document your process

     6. A written reflection to a given text
    Inside the application you will find a link to a text. Write a reflection based on: 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-page.

    7. Documentation of Previous Work

    • a film of your previous work with a maximum length of 5 minutes (mp4, max 150 Mb)


    • still photos: maximum 10 photos (jpg, max 150Mb)


    • sound file: maximum 5 minutes (Mp3, max 150Mb)

    Here are instructions on how to convert the film.

    8. A description of the submitted previous works
    A description including production year, production company/organization and your role or contribution in the work.

    9. Your CV
    Your CV where you list your education, professional experience and other relevant experiences that you want to refer to. The CV needs to be in English only.

    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

    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. 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.

    Detailed information about the qualification test and the selection process is found here.

  • 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: 282 000 SEK per term and 1 128 000 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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