About the programme of study BA in Dance Art and Choreographic Thinking

Name and status of institution in original language: Høyskolen for dansekunst

Name and status of institution in English: University College of Dance Art

Address: Marstrandgata 8, 0566 Oslo, Norway

Organisation number Norway: 812348442

Name of qualification in original language: Bachelor i dansekunst og koreografisk tenkning

Name of qualification in English: BA in Dance Art and Choreographic Thinking

Main field(s) of study for the qualification: Dance studies, choreographic studies, communication studies, production studies, artistic project work and Bachelor´s project

Official length of the programme: 3 years in full-time mode (180 ECTS credits)

Access requirements: Higher Education Entrance Qualification

Mode of study: Full time

Level of qualification: First Cycle/Level 6, The Norwegian Qualifications Framework for Lifelong

Learning. Level 6, The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning.

Høyskolen for dansekunst is a private higher education institution with programmes of study at first cycle in dance and choreographic thinking.

The programme of study Bachelor’s degree in dance art and choreographic thought shall provide a BA level qualification in dance art work and choreographic thought. The programme includes performing and creative work and artistic development work.

The education has an investigative approach to all learning and new expertise, and technical and theoretical practice and artistic execution are integrated aspects. The programme is based on a dialogical, individualised pedagogy which is integrated through supervision of the students’ artistic processes. The students’ own experiences, interests and artistic choices are put front and centre.

The students are creating and performing in their own choreographic works, alone or together with their fellow students. A key objective is for the student to be able to relate the programme’s defined field of knowledge and expertise to own artistic work.

Upon completion of the programme of study the student shall be able to establish and operate own enterprise with a basis in creative dance, alone or in collaboration with others.

The programme of study qualifies the student to pursue an MA in choreography-related disciplines and other relevant master’s programmes related to the body/movement, art and communication.

The education is based on artistic, research, and experience-based knowledge within the fields of dance studies, choreography studies, and art production with the aim of carrying out artistic development work of a high international calibre.

The University College of Dance Art builds upon the developmental work and expertise at the Oslo School of Contemporary Dance (Skolen for Samtidsdans) in close collaboration with Rom for Dans AS, an arts institution and centre of excellence with a focus on children and young people’s participation in the art of dance.

The existing programme of study Bachelor’s degree in dance art and choreographic thought shall provide a BA level qualification in dance art work and choreographic thought in a broad sense, where the art of dance can be situated both within the established field of dance art, and in new venues and in meeting with a variety of target groups, with children and adolescents as an important reference – and target group.

Admission requirements and the programme’s target group

Audition for 2016-2019 is held in Oslo:

April 4.-8.th 2016.

Application deadline is March 1.st 2016.

Formal requirements

The admission criteria for the BA in dance art and choreographic thought at The University College of Dance Art are a Certificate of Upper Secondary Education with a general higher education entrance qualification, or an equivalent qualification.

Admission is granted on the basis of an entrance examination including an audition.

An exception to the requirement for a higher education entrance qualification is made for applicants who through other certified education and entrance exam/audition can document qualifications equivalent to the established admission requirements and specific professional qualifications within the art of dance and choreographic thought.

The school views the formal admission requirements as being in compliance with the level and qualification targets necessary to be able to commence the first semester of the BA programme in dance art and choreographic thought.

Applicants shall fill out the application form available at the school or on the school’s website. Please contact us for further information about the form.

A statement of health is to be enclosed with the application. Applications must be submitted by the application deadline.

Applicants must enclose certified copies of diplomas from education and/or confirmations of work experience, completed courses or other relevant prior learning and work experience. Education from abroad is to be documented through written course descriptions, transcripts, and diplomas.

Additional requirements

All applicants are assessed through a practical/artistic entrance exam. Passing the entrance exam, along with fulfilment of formal/learning and work experience requirements, provides the basis for admission.

The jury shall during the entrance exam/audition assess the applicant’s dance training and artistic work viewed in terms of:

  • Understanding of own body and movement and use of different physical/technical principles.
  • Understanding of space and composition
  • Experience in making own artistic choices and understanding of own artistic work.
  • Collaborative and communication abilities
  • Motivation about and understanding of the programme’s contents.
  • Interest in dialogical and process-oriented work
  • Interest in reflecting upon what dance and choreography as a practice and art form can be

The University College of Dance Art  and the Bachelor’s degree in dance art and choreographic thought (180 ECTS) is accredited byThe Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT, www.nokut.no)

The student fee is NOK 89.000,- pr. year. Norwegian students can apply the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. Foreign students must seek a loan in their own national student loan fund.

Learning outcome

The existing programme of study Bachelor’s degree in dance art and choreographic thinking is an art education and shall provide a BA level qualification in dance art work and choreographic thinking in a broad sense, where the students innovative practice and own performing skills are central. The programme of study stresses reflection, communication and collaboration. The programme includes creative work and artistic development work at the BA level. A key objective is for the student to be able to relate the programme’s defined field of knowledge and expertise to own artistic work with an eye towards the student being prepared following completion of the programme to work independently with creative dance art, both inside and outside of established structures and frameworks for the art of dance.

The programme is based on a dialogical, individualised pedagogy which is integrated through supervision of the students’ artistic processes. The programme of study has an emphasis on the artist being able to take part in own and others’ projects, as a performer and co-creator/contributing artist. The student shall contextualise own academic expertise and own artistic projects by participating in interdisciplinary collaborative projects, under supervision.


The candidate:

  • have broad knowledge of own body, own movement possibilities and expression
  • have broad knowledge of space and time as choreographic elements
  • have broad knowledge of process oriented work, with an understanding of the different phases in a creative process, and methods for progression from the idea phase to the final art production
  • have broad knowledge of own communication in and about own artistic danceworks
  • have broad knowledge of different target groups for dance art, with children and adolescents as an important reference- and target group
  • have knowledge of production of dance art, and familiarity with different work tasks and issues that can arise
  • knows about the different research and development work, techniques and traditions that constitute the foundation for the education and the different subject areas
  • is able to update own knowledge within contemporaneous dance art and the subject areas of the discipline


The candidate:

  • can use relevant dancetechniques and -principals to perform own dance
  • can use tools, methods and strategies in own choreographic work
  • can use relevant communication tools, in different phases of a dance art work and in meeting with collaborators, partners and an audience
  • can use the knowledge and tools produced to further develop and articulate own movement language, and apply this to variety of assigned or personally defined issues
  • Is able to plan and carry out a dance art project or other cultural initiatives based on dance and choreographic thinking, within the relevant professional areas of enterprise
  • Can apply complementary expressions such as voice, text, sound/music, costumes, scenography/objects and lighting to own artistic dance works
  • Can reflect upon own academic and artistic choices and practice, orally and in writing
  • Can find, assess and make reference to information and academic literature from the different subject areas of the education in the analysis and description of own artistic dance works

General qualifications:

The candidate:

  • have an understanding of different aesthetic and ethical attitudes and norms pertaining to body, dance art, learning methods and communication with different target groups/audiences
  • are able to demonstrate collaborative ability and responsibility and take part in interdisciplinary art assignments, and meet with other performers/artists, according to ethic norms
  • knows innovation and innovative projects that can challenge definitions of what dance art can be and how choreographic thinking can have affect on dance art.
  • are able to take part in a national and international discourse about dance art, hereunder discuss own artistic practice with other artists and an audience, and in so doing contribute to development of good practice.
  • have an awareness of how the cultural sector (in Norway) is organised and which political framework conditions are in effect for dance art.

Programme details

List of all subject areas with credits:

Subject area

Credits pr. school year:

1st year

2nd year

3rd year

Dance studies part 1


Choreography studies part 1


Communication studies part 1


Production studies part 1


Project work part 1 and BA project, preliminary work


Dance studies part 2




Choreography studies part 2



Communication studies part 2



Production studies part 2


Project work part 2 and BA project, preliminary work


Dance studies part 3




Choreography studies part 3




Communication studies part 3




Production studies part 3


Project work part 3 and BA project






The unit of measurement credit is used to define the educational work scope of the subject areas. 60 credits is equivalent to one year of full-time study. One credit is equivalent to 2530 actual working hours for the student.

Dance studies:

In this course the student shall work with own body and movement. Through assignments, investigation, exercises, practise sessions, theory and supervision, the students study in depth own understanding of the body and movement, and the development of technical skills in own body as a performer and creative dance artist.

The theoretical and philosophical instruction is based on an understanding of the body and movement in an historical, social and dance perspective with a particular focus on phenomenology.

The course also contains an introduction to training theory and practical anatomy.

Choreography studies:

The course is designed to give the student awareness of work with choreography, tools for the creation of choreography for the body in time and space, and experience in creating dance art, from the idea phase to a complete dance work. The subject area contains analysis, improvisation strategies and choreographic composition. The course contains instruction in complementary expressions such as sound/music, voice, text, objects, lighting and costumes.

The instruction includes an introduction to relevant dance history, compulsory attendance of dance productions and participation in a dance art festival, with analysis and reflection upon different choreographic practices and choreographic thinking, and about what dance can be.

Communication Studies:

The course shall familiarise the student with communication as a fundamental tool in all process-related and artistic work, and as a basis for meetings with different target groups and partners, within a larger context of choreographic thinking.

The student shall through theoretical and practical assignments gain knowledge of the different forms of communication and communication tools, for use in own academic and artistic practice. The course contains communication theory, communication strategies, observation techniques, analysis, pedagogical theory, philosophical theory (ethics, philosophical interchange) and relational practice. Children and adolescents are brought into the instruction setting as a part of the students’ supervised training in communicating with specific target groups.

Production studies:

The course include instruction in production work and practical implementation of dance artworks and choreographic thinking in a broad sense. The student will acquire insight into all aspects /phases of an art or cultural project based on dance, including practical experience with one or more assignments related to production, and writing a project description. The student receives training in the execution of an art project in collaboration with others. The student shall have knowledge of and be able to meet the expectations and take advantage of the opportunities found in society with respect to being able to create own place of work as a dance artist.

Project work and Bachelor’s project:

The course is structured on the basis of different types of project assignments that are to be produced and presented as art projects in different forms and is concluded with the Bachelor’s project in the 6th semester. The course is designed as an overriding, interconnecting subject area.

The course contents include instruction in concept development, process oriented work and tools to create progression in a creative /artistic work, with independent work under supervision. The course applies all theory, tools, and methods, experience and supervised professional training that the student acquires in the course of the programme of study in training the student to make own informed and artistic decisions.

The course contains the performance aspect, where the artwork /artist meet different target groups and audiences. The subject area opens for choreographic thinking in a broad sense.

In this course the student will meet with different collaborating partners (also interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, such as with music, scenography, costumes and will collaborate now and then with students from other educational institutions). The work of this subject area takes place in different spaces and venues.

For the Bachelor’s project (6th semester) the student shall create and carry out an art project of own choosing, alone or in collaboration with one or more fellow students, integrating all of the courses of the programme of study, including a written project description and documentation of the work.

Grading scheme:

The school uses the grading system pass/fail.

In order to be awarded a bachelors degree, students must have passed courses totalling at least 180 ECTS credits, at least 60 of which must have been taken at this institution.

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