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The Danish National School of Performing Arts

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The Danish National School of Performing Arts (DDSKS) was established January 1st 2015 when all the Danish state and state funded higher performing arts institutions were unified.The following institutions merged into The Danish National School of Performing Arts (DDSKS): The Acting School at Aarhus Theatre, The Acting School in Odense, School of Playwriting at Aarhus Theatre, The Danish Musical Academy in Fredericia, Odsherred Theatre School and the State Performing Arts School.The establishment of DDSKS gives the opportunity to create modern performing arts programmes in a cooperating national and international environment with flexible and varying study options. The Danish National School of Performing Arts has a task, which is to offer artistic education on the highest level in all parts of the performing arts field.

Location

Per Knutzons Vej 5 
1437 Kbh K Denmark

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Contact

www.ddsks.dk

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Dance and Choreography | Bachelor 3 years

Dance and Choreography

Bachelor of Dance and Choreography, 180 ECTS
Music and performing arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus THE DANISH NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Duration 3 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Website https://ddsks.dk/en/dance-and-choreography

Description 

The programme works with the combination of dance and choreography and considers technique as something that one develops as one learns how to work. The body is considered a fundament of existence. Engaging in the question of bodily capacities, functionalities, and expressions, through an artistic practice, is understood as a way to leave presumed oppositions between body and mind, theory and practice, thinking and doing.

About the Degree

The goal is to graduate students that are able to engage in a large array of artistic works both in groups and individually, departing from perception of body and space and critical awareness. The graduated student shall have the possibility to engage in the professional field, as a creative artist be it as a performer in someone else’s work or to produce their own work alone or collectively, depending on the students own interests. In order to develop a familiarity with the professional field today, the students will meet present and prominent artists working in Denmark, Europe, and around the world.

The two main subjects are Dance and Choreography.The subject of Dance approaches a large range of techniques under the umbrella of the craft modules called Dance Body Movement. The goal is to prepare the students to apply their bodily awareness to all sorts of physical practices.The subject of Choreography focuses on composition, crafting own works and the contextual sides of an expanded notion of choreography that investigates choreographic perspectives outside dance.Being a part of The Danish National School of Performing Arts also means collaborating with the other educational programs in trans-disciplinary work and artistic development work. Each year in the education there is a project/production that is performed and open to public.

Career/Acquired skills

Student dancers graduate as creative artists that are prepared to go into a company that demands a high level of psychical accomplishment and technique, or are equally prepared to create their own projects or make their own work.

Admission

Every second year in early spring auditions take place at The Danish National School of Performing Arts. There are no age requirements in order to apply and the school does not require a specific educational background or level of experience. But the competition is hard. Approximately 200 people apply for the 16 places offered at the school. For those who are offered a place in the school, studies begin mid-August.

For information about admission procedures and how to apply for the programme find out more at the website of the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

The Contemporary Dance programme is primarily taught in English. However, the student can be expected to participate in joint activities with other students from the school once or twice a year, where Danish will be the primary language.

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. 

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  

Autumn

Application date
Nov 01
Start date
Aug 11

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Master of Fine Arts in Choreography (MFA) | Master 2 years

Master of Fine Arts in Choreography (MFA)

Master (2 years) of Choreography, 120 ECTS
Music and performing arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus THE DANISH NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
Website https://ddsks.dk/en/master-fine-arts-choreography
The master's programme in choreography focuses on two aspects and their relation: Physical practice and Choreographic production.The student is encouraged to develop a complex and deepened understanding of different possible relations between the two and the potentials that those relations bring along. The programme also aims to educate the student in the contextual importance in choreographic production. For example, how the site of presentation, the choice of performers, the duration of the work and the construction of the working process all are choreographic elements within the work. In other words, in which way the “how” is the “what”.

NORDIC CHOREOGRAPHIC PLATFORM (NCP)

The master's programme is a part of the Nordic Choreographic Platform (NCP) – a collaboration between DASPA and the master's programmes in Choreography in KHIO (Oslo), Uniarts  (Stockholm) and Uniarts (Helsinki). Once per semester, the involved programmes gather for joint studies. The periods of exchange will, when possible, be co-ordinated with important events in the different countries, such as festivals, conferences, and symposiums. In each city there is also a collaborating venue and the students will have a chance to meet and present their work to the directors and/or other staff of those venues. This is seen as a way to ensure a certain Nordic network is in place for the graduating student.

ADMISSION

The entry requirement for the programme is a passed admission test as well as a degree in dance and choreography at Bachelor’s level, or equivalent, from DASPA or another relevant higher education institution.BA students in Dance and Choreography from DASPA do not automatically qualify for admission but have to go through the admission procedure.

Learn more in the application guide


Application date
Feb 04
Start date
Aug 03

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Master of Fine Arts in Dance Partnership (MFA) | Master 2 years

Master of Fine Arts in Dance Partnership (MFA)

Master (2 years) of Dance Partnership, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts Music and performing arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus THE DANISH NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Website https://ddsks.dk/en/dance-partnership
The education in Dance Partnership is a two-year master's programme for professional practicing dancers and choreographers who wish to combine artistic and pedagogic practice with a view to develop and realise artistic projects in which the participants' physical, social and creatively established experiences are central.The Danish National School of Performing Arts educates dance practitioners, who are reflective and artistically well founded. During the two-year programme the student develops his or her own distinctive practice within a self-defined field of interest. The student’s practice-based inquiries are supported by a foundation in creative dance and pedagogy.

Career opportunities

The programme aims to let professional dancers and choreographers develop the artistic, educational and hands-on knowledge and skills needed in order to lead creative dance projects for instance in schools and other cultural institutions as well as create their own artistic projects where participation is a key element. Currently, there is a demand for skilled dance partnership graduates and job opportunities are good. As with most other artistic educations, dance practitioners mostly work freelance, and are hired on project basis or develop their own projects. 

About the degree

The course of study alternates between classes and workshops taught by teachers, researchers and artists from Denmark and abroad, and periods in which the student carries out his or her self-defined inquiries within the field, including internships in which the student plans and implements dance projects with particular participant groups. The programme concludes with a substantial graduation project.The education includes a number of practical placements, which are carried out in schools, upper secondary education and other cultural platforms.Collaborations with students from other fields of study and a module in entrepreneurship enables the student to conduct independent projects after graduation.The main teaching language is English, however it is possible to hand in written assignments in one of the Scandinavian languages.

Admission

The entry requirement for the programme is a degree in dance equivalent to Bachelor’s level and a passed admission test. The admission test consists of a written application (pre-qualification) and an audition. Up to 7 students will be admitted every second year.

Learn more in the application guide

Tuition

There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.  


Application date
Apr 01
Start date
Aug 03

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Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA) | Master 2 years

Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA)

Master (2 years) of Performing Arts, 120 ECTS
Music and performing arts

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus THE DANISH NATIONAL SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
Website https://ddsks.dk/en/master-fine-arts-performing-arts
The Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts (MFA) centres on professional artistic practice and artistic research. Unlike an academic master’s degree, the aim is to develop each student into an original and ground-breaking artist.

The master’s programme offers multiple possibilities for artistic specialisation.

All specialisations focus on the interaction between subject-specific professionalism, entrepreneurship, and artistic research. The objective is to develop your professional basis further and create an opportunity to specialise in an artistic field that you want to develop to a high professional level. You will learn to independently create and organise artistic projects nationally and internationally.

The following specialisations will be offered: 
Each student will follow an independent path through the overall programme according to their chosen specialisation and their qualifying bachelor programme. Whether you have a background in acting, directing, stagecraft, dance, stage management, lighting, sound design, or another area within the performing arts field, you can apply for any specialisation.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the master's programme you must have a relevant bachelor's degree within the artistic field. Graduates from the Danish National School of Performing Arts’ bachelor-level programmes (three or four years) and from corresponding international courses may be accepted. In addition to the formal requirements, there will be an audition/interview. 

Learn more in the application guide

Application date
Feb 20
Start date
Aug 03

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