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Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Participation (MFA)

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

Institution The Danish National School of Performing Arts
Campus Campus Copenhagen
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR

About the programme

  • Are you curious about participant involving practice within dance and choreography?
  • Do you want to challenge the role of the choreographer in the creative process?
The international MFA in Dance and Participation takes its starting point in the artistic and social potential of dance and choreography. The field of study is participant involving practice, understood here as a spectrum spanning artistic, social, collaborative and educational approaches to the art form.
The programme targets professional dancers and choreographers who want to extend their artistic practice to involve people outside the professional dance field in the creative process, to develop new approaches, methods and expressions.
As a student, you will work practice-oriented with projects and inquiries involving different (groups of) people. Backed by artistic and academic tools and concepts, you will be encouraged to develop your own artistic facilitation and research methods. You will work on finding new ways to bring each participant’s individual abilities, experiences and interests into play in the creative process. and learn to situate and critically engage with your own approach.
The course of study alternates between classes and workshops and periods in which the students carry out pedagogical and artistic inquiries in the field, including periods in which the students plan and implement projects with particular participant groups.
The programme is affiliated with various national partners and international networks, and as a student you may partake in workshops, conferences, exchanges and study trips where you encounter leading artists and scholars in the field. Collaborations with students from other fields of study and a focus on entrepreneurship further enable you to conduct independent projects after graduation.

Career opportunities

The international field of dance and participation is developing rapidly these years and encompasses a growing range of artistically founded approaches to participant involvement and co-creation of works. This calls for dance professionals who can organize, manage and complete complex and unpredictable participatory projects. The job prospects for Dance and Participation graduates are good and varied.
After completing the programme, you will be able to work independently and entrepreneurially with participant involving dance projects. The programme equips you to take responsibility for your own professional development and specialisation, including - but not limited to - working as an independent artist, working in education or culture institutions or pursuing a research career. As with most other artistic educations, graduates mostly work freelance and are hired on project basis or develop their own projects. 


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 seven students will be admitted every second year.

Learn more in the application guide


There is a tuition fee for all fulltime degree students with a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher education system

Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Aug 12

Campus Copenhagen

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