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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
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 10300 EUR
The education in Dance and Participation is a two-year master's programme for professional practising 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.

During the two-year programme, you develop your own distinctive practice within a self-defined field of interest. Your practice-based inquiries will be supported by a foundation in creative dance and pedagogy. This programme educates dance practitioners, who are both reflective and artistically well-founded. 

The course of study alternates between classes and workshops taught by teachers, researchers and artists from Denmark and abroad, and periods in which students carry out their self-defined inquiries within the field for example in schools, upper secondary education or other cultural platforms. Internships in which the students plan and implement dance projects with particular participant groups are also a common way of bridging the programme to the professional field.

Collaborations with students from other fields of study and a module in entrepreneurship enable the students 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.

The programme concludes with a substantial graduation project.

Career opportunities

The programme aims to let professional dancers and choreographers develop the artistic, educational and hands-on knowledge and skills needed 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. 


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

If the admission committee is not convinced that an applicant has a sufficient level of English to complete the programme, they might ask for detailed documentation of the applicant’s proficiencies in English.


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
Apr 01
Start date
Aug 03