Master Programme New Performative Practices
The Master Programme New Performative Practices is aimed at experienced, practicing performers from diverse fields. Performing artists are given context and support to engage with their own performative practices as well as tools to further their research. The Programme comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, which qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts
The programme comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, which qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography, with a specialisation in Performative Practices. Artistic development demands the ability to constructively question established methods. New Performative Practices gives space to art that challenges the commonplace.
The Master programme New Performative Practices is a road to deepened and expanded knowledge. Physical, live-performance practices are studied for the development of new relationships to audience, new perceptions of the performer's role in society and a critical, ethically viable relationship to the continuous unfolding of live performance. The individual artist's development of a personally sustainable practice is placed in dynamic relation to society's demands, understanding and respect for artistic practice.
You apply to the programme with your artistic practice and a plan for its presentation. Your background can be as a performer – dancer, choreographer or circus artist – or as an artist with another professional relationship to performative practice. The base of the programme is your artistic practice and all courses are related to and studied through that. There may be a certain degree of influence on how the courses are carried out according to the student’s individual plan for presenting her/his artistic practice. The artist's individual practice is the basis for two years of in-depth studies with compulsory courses and optional courses. At the programme you discuss your own practice in relation to others' and formulate you own artistic method for its presentation. In addition, the individual practice is put into relation with theory construction of contemporary aesthetics, and philosophy and theory construction. Several of the programme's courses are offered as freestanding courses which adds to the critical mass for discussion and reflection. To guarantee a top-level education, the programme cooperates with other seats of learning and artistic fora, nationally and internationally.
During 2015/2016 the student met, amongst others, Erik Berg, Frank Bock, Anne Christine Bjork, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Katye Coe, Sara Bogstrom, Camilla Damkjaer, Anna Effraimsson, Anna Petronella Foultier, Fredéric Gies, Lena Hammergren, Martin Hargreaves, Pavle Heidler, Rebecca Hilton, Rolf Hughes, Janez Jansa, Linn Hilda Lamberg, André Lepecki, Joakim Mansfeld, Juliette Mapp, Arantxa Martinez, Sam Meech, Chrysa Parkinson, Susan Rethorst, Cecilia Roos, Kerstin Schroth, Bogdan Szyber, Ingrid Redbark Wallander, Tilman Wolfgang, Partriez Van der Wiez, John-Paul Zaccharini.
Programme syllabus (2015)
Programme syllabus NPP 2015 - PDF
Language of Instruction
The language of instruction is English.
A student who completes the programme will receive a Degree of Master of Fine Arts (120 credits) in Choreography, with a specialisation in Performative Practices. A Master of Fine Arts qualifies the student for artistic research programmes.
For further information about the content of the programme, please contact:
Chrysa Parkinson, Professor of Dance and Head of the Master Programme
If you have questions regarding the entry requirements, application process, tuition fees and/or scholarships, please contact:
Education administration offices
Phone: +46 8 494 00 850
How to apply
The application for the programme will open in November 2016. You apply for the programme through our web-based application system.
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.
When you have entered the application system, do the following:
- Register by putting in your name and e-mail address
- Input your personal data
- Fill in the application form and upload the following documents:
- A copy of your valid passport or valid national identity card (if applicable for you)
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 citizen in an EU, EEA-country or Switzerland you do not have to pay application or tuition fees. In order to find out which group you belong to, you need to show your citizenship. Therefore, you must upload a copy of your passport/valid national identity card. If you have a Swedish civic registration number, or Swedish citizenship, you do not need to upload a copy of your passport.
- Copies of school grades (a degree certificate for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records)
For the Master Programme in New Performative Practices you have to upload your degree certificate for a degree of bachelor, or the equivalent degree, including a transcript of records. Grades and certificates should primarily be in Swedish, but Danish, English, Faroese, Finish, French, German, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Spanish are accepted too. Regarding documents issued in another language, you must upload the original document along with a translation made by an authorized translator.
- Certificate from university about current studies (if applicable for you)
If you attend last term at a bachelor programme you have to send in a transcript of courses and grades that shows the completed studies. A certificate for a degree of bachelor or the equivalent degree should be at DOCH at the latest at the start of the autumn term (before registration).
- Application of recognition of prior learning/exemption from entry requirements (if applicable for you)
If you do not 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. The documents you upload need to be in English and marked with your name and day of birth. You will also be asked in your application to explain why you think that you will cope with the studies even though you do not fulfil the general and/or specific entry requirements.
You may also apply for an exemption, 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 together with your application.
- Documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6 or the equivalent)
You need to upload documentation that shows that you meet the English language requirement (English 6 or the equivalent) defined in the specific entry requirement. English 6 is a course at the Swedish upper secondary school. You have to show that you have the equivalent knowledge. You should upload grades from upper secondary school, or the equivalent from adult education at upper secondary level. You can also demonstrate your English abilities through an internationally recognized English test, or take a local language test at DOCH to be given in conjunction with the selection tests. Please note that the local language test is only valid when applying to an education programme within DOCH. Students, who have studied at university level with English as the language of instruction, may meet the requirements through certain exemptions.
- Documentation that shows that you have at least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities
You need to upload documentation that shows that you have at least 5 years of professional experience of artistic activities. For example, you can upload copies of contracts, copies of reviews from print publications, links to online publications, copies of signed affidavits from colleagues, collaborators, presenters and/or directors etc. as a complement to your CV. The documents must be marked with your name and day of birth.
- Your CV
Upload your CV that describes your professional experience in chronological order. The CV needs to be in English.
- A letter of motivation
Answer the following questions:
- Why are you applying to the programme?
- What are your expectations of your studies at the programme?
You need to write in English. Please write your name and day of birth. Word limit: 1000 words.
Upload a 1-page description of relevant professional experience in relation to your expectations of the programme. The biography needs to be in English.
- A statement on artistic practice
Upload a statement on what Artistic Practice means to you currently. You need to write in English. Word limit: 1000 words.
- A proposal for presenting your artistic practice
Upload a copy of your proposal for presenting your artistic practice. The proposal must be in English. Please write your name and day of birth. The proposal must include the following elements:
− the presentation plan
− the problem/-s raised by the presentation plan
− the chosen method
− the artistic approach in relation to your primary artistic practice, training/background and professional experience
− idea/-s about the documentation and its form
Word limit: 1000 words
- A film of previous work (maximum length 10 min and 150 Mbit)
Upload a film of your previous work with a maximum length of 10 minutes (maximum 150 Mbit). You might have to reduce/compress the video size before uploading it, for example by using MPEG Streamclip. Please note that DOCH cannot provide any support in terms of installation or use of the programme MPEG Streamclip.
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 confirmation to the e-mail address that you’ve stated. If you don’t receive such an 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about the admission process
For information about the admission process, please click here.