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The Master Programme in Choreography comprises two years of advanced studies. It is research preparatory, and qualifies the student for a Master of Fine Arts. The Programme develops the student's critical consciousness and understanding of contemporary choreographic practices through a wide range of studies, based on how aesthetics and art affect and are affected by different ways of experiencing and understanding the world.


In the programme, choreography and theory are both approached as practice, and as extensions of each other. Thematic learning processes include both practical and theoretical knowledge, training activities, research and interdisciplinary meetings with other artistic and scientific fields of knowledge and expression. Furthermore, the programme highlights the dynamics of our individual and collective roles within art and society.

The programme offers a context to generate knowledge and methods to critically explore practical and conceptual tools and principles established by contemporary choreographic practices and to work for expansion and development of choreography. The students are engaged in processes that lay bare the ideological, ethical and operative framework within which choreography finds its expressions.

The programme comprises various blocks varying from between 1-6 weeks, in which each block constitutes a different context. Each of these contexts is framed by a current and relevant subject and consequently contextualized by workshops, lectures, seminars, training, research or production, bringing in expertise accordingly. These contexts can both be general, addressing the whole group or answer to the individual student’s needs. The programme offers a substantial lineup of activities as well as time and space for the development of individual work. The programme operates internationally, but also stresses the importance of local relations. Apart from the artistic direction, the staff consists of guest-teachers, providing an ever-changing, flexible structure.

The programme is offered by the Dance Department.

» Dance Department

Guest teachers and lecturers

Since the autumn term 2012 till now, the students have met Sandra Noeth, Paz Rojo, Litó Walkey, Myriam Van Imschoot, Robert Steijn, Janez Jansa, Una Bauer, Jennifer Lacey, Manuel Pelmus, Maaike Bleeker, Noémie Solomon, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Thiago Granato, Sandro Amaral, Lena Hammergren, Andre Lepecki, Elke van Campenhout, Efva Lilja, Rasmus Ölme, Simon Hecquet, Sabine Prokhoris, Anna Efraimsson, Alva Noe, Cristian Duarte, Rolf Hugues, Minna Tiikkainen, Anne Juren, Josefin Wikström, Norberto Llopis Segarra, Carla Bottiglieri and Kerstin Schroth.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English.


After completing the master programme you may obtain a Degree of Master of Fine Arts in Choreography. A Master of Fine Arts qualifies the student for artistic research programmes.

» Read more about artistic research
» Read more about choreography as a field of research


Admission takes place every second year, through auditions at DOCH. Next admission will take place in spring 2014.

Entry requirements (for autumn term of 2014)

General entry requirements for programme studies for second-cycle studies (Bachelor's degree or equivalent).

Specific entry requirements

  • A grade of Pass in the work sample showing the applicants own experience of choreographic work

  • A grade of Pass in the qualification test showing artistic ability in choreography

  • Knowledge in English: English 5 or equivalent.

» For description of equivalences in results of TOEFL or IELTS read...


Selection to the programme takes place through selection tests among qualified applicants.


Jefta van Dinther, Artistic Director for the Master Programme in Choreography
Phone: + 46 (8)562 274 37
Email: jefta.vandinther@doch.se

Frédéric Gies, Artistic Director for the Master Programme in Choreography
Phone: + 46 (8)562 274 91
Email: frederic.gies@doch.se

Utbildnings- och forskningsenheten
Phone: +46 8-562 274 50
Email: studieinfo@doch.se

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