APPLy for the master in Dance partnership
NB. The Danish government has launched a series of very far-reaching measures in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. This means that The Danish National School of Performing Arts has been shut-down since March, 12.
Consequently, the deadline for applying has been pushed to April 20th, and the audition has been postponed to on May 23-24.
The school follows the government initiatives closely and as soon as there is a change in the situation this website will be updated. Applicants should follow the information on this site closely (MARCH, 31).
In 2020, DASPA will enroll up to 7 students into the master’s programme in Dance Partnership in Copenhagen
Application deadline: 12.00 (noon), Monday, April 20, 2020.
The programme’s admission requirements are that applicants pass an audition and have undertaken an artistic education equivalent to a bachelor's level from the Danish National School of Performing Arts (three or four years) or another relevant Danish or foreign higher education institution.
Whereas most students at the dance partnership programme have several years of professional experience prior to entering the education, there is no time limit on the time that may elapse between the completion of your bachelor’s level degree and applying for admission to the master's programme.
If you expect to complete your qualifying education after the application deadline, you must enclose a document from the educational institution confirming that your expected time of completion is before the master's programme starts in August 2020.
A bachelor's level degree from DASPA (three or four years) does not constitute a legal entitlement to be admitted to the master’s programme in Dance Partnership. All applicants with a qualifying degree must go through the same application process.
In order to apply for the master’s programme in Dance Partnership, you will have to fill in an online application form. To fill in the application form you must create an account. Please note that you cannot send your application by email or post.
In order to apply, you must:
- provide the required personal information in the form
- attach a photo of your face only (to be used in the application process)
- upload your CV (text only, no photos or scan) (max. 2 pages). The purpose of the CV is to provide a chronological overview of your educational background, your artistic projects and other relevant experience.
- upload evidence of qualifying education or confirmation of expected completion of qualifying education
- upload a personal portfolio exhibiting selected examples of your artistic practice. The portfolio is your opportunity to show us who you are as an artist. The portfolio does not have to consist of a single document, but can be separate text, image, audio, and video files. All files must be uploaded in the application portal, where the restrictions on formats and sizes are specified. Alternatively, a document can be uploaded with links to online material. We encourage you to select the projects that you consider most relevant to the master's programme in Dance Partnership
- upload a text outlining your motivation and professional goals for applying (6500 - 7000 characters including spaces)
All information must be given in English.
A fee of DKK 570 will be charged when applying for admission. The fee covers expenses of the audition process. When applying online you will be redirected to a payment site. Your application is only valid once the fee has been paid. The application fee is non-refundable once the application deadline has passed.
Based on an assessment of the qualifying education and the documents in the application in relation to the assessment criteria, the admission committee selects a limited number of applicants to come for audition. Applicants will be notified in the beginning of April, 2020. If you are not invited for the audition, the admission panel will not be able to give individual feedback.
The audition will take place in Copenhagen on April 25 and 26, 2020. Invited applicants will be asked to share prepared material and partake in teaching situations, including creative choreographic tasks and collaborative work. This is followed by individual interviews, where the admission committee and the applicant discuss the events which have taken place during the audition, and the applicant’s expectations regarding the education. You will receive further information by email if you are invited to the audition.
The audition will be in English.
Applicants will be notified in the beginning of May, 2020.
If you are not admitted to the programme after the audition, you will be offered individual feedback. You will be notified about this option in an email.
The admission process and the interviews will be in English.
The Admissions Committee consists of:
- The head of the programme
- An external examiner appointed by the Ministry of Culture
- A teacher from DASPA
- A master student from DASPA
The admission committee emphasizes various qualities in their assessment, including the applicant’s:
- Technical skills
- Creative and collaborative skills
- Choreographic and compositional skills
- Ability to plan and facilitate a teaching situation
- Communication and observation skills
- Clarity in written and verbal delivery
- Personal motivation, including an idea of how the education is expected to shape the future artistic practice of the applicant
The applicant does not necessarily need to possess all the mentioned qualities, the above should be understood as guidelines for what the admission committee prioritizes in the selection. The admission committee may also pay attention to the group constellation.
In the audition, the admission committee will assess the applicants’ level of oral English. If the admission panel 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.
The admission committee will select a number of applicants from the audition that have not been admitted to the programme but still remain eligible for the programme. These applicants could be contacted should one of the selected candidates not accept the admission offer. There will not be a priority list, as the admission committee may also pay attention to the group constellation in order to make the decision.
Appeals against the decision of the admissions committee can be made via the Rector of the Danish School of Performing Arts. This must be done within two weeks of receiving the decision. The Rector adjudicates the complaint and provides any further guidance concerning complaint procedures. If the complaint concerns the academic decision on admission to the programme, the decision cannot be appealed further. If the complaint concerns legal issues such as disqualification or compliance with the deadline for submitting applications, the Rector's decision may be appealed via the Minister of Culture within two weeks of receiving the Rector's decision.
In all admission test processes, the admission committee makes notes on the applicants' performance which are used in the event of a complaint against the admission committee. The notes are saved for at least one year or until a complaint procedure is completed.