It is no longer possible to apply for admission to the master's programme in Performing Arts.
In 2019, DASPA will enrol up to 20 students into the master’s programme in Performing Arts. Students will be admitted into one of two specialisations. You can submit an application to both specialisations:
- Topography of Story (Aarhus)
- Conceptualizing, Creating, Collaborating (Copenhagen)
Application deadline: 12.00 midday on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
please note that the application must be in English.
Interviews for the CCC specialisation will take place in Copenhagen on May 17, 18 and 19.
Interviews for the Topography of Story specialisation will take place in Aarhus on May 25 and 26.
Final selection: early June 2019.
It costs DKK 570 to apply, regardless of whether you seek admission to multiple specialisation. The fee partially covers DASPA’s expenses for the admission 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.
The programme’s admission requirements are that applicants pass an interview admission test and have undertaken an artistic education at 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. DASPA cannot grant dispensations from these requirements.
Admission is not possible based on general Danish university degrees or professional bachelor's degree programmes, since they are not built upon an artistic knowledge base. Private performing arts programmes from Denmark are not admissible as there are no private educational institutions within the performing arts sector accredited to offer bachelor’s level studies.
To be considered for an interview, applicants must have a bachelor’s level degree from:
- DASPA (three or four years)
- Another higher education institution overseen by the Ministry of Culture Denmark (kum.dk/policy-areas/education/)
- The schools of Visual Arts, Architecture, and Design run by The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, or Design School Kolding
- Similar higher education institutions abroad (e.g. norteasnetwork.org/members and ecoledesecoles.eu ).
There is no limit on the time that may elapse between the completion of your bachelor’s level degree and applying for admission to the master's program.
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 2019.
A bachelor's level degree from DASPA (three to four years) does not constitute a legal entitlement to be admitted to the master’s programme in Performing Arts. All applicants with a qualifying degree must go through the same application process.
In order to apply for the master’s programme in Performing Arts, you will have to complete an online application form - CLICK HERE. You must create an account to fill in the application form.
Applications for Topography of Story and Conceptualizing, Creating, Collaborating must be prepared in English.
The application must include:
- A facial photo which is a good likeness to be used in the application process.
- An indication of the specialisations for which you are applying. If you apply for more than one specialisation, you must state your priorities.
- Evidence of qualifying education (or confirmation of expected completion of qualifying education).
- A CV with relevant activities (maximum two pages). The CV should only contain text. The purpose of the CV is to provide a chronological overview of your educational background, your artistic projects and other relevant experience.
- 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, VARBI, where the restrictions on formats and sizes are specified. We encourage you to select the projects that you consider most relevant to the master's programme in performing arts.
- A description of your motivation and professional goals. The description must be entered via a form in the application portal, VARBI, and start from the following questions:
- What is your primary motivation for applying for the programme? (Maximum 1000 characters, including spaces.)
- What opportunities do you see for yourself in the link between your bachelor’s level degree and the focus of the specialisation? If you apply for more than one specialisation, please describe it briefly for each specialisation. (Unlimited characters.)
- Which subject areas would you like to have the opportunity to focus on during the education – e.g. in the elective courses during the second semester and in the final master's project? (Maximum 1000 characters, including spaces.)
- What immediate thoughts do you have about the international semester? Could you imagine using it for exchange at another educational institution or for a project or internship? (Maximum 1000 characters, including spaces.)
All communication about the application process takes place through the admission portal, VARBI.
On the basis of the written applications, the admission committee selects a number of candidates who are invited for an individual interview with a specialisation subcommittee. The purpose is to give the committee the opportunity to enquire about your application and your artistic projects in the portfolio. At the same time, it is your opportunity to ask about the specialisation and the education.
If you have applied for more than one specialisation, you may be invited to an interview on each of them. The interview will last about 30-45 minutes.On May 10, 2019, you will know whether you have been invited to an interview or whether your application for admission has been rejected.
- Interviews for the Conceptualizing, Creating, Collaborating specialisation will take place in Copenhagen on May 17, 18 and 19.
- Interviews for the Topography of Story specialisation will take place in Aarhus on May 25 and 26.
The interviews will be in English. In special cases, the interviews could be conducted as a video meeting.
The Admissions Committee consists of:
- The Rector of DASPA
- Head of the master's programme
- An external examiner appointed by the Ministry of Culture
- A teacher
- A 4th year student from DASPA
For each specialisation, there is a subcommittee consisting of:
- The person responsible for the specialisation
- One or more teachers from the specialisation
- A student from a similar master's programme or a 4th year student from DASPA
The admission committee emphasizes various qualities in their assessment, including that the applicant:
- has a high professional level and potential for artistic and professional development within the performing arts.
- can demonstrate a high level of reflection in relation to the documentation regarding their own artistic practice.
- has thought about the goals, the structure, and the learning objectives of the master's programme.
- has clear professional goals and artistic ambitions that can be realized within the framework of the master's programme in performing arts.
You do not necessarily need to possess all the qualities outlined. The criteria should be seen as guidelines for what the admission committee prioritizes in the selection. Based on the interviews, the specialisation sub-committee recommends a number of applicants for admission. The admissions committee then decides on admission based on a comprehensive assessment of the applicant's submitted material, the recommendation from the specialisation sub-committee, and the composition of students taking each specialisation. The admission committee may choose to prioritize professional diversity in the composition of students for the specialisations.
If the admission committee is in doubt as to whether an applicant has the required English competencies, they may ask for documentation of the applicant's level of English.
The final selection of applicants to be admitted will be made at the beginning of June 2019.
The admission committee will register on a prioritized list those applicants who have participated in the interviews but have not been admitted to the programme. Should any of the applicants that have been admitted to the programme not accept the admission, the applicants on the list will be contacted.
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.