From Classical Ballet's "Sommerforestilling" 2015. Photo: Jörg Wiesner.

Academy of Dance

The Academy of Dance was founded in 1979 as the National College of Ballet and Dance (Statens ballettskole). Since 1996 it has been part of Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo), which brings students of different disciplines together to form a broad, international community of arts and artistic skills. The unique facilities at the National Academy of the Arts, including well-equipped stages and studios, mean that students at the Academy of Dance have excellent opportunities to develop in a state-of-the-art working environment.

The Academy of Dance offers Bachelor’s degree programmes in contemporary dance, jazz dance and classical ballet, Master’s programmes in dance and choreography, and a one-year practice-oriented teacher training course for dance teachers. Research fellows are affiliated with the Academy of Dance through its participation in the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. The various study programmes enable students to develop their potential as performing and creative artists, refining their skills, knowledge and critical abilities in the field of dance and choreography.

The teaching staff at the Academy of Dance represent extensive and varied artistic and educational experience. The department also engages nationally and internationally renowned guest teachers and artists.

The Academy of Dance has the ambition to be a leading institution in the field of professional dance training. Its study programmes lay the foundations for solid artistry and an expertise in dance and choreography that can be applied in a range of aesthetic and social contexts – both in Norway and internationally.

Excellent follow-up with regard to physical health and the prevention and treatment of injuries is ensured by the skills of the department’s own staff members and a cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Sports Medicine (NIMI).

Bachelor’s in classical ballet

The programme is offered to students who seek to specialise in classical ballet. Students have the opportunity to develop their full potential in a motivating and healthy environment.

The curriculum builds the skills required to dance with international classical ballet companies. The central element of the curriculum is ballet classes, with a focus on older and more recent classical repertoire, pointe work, pas de deux and supplementary training. Courses are also given in choreographic studies, modern dance, physical health, career preparation and theoretical topics. The emphasis is on students acquiring a good understanding of both historical and contemporary ballet.

The ballet programme places major emphasis on the learning of parts and on performance work. The high quality studios and stages at the Academy of Dance allows students to work to professional standards. Participation in relevant ballet competitions is also possible.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision. A highly qualified staff, international guest teachers, and close cooperation with the Norwegian National Ballet and the Norwegian National Ballet 2 are all instrumental in achieving the department’s goal of training classical ballet dancers to high international standards.

This is a three-year full-time programme. It is open to young dancers who have completed primary school and are at least fifteen years old.

Non-Norwegian speaking students must be fluent in English, both written and oral.

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Bachelor’s in contemporary dance

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work professionally as a dancer across the full breadth of the contemporary dance field.

Contemporary dance requires dancers who can enter into artistic processes with independence, creativity and a willingness to explore a range of idioms and issues.

The emphasis is on providing students with an articulated dance technique that is familiar with various practices and styles from the fields of contemporary dance, classical ballet and jazz dance. Choreographic studies, paired dance and theory are important for the development of knowledge about, and the capacity to reflect on, processual approaches, the development of ideas and aesthetic understanding.

The programme emphasises the acquisition of stage skills and extensive experience by means of regular performances in a variety of situations and spaces, and using a range of choreographic styles. Varied strategies for exploring the body and movement, and cooperation with experienced choreographers, familiarise students with the diversity of methods and approaches characteristic of contemporary dance.

The programme prepares the student to pursue a professional career as a freelance dance artist, as well as for engagements with relevant dance companies.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision.

This is a three-year full-time programme, and successful completion also qualifies the student for postgraduate studies in dance and choreography.

Bachelor's in jazz dance

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work professionally as a dancer across the full breadth of the jazz-dance field.

Jazz dance is characterised by its specific physical style and close relationship to rhythmic music. It requires students to acquire a high level of dance technique.

The emphasis is on providing students with an articulated dance technique through familiarisation with different styles of jazz dance and related forms, in addition to classical ballet and contemporary dance. Urban dance forms also have an important place alongside stage styles.

Choreographic studies, paired dance and theory are important for the development of knowledge about, and the capacity to reflect on, processual approaches, the history of dance and the understanding of styles.

The programme emphasises the acquisition of stage skills and extensive experience by means of regular performances using a variety of styles and forms – such as contemporary jazz, traditional jazz dance and musicals – and different types of stages. Students contribute to creative processes with a range of choreographers, learning to articulate the interaction between music, rhythm, dynamics and movement, and thereby developing important choreographic tools.

The programme prepares the student to pursue a professional career as a freelance dance artist, as well as for engagements in relevant dance companies and theatres.

Teaching is based on small groups, with an emphasis on close individual supervision.

The facilities at the Academy of Dance provide excellent working conditions and professional standard stage experience.

This is a three-year full-time programme, and successful completion also qualifies the student for postgraduate studies in dance and choreography.

Master’s in choreography

The two-year Master’s programme in choreography aims to train choreographers to the highest national and international standards, enabling them to work both with established companies and in the independent performing arts field.

The student’s primary focus is on creative work with dance and stage productions, with other subjects on the curriculum serving to underpin this emphasis. Productions of the student’s own choreographic work together with a Master’s project make up roughly a third of the course work. In addition, the programme includes studies in music, literature, administration, various other arts and social-science subjects, as well as philosophy and aesthetics, which form the basis for the student’s individual artistic development work.

The course enables the student to develop an independent artistic idiom as a choreographer and to develop choreography as one component in broader artistic work. The programme provides knowledge of various choreographic methods and styles.

Projects involving other performing arts disciplines help to build experience in the collective process of staging a performance. Knowledge of stage techniques forms an important part of the programme.

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Master’s in dance

Fra forestillingen "Av historisk grunn" på Dansens Hus oktober 2016. Dansere: masterstudenter i dans. Koreografi: Eivind Seljeseth, Ingeleiv Berstad, Kristin Helgebostad. Foto: Simen Dieserud Thornquist.

The programme enables the student to develop the knowledge and skills required to work as an independent dance artist to high international standards.

By means of individual specialisation and teaching, the programme focuses on developing and stimulating the student’s unique artistic identity as a critical and creative performing dance artist.

The programme consists of performance work, workshops, dance training, lectures, analysis and individual tutorials, and is conducted in a challenging, stimulating and supportive environment. One of the aims is to equip students with experience that underpins their physical idiom with a foundation of theoretical reflection, enabling them to strive for and contribute to challenging artistic statements and new perspectives within the art of dance.

Through their work on this programme, students establish contacts with professional work environments in Norway and abroad.

The programme prepares the student to pursue and further develop a professional career as an independent freelance dance artist, as well as to seek engagements in relevant dance companies.

With an intake of just a few students each year, major emphasis is placed on close individual tutoring and supervision, and on adapting the programme’s content to individual needs.

This is a two-year full-time programme.

The programme entitles students to apply to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and other relevant doctoral programmes.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Dance)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PPU) in Dance is a one-year course for dancers and choreographers who wish to work as dance teachers and instructors. The programme qualifies the student to teach in primary and secondary schools, adult education, folk high schools, cultural schools and private ballet schools. The PPU in dance provides in-depth knowledge of the teaching of classical ballet, contemporary dance and jazz dance. Applicants with backgrounds in other forms of dance can also apply. The study includes 12-14 weeks of integrated supervised practical training.

“The PPU is fantastic for me – and the teachers are brilliant.” Read about two recent PPU students, Sindre Bjelland and Christine Nypan, and their experiences.

Educational theory deals with the science of teaching, education and development, providing knowledge and increased capacity for reflection on the role of the teacher in preparation for practice.

The curriculum covers:

  • Psychology: developmental psychology, relationships, communication, learning and motivation.
  • Philosophy: various justifications for and focal concerns of upbringing and education, ethics and value consciousness.
  • Sociology: society, culture, group processes and interaction.
  • Theory of education/teaching: the what, why and how of teaching – curricula and assessment work.

Subject-related teaching theory deals with different approaches to and perspectives on the teaching of various target groups in a range of learning contexts. Primary goals include gaining experience and feedback and collecting suitable material relevant to the planning, implementation and evaluation of lessons. Students will work with a wide variety of teachers.

Themes of the course include:

  • Play, creativity and imaginative work with children.
  • Interaction, improvisation and composition.
  • Basic dance techniques (classical ballet, jazz dance, modern/contemporary dance).
  • Dance teaching in depth: classical ballet, jazz dance, modern/contemporary dance.

In practice training students gain experience of different aspects of the teaching profession. Working together with practice supervisors, students receive instruction in how to plan, organise, implement and assess lessons in accordance with pedagogical and educational principles. The practice training is conducted with trial classes of different ages and is primarily/normally geared toward cultural schools/private ballet schools and secondary schools.

Entry requirements

Common application procedure for all study programmes

  1. Download the application form (there is a link under each subject), read all the information carefully and fill in the form in Adobe Reader.
  2. Register your personal information and study preferences on SøknadsWeb. In order to register you must create your own personal pin code, which you will use every time you log in. After you have registered on SøknadsWeb and chosen your course of study, you will receive a receipt with your applicant number by email.
  3. Upload the application form and the other documents as described on SøknadsWeb. Follow the instructions carefully. You will not receive a separate receipt for each uploaded document, but at any point you can check what documents you have uploaded by clicking on “my documents” when logged into Søknadsweb.

It will be possible to download the application form and to register on SøknadsWeb from around two months before the application deadline.

Please address any questions about the admissions process to postmottak@khio.no. Write the name of the study programme in the subject line.

Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Admission is based on auditions. General admission eligibility does not apply for this programme.

Applicants are ranked according to the results of the auditions. The entry criteria for this programme include completed lower secondary school and exceptional ability in classical ballet. The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on ballet dancers today.

The language of instruction is Norwegian, but arrangements can be made for students who speak only English. All applicants must demonstrate good knowledge of English.

Application deadline: 1 February
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Bachelor’s in jazz dance

Admission is based on auditions and general admission eligibility. General admission requirements can be waived for applicants who show exceptional dance skills at auditions, especially in jazz dance.

The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on professional dancers.

Application deadline: 1 February

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Bachelor’s in contemporary dance

Admission is based on auditions and general admission eligibility. General admission requirements can be waived for applicants who show exceptional dance skills at auditions, especially in modern and contemporary dance.

The auditions place emphasis on dance skills, expressivity, development potential, personal qualities and physical suitability to meet the high demands placed on professional dancers.

Application deadline: 1 February

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Master’s in choreography

Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s programme in choreography (180 ECTS credits). 80 credits from the Bachelor’s degree must be in the same field as the Master’s degree. Applicants must also demonstrate practical choreographic experience. Other relevant education and/or practical experience may also qualify for admission.

Admission to the Master’s programme involves a three-stage process:

  • formal assessment of the application and the applicant’s qualifications.
  • assessment of artistic and subject-relevant aptitude in a project presentation.
  • entrance examination, which may consist of choreographic and written assignments, and an interview.

The applicant must have a good knowledge of Norwegian and/or another Scandinavian language, and English.

Application deadline: 1 February

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Master’s in dance

Admission to the Master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a three-year Bachelor’s programme (180 ECTS credits) in dance or equivalent. Applicants must document that at least 80 ECTS credits have been earned for dance technique or other stage skills. Applicants with lower attainments in dance technique or other stage skills may also apply if they can document equivalent subject-relevant aptitude acquired through practical experience.

In special cases, other documented qualifications may be recognised as wholly or partially equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Applicants must demonstrate competence in at least one Scandinavian language or in English.

When applying, the applicant must submit: 1. a letter describing her or his motivation, and 2. a description of the independent dance work and specialisation she or he wishes to pursue during the course. Admission to the Master’s programme in dance also involves an audition and an interview.

Acceptance is based on an overall assessment of the applicant in relation to:

  • description of and reflections on the planned independent artistic dance work.
  • expressivity, individuality and creativity as a dancer and artist.
  • technical dance skills.
  • motivation.
  • personal qualities.

Where general entry requirements are met, admission is based on an overall assessment of the applicant’s subject-relevant aptitude as shown in an audition, on general suitability, and on the composition of the prospective study group. Applicants must document communication skills in Norwegian, or at least one other Scandinavian language.

Application deadline: 1 February

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Dance)

Application deadline: 1 April

Since this programme requires proficiency in Norwegian, please see the Norwegian entry requirements for more information about the application procedure and the application form.

Student exchange

If you are interested in becoming an exchange student at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, read more at the Student Exchange page.

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