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Professional Preparation

ECTS Credits
Course code
Included in study programme
Bachelor’s in classical ballet

Brief course description

This course will give students an awareness of a dancer's complex role in the professional dance milieu and an understanding of the employment market's conditions and possibilities. Of special concern will be practical and current questions related to a dancer's situation both as a freelance and as a member of a ballet company. Topics dealt with in the course may be CV and application writing, professional rights, preparation for auditions, artists' conferences, social orientation, network building, professional ethics etc.

The course’s learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student should:

  • know about types of contracts, stipend arrangements and administration matters.
  • be able to create a relevant CV and portfolio.
  • have knowledge of audition participation.
  • be able to take part in professional discourse and take the initiative in their own work situation.
  • compose a relevant stipend application from the point of view of their own personal artistic development.
  • know about professional ethical issues and consider the occupational demands and expectations which confront the professional dance artist.

Teaching and learning methods

This course consists of teacher-led classes, coaching and individual study.

The coursework requirements are:

  • mandatory attendance and participation in classes.
  • submission of all assignments.
  • reflective memorandum, relative to their own.


Coursework requirements must have been met for the student to receive a final assessment in the course.

During the course, the students work and development will be assessed in relation to the course's learning objectives. The course will be assessed by the course teacher in consultation with the programme coordinator.

The course is assessed by the awarding of either a pass or a fail grade.