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Avgang 2024 bachelor jazzdans. Foto: Yaniv Cohen
Avgang 2024 bachelor jazzdans. Foto: Yaniv Cohen

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.

Study programme title
Bachelor's in jazz dance
Study programme code
Nominal length of study
3 years full-time
Language of instruction
Application deadline
01 February 2024

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.


Curriculum not available in English. Language of instruction is Norwegian.

Course Structure


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor's in jazz dance:


The application deadline was 01 February 2024. New application deadlines are announced early in the Autumn Semester.

About the 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.

Read more about the department's staff and research focus