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Avgang 2023: Bachelor klassisk ballett. Foto: Jörg Wiesner
Avgang 2023: Bachelor klassisk ballett. Foto: Jörg Wiesner

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.

Study programme title
Bachelor’s in classical ballet
Study programme code
Nominal length of study
3 years full-time
Language of instruction
Application deadline
20 February 2024

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 lower secondary school and are at least fifteen years old.

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

The Academy of Dance at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts is partner school with the Prix de Lausanne, the world’s leading classical ballet competition and network.


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

Course Structure

Course code Course name Optional? ECTS Credits
KB101 Classical Ballet part 1 No 30
KB102 Artistic Expression and Interpretation part 1 No 6
KB103 Modern and Contemporary Dance part 1 No 2
KB104 Choreographic Studies part 1 No 5
KB105 Dance Technique Support Studies part 1 No 3
KB106 Health Studies No 5
KB107 Norwegian part 1 Yes 5
KB117 Health Studies Yes 5
KB108 English No 4


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor’s in classical ballet:


The application deadline was 20 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