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Avgangsforestilling bachelor i samtidsdans 2024. "For you" av Christina Gouzelis og Paul Blackman (Juksta). Foto: Yaniv Cohen
Avgangsforestilling bachelor i samtidsdans 2024. "For you" av Christina Gouzelis og Paul Blackman (Juksta). Foto: Yaniv Cohen

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.

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

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.


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

Course Structure


These exchange agreements are valid for bachelor’s in contemporary 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