Application “Dance” (B.A.)

Amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the 2020/2021 winter semester:

In accordance with § 4 Section 1 of the Exceptions Regulations issued by the President's Office in the implementation of the Corona Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance (Official Notification No. 364), on 10th June 2020 the President's Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts has decided to adopt the proposal of Faculty 3 and make the following amendments to the conducting of the aptitude testing procedure for the Faculty 1 study courses:

“Dance” (B.A.)

Supplementary to the regulations laid down in the Framework Provisions for the Determination of Artistic or Course-specific Aptitude and Special Artistic Talent from 6th June 2018 in conjunction with § 3 of the Examination Regulations for Dance Bachelor of Arts study course (B.A.) from 9th August 2017, the aptitude testing procedure will take place as a two-stage procedure.
The first stage will be digitally conducted and consists of the timely submission of applicants' own re-cordings by electronic means (video links).
The following subject-specific regulations apply to the recordings

Recordings should be no more than 1 month old.

They are expected to include:
- A two-minute personal introduction on ‘Why I want to study at Folkwang’
- A 15-minute classical training session
- A 15-minute contemporary training session
- A 1-minute solo.

Assessment criteria:
- For the training: Co-ordination, musicality, movement dynamics, sense of space.
- For the solo: Dance performance, individual creativity

If this first stage of the examination procedure is passed, the candidate is invited to the second stage. The examination in the second stage of the aptitude testing procedure takes place with the candidate physically present as laid down in § 3 of the Examination Regulations for the Dance bachelor study course.

Recommendations from the Aptitude Test Committee
If possible: Create videos specifically for the Folkwang application, in any location.

About the video recording:
_Edited versions are permitted, except for solos/choreography.
_Camera angle: Front-on
_Camera positioning: Fixed
_Image section: Full-body recording, except for commentary components (only head/upper body here)
About the content:

The exercises in the training sessions should include various dynamics, spatial directions, qualities and intensities, and demonstrate the applicants’ mobility. It will suffice to perform the exercises on one side only.
Contemporary training:
_Clothing: Tight-fitting, suitable for dancing, bare feet
_Content: Exercises on the floor and upright.
Classical training/ballet:
_Clothing: Tight-fitting, suitable for dancing, ballet shoes
_Content: Exercises on the barre (a chair or other aid is permitted) and in the middle of the floor.
Clothing: Free choice
Content: Free choice
(in response to the question of ‘Why I want to study at Folkwang University’)
Clothing: Free choice
Content: In German or English

On this page you will find information on the application and the aptitude test as well as on the documents you will need to provide at the time of enrolment, if your application is successful.

Documents for application

When applying you will need to provide the following documents:

  • Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the winter semester 2021/22 the form is open from 15. January (NEW!) to the deadline on 15. March.)
  • CV/Résumé
  • One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school
  • Where applicable leaving certificate or certificate of enrolment of your former university/ies
  • Receipt for payment of the application fee (bank statement)
  • If applicable, certificate of foreign university entrance examination such as APS certificate / American College Test (ACT) / College Scholastic Ability Test / University Entrance Examination Center Test (simple copy) or other international educational achievements (simple copy) that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:

Please note: We must have received your application documents in paper form not later than the application deadline March 15th (for the following winter semester).

More information on application see here.

Application fee

For your application a fee of € 50 is due.
If you apply for multiple study courses simultaneously, the fee is € 50 for the first application and € 15 for every additional study course. The amount will be automatically calculated and shown to you in the application form.

Aptitude test

The aptitude exam usually takes place end of June/beginning of July. Please note that you will have to be on site for the aptitude test. The aptitude tests will be carried out in the official language German and also in English.

The aptitude test is a multi-stage process in which a candidate can be eliminated after each examination round.

The first and second rounds consist each of a group training in classical dance and a group training in modern dance (duration: 45-60 mins per training). Likewise, in the third round group trainings in classical and modern dance will be carried out (duration: 45-60 mins per training). Furthermore, the applicants will present a previously prepared choreography (duration: 1 min.). You are allowed to bring background music for the choreography, but you may also show it without background music. In the fourth round (final round) a further group training (duration up to 90 mins.) as well as one-on-one interviews with the applicants will take place.

The first two rounds are scheduled for Monday – Wednesday in the morning and afternoon respectively during the aptitude test week, whereby the applicants will be divided into groups for different days. On Thursday usually follows the third round and on Friday the final round.

The criteria for assessing the artistic aptitude in group training are body and space-awareness, musicality, movement dynamics, artistic expression in the movement and structure and physiology of the musculoskeletal system. Criteria for assessing the artistic aptitude of 1-minute choreography are presence, its own design capability, space control and originality in movement expression.

Documents for enrolment

  • Completed application form for enrolment (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Completed application form for Folkwang Card (send to you by mail after having successfully passed the aptitude test)
  • Proof of existing health insurance
  • Certified copy of leaving certificate of your last attended school (certified translation where applicable)
  • Evidence of sufficient language skills, if you did not acquire your qualification for university entrance in Germany
  • Proof of payment of the social contribution

If you have any questions regarding the enrolment process, please contact:

Tabea Maciolek

Department Studies and International Affairs | Office of Student Affairs & Examinations Office | Fac. 3 & Institutes


+49 (0) 201_4903-308