Dance (Bachelor of Arts)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 3
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 8 semesters full-time
  • Workload: 240 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October


_Falls Sie Ihre Hochschulzugangsberechtigung nicht an einer deutschen Schule erworben haben, müssen Sie zur Einschreibung deutsche Sprachkenntnisse auf dem Sprachniveau A1 nachweisen.

_Die Level der Sprachanforderungen an der Folkwang Universität der Künste richten sich nach dem Gemeinsamen Europäischen Referenzrahmen (GER).

_An der Hochschule werden keine Sprachkurse und Sprachprüfungen angeboten! Diese müssen Sie sich selbst extern organisieren.

Admission requirements

_Evidence of qualification for entry (general university entrance certificate). Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:


_Evidence of artistic aptitude or outstanding artistic talent respectively by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts.


_Applicants without a general university entrance certificate may also be admitted, provided that they exhibit outstanding artistic talent (see "Rahmeneignungsprüfungsordnung" Nr. 399 §8)


_50 € application fee: For your application a fee of € 50 is due. The amount will be shown to you in the application form.


_No tuition fees are charged at Folkwang.


_Each semester all students have to pay a social contribution for the services of the Student Union, a student contribution for the work of the AStA (General Student Committee) and the VRR/NRW ticket. A breakdown of the amounts plus information on how to pay is available here.


Folkwang actively supports the call of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to train people with disabilities as artists and therefore particularly welcomes applications for the guest student programme, regular study courses and requests for inclusive cooperation projects. Prospective students should make use of the possibility of a counselling meeting with the  Representative for students with disability or chronic illness in advance.

Application documents

Applications must be submitted via the Folkwang Application Portal by the end of the application period on 15 March (for the following winter semester). The portal is open for applications from 15 January to 15 March. Submit your application as early as possible. Only applications that have been submitted in full by the application deadline will be considered. Academic certificates must be submitted in the original German or English language or with an official translation.

For the application you have to upload the following in the portal:


_Curriculum Vitae in tabular form (desired)

_Passport photograph (optional)

_School-leaving certificate from the last school attended (secondary school, e.g. high school); alternatively last school certificate

_If applicable, degree certificate, transcript of records and/or certificate of enrolment from the university(ies) attended to date

_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 or other international educational achievements that constitute a university entrance qualification for Germany such as completed periods of studies; country-specific information:


_Proof of payment of the application fee (bank statement)

Aptitude test

The aptitude tests usually take place in May and last one week. You will find the exact dates at the top right as soon as they are fixed. Please note that you must be present in person. The aptitude test consists of a multi-stage intermediate selection and a final selection. 


The intermediate selection consists of: 

_group training in classical dance and

_group training in contemporary dance and

_the presentation of a self-designed 1-minute solo and/or 

_the realisation of a creative task spontaneously set by the Examination Commission


The intermediate selection will be assessed in summary as "passed" or "failed". Applicants who have passed will be invited to the final selection.

The final selection of the aptitude test consists of one or more practical examinations and a colloquium.


Only after you have successfully applied for a study place is your last step in the application process enrolment. Enrolment takes place at the end of September for the start of studies in October and at the end of March for the start of studies in April. Please refer to your letter of admission for the exact period.

Further information on the procedure and documents can be found on the websites on enrolment.