Dance Composition (Master of Arts)

Basic info & Application

  • Faculty: 3
  • Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters full-time
  • Workload: 120 ECTS Credits
  • Language of instruction: German
  • Provider: Folkwang University of the Arts
  • Programme start: Each winter semester in October

Admission requirements

_Evidence of a professionally recognised university Bachelor degree (minimum three-year duration) in a relevant artistic or scientific study course or evidence of an equivalent, professionally qualifying university degree. Official database on the equivalence of international educational achievements:



_1. For the field of study choreography: a qualified choreographic practice of at least two years, whereby choreographic activities carried out during a course of study are also taken into account.


_2. For the field of study Interpretation: a qualified professional practical experience of at least two years, whereby professional practical activities performed during a study programme are also taken into account.


_Evidence of artistic aptitude by passing the aptitude test at the Folkwang University of the Arts

Language requirements

_Applicants have to verify proof of language level A1 with enrolment.


_The required levels of language skills at Folkwang University of the Arts are in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


_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. 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 for this.

The aptitude test consists – depending on the field of study - of one or more practical presence tests as well as a creative assignment and a colloquium. 


Field of study Choreography:

1. group training in contemporary dance 

2. presentation of a self-designed 5-minute choreography 

3. realisation of a creative task spontaneously set by the examination commission

4. colloquium 

Field of study Interpretation:

1. group training in contemporary dance 

2. group training in classical dance 

3. presentation of a self-designed 2-minute solo 

4. realisation of a creative task spontaneously set by the examination commission 

5. colloquium 

Field of study Movement Notation/Analysis:

1. group training in contemporary dance, whereby applicants without a contemporary dance background may replace the contemporary training with a presentation of their own movement material

2. colloquium. For the colloquium, applicants for the field of study Movement Notation/Analysis will be sent a list of questions. The applicant's answers must be submitted in writing to the Folkwang University of the Arts no later than 5 days before the date of the examination.