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 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).


_For questions regarding language certificates, please contact Stefanie Melters (melters(at)


_50 € application feeFor 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.


_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.

Application documents

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).


For the study course “Dance Composition (M.A.)” you will need the following documents:

_Application to participate in the qualifying examination (For applications to start in the winter semester the form is open from 15. January to the deadline on 15. March.)



_One passport photograph (3.5 x 4.5 cm)

_Leaving certificate (simple copy) of last attended school

_Graduated students: Leaving certificate(s) (simple copy) 

_When changing the university/study programme or resuming your studies (in each of these cases) on the same study cycle with the same main subject (instrument/voice): Transcript of Records of the previous studies (simple copy)

_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:

Aptitude test

The aptitude test consists of a digital preliminary round (1st round) and an on-site examination (2nd round). In order to successfully pass the aptitude test, all the requirements of the two stages listed below must be fulfilled. 

Digital preliminary round 

_Applicants submit their video recording electronically by the stated deadline

_Applicants observe the current formal requirements (which are published on the homepage of the Folkwang University of the Arts for each application period)

_The video recording must be no longer than approx. 15 minutes 

_Video and audio of the recording must not be edited or manipulated. Individual component parts of the recording must be compiled into a single video file.


The video recording shows the applicant alone and in full-body view; for the presentation, a view of the head or upper body is sufficient.


The video recording contains


For Choreography:


_A two-minute presentation by the applicant on the topic "Why do I want to study choreography at Folkwang?”

_A five-minute contemporary training 

_A five-minute self-designed choreography


For Interpretation:


_A two-minute presentation by the applicant on the topic "Why do I want to study Interpretation at Folkwang?"

_A five-minute classical training,

_A five-minute contemporary training 

_A two-minute self-designed solo


For Movement Notation/Analysis:


_A presentation of up to five minutes by the applicant on the topic "Why do I want to study movement notation/analysis at Folkwang?"

_A five-minute contemporary training (applicants with no contemporary dance background may replace the contemporary training with a presentation of their own movement material)

_A two-minute self-designed solo


The digital preliminary round will be scored summarily as "pass" or "fail". Applicants who have passed will be invited in writing to the on-site aptitude test.

On-site aptitude test (2nd round)

Depending on the field of study, the on-site test consists of one or more practical examinations as well as a creative task and a colloquium.


Depending on the field of study, the contents of the second round are as follows:


For Choreography:


_Group training in contemporary dance,

_Presentation of a self-designed five-minute choreography, which does not have to be the same as in the digital preliminary round

_Realisation of a creative task set spontaneously by the examination commission



For Interpretation:


_Group training in contemporary dance

_Group training in classical dance

_Presentation of a self-designed two-minute solo, which does not have to be the same as in the digital preliminary round

_Realisation of a creative task set spontaneously by the examination comission



For Movement Notation/Analysis:


_Group training in contemporary dance (applicants with no contemporary dance background may substitute a presentation of their own movement material)

_Colloquium; for the colloquium, applicants for the field of study Movement Notation/Analysis will be sent a list of questions immediately after passing the digital preliminary round. The applicant's answers must be submitted five days before the date of the colloquium at the latest.



Further information on the procedure and the assessment criteria can be found in the examination regulations:


Nr. 405 | Prüfungsordnung für den Masterstudiengang Tanzkomposition (M.A.) vom 15.12.2021


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 and information on the procedure.


You must provide the following document for enrolment:


_completed application for enrolment AND Folkwang Card (you received both applications together with your certificate of admission)

_Evidence of a German health insurance OR an exemption from the compulsory health insurance (i.e. recognition of your foreign health insurance by a statutory health insurance in Germany – refer to information provided by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in this regard)

_The original OR certified copy of the general university entrance qualification certificate (a certified German translation is essential for such certificates acquired abroad)

_If not already provided during the application procedure: Language qualification for the language entrance level required in the study course (only required if you did not acquire your university entrance qualification in Germany). The table provides you with an initial overview of all language requirements. Further information on language qualifications at Folkwang is available on the 'German as a foreign language (GFL)' page.

_Evidence of payment of the semester contribution