Informations on application

Applications for Entry in April 2019

Degree: Master of Arts
Length: Two year (full time)
Study language: English  

Next start: summer term 2019 (April 2019)
Application deadline: 1. October - 1 November 2018
Admission exams: January 21st to 23rd 2019

Application documents for download at the site of the Berlin University of the Arts


Who is it for?

Applications are invited from dancers, performers, artists and makers who have already established a motivated (but not necessarily professional) practice in the field of dance and performance, who wish to extend, develop and understand the forms, contexts and intellectual range of their work, and who wish to engage with the contexts, challenges and environments of contemporary arts practice. 



What are the prerequisites for admission?

• A bachelors degree or equivalent.
• Provide evidence of the candidate’s specific artistic ability in the field of body based arts practises, e.g. dance, choreography, performance
• Written and oral competence in the English language at minimum of Level C1 (IELTS 6.5 or Toefl 232 computer based, 90 internet based) are expected. A certificate does not have to be submitted.
• In addition, students are required to be able to demonstrate basic computer/ IT literacy. 


What material has to be submitted?

• Application for admission form
• A copy of the certificate of a Bachelors Degree or equivalent (not certified; the original document or a certified copy are only required at enrolment).
• Proof of previous study credits and examinations, and, if applicable, proof of vocational training and professional life;
• Two recent passport photos with your name on the backside (optional);
• A Letter of Recommendation of e.g. an academic or artist (required) and a short CV of its author (optional);
• Official certificates of language proficiency are no longer required for the application.

Nevertheless a very profound knowledge of the English language in writing and understanding will continue to be indispensable for enrollment.


The application must be written in English, and include:

1. A Curriculum Vitae outlining, where applicable, academic studies, professional experience, participation in projects, research work, prizes, awards or grants etc.

2. A statement of motivation (maximum 1000 words), including:
a) the candidate’s reasons and expectations for wanting to participate in this programme
b) a brief self-evaluation of the candidate’s own artistic development and of their skills and capabilities thus far
c) an indication of current areas of creative and research interest
d) an indication of the relationship between this interest and the wider artistic context

3. At least 3 examples of the candidate’s work, of which one at least is an example of their own performance practice (minimum 5 minutes). The material should demonstrate the candidate’s capabilities in the field of body based arts practises, e.g. dance, choreography, performance. Total viewing time maximum 20 minutes (DVD, CD, Internet). In addition, where applicable, candidates can provide concise evidence of other examples of relevant self-authored work (max. 3). This might include examples of music composition, written or published material, visual art and/or design, events or performances.
All examples have to carry the candidate’s name, the title of the work, the year of the creation and an annotation about the candidate’s role within the production/creation.

4. A short piece of the candidate’s own discursive writing (between 500-750 words, double-spaced) in which the candidate critically discusses and contextualises a recent example of contemporary arts practice (e.g. a piece of choreography, writing, a film or other work of art).