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Bachelor of Arts -

If you don't move, you don't move anything.

"When we work in dance, we move at the edges of the unknown. We use means of expression that are sometimes inaccessible to the conscious mind. In doing so, we discover that we receive more from our environment than we think. It depends on the state of perception that we encounter: Openness, rooted in the body and the senses, ready to follow a trail, to discover and to give space to action."

A degree in contemporary dance prepares students for the challenges of the professional field and also helps them to recognize and represent their own strengths and values. This also includes the ability to engage with others and respect diversity. This enables a learning environment that recognizes the individuality of the students and promotes their further development.

The Bachelor of Arts Dance degree program trains individual dance artists and dance mediators with their own profile. The teaching content and formats are diverse: practical and application-oriented tools are just as much a part of the course as interdisciplinary, international and intercultural aspects of dance. The aim is to enable students to advance their artistic research into physicality and movement, to position themselves in their future professional field and to be prepared for its requirements.

If you have any questions about the degree program, please get in touch with the relevant contact person(s).

Basic information

Degree Bachelor of Arts
Period of study 8 Semester
Course begin Wintersemester
ECTS points 240 Credits
Major subjects Tanz
Continuing study options Master of Arts Mediation in Dance, Master of Arts Dance Studies
Impressions from the study program

Course structure and content

During their studies, students are given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with teaching and learning methods, procedures and approaches that are geared towards the issues and challenges of their future field of work. Not least to enable them to help shape and develop these in a forward-looking way. Students develop subject-specific and interdisciplinary skills, which they apply, reflect on and analyze both individually and collectively. They develop creative and critical ways of thinking and viewing contemporary dance practices and combine them with their own artistic practice.

Teaching formats in the Department7/ZZT are often designed to be interdisciplinary and cross-curricular. Seminars take place in the form of team teaching, among other things. In addition to group teaching, individual lessons and mentoring facilitate the individual development of students.

On the basis of contemporary training forms and ballet for contemporary dancers, practical dance tools and procedures are taught in an application-oriented and project-based manner. These enable students to conduct artistic research into physicality and movement and to position themselves in the professional field. Students deal with artistic-choreographic procedures, body discourses emphasizing diversity, participatory and interdisciplinary procedures, training practices, somatic practices and improvisational-compositional procedures. They reflect on and contextualize these with regard to their respective methods, tools and objectives and understand this input in particular as a resource for the development of their own practice.

The Department 7/ZZT is very well networked, so that project work and collaborations can be carried out at the ZZT, with the NRW dance scene and in national and international projects. Project work is seen as an integral part of the course, whereby students can also gain experience within the production-oriented areas, i.e. in dramaturgy and public relations on the one hand and in stage realization, lighting and sound on the other.

In the course of their studies, students develop a dance-artistic / physically internalized practice. On the one hand, the degree program teaches well-founded tools and techniques of contemporary dance practices - contemporary dance technique, ballet for contemporary dancers, choreographic perspectives, improvisational-compositional working methods, hybrid forms of training, somatic practices and interdisciplinary working methods. This broad spectrum of different training formats enables students to acquire a well-founded dance body practice and to classify training forms in terms of their dance body and dance artistic potential.
On the other hand, formats of artistic research are examined. The focus here is particularly on interdisciplinary contexts. Students test and develop methods that provide concrete tools for discussing and negotiating artistic issues. Students work with the potential of different artistic processes and the verbalization/reflection of their artistic/research experiences. In the sense of an interdisciplinary perspective, approaches from other areas of practice and science are included in particular.

In the theoretical-discursive context area, students deal with the theoretical, physical, mental, social, cultural and artistic aspects of dance as a medium. This includes, for example, dance theory and dance studies. These provide an introduction to the methods of dance studies, dance and movement analysis as well as body, gender and media theories. They convey critical references to dance history in a trans-local or global context as well as current socio-political and art and cultural studies discourses. In this module, students are encouraged to work with practical forms and formats of writing in order to further deepen the development of their "own language". The spectrum ranges from the basics of academic work and creative writing to the formulation of concepts, program texts and funding applications.
In the area of theoretical-discursive context, students are also taught reference knowledge from the fields of music theory, anatomy and body knowledge as well as group and mediation-oriented processes and work situations in dance. Insights into different concepts and approaches provide students with a set of tools for the theoretical contextualization of their artistic practice.


This part of the course enables students to specialize individually. Over the course of eight semesters, students choose courses from thematic reference fields that promote and complement their own dance-artistic practice in accordance with their dance-artistic profile. These include project management, funding structures and public relations. The courses are designed in such a way that they enable, promote and demand application-oriented practice in the professional field. Internships are explicitly encouraged. By participating and collaborating in projects in the professional field, students gain professional experience and gain an insight into specific work contexts.
Depending on their choice of courses, students can design, organize and implement projects in the area of professionalization or test and reflect on projects in the professional field. Particular attention is paid to the implementation of projects - from the concept idea to the evaluation and final presentation within the student group - with a view to the application of acquired tools and skills in a professional context. The students are accompanied by mentors.

Applications are submitted online via the muvac platform. All information on the procedure can be found on our application page.

Admission requirements

  • General higher education entrance qualification (in exceptional cases secondary school leaving certificate) or a comparable higher education entrance qualification
  • Proof of a language certificate (TestDaF level 3, certificate B2 of the Goethe-Institut or certificate B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) for non-German-speaking applicants by the end of the second semester
  • Current medical certificate confirming medical suitability to study dance
  • Successfully passed aptitude test

Aptitude test

  • Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, in particular in the appendix for content requirements and conduct of the test.

Application deadline

  • The application deadline is March 1 of each year for a course starting in the winter semester. If you have general questions about your application, please contact the Central Student Advisory Service.

The choice of profile serves the thematic and individual deepening in the field of performative practice or dance mediation and thus an individualization of one's own practice as well as application-oriented practice in the professional field. In addition to deepening their knowledge in the compulsory seminars, students develop broader perspectives on their own practice in future contexts of impact through their respective choices. In doing so, they sharpen their awareness of the specific characteristics of their individual practice. As part of projects and in cooperation with partner institutions and actors outside and within the university, they apply, reflect on and evaluate the knowledge they have acquired. The students are accompanied by mentors.


BA students in the Department7/ZZT are given the opportunity to apply the dance, dance mediation, performance and communication skills they have acquired in projects. The aim is to apply the skills acquired to date in a specific (professional) field, refine technical / artistic / communicative dance skills, (co-)design complex artistic processes, self-reflection in a professional context and an examination of current artistic dance positions.

In the course of the 8th semester, a BA thesis is conceptualized, carried out, documented, presented and reflected upon. The topic is linked to the student's own profile and is freely chosen. A practical or theoretical focus of the BA thesis is possible. Students are supported by mentors during the preparation of the thesis.

The course qualifies students for entry into the professional field of dance, whether with a practical, performative or dance-mediating focus. The students' own artistic dance expression and dance body practice, which they have developed and consolidated during their studies, are just as much at their disposal as the ability to reflect on and verbalize their own and other practices and artistic research. In addition to a career as a dancer, the degree course - depending on the individualization chosen - also forms the basis for entry or further qualification in areas such as choreography, body and movement therapy, training management, teaching activities, artistic-administrative production areas, cultural management, dramaturgy and much more. The undergraduate course also qualifies students for a further Master's degree course. Last but not least, the course enables students to transfer forms of knowledge and methods from dance to other professional fields.

You can find the course of study and the examination regulations under Documents & Downloads.

You can find a list of our lecturers on the following page.

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