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Master of Arts Mediation in Dance

"Mediation" / "Transmission Processes" in dance and from dance offer diverse professional perspectives not only in the field of cultural education and mediation work. The field of "mediation" today forms an exemplary space for negotiating questions relevant to society as a whole. The importance in dealing with the physical dimensions of learning, transfer and creative processes has fundamentally changed. There is a stronger need for body-sensitive mediation skills in a large number of areas of activity in various social contexts.

The consecutive master's program in dance mediation picks up on this development in terms of structure and content: Students develop and deepen dance-specific skills in a learning environment that promotes the development of innovative approaches to mediation in a practical and analytical way. This happens in dealing with singular artistic practices, with the conditions of collective (learning) processes, with aspects of physical reflexivity and 'embodied learning' as well as through comparative insights into mediation concepts in and from various educational contexts.

An in-depth, research- and application-oriented course is offered. The experience, knowledge and skills acquired in the master's program enable students to sharpen their profile in dance, artistic-choreography and/or physical transmission processes in other fields of work from a politically and socially sensitized practical and theoretical perspective on 'mediation'. The curriculum gives the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive range of instruments for designing and analyzing body-based mediation processes in dance.

The master's program is aimed at students who have completed an undergraduate degree in dance, dance mediation, physical and movement practice or an undergraduate degree that enables them to specialize in dance-performative practice. In addition, the aptitude required for the course may also have been acquired in the professional working field or in some other way.

One focus of the curriculum formats is on practical and theoretical testing. The reflection of group-oriented working methods that promote a conscious approach to diversity, as well as on methods that enable self-organized and self-responsible learning is another area of concentration.

All of the areas (e.g. dance-artistic-choreographic approaches, body and training practices, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge transfer and educational processes, artistic research methods) are brought together through the continual individual project work of the students. With increasing specification of their respective specializations and their continuously acquired expertise, students also have the opportunity to set their own priorities through elective modules and individual support from mentors and to network with cooperation partners and institutions in the professional field.

The Centre for Contemporary Dance is also very well connected and networked with the dance scene in North Rhine-Westphalia (e.g. tanzhaus nrw, PACT Zollverein, FFT Düsseldorf, tanzfaktur Köln, Schauspiel Köln) and promotes contacts with the regional and national scene as well as with university partner institutions.


Master of Arts Mediation in Dance: April 15, 2022 for a course starting in the winter semester 2022/23

Detailed information on the aptitude test and admission requirements.

Basic Information

  • Degree: Master of Arts
  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters
  • Start of studies: winter semester
  • Amount of study: 120 credits

The application is online. All information about the procedure can be found on our application page. Subject to the ongoing accreditation process, the following information and regulations apply.

The prerequisite for admission to the course is the successful completion of a professionally relevant undergraduate course in the subjects of dance, dance mediation, physical and movement practice or an undergraduate degree that enables specialization in dance-performative practice. In justified exceptional cases, admission to the aptitude test can also be granted if the aptitude required for the course of study has been acquired within the professional working field or in some other way. The decision on this is made by the chair of the examination board in consultation with the head of the MA program.


The aptitude test takes place upon invitation and on the basis of the evaluation of the application documents. The aptitude test takes place on two consecutive weekdays.

The aptitude test consists of five parts, which include participation in a training unit, implementation of a mediation format, group-oriented formats, etc.

Detailed information can be found in the aptitude test regulations, in particular under §5 ‘Structure and Implementation of the aptitude test!.

For the artistic degree programs we recommend that you get in touch with the main subject teacher of your choice in advance. They will be happy to advise you personally.