Artistic Practice III (BDA732)

The course will prepare the student for work as a performing dance artist in a professional context.

With prior knowledge and starting point from courses in physical and artistic practice in the 1st and 2nd year of study, this course formulates a deeper understanding around creative processes and collaboration. Through artistic processes taught in the studio and led by selected choreographers in contemporary dance, students gain extensive experience in taking part in the process of creating new works. The individual student is given the opportunity to work on relevant physical tasks and develop reflection related to the artistic work. The choreographic works are performed on one of the region's stages.

Daily training in dance technique is linked to the other work in the course and gives the student an understanding of how their own skills and technique can strengthen the performative. The students’ experiences in the performance project are taken further in an introduction to artistic research and methods.

Introduction to artistic research is taught as a separate module and gives the student knowledge of how the artist / one can conduct research through art. Through varied work methods, the student acquires tools that can be used in their own work, including in the development of their own solo work in outdoor spaces or other chosen arenas. Here the student gets the opportunity to use tools from artistic research and also develop new tools.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


Course code




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Semester tution start


Number of semesters


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


The course contains several components:

  • An intensive period over several weeks rehearsing new choreographic works and culminating in a performance on one of the region's stages.
  • The creation of an independent solo work related to an outdoor space or another chosen arena
  • Daily dance classes, mainly contemporary dance
  • Independent work, both physical and written
  • Introduction to artistic research, through artist meetings and practice

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the student should:

  • be able to understand the value of dance art and how to place it in different contexts.
  • have an understanding of different methods used in the field of contemporary dance to develop dance art.
  • have an understanding of different approaches to physical exploration in an artistic process.
  • understand how one's own physical skills and technique can strengthen the performative work.
  • have knowledge of artistic research methods that are relevant to the dance artist.
  • have knowledge of how selected artists work with methodology, ethics and theoretical perspectives in their artistic reasearch.


After completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • develop dance and create new works through artistic processes.
  • use different approaches to dance in relation to an artistic process.
  • use their ability to reflect in an artistic process.
  • use selected methods from artistic research in the investigation of their own artistic work.
  • analyse, reflect on and discuss their own role as a performer, orally and in writing.
  • master and demonstrate an in-depth understanding of dance technique and one's own physicality.

General Competence

After completing the course, the student should:

  • have an understanding of different methods used in the contemporary dance field to develop dance art.
  • have an understanding of different approaches to physical exploration in an artistic process.
  • have an understanding of the importance and place of dance in today's society.
  • apply and understand the interaction between dance technical and scenic work.
  • explain the difference between artistic work, artistic research and research.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Portfolio 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

Portfolio assessment based on:
• Participation in the performance of 2-3 choreographies on stage
• 1 solo work

The exam language is Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish are also permitted.The exam has an external examiner.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory attendance as per the UK Faculty’s attendance regulations

These work requirements must be approved

  • minimum 2 completed choreographic processes
  • written or oral reflection assignment in relation to the artistic process
  • approved participation in technical training
  • 1 oral assignment in artistic research and also an independent installation work in artistic research

Assignments in the subject are delivered in Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish are also permitted.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Siri Dybwik

Course teacher:

Brynjar Åbel Bandlien

Course teacher:

Birgitte Bauer-Nilsen

Course teacher:

Hagit Yakira

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Method of work

  • Studio work/rehearsals, led by choreographers - to an extent comparable to the professional life students encounter after graduation.
  • Training in dance technique.
  • Own creative work: solo choreography and work with installation.
  • Conversations and discussion in groups.
  • Group teaching/lectures.
  • Conversations/meetings with invited dance artists, researchers and PhD candidates

The subject is organized in weekly teaching activities. However, the teaching activity can entirely or partly be organized as intensive modules in periods of the academic year. The subject can also have a combination of weekly teaching and intensive modules.

Open for

Bachelor in Dance

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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