Independent project (BDA850)

In the independent project, each student immerses themselves in a topic of their own individual choosing and design. Through independent work supported by an academic supervisor, the student will develop, implement and evaluate their own project. The aim of the course is to further develop the student's knowledge as a dance practitioner in a broad perspective.

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


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The content of the project is defined by the student. On the basis of an approved project description, the student works independently, but supervision is mandatory. The project must be anchored in performance and creative aspects, but may also include theoretical or pedagogical aspects. The project will contribute to the student's development as a dance artist, and must therefore include a separate plan for physical training during the semester. The course also includes a start-up seminar and a mid-term seminar. The course is campus based at the Faculty of performing arts.

Learning outcome


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

  • work independently on an independent project and put their topic into a larger professional context.
  • plan, carry out and evaluate a self-initiated project.
  • reflect independently on an artistic, individually devised process, bodily and/or theoretically.


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

  • use components/methods that are inherent to independent project work
  • use the experience from their project in further independent work with regard to planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • reflect critically and analytically in independent project work.

General Knowledge

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

  • work independently in many types of artistic processes and apply a variety of working methods.
  • understand which components are included in an independent work and transfer these experiences to other work processes.
  • share their experiences from an independent project work.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Presentasjon av prosjektarbeid 1/1 Passed / Not Passed

The project will be evaluated with pass / fail by the assigned supervisor and an external one. The project description must define what is to be assessed. The mid-term seminar consists of a process presentation which must be approved by the supervisor. A separate plan for regular physical training must be included and implemented as part of the project. Here, the student is expected to participate in daily and weekly dance classes at the Faculty of Performing Arts. Any exceptions must be argued for in the project description and approved by the supervisor.Written assignments in the subject can be submitted in Norwegian or English. Swedish and Danish is also accepted.

Coursework requirements

Attendance in all organized teaching is mandatory in accordance with the UK Faculty’s attendance regulations.

Intro seminar, approved project description, midway seminar, supervision, implementation of training plan and final evaluation are obligatory in this course.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Mari Flønes

Study Adviser:

Lena Crosby Haug

Course teacher:

Siri Dybwik

Method of work

The student submits a project description to the person responsible for the course, who, in consultation with colleagues, approves the project. The student works independently on the project together with an assigned supervisor from the faculty who follows the project from the project description until the final assessment is completed. The student can combine work at UiS with a short study stay / study trip to another institution. The student must take responsibility for daily training during this period. Introductory seminars and mid-term seminars are part of the working methods.

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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