Prerequisites for admission to the work-study MA Choreography programme are:

  • A general or subject-specific university entrance qualification according to Sec. 17 (2) SächsHSFG
  • Usually, several years of dance practice
  • A commenced career as a professional choreographer or the preparation and successful presentation of several choreographies

In cases of exceptional artistic aptitude/suitability, proof of a university or subject-specific university entrance qualification can be dispensed with in accordance with Section 17 (7) SächsHSFG.

Classes are taught in English. A C1 certificate must be submitted by the end of the second semester. You can find further information and institutions which offer the C1 certificate here.

Some of the courses take place via an internet-based teaching programme (OPAL, which helps the students plan their time flexibly and allows them to coordinate their studies with their personal needs.

The application portal is now closed. We do not accept any further applications for the academic year 2022/23.


An online application procedure with pre-selection and audition is a prerequisite for enrolment. Simultaneous enrolment to multiple universities for the same course of study is not permitted.

The purpose of the admissions procedure is to determine the particular artistic talents including the respective career-relevant aptitude and skills. The admission procedure comprises a review of the application documents and, following this, an entrance examnination. Those who have fulfilled the prerequisites for study and show a significant artistic aptitude take part in the audition.

Enrolment in the MA Choreography Programme is possible every two years, always in the winter semester of even-numbered years (next time in WS 2022/23).

You can enrol in the MA Choreography Programme every two years, always during the winter semester of even years, next time in winter semester 2022/23. 

Application period:

04 January 2022 – 31 March 2022

Entrance examinations:

14 April 2022

06 May 2022

07 May 2022

13 May 2022

14 May 2022

19 May 2022

20 May 2022


Enrolment is preceded by an admission procedure. Simultaneous admission to the same course of study at several art academies is excluded. The admission procedure at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden consists of a pre-selection and an online entrance examination.

As part of the pre-selection, the following application documents to be submitted will be examined and must be attached to the application for admission:

  • Certified copies or transcripts of certificates regarding university or subject-specific university entrance qualification and professional practice (international certificates as certified translations)
  • Motivation letter in the English language, including presentation of the artistic and cultural interests in and motivational reasons for this study programme
  • As part of the application documents, a written concept (in PDF format) must be submitted. This concept should refer to one of the applicant's own choreographic projects and should not exceed 1500 characters. It should include the theme of this creation as well as other important aspects or references that the applicant perceives as important in order to have full access to the artistic project. The concept needs to be submitted in English.
  • Portfolio, in the English language, containing the works up to date in the area of performing arts in the form of video-links (Portals: Vimeo, Dailymotion, YouTube; maximum of10 Links; max. of 60 minutes total length) and an overview of the applicant’s own choreographic work
  • Two references
  • A tabular resume (CV) with precise information regarding your previous education as well as previous artistic experience
  • or, if appropriate, evidence concerning your study periods to date as well as results of your studies or tests and a certificate of non-objection from the examination office
  • Proof of knowledge of the English language according to Admissions Regulations MA Choreography Section 2 (1)
  • For English language native speakers, the submission of proof does not apply.

If the pre-selection is passed, the applicant will be admitted to the online audition. The online audition consists of:

  1. a choreographic task with a piece of music to be selected from six given musical examples and interpreted by the applicant in dance; this choreographic task is to be submitted by video link;
  2. a compositional task in the form of a video without editing of at least one minute up to a maximum of two minutes; this compositional task is to be submitted by video link;
  3. a written reflection on a given topic (1-2 A4 standard pages); this written reflection must be submitted as a PDF file;
  4. the oral analysis of a given short dance video
  5. the presentation of an own choreography of approx. 5-10 minutes duration; this presentation is to be submitted via video link
  6. an interview with the applicant

The components 1., 2., 3. and 5. mentioned in paragraph 1 must be provided by the applicant in the in paragraph 1 specified digital form until 10:00 a.m. CET on the day before the date of the audition. Applicants will receive the assignment for this 72 hours before the submission deadline mentioned in sentence 1. The oral analysis of a given short dance video according to paragraph 4 will take place during the interview.

An application fee of 30.00 EUR* is charged for each application. The application fee is due at the time of submission of the application documents and will be not refunded. A copy of the receipt showing payment (e. g., copy of a transfer voucher) is to be included with the application documents.

Please transfer the amount to the following account:

Recipient: Hauptkasse Sachsen

Address of Recipient: Stauffenbergallee 2, 01099 Dresden

IBAN: DE 06 8600 0000 0086 0015 19


Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank

Reference: 7040.00602-1, Family name, first name of the applicant, MA Choreography

*Subject to change without notification

A semester tuition in the amount of 498.10EUR must be paid as of the semester in which the student turns 21 years of age. For other age groups, the semester tuition is 455.10 EUR.

Winter Semester 2021/2022

Semester starts on:

  • 01 August 2021

Lectures start on:

  • 02 August 2021

Semester Holidays:

  • 18 December 2021 - 02 January 2022

Lectures end on:

  • 28 February 2022

Semester ends on:

  • 28 February 2022


Summer Semester 2022

Semester starts on:

  • 01 March 2022

Lectures start on:

  • 01 March 2022

Lectures end on:

  • 16 July 2022

Semester ends on:

  • 31 July 2022