The requirements for admission to the Masters Programme – Choreography are:

  • General or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or advanced technical college entrance qualification according to German law § 17 Abs. 2 SächsHSFG
  • several years of professional experience as a dancer
  • Experiences as a choreographer including the development and successful presentation of several choreographies.

If the applicant has exceptional artistic abilities, proof of higher education entrance qualification or advanced technical college entrance qualification can be waived according to German law § 17 Abs. 7 SächsHSFG.

The Language of the Course is English (Level C1 or equivalent is required*) and an inclusion of E-learning, will enable a flexible time management and allow Choreographers to adapt the schedule to their personal needs. Further information and C1-certifacte offering insitutions here.

*If evidence of the English language skills is not provided at the time of registration, registration shall take place up to the end of the second semester, subject to the provision of evidence of these skills, in accordance with Section 17 (11) SächsHSFG. If evidence of the necessary English language skills is not provided before the end of the second semester, the registration for the Master's Degree Programme in Choreography shall expire at the end of the second semester.

Admission and Enrollment

Enrolment is only possible through an online admission process. Simultaneous enrolment for the same course of study at several universities is not  permitted.

The purpose of the admission process is to determine the special artistic talent including the corresponding career-specific dispositions and skills. The admissions process includes an application and an audition. Applicants who met the prerequisites for the course of study and are exceptionally talented are invited to take the entrance exam.

The audition includes: 

  • The performance of  your own choreography, 5-10 minutes in duration with a small cast. You can present the choreography with a DVD or video- link.
  • An independent choreographic work with a piece of music within one hour, which can be chosen from six given examples of music and interpreted and danced by the applicants themselves
  • verbal analyse of a short dance video
  • An interview regarding general knowledge in the area of art and special knowledge in the areas of dance, music and theatre

Enrolment takes place every two years, always for the winter semester of even years in the Masters of Arts – Choreography Programme (next WS 2020/21).

Include the following in your application:

  • certified copy or official transcripts of degrees from school, undergraduate and/or graduate study (foreign degrees have to be handed in with a certified translation)
  • a letter of motivation describing your interest in the programme, why you are interested in interrogating your practice at this time and the contextualization of your practice in the current dance landscape
  • concept of the choreography, which will be presented at the audition
  • portfolio demonstrating significant professional experience, videolink presentation (Portals: Vimeo, Dailymotion, YouTube; 10 videolinks max.; 60 minutes total duration) of choreographic work, a list of orginial works
  • two references
  • CV with your background and relevant experience
  • if applicable proof of previous study period as well as study results and/or exam results and a certificate of non-objection from the examination office, if applicable
  • for applicants whose first language is not English, a copy of successful completion of the demanded language certificate according to Zulassungsordnung MA Choreografie §2 Absatz 1
  • The signed application form must be sent via post mail to the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden by the application deadline (30 April 2020).

Application fee

To apply a fee about € 30 has to be paid. The fee is due with sending the application documents and will not be refunded.

Please transfer the amount to the following account:

Name of Beneficiary:                                   Hauptkasse Sachsen

Beneficiary's account number-IBAN:        DE 068600 0000 0086 0015 19

BIC of the Beneficiary's bank:                     MARK DEF1 860

Beneficiary's bank's name and address:  Deutsche Bundesbank, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 141 A, 04275 Leipzig

Beneficiary's country:                                   Germany

1st line of payment details:                        7040 00602-1, family name + first name of applicant

2nd line of payment details:                       Master Choerography

Application Period and dates

Application period:

01 November 2019 - 30 April 2020

Audition dates:

25th April 2020

26th April 2020

09th May 2020

10th May 2020

or individual appointment (online video conference, no personal arrival necessary!)

Current Information

Due to the current situation we have changed the admission procedure as follows:

  • the application can be submitted until 30 April 2020
  • You can make an individual appointment directly with the head of the study programme Prof. Katharina Christl (
  • the admission procedure takes place online, therefore a presence in Dresden is not necessary
  • please note that the choreography for your audition must be available as an online video link

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