Graduate Degree in Dance

ESD's 1st cycle Higher Education study programme

[The graduate degree study programme in Dance is accredited by A3ES – (National Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education),
since December 12th, 2011]

The higher education study programme in Dance is a 1st-cycle study programme, lasting six semesters, offers 180 (ECTS) credits and awards the graduate degree.

Scientific Committee of the Graduate Degree Study Programme in Dance: 
Madalena Xavier Silva 
João Fernandes
Ofélia Cardoso

Study programme objectives

The course offers training focused on practice and artistic experience, with a view to developing students' technical, creative and performing skills, with the purpose of leading them to individual autonomy, the ability to work in teams and the ability to perform with responsibility.

The idea is also to stimulate reflection and contextualization of artistic practice, on the basis of developing educational sensitivity and the ability to act positively in the community.

The study programme objectives includes:

1 - Training interpreters/creators of Dance, with the theoretical and practical skills as well as techniques required by the professional artistic and contemporary fabric - creativity, autonomy, ability to analyze, research and reasoning.

2 - Developing pedagogical and methodological skills necessary for creating artistic awareness projects with non-professional communities, young audiences and in a school setting.



In this 1st cycle, the dominant professional profile is that of interpreter/creator as understood in contemporary terms:  a 'performer' with artistic independent, technical and creative expertise in terms of improvisation and choreographic composition that is, at the same time, holder of theoretical, research and reasoning skills. The idea is also to get the training process to be implemented with the greatest possible closeness to the professional field.

The trainee of this 1st cycle will also acquire the necessary skills to develop artistic awareness projects in non-professional contexts (for young people, in a school setting, or otherwise), and, therefore, we intend to maintain and deepen the relations of cooperation that we have with the schools offering classes in grades 1 to 4 in our geographical area.

Scientific Areas

The study programme is based on three major scientific areas which, among themselves, combine knowledge and skills leading to autonomy and professional success, motivating students to learn and to remain constantly updated.

Scientific Area of Interpretation and Creation
Central to the 1st-cycle studies, of a practical-theoretical and laboratory-related nature  that includes dance and movement techniques, theatrical techniques, the study and practice of the repertoire, movement-related studies, improvisation, interpretation and choreographic composition.
The aim is to develop advanced performing capabilities, basing them on the development of creative skills and on an updated intellectual and artistic understanding of the creative processes.
In this area, the student must expand and develop the technical skills for implementation and choreographic interpretation, while acquiring, in practice, the experience and understanding of the materials and the creative processes, gradually gaining greater autonomy in their individual handling and greater effectiveness in their involvement in artistic collaboration processes.

Scientific Area of Analysis and Contexts
The body of theoretical and theoretical-practical studies that includes matters such as the appreciation of dance, dance history, movement-related analysis, the study, analysis and use of movement vocabulary, music, kinesiology, methodologies and pedagogy of dance, anthropology of dance, sociology and production.
The aim is to develop analysis, research, discourse and reasoning and learning skills for permanent in-depth technical, artistic and scientific knowledge. The idea is also to develop the ability to relate with other artistic fields and with the means to sustain the professional and artistic autonomy, while facilitating the integration in the professional field and social environment.

Scientific Project Area
The aims are to develop skills in autonomy, initiative and achievement, as well as the ability to promote interaction with the professional arts environment and with the community, through concrete projects.
It is intended that the student may have concrete experiences with implementing projects, both in the artistic domain and in the educational or community realm.  To such end, students must know and master all its stages, from creating and reasoning, to production, implementation and dissemination, using contemporary technical and technological means.