Structure and content

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Dance Science: Psychology & Education of the University of Bern comprises 16 ECTS points and ist part of the Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Dance Science. The CAS programme can also be completed separately.

MAS Dance Science

The programme comprises 22 course days (147 contact hours) and 16 ECTS-points (ca. 480 working hours in total).

Teaching language is English

Module 1: Lifelong Dancing

6 days (4 ECTS points)

Many dancers start their training in childhood or adolescence. However, there is a growing number of dance students from other age groups whose psychological and educational needs are typically different from their younger counterpoints. The motivation and goals of seniors who participate in a dance training are different from those of children for example. Dance as a (cross-)training for different groups is illuminated from an educational perspective. The module covers the fundamentals and application fields of developmental psychology and of curricula writing for dance programmes.

Block 1 Learning and Teaching in dance I:

2 days (1.5 ECTS points)

Learning and teaching of children:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Communication
  • Pedagogical characteristics
  • Didactics and curriculum design

Block 2 Learning and Teaching in dance II:

2 days (1.5 ECTS points)

Learning and teaching of adults and the elderly:

  • Communication
  • Pedagogical characteristics
  • Didactics and curriculum design

Block 3 Learning and Teaching in dance III:

2 days (1 ECTS point)

  • Learning and teaching of people with diseases or disabilities
  • Dance as a performance enhancer for sportsmen
  • Didactics and curriculum design

Module 2: Balancing a Dancer’s Life

3 x 2 days (4 ECTS points)

In this module, participants critically deal with the motivation and personality of dancers and dance students. Key questions addressed are motivation to dance for different population groups and different age groups, as well as the role of the social environment in a dancer’s life. In addition, this module examines aspects of dance education and how these affect well-being, cognition and personality.

Block 1 Performance Psychology I

2 days (1.5 ECTS points)

  • Theory of personality
  • Influence of dance on personality

Block 2 Performance Psychology II 

2 days (1.5 ECTS points)

  • Stage fright and coping with stress
  • Dance as a special social environment

Block 3 Performance Psychology III

2 days (1 ECTS point)

  • Motivation in and through dance
  • Motives in dance

Module 3: Educating the Gifted Dancer

2 x 3 days (4 ECTS points)

This module is primarily concerned with the professional dancer. It deals with questions of how dance talents are identified and optimally fostered. The participants learn new scientific findings, reflect these critically and transfer certain aspects of these into their dance practice. Strategies on how to deal with talented dancers and stumbling blocks, that might emerge in the promotion of talents, will be discusses. The module also deals with aspects of life after the dance career on stage or after a vocational dance education.

Block 1 Applied Gifted Education

3 days (2 ECTS points)

  • Talent identification
  • Promotion of talent
  • Over- and under-achievers
  • Screening programmes

Block 2 Transition

3 days (2 ECTS points)

  • Transition from a stage career to another career
  • Transition from a vocational dance education to other education programmes or professions
  • Assistance for people in transition
  • Life after dance

Module 4: Embedded Research Skills

2 x 1 day (1 ECTS point)

Block 1 Ethics in research / Methods of survey techniques I

1 day (0.5 ECTS point)

  • Ethics in research
  • Design of questionnaire and interviews (individual/ focus groups)

Block 2 Methods of survey techniques II

1 day (0.5 ECTS point)

  • Evaluation/Analysis of data

The assessment of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Dance Science: Psychology & Education contains the following elements:

  • Presence at block appointments (minimal 90% in total)
  • Written exam
  • Oral presentation

The programme management decides based on above elements on the passing of the assessment and the issuing of the Certificate.