The Purpose of The Study Program

The duration of the undergraduate program BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (DANCE) is three years or six semesters. The program is worth 180 ECTS (60 ECTS x 3 years). The program contains 79.44% of obligatory courses and 20.56% elective courses. For every elective course the students have at least two subjects. The courses are divided into four main areas in accordance with the following standard requirements

  • 29 obligatory courses worth 147 ECTS;
  • 2 elective language subjects;
  • 4 elective subjects i.e 8 subjects;
  • final thesis (7 ECTS).

The study program meets the requirement of the knowledge the students will need, which are divided into:

General Artistic Courses 52.86%
Тheoretical-Artistic Courses 30.00%
Courses in Social Sciences/Humanities 17,14%

The Aim of the Program

The Aim of the Program is to prepare students for independent artistic endeavor in the field of highly professional Fine Arts (Dance), production in arts and culture, as well as for highly-skilled work in cultural institutions on positions such as: artistic leadership, management and art production.

The program lectures are interactive in their nature incorporating creative workshops and ballet lessons. Likewise, creative thinking is highly valued in the process of independent thought and application of acquired knowledge. The implementation of the program is executed through mentoring in which students directly collaborate with professors in the given courses, where they have the opportunity to assess their knowledge whilst expressing their individual and team spirit through artistic critical thought and expression.

The quality of teaching is ensured through the application of the following teaching methods and practices:

  • lectures
  • practical and professional artistic exercises, ballet lessons
  • creative workshops
  • essay writing, seminar paper creation and presentation of those papers
  • discussion and debate with professors focused on exchange of opinion
  • enabling students to execute tasks using the project approach, development of teamwork skills
  • internship in the art industry

Each module is worth a certain number of ECTS and is consistent with the unique methodology of calculation of the student workload. Additionally, each module is worth 100 points, 30% of which are the exam prerequisites. Grades are compliant with the standard (up to 54 points 5, from 55 to 64 points 6 , etc.)

Students of this study program will be educated and directed towards the holistic definition of culture and cultural diversity. Hence, the ethical development of culture and art will be especially nurtured through the realisation of the program of study.

In this sense, The School of Engineering Management, has its mission to educate a class of recognisable, professionals in the domain of art. In a nutshell, these professionals have a high sense of morality; they are profoundly aesthetically and creatively orientated towards improving cultural life and they will always choose, implement and support the most precious valuable arts of culture on the domestic and foreign cultural-artistic scene. Those professionals also devotedly follow the new tendencies and they use not only general cultural facts, but also highly specific pieces of information; for which they will be equipped given their academic literacy and theoretix experience that they obtained during studies.

By and large, the competitive advantages which the students will acquire during the course of study will be primarily reflected in their future creative approach to artistic theory and search for original solutions.
Students who complete the program of study of FINE ARTS (DANCE) (180 ECTS) will be qualified to undertake work in cultural institutions that produce and nurture cultural and artistic events in the fields of; audio-visual and media arts, art management activities, including positions of a highly professional and academic nature. The students will be fully qualified to manage various cultural and artistic processes by applying innovative methods acquired at an undergraduate level, whilst having the opportunity to continue their education with Master studies at this academic institution.

The essence of this study program is to build the capacity to understand the culture and art of in the holistic sense while respecting the ethical component of both the inherent culture and personal artistic expression in the domain of Fine Arts (Dance)

Objectives of the Study Program

The study program of Fine Arts (Dance) is designed for students who are interested in learning about the essence, basic features, approaches, issues, problems, but also contemporary accomplishments of artistic creativity and cultural life in the field of drama and audiovisual arts.

  • The main aim of the program is to provide the student with contemporary knowledge, intellectual and emotional insight and enable him/her to actively and consciously participate in forms of public cultural and artistic life. Moreover, the program additionally aims to offer students professional develpoment for qualified creative expression through dance and choreography.
  • Furthermore, another program goal is to incapacitate students to comprehend and aquire skills in order to become proficient users of new, multimedial technologies for the organisation of cultural events, as well as by applying them in the presentation of their own projects. In addition, the study program aims to provide the final year and postgraduate students with specific knowledge and necessary practical training through elective modules in order to prepare them for the work in the field of theoretical research and social sciences.
  • The specific objective of the study program is to enable students to better understand their personal contribution to creative processes needed for the development goals of culture and art in the field of dance. In this sense, the program provides valuable information on: originality, artistic innovation, innovation processes, nonstandard cultural organising, designing and proposing new projects and managing their implementation. These findings will allow students to further their education in Fine Arts (Dance) and other related arts and humanities at a graduate level.


The Institute for Contemporary Dance’s study program is a result of  the effort to achieve European and global professional and educational standards. These standards  are designed to enable students to acquire broad and comprehensive professional and practical knowledge necessary for their future careers.

In accordance with the above stated efforts, the curriculum is aligned with the study programs of other higher education institutions in the field of artistic dance. The study program includes artistic, theoretical, social sciences, humanities modules, which can be divided into the field of Artistic dance.

The curiculum of the program of study is specific because of two reasons. Firstly, the curriculum offers foreign languages tution. Taking the development of a global labor market into account , it is considered necessary to develop communication skills of future graduates in the domain of Fine Arts (Dance). This provides them with skills needed to be able to work independently in virtual or actual conditions and in international teams.

Secondly, the curriculum is focused on professional activities and aspects of theoretical and reserach interdisciplinary projects. The primary premise is that Serbia has a comparative advantage because of its untapped potential in human resources in the art world, especially in the field of Fine Arts (Dance), and that there is no higher education institution that provides the necessary expertise in the field of performing arts.

The contents of the study program will be subject to continuouss modernisation, development and improvement during the teaching process, in accordance with the standards of the quality assurance program of study. The students have the right to complete the program which is valid during the time of thier enrollement in the Institute. However, if the student does not fulfil the requirements to go onto the next school year, he/she will continue in accordance to the new curriculum.

The study program comprises compulsory and elective courses in accordance with the required standards. The compulsory subjects are 79.44% of the total number of ECTS, and electoral 20.56%. For each elective course, students are offered at least two modules. The curriculum is designed according to the criteria of electiveness as follows:

  • 32 compulsory courses (147 ECTS)
  • 2 elective language courses
  • 4 elective units, i.e. 8 subjects
  • final thesis (9 ECTS)

The program of study also meets requirements related to the type of knowledge taught in the course.

It consists of the following courses:

General Artistic Courses 52.86%
Тheoretical-Artistic Courses 30.00%
Courses in Social Sciences/Humanities 17,14%

Year I

Course Sem. Type Stat. Lectures Other ECTS
C P Add.
History of Performing Arts I DH O 4 1 0 0 7
Introduction to Image and Movement I TU O 3 1 0 0 8
Esthetics 1 I DH O 2 1 0 0 2
English 1 I DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Modern Dance 1 I U O 1 2 0 0 7
Classical Ballet 1 I U O 1 2 0 0 7
Image and Movement II TU O 3 1 0 0 7
English 2 II DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Elective Language 1 II DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Modern Dance 2 II U O 2 2 0 0 7
Classical Ballet 2 II U O 2 2 0 0 7
Musical Forms II DH O 3 1 0 0 5
Total number of lectures per year 645 24P + 19V = 43 60
43 x 15 = 645

Year II

Course Sem. Type S Lectures Other ETSC
C P Add
Directing Ballet in Opera III TU O 3 1 0 0 7
Comparative Directing III TU O 3 1 0 0 7
Modern Dance 3 III U O 1 2 0 0 7
Classical Ballet 3 III U O 1 2 0 0 7
English 3 III DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Elective Language 2 III DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Principles of Choreography III U O 3 1 0 0 6
Art Theory IV TU O 3 1 0 0 5
English 4 IV DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Modern Dance 4 IV U O 1 3 0 0 6
Elective Language 3 IV DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Management in Arts IV U O 2 1 0 0 5
Total number of lectures per year  645 24L + 19P = 43 60
43 x 15 = 645

III Year

Course Sem. Type Stat. Lectures Other ECTS
C P Add
Contemporary Scenography V TU O 3 2 0 0 7
Music Literature V DH O 1 1 0 0 2
English 5 V DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Elective language 4 V DH O 1 2 0 0 1
Marketing in Arts V DH O 2 1 0 0 2
Elective module 1 V U I 2 2 0 0 7
Elective module 2 V U I 2 2 0 0 7
Elective module 3 VI TU I 3 1 0 0 6
Elective module 4 VI U I 2 2 0 0 6
Installations and Performance VI U O 1 3 0 0 7
Libreto VI U O 3 1 0 0 7
Thesis VI I O 0 0 0 7
Total number of lectures per 630 24L + 18P = 42 60
42 x 15 = 630

Elective block

Courses Tip Stat. Lectures SIR ESPB
Elective Courses Block 1
Classical Ballet 5 U I 2 2 0 0 7
Modern Dance 5 U I 2 2 0 0 7
Elective Courses Block 2
Choreography I U I 2 2 0 0 7
Principles of Methodology U I 2 2 0 0 7
Elective Courses Block 3
Choreography 2 U I 3 1 0 0 6
Methodology TU I 3 1 0 0 6
Elective Courses Block 4
Classical Ballet 6 U I 2 3 0 0 6
Modern Dance 6 U I 2 3 0 0 6
Elective language course, bloc 1
French 1 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Spanish 1 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Elective language course, bloc 2
French 2 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Spanish 2 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Elective language course, bloc 3
French 3 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Spanish 3 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Elective language course, bloc 4
French 4 DH I 1 2 0 0 1
Spanish 4 DH I 1 2 0 0 1


Total ESPB points:  180

Total no. of Lectures (24 + 22 + 24) Lectures + (19 + 21 + 18) Practical Exercises = 70 x 15 + 58 x 15 = 1050 + 870 = 1920

Lectures 54.68%

Practical exercises 43.32%