Application Process

The application process is in two steps, first submit the application and then pay the application fee.
Please note: It is possible to save the application while working on it.


The Application

An application is not valid until the applicant has submitted the application and paid the application fee. Applicants are asked to monitor the application process through the communication/application portal. All communication will be conducted through the portal and IUA staff will notify the applicant if some necessary supporting documents are missing.

Applicants must submit the following:  

1. Reference letter from two referees
Applicants add two referees (names and emails) in the application form. When applicants have submitted the application, the referees will receive an email from the IUA asking them to submit a reference for the applicant. Each reference should not exceed one page. The references may be submitted in Icelandic or English.
Applicants will receive a confirmation when the referees have submitted the reference.
2. Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Applicants must submit a CV of relevant education and professional experience. The CV should be written in English and not exceed two pages.
3. Research Project (PDF)
Applicants are asked to submit a Research Project Proposal that indicates their focus of research situated within the Performing Arts. The proposal should outline the applicant's intended research question/s and the methods and/or subject matter they want to investigate throughout their studies. The proposal must include space for research, growth and learning and should become the basis for the applicant’s MA Final Project.4The proposal should be written in English and be two pages and then attached to the electronic application under "umsokn_rannsoknarverkefni."
4. Certified copy of degree certificate(s) and programme / course transcript(s) (PDF)
Applicants should submit a detailed record of higher education up to the present, including programmes of study and grades. This should be submitted in Icelandic or English.
5. Cover Letter (PDF)
Applicants are asked to prepare a Cover Letter. The letter should address their decision to apply for the programme and how its focus ties in with their aims towards a future professional role within the Performing Arts. The letter must be written in English and should not exceed one page.
6. Portfolio of works (PDF)
Applicants are asked to gather examples of their work into a portfolio that includes 3-5 original works. Accompanying each work should be a short synopsis or description. The submitted work should reflect the applicant's artistic practice, shed light on main interests and demonstrate skills and competences. The submitted works should also reflect the applicant's original creation and communication of ideas.
7. Copy of passport (PDF)

Admission Process

The admissions committee assesses applications on the grounds of the submitted materials.
If the applicant is considered for acceptance the required documents will be discussed with the applicant in an interview, in English, with the admissions committee.  
The admissions committee evaluates how the applicant presents their artistic ideas and vision, ability to take initiative, their independence, creative thinking, and ability to collaborate.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor´s degree in Performing Arts or other fields. In the absence of a bachelor´s degree in exeptional cases an applicant, with an established career and condsiderable experience can be admitted to the programme provided that they demonstrate a great understanding of performing arts, its principles and mediums.

Language Requirements

The MA in Performing Arts is an international programme conducted in English. Students must be proficient in spoken and written English.



Opening of applications: January 8th 2024

Application deadline: April 12th 2024


Electronic Application


Iðunn Arna Björgvinsdóttir, Department coordinator, idunnab [at]


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