The Bachelor in Contemporary Dance offered by Manufacture – University of Performing Arts of Western Switzerland – in collaboration with Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is the first university-level programme in contemporary dance in Switzerland. Practice-oriented, this programme features partnerships with leading international institutions. Students therefore have the opportunity to become familiar with numerous choreographic languages; meet renowned professionals in dance education and practice, and become part of a national and international network. 


The programme combines a core curriculum common to the Lausanne and Zurich schools with two different options, each developed specifically at one of the sites. 


The Creation option, offered in Lausanne in partnership with P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), is an integral part of the pedagogical vision followed by Manufacture’s Theatre department since 2003. The programme emphasises the concepts of creativity, independence, and a reflexive approach. 


At Manufacture, the presence of a Dance and a Theatre department at a single location enables the development of synergies between the departments and fosters an interdisciplinary approach.

Audition: An audition for the Creation option is organised every year, after which Manufacture composes a class of twelve dancers. 


  • 1st round of auditions in Lausanne (Manufacture): between March 31st to April 4th 2014 

             > deadline: March 14th 2014

  • 1st round of auditions in Brussels (P.A.R.T.S): between May 10th to 12th 2014 

             > deadline: April 17th 2014

  • 2nd round of auditions in Lausanne (Manufacture): from June 23rd to 27th 2014 

  • programme start: September 15th 2014


Academic Head Thomas Hauert

Duration 3 years / 180 ECTS credits

Teaching languages English and French

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