Scope and timetable

The training course includes

  • 1433 hours of contact hours*
  • 1735 hours of self-study-time*
  • 7 module exams*
  • Internship*
    and takes 4 years (8 semesters)

*Requirements for the completion of the  higher federal diploma examination

Timetable and Organization

School days are always Friday or Saturday, usually 1 weekend Friday/Saturday/ Sunday or 2x / month Friday/ Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. From the3.resp.5 semester on there are 6 intensive seminars of 4 to 7 days in total. The course times are from 09:00 to 18:00 with a one-hour lunch break

The internship takes place in the 6th and 7th semester, internship places are provided by us or you make suggestions about your internship place of your desire.

The course is part-time, we recommend a maximum workload of 60%.

Qualifications and titles

We strive for you the title Diplomierte:r Kunsttherapeut:in Bewegungs- und Tanztherapie. However, you can also achieve intermediate titles. Please note that with an intermediate title you do not yet have a qualification for the reimbursement of health insurance and also no perspective of employment in a clinic.

Your title after the 2nd phase of the course:
Completion Basic Level II ZOE SCHOOL

Your title after the 4th phase of the course:
Completion Upper Level I ZOE SCHOOL

After successful completion of all 7 module examinations
You will receive the industry certificate valid as an intermediate qualification on the educational pathway to the Higher Professional Examination in Arts Therapy.

Your title after the successful completion of the higher federal diploma examination:
Eidg. diplomierte:r Kunsttherapeut / Bewegungs- und Tanztherapie


The curriculum at a glance

Basic Level I Personal Learning World

  • Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) I: Self Reflection
  • Salutogenesis/Psychohygiene
  • Biography and Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology: Learning and Creative Psychology
  • Basic Pedagogical Attitudes and Concepts
  • Norms and Values in Education
  • Social and Special EducationHistory of Dance Movement Therapy linked to the
  • History of Dance and the Currents in Psychotherapy
  • Imagination-Improvisation-Interaction

Basic Level II Expanded Learning World

  • Communication Psychology and Models
  • Communication (1st part)
  • Philosophy-Sociology-Demography-Other Cultures and Religions
  • Group Work
  • Embodiment-Communication-Common Factors
  • Artistic Inquiry

Middle Level: Medical Learning World

  • Basics of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Disorders and Diseases, Inter-professional Cooperationt
  • Psychosomatics-Psychopathology-Psychiatry
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Emergencies


Upper Level I Dance Movement Therapy Learning World

  • Ritual-Dance Rituals-Ritualisation in Dance Movement Thera-py
  • Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) II: Application
  • Authentic Movement / Other Methods
  • Research in Practice
  • The Marian Chace Method / Group
  • Mobility Gradient (with pre- and perinatal development))
  • Body Image
  • Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP)

Upper Level II Business Learning World

  • Concept Development
  • Internship
  • Case Study
  • Communication (2nd part)
  • Professional Ethics
  • Learning Group (Supervision and Introduction to being a Supervisor)
  • Organisation and Operational Management
  • Health Economics


Level of learning

Learning in the course is academically oriented and evidence-based; we want you to be evidence-informed. The level of our faculty guarantees you learning on a tertiary (master) level

Your position as Dance Movement Therapist

Our visions for for Dance Movement Therapists

Professional level of future Dance Movement Therapists

A steadily growing number of research studies have been proving the effectiveness of dance therapy for several years. This enables us to train dance therapists to work in an evidence-based or evidence-informed manner and thus to provide scientifically sound expertise for practice. In this way, we raise dance therapy to a level that corresponds to that of other professional groups that are trained at colleges and universities.

How you learn

Experiential and movement-based learning:

  • You take an active role in the learning process which leads to the fact that
  • teaching is holistic, interactive, and evolutionary, involving thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations, and cognitions equally.  The result:
  • You reflect automatically, new ideas and perspectives, transaction occurs between you and all people involved in the classroom.

The outcome of experiential– and movement–based learning:

  • your knowledge is holistic, interactive and developable even after the course.
  • you develop skills, therapeutic values and attitudes as well as a high degree of empathy.
  • you will be able to tune into and respond to the nonverbal expression of thoughts, feelings, and needs of self and others.
  • you will consolidate evidence-based standards and practices
  • you will apply their experiences and insights from the personal development process to clinical practice.

In class

  • you will be provided with practical and theoretical knowledge
  • you will be encouraged to reflect, which creates new ideas and perspectives
  • you will take an active role in the creation of knowledge, which becomes then holistic, interactive and evolutionary.

In the guided discussions within the contact classes you will

  • you will be encouraged to discover your professional strengths, deepen your professional interests and give space to
  • your professional preferences based on the knowledge imparted
  • you will find all timetables, course information, teaching protocols and learning materials on our school platform Moodle.

In the self-study time

  • you independently review your theoretical and practical knowledge
  • you research the areas of your strengths, interests and preferences

In the guided self-study time

  • you have the respective teacher at your personal disposal to accompany your self-study time.

If you need learning coaching we are available for this purpose

Circular learning

Our Course has a Circular Structure

Circular learning means that the learning content is processed several times, at different times and with constantly increasing complexity. Together with experiential and movement-based learning, this ensures that the learning spiral of perceiving, grasping, understanding, explaining, applying and reviewing what has been learned is run through several times. This learning spiral is identical to the application of dance therapy in practice.

internship placement

We have found internships for youOur internships are in the following areas

Our internships are available in the following areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Prisons
  • Addiction
  • Palliative Care
  • Old age and nursing centers
  • Children and adolescents

located. If you have your own suggestion for an institution for your internship position, we are open and will check if the position meets our guidelines.

Language in the course

Our school is bi-langue

Since the teaching in ZOE SCHOOL is based on both German and English literature. Als the higher federal diploma examination is only available in German.  We expect you to have knowledge of both languages.  For Englisch-speaking students, we expect skill in German in level B2 achieved latest after semester 2. By the end of the curriculum, we expect you having achieved at least level C1 language skills.

Costs and financing

The cost

  • Entrance examination:                                                            CHF 300.-
  • Crediting of external learning achievements (if desired):       CHF 100.- to 200.-
  • Whole course (incl. costs for all 7 module examinations):                    CHF 42’400.-
    Tuition fees are paid per semester  or per month .
  • Examination registration fee/CHF 50.- for each module examination


  • Examination pre-profession (if necded):             CHF 300.-
  • Equivalency test (if necded):                               CHF 200.- 
  • Examination Higher Swiss Federal Diploma see overview of fees

If you have participated the Federal Higher Federal Diploma examination, you can request  financing from the Federal Government and receive approx. 25 % up to CHF 10’050.- back. More Information  here

ZOE SCHOOL FOR DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPY is not able to give scholarships.


Memberships and recognitions

What distinguishes us....

The course is an educational institute recognized by OdA ARTECURA for the preparation of the Federal Higher Professional Examination in Art Therapy specializing in Movement and Dance Therapy. We fulfill and offer all requirements (learning hours, learning content, module exams etc).

More about OdA ARTECURA

The course is waiting for the recognition of EADMT/European Association of Dance Movement Therapy. We fulfill all requirements EADMT Training Standards MA (Master Level)

More about EADMT

The school is a member of IACET/International Association for Creative Arts in Education and Therapy and accredited as an official educational institute.

More about IACAET

Position in the Swiss Educational System

ZOE SCHOOL is located in the Swiss education system at the level of vocational further education or higher vocational education at the tertiary level and is recognized by OdA ARTECURA.

“The Higher Professional Examination is also a high-quality professional training for art therapists in movement and dance therapy. Our educational program is also practice-oriented and promotes in particular the ability to think methodically and in a networked manner, to analyze job-related tasks and to implement the acquired knowledge in practice. The content of our examinations is regulated by the competent organizations of the world of work (ODA ARTECURA) and is examined and recognized by the Swiss Confederation.

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The higher vocational education builds on the students’ professional experience. It combines teaching and (practical) experience, thus ensuring the dual system of vocational education at the tertiary level as well. The training is competence and labor market oriented; it promotes application-oriented learning, the rapid implementation of new technical knowledge and a high pace of innovation. In this way, higher vocational education and training provides the highly specialized Swiss healthcare system with qualified specialists.

Together with the universities and universities of applied sciences, higher vocational education forms the tertiary level in the Swiss education system.

Read more: Swiss education system /Higher vocational education

Graph Data on the national education system

School Advisory Board

Form and function

The school advisory board accompanies the development of the school and acts on matters that are significant for the school in terms of its vision and values and the further development of learning and teaching content and forms.

The school advisory board consists of the staff for evidence-based work, lecturers, an external consultant and one student per course. It is accompanied by the school management

Staff unit evidence

Evidence-informed work - the future in the Swiss health care system

We maintain a staff unit for evidence It informs ZOE SCHOOL about the latest research findings and their application in practice

VIDEO: The Laban Bartenieff Movement System

VIDEO: The therapeutic conversation

The Classrooms

Here you can find the brochure of our school premises at Elsässerstrasse 34 in 4056 Basel
15 minutes from the SBB train station


What is said about us

The ZOE SCHOOL project is so inspiring – it is a great contribution to all of us and to this area that you are doing this!


ZOE SCHOOL is not only setting new standards for dance therapy training in Europe, but worldwide