• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Arts inContemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy will teach you how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This programme welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.

About

The Master of Arts in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy is offered by the Utrecht University. Contemporary performance practices are increasingly hybrid projects that approach and transcend the borders of theatre, dance, visual arts, music, media and daily life. Theatre and dance are inextricably linked with other media that shape our reality; they extend beyond the theatre’s walls and inject themselves into our daily lives. Theories and concepts derived from the performing arts are progressively deployed in cultural theory and (social) science. Such a field in transition demands an approach that studies theatre and dance as intermedial and interdisciplinary phenomena, and addresses the interrelationships of these phenomena, the audience and the socio-cultural context.

This dynamic is the focus of our Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy programme. What can theatre tell us about everyday life in a digital culture? How does dance inform and shape society? How can we analyse, interpret and respond to this - as critical thinkers? In this programme you will learn how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This programme from Utrecht University welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.

A situated perspective, with a practical orientation

Fully taught in English, this Master’s programme takes an academic approach to contemporary performance. We closely collaborate with the field of theatre and dance in the Netherlands and Flanders, internationally regarded as the forerunners of the exciting new trends that emerge on the European stage. You will get acquainted with state-of-the-art theory yet we are also actively oriented towards the practice of theatre and dance. This is exemplified by the focus on dramaturgy, an internship in the second semester, and the many opportunities to meet with practitioners, build-in components within the programme and closely related to the staff’s expansive network.

Research topics

Our research focus areas include:

  • dance, embodiment, and corporeal literacy
  • theory and practice of dramaturgy
  • performance and public space, (urban) scenography
  • intermediality in performance
  • relationships between the performing arts and visual culture

After Graduation

  • You are an independent thinker who is able to reflect critically on contemporary theatre, dance and performance.
  • You will be acquainted with the latest developments in theatre, dance and dramaturgy, and with affiliated contemporary critical and theoretical approaches.
  • You have gained experience in dramaturgy, drawing from theoretical texts on academic perspectives and the actual practice of theatre and dance dramaturgy.
  • You will know how trends in actual practice relate to recent developments in art criticism, curating and programming.
  • You are able to carry out independent research and report on research outcomes according to international academic standards.
  • You will possess a professional attitude when communicating with practitioners, and will know how to put professional and academic skills and knowledge to work in a dynamic professional field.
Career

Graduates of the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy Master’s programme are acquainted with the latest developments in the theory and practice of contemporary theatre and dance. They are able to contextualise these developments, reflect critically on them, and make this reflection productive for diverse theoretical, practical, educational, and critical ends. Alumni of the programme have gone on to work as:

  • theatre or dance dramaturge
  • theatre or dance critic
  • dramaturgy instructor
  • researcher
  • public officials for cultural affairs
  • employees at training centres for the arts
  • director of cultural programs on radio, television or internet platforms
  • curators, organisers and programmers of theatre or dance festivals
  • public relations or education employee with theatre or dance companies or performing arts houses

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theories And Concepts Of Theatre, Dance And Dramaturgy
  • Contemporary Performance: Mapping The Field
  • Performance Research Lab: Act I
  • Performance Research Lab: Act II
  • Expanding Performance
  • Dramaturgical Practices: Theatre and Dance
  • Music and Moving Image
  • Producing Arts in Society
  • Feminist Approaches to Art and Effect
  • Somatechnics: Bodies and Power in a Digital Age
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    93

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You will be considered for admission to the Master's programme Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy if you have a Bachelors diploma from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You are able to reflect on and query the functioning of theatre, dance and/or performance in contemporary culture, as demonstrated by your motivation letter and a writing sample (in English).
  • You have knowledge of and insight in theatre, dance and/or performance theory, history and/or dramaturgy, as shown by having taken at least 30 ECworth of courses in this field on Bachelor'slevel, 15 ECof which should be at advanced Bachelor's level (practical training not included), or an equivalent of this.
  • You have knowledge of research methods particular to the Humanities, as well as working knowledge of the main concepts used in Theatre, Dance or Performance Studies, as shown by having taken at least 7.5 ECworth of courses in this field on Bachelor'slevel and a Bachelor'sthesis, or an equivalent of this.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyse and report on scientific research in theatre, dance and/or performance studies; and to investigate and report both in writing and orally on issues concerned with theatre and/or dance dramaturgy.
  • You have the necessary social and communication skills in order to professionally collaborate and communicate with fellow students and arts professionals.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.
  • Further accepted proof of your proficiency in English: CPE- Grade C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15575 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15575 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

For more information about tuition fees and exemptions have a look at the programme website.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1,450 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.