• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
In the Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy programme from Utrecht University 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 welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

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 prospects
Since the workfield is multifaceted and comprises both larger and smaller companies as well as public and private initiatives, many alumni combine various jobs - for instance, dramaturge and writer or programmer and artistic advisor.

Accreditation

Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

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
  • Internship Ma Contemporary Theatre, Dance And Dramaturgy
  • Master Thesis Contemporary Theatre, Dance And Dramaturgy
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • You have a Bachelor Degree (Equivalent to a Dutch Bachelor Degree) in: Theatre Studies; Dance Studies; Performance Studies, Performing Arts, Live Art, Contemporary Arts; Bachelor's programmes with a focus on (contemporary) Dramaturgy; Any university Bachelor’s programme that demonstrates a clearly identifiable interest in or affiliation with theatre, dance and/or performance studies.
  • 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.
  • 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 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level, 15 EC of 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 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level and a Bachelor's thesis, or an equivalent of this.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyze 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.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA
  • EUR 2006 National

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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