The Master's in Theatre Studies is a one-year programme. In the first semester, you cover key concepts and methodologies in theatre and performance research, as well as two electives. In the second semester, you concentrate on your individual dissertation research projects, following additional electives, practical projects and tutorials.
The Master's programme Theatre Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:
Next to the core module ‘Key Concepts and Methodologies in Theatre and Performance Studies’ you choose two of three disciplinary electives (Archiving the Arts, Theatre and Globalisation, Spectatorship and Education) in the first semester/year. In the second semester/year you choose from cross-disciplinary electives (Art and Activism, Music Theatre as a Laboratory) and the Practical Project.
You can tailor the programme to your own curiosities through a range of electives that cater to various topical and disciplinary interests:
Tutorials offer you the opportunity to become intimately acquainted with specialist literature, research methods and current discussions in Theatre and Performance Studies. The exact content of a tutorial depends on your interests and study plan, as well as the expertise of the tutor.
Internships are not a structural part of the programme due to its short duration. However, in exceptional cases, internships are possible with prior consent from the Examination Committee.
The programme involves informally organised visits to performances and festivals that happen throughout the year in Amsterdam.
The Master's thesis reports on independent research carried out by the student. The student follows an intensive group mentoring programme to develop their thesis ideas followed by individual supervision with a faculty member with the necessary expertise in the chosen area of interest.
Students who show exceptional promise during a regular or professional programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a research programme. Once students are admitted to the research programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The Examinations Board determines which courses qualify for transfer.