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Master
Theatre Studies (Arts and Culture)
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Study programme

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.

Programme structure

The Master's programme Theatre Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits: 30 credits for core courses; 12 credits for electives; and 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Key Concepts and Methodologies in Theatre and Performance Studies
    1—2
    12
  • Restricted-choice electives
    1—3
    18
  • Free-choice electives
    4—5
    12
  • Master's Thesis
    4—6
    18
  • Tutoring and Study Guidance
    1—6
  • Core courses

    Next to the core module ‘Key Concepts and Methodologies in Theatre and Performance Studies’ you choose two of three disciplinary electives (Archiving Art, 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.

  • Electives

    You can tailor the programme to your own curiosities through a range of electives that cater to various topical and disciplinary interests:

    • In Archiving Art, you are provided with the latest theoretical, historical as well as practical knowledge on archiving;
    • In Theatre and Globalisation, you are familiarised with topical questions concerning the relationship of theatre and performance to the contemporary global moment;
    • Spectatorship and Education: Researching Audiences focuses on field studies in spectatorship and theatre and education;
    • Music Theatre as a Laboratory examines music theatre in the context of modernity;
    • In Art and Activism, you are familiarised with the interrelations between performance, visual arts and activism.
    • You can also join a Practical project, in which you work in a team of fellow students to stage a performance.
  • Tutorials

    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.

  • Internship

    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.

  • Thesis

    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. 

  • Excursions

    The programme involves informally organised visits to performances and festivals that happen throughout the year in Amsterdam.

Theatre Studies in part-time mode

The programme is also offered in part-time study mode at the UvA, in which case it takes two years. You can obtain a maximum of 30 ECTS per year (15-20 ECTS per semester). As a part-time student you will follow the programme together with full-time students. You will prepare your study plan for the part-time programme in consultation with this Master’s programme coordinator.

Credit transfer

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.