Music Theatre



ArtEZ is looking for the musical pioneers of the future. Curious musicians and theatre makers who will find opportunities and enjoy working in a broad, multidisciplinary work environment.

Summary of admission criteria for the Master of Music Theatre:

    • Completed Bachelor’s course in Music.
    • Positive result of the entrance examination.
    • Language requirements apply to every master study. Language requirement for this study, which is taught in Dutch.: B2 or equivalent. More information
      Note! Before 31 August you will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level. If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 31 May!  

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Study plan

You'll get the most out of this Master's if you have a good idea of what you want to explore and to achieve beforehand. We can help you with that. First of all you follow the entrance procedure. If you are admitted, you then draw up a personal study plan with your mentor at the start of your studies. After that, we will do all we can to support you in achieving your plan.

Would you like to exchange ideas with us about your goals for this Master's? Contact Corien Stellingwerf (

Entrance procedure

Auditions take place after January in the second half of the study year. Befor the admission you first send a motivation letter. On this basis, you enter an introductory interview with the management of the course. If the Master's indeed fits you, and you fit the Master's, then you will be invited to come to the audition.

The audition consists of written reflection on your current position as a musical theatre performer/maker, and an audition in which your 'Master's worthy' will be tested.

Motivation letter and introductory interview

Your written motivation will form the basis of the introductory interview, which will last for approximately 30 minutes. During this interview, you can shed light on your choices and ask questions about the programme. We will look if your ideas and wishes fit your ambitions, are realistic and feasible and suitable for a Master's level. In addition, attention will be paid to the research unit of the programme. The interview will take place prior to your written and practical audition.


The audition consists of a written and a practical part. The written part consists of a reflection on your current position as a musical theatre performer/maker. You will receive the format for this after registration.

The practical audition will take 45 minutes. At this audition you present a short, musical theatrical performance. Your presentation must meet the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory musical, theatrical and traditional skills
  • Distinct independent style
  • Learning skills and cooperation.

For Music Theatre, terms such as ‘Master's worthy’, ‘international scoop’, 'cooperation', and ‘musical theatrical performer’ are important.

The audition committee will consist of: the head of the Music Theatre department, a core lecturer and a music and/or theatre lecturer of the Master.

Result and validity

The committee will announce their recommendation to the Examination Committee immediately after the audition. This committee will make the final decision on whether you will be accepted. You will receive a written notification of this decision. You will receive notice of the result of your entrance examination within three weeks. A positive decision is only valid for the degree course for which you have applied. If you wish to take the entrance examination for a degree course or specialisation at another location, you will need to register for this separately. Your admission is only valid for the academic year directly following the entrance examination. If you do not agree with a negative decision due to the procedure followed, you can lodge an appeal with the Examination Committee.


You must register through Studielink before 1 May. Registrations after 1 May will only be considered if there are still sufficient study places available. After registration we will send you a form and a format for writing your reflection. You will also receive information about the audition and the date you are expected at the location of the audition. 

Please note!

As a candidate master's student, you need to hand in your bachelor's degree certificate by 31 August, which is the day before the start of the ArtEZ course. If you have not yet received your bachelor's degree certificate from the institution where you completed your studies, you will only be allowed to enrol on the master's study programme if you hand in a certified statement from that institution evidencing that you have graduated and that the degree certificate will be issued at a later point in time.
If we have not received the original bachelor's degree certificate at least thirty days before the final exam, you will not be allowed to sit the final exam.

We advise you to start your orientation on housing before coming to the Netherlands, because finding good, affordable accommodation can be a problem in Arnhem, Zwolle and Enschede.