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Theatre is a place where people share stories and reflect on vital questions and social issues.

As a maker you know how to connect with people and what touches them, and you use your theatre to initiate action. Making theatre and coaching and inspiring others in it (teaching) cannot be seen in isolation from each other; they are inextricably linked. That is why our Theatre in Education course does not train you as a traditional theatre teacher but as an artist educator in theatre, based on a strongly inquisitive and curious attitude and in an atmosphere of equality and commitment.

You do not take separate subjects, but work on the basis of projects; everything you learn is meaningful, has a direct connection with practice and is imbued with theory. That makes you an educated and critically working maker. You spend much time on the floor and learn to work with different target groups in society.

What do you learn in the ArtEZ Theatre in Education Arnhem course?

During the course we challenge you, while you are investigating, to form your own identity as a creator. You do this in all kinds of different contexts, such as a neighbourhood or community, a school or a festival. In the first two years we provide the contexts, and in the third and fourth year you increasingly make your own choices. In this way you develop into a theatre maker who knows what place they envisage for themselves in the broad field of theatre making. Throughout your studies, you receive intensive academic career counselling.  

We don’t tell our students what to do, we give them plenty of room to find out for themselves what they want to develop. We also question them on that. We take our students very seriously.


Structure of the course

In the first two years of the Theatre in Education course, you work together with changing groups of students on themes. Each quarter has its own theme (see below). As part of each theme, you work in training lessons on technical skills such as moving, acting and speaking, while you get to know your own possibilities. In addition, you work on theory in seminars and have studio time: your own laboratory or room where practical assignments, theory and technical skills come together. You are supervised by various teachers, such as a scenographer, a dramaturge and a theatre maker. This means that you spend much time working on the floor. You also take writing lessons and feedback lessons (CRP-training). Between quarters you participate in project weeks.

    • You start your studies with an immersion in a theatre festival in Amsterdam. You see a lot of shows and talk about them. And you gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of space and time, and then experiment with them in groups.  
    • The theme of Contemporary Aesthetics in the first quarter is followed by the theme of Historical Aesthetics. You examine a historical source, link it to current events and create a performance based on that. 
    • In the third quarter, as part of the theme of Artist Educator, you will work with a group of fellow students at a primary school for eight weeks. The basis comprises a number of theoretical ingredients: the ideas of two great thinkers. What you create together depends on the process. You do not perform a production someone else has come up with, but together you create something new based on theory and practice.  
    • The theme in the fourth quarter is Individual ResearchAs you have received a great deal input in the past year, the point is: what do you want to make and what is your research? What is your fascination and how do you go about it?  

    In the first year, students have the opportunity to apply for admission to the Honours Programme, which is supplementary to the regular courses of their own Bachelor’s course.

  • The second year of Theatre in Education Arnhem has the same themes as in the first year, but with a different interpretation:  

    • As part of the theme of Contemporary Aesthetics, you create a performance with a community of untrained actors, for example a group of veterans or a group of people with a mental disability. This is about the question of how you can work with each other inclusively, on the basis of equality.  
    • Project WE video in collaboration with theatre group Klare Taal 
    • In the second quarter you delve into three directing styles and choose one of them to continue working on.  
    • In the third quarter, the different contexts of the theatre business take centre stage. You work in a group for two weeks in three different settings, such as education, a theatre company or a socio-artistic context. For example, you set up a project in a post-conflict area in Northern Ireland, or design the programme of a school one-acter festival. In other words, you become acquainted with the entire scope of the field, helping you determine a direction for the third and fourth year. 
    • The fourth quarter will centre on individual research again. You deepen your own work and fascination in a theatre studio with excellent technical facilities. 
  • The third year of the Bachelor of Theatre in Education Arnhem begins with writing a bachelor research plan, which outlines where you stand, what choices you want to make in the second half of your studies and why. In the third and fourth year you produce at least one performance, conduct research and work on the skills and personal style you need in order to work with and teach groups.  

    You will also do various internships, including a teaching internship and an interdisciplinary internship together with students from the Dance in Education and Fine Art & Design in Education courses. This internship can be done anywhere in the Netherlands, for example in an asylum seekers’ centre or prison, at a theatre company or in a museum.  

    Furthermore, there is plenty of room for your own input: we offer eight modules from which you choose two. Examples of modules are “Activism and compassionate theatre”, “Ex nihilo” (creating from scratch), “Biographical theatre making” and “Fusion” (experimenting and creating a performance with different cultural forms). The content of the modules changes annually. 

     All fourth-year students of the Theatre in Education course carry out their graduation project during the ArtEZ finals.


The Theatre in Education Arnhem course is arranged by interrelated themes, one per quarter. These themes are interspersed with projects together with students from other ArtEZ teacher training courses, such as: 

  • In this first-year project, you work with students from the Fine Art and Design in Education and the Dance in Education courses on the question of “what is an artist educator?” As part of this, we go to the Bijlmerpark Theatre and visit The Black Archives together.

  • As an artist educator you work at the heart of society. Attention to diversity and inclusive thinking is therefore essential. For a number of years now, we have been organising a diversity week in this context. We invite people who speak and work with our students about diversity, including cultural diversity. These weeks have a major impact on our education.


  • In this second year project you experience at first hand how great the impact of your profession can be within a community. Not by telling others how it should be done, but by providing openings that enrich the lives of the people you work with. What does this mean for you in terms of didactics and pedagogy? In this project, you will be working with students from the Artist Educator master course and the Dance in Education and Fine Art & Design in Education bachelor courses.  

  • Geld Speelt (g)Een Rol (Money is (im)Material) is an entrepreneurship project in the second year, undertaken together with students of the Dance in Education course. On the third and last day of the project you pitch a business plan for a new artistic product. The student with an innovative idea that has real potential receives a sum of money as an incentive to actually implement the plan.


Starting in the first year, you spend much time working in practice – in the first years together with fellow students, from year three also individually. You will do an interdisciplinary internship together with students of the Dance in Education and Fine Art & Design in Education bachelor courses. That internship can be done anywhere in the Netherlands or Belgium, for example at a theatre company or youth theatre school (for example, Theater Na de Dam, Theater Zuidplein, Lab Z and Het Paleis), but also at talent breeding ground De Noorderlingen or at Jakop Ahlbom Company. In the third year you will do one-day-a-week internship in secondary education for six months.  

During your internships, you receive support from the course.

Course supervision

Academic career counselling occupies a central position in the Theatre in Education course. Well-trained teachers help you to interconnect everything you do during the course, focusing on your personal and professional development. You have the academic career counselling sessions with a small, permanent group of students.

Independent entrepreneur?

Whether or not you become an independent entrepreneur, as a theatre teacher or maker you play an important role in society, a role that requires an enterprising attitude and skills such as researching, innovating, initiating and collaborating. Entrepreneurship is therefore part and parcel of all our education from the first year. You learn to make choices, plan and organise and write a bachelor research plan, in which you learn to formulate your vision. During assignments you become acquainted with different companies and organisations. You also participate in the Geld Speelt (g)Een Rol (Money is im(Material) project, write a business plan and learn about financing projects and building a network. 


The course has various modern, spacious studios, well-equipped theatres, theory classrooms and a multimedia library. Students can book their own studios.

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