Theatre Practices


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Ulrike von Meier
Learners' Coordinator


ArtEZ welcomes applications from theatre and dance practitioners seeking to deepen artistic practice through research in an environment of creativity, debate and discourse that embraces new public spheres.

photo. Marije vd Berg, maker and perf. Taru Miettinen 2
Maker and performance Taru Miettinen, Photo Marije van den Berg

Admission requirements Theatre Practices

  • A completed Bachelors Degree, preferably in theatre, choreography or dance from an Internationally recognised university, college or institute of the arts
  • Application Material: motivation letter, artistic portfolio, a relevant research question and preliminary research plan (see below for guidelines)
  • Registration in Studielink (follow ‘Apply’ button, above or below)
  • Written and oral proficiency in English (see below)

Language requirements

Before 1 September, you will need to demonstrate 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 1 June!

The level for Theatre Practices is:

  • IELTS 6.0
  • TOEFL paper 550
  • TOEFL Internet 80
  • TOEIC 670/290
  • Cambridge First (FCE) - Grade B (scale 173 - 175) / Cambridge First (FCE) - Grade C (scale 169 - 172)

Check exemptions and language courses.


Please send us the following materials, in English, when you apply:


  • A motivation letter which shows the importance of developing your practice further, your rationale for pursuing a Masters Degree, your affinity with the programme and the field, your ability to sustain your practice and simultaneously conduct largely independent study
  • A clearly formulated Artistic Research Proposal, outlining and reflecting on your research interests, emerging question(s) and methods. (max 1200 words).  Download Research Proposal Format


  • Links to your websites or weblogs
  • Links to online videos and photographs of your work — or DVD’s sent by post
  • Two examples of your own writing (max 1000 words each). These can be essays, reviews, summaries, papers, et caetera.


  • Curriculum Vitae with previous education and working practices;
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field. (Please have these signed by the referee, scan them and digitally send them with the rest of the application)

Mandatory Documents needed for application process

  • Copy of your BA diploma with transcript. If the original is not in Dutch, English or German, then a certified translation into English of both items (diploma and transcript) is mandatory. A non-Dutch BA-diploma will be validated by ArtEZ and should be sent in 3 weeks before the deadline to allow for the processing time of this procedure.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Proof of Proficiency in English. Check exemptions and language courses. This document can be submitted after the deadline for the first round, but no later than 1 July before the start of the academic year..


The complete application must be sent to Ulrike von Meier at:


Applicants are accepted into the course based on their qualifications, artistic portfolio and artistic research plans (questions, methods, and professional aims).
The admission procedure is designed in two steps (also called ‘rounds’), where a selection committee — composed of internal staff and external advisors — engages with prospective applicants concerning their research questions, educational-professional perspectives, artistic methodologies and discursive references.

First Round

From all the applications accepted to the First Round - after screening the admission requirements of each - a number of applicants will be selected to advance to the Second Round, following a review of the Materials by a selection committee.

Second Round

In the Second Round, the selection committee will evaluate real-time assignments and conduct an interview based on submitted materials. This will take place in Arnhem and we recommend applicants to be physically present at the school, as the experience allows both parts to take time to meet. However, in case of constraints, it will also be available a second round audition via teleconference.
The Second Round Selection committee will make the final selection and the candidates will be notified on their admission status within two to three weeks.

Deadlines materials and interviews

First call
Deadline materials (first round): 14 January 2019
Interviews (second round): 25 and 26 February 2019 - on invitation only

Second call
Deadline materials (first round): 11 March 2019
Interviews (second round): 8 and 9 April 2019 - on invitation only

Third call, only for EU-based candidates
Deadline materials (first round): Sunday 2 June 2019
Interviews (second round): 24 and 25 June 2019 – interviews will be online and by invitation Only