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 Master Theatre Practice

Winter call 
deadline submission of materials for shortlisting: 13 January 2020 10am 
Audition: 17, 18 and 19 February 2020 – on invitation only 

Spring call 
deadline submission of materials for shortlisting: 2 March 2020 10am 
Audition: 6, 7 and 8 April 2020 – on invitation only 

Summer call (only for EU-students)
deadline submission of materials for shortlisting: 18 May 2020 10am 
Audition: 8, 9 and 10 June 2020 – on invitation only 


Your very first action is to register at ArtEZ University of the Arts and create an account. All communication will be conducted through this account.

Please click here to start up the process

The mandatory documents for submission are:

  • A motivation letter which shows the importance of developing your practice further, your rationale for pursuing a Masters at the MTP, your engagement with the notion of the explicit Body in Performance, your ability to sustain your practice and simultaneously conduct largely independent study.
  • A clearly formulated Artistic Research Proposal (max 1200 words), outlining:
    - your research question
    - aims, objectives
    - methods, and
    - its relation to the notion of the Body in Performance.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field. Please indicate contact details: name, role, professional address, email and phone number and make sure you upload scans of original signed letters.
  • Curriculum Vitae with previous education and working practices.
  • Links to videos of your work, website or weblogs, and photographs of your work (up to six links, but at least one).
  • A copy of your BA-diploma together with the transcript of grades. If these documents are not issued in Dutch, English or German, you need to include a certified translation of both the diploma and the transcript of grades. (please upload all documents in one PDF). In case you are about to graduate and have not yet received your BA, please upload a document issued by your university stating the date of graduation, and your grades up to now*. This document needs to be submitted before you can enter an audition.
  • A copy of your passport or EU-ID. (Please make sure the date of validity has not expired). This document needs to be submitted before you can enter an audition.
  • A copy of a proof of your English proficiency (see language requirements below). 

Note: All diplomas will be carefully checked for their validity in the Dutch education system. Diplomas that are not issued under the European Credit system will be sent to Nuffic to be validated. 

Language requirements

Please note our language requirements. You will need to prove your language proficiency by handing in a certificate stating your level before 31 August.

If you need a residence permit to study at ArtEZ, the delivery deadline is 31 May!

The level for this study 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)

For exemptions, please check here.


Once we have received your complete application, the Admissions Board (consisting of the MTP teachers and the Head of the Programme) will convene to assess your research proposal, professional practice, academic ability, experience, motivation and suitability for training. Following this meeting, the Admissions Board will shortlist applicants and invite them for the audition. The outcome of this shortlisting will be announced within two weeks after the deadline for applications. 


We offer two options

  1. Live (preferred option): You will be invited for a 2-3 days working process and interview in Arnhem.
  2. Online (for applicants who live far away): You will be asked to engage in an online cooperative working process with other applicants over the course of 4 days and you will have an individual interview via skype.

    The Admissions Board will be monitoring and assessing each applicant during this stage. Within two weeks after the last day of the audition, each applicant will be informed about the outcome, being either one of the following:
  • accepted;
  • accepted on conditions (e.g. graduating for BA, providing proof of English proficiency);
  • on waiting list;
  • rejected.