Master Choreography MA


COMMA: Co-creation of Movement Masters of Arts

Vision: a comma both divides and connects the flow of a thought, it offers space for alternatives and what occurs after the comma often enriches what came before it.

This part time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg. The programme is designed to support experienced movement makers from a variety of fields while they carry out research into questions initiating from their current practice. The course occurs within a learning environment that exposes students to a broad range of approaches, movement disciplines and creative domains while supporting them in retaining connections with their own working field. Students are co-creators of the course and will be responsible for shaping the content of particular assignments and for creating a productive learning cohort with their peers. The course is carried out in 2 week intensives that take place 3 times a year at either the campus of Codarts in Rotterdam or Fontys in Tilburg, both of which have full dance, theoretical and circus facilities.

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Year 1

Year 1 has an internally directed focus as students are guided by teachers, coaches and guest teachers in developing their approach to the following:

  • the potential trajectories and outcomes of artistic research
  • taking a critical perspective on their own practices and disciplines with particular emphasis on the potential of co-creation
  • testing potential questions, thinking creatively about modes of communication and generating movement based responses
  • engaging with current theoretical, technological and design based perspectives
  • entering into a productive discourse about their work


Year 2

Year 2 has an externally directed focus and students test the acquired knowledge while learning about, and creating generative responses to, alternative working contexts. At the end of the program the student will produce a final work that will be presented in a public context and a supporting thesis that documents their research process and places it within an appropriate theoretical or artistic context. Emphasis in Year 2 is placed on:

  • the ability to engage in wider discourses
  • gaining an enriched knowledge of contexts beyond their own discipline and the challenges, strategies and potential of creative work within those contexts
  • developing a repertoire of individual creative strategies and the ability to reflect on and generate ‘choreography’ related to these strategies

After graduation

The graduated student will have gained new ways of approaching and communicating their creative practice and will have done this in a way that opens doors in the academic, educational and creative domains. They will have become a creative movement expert that can work with anyone, anywhere, anytime: an investment in themselves and their careers.


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You can make initial contact with us by using the form under the Admission page. Students who appear to fulfill the admission criteria will be asked to submit more information. Details about admission criteria and submission requirements can be found under Requirements.

Initial submissions need to be in by the 6th of March, 2017 because on the 25th and 26th of March we will be holding a ‘Wicked Weekend’ workshop for prospective students. During these 2 days we will work together on a case study as a way of getting to know you. We will also help you to refine your research proposal. The ‘Wicked Weekend’ will be held at Codarts: Kruisplein 26, 3012 CC Rotterdam. After this a short list of students will be asked to take part in interviews as part of the final selection process.

Questions? Send an email to and you will receive a personal response.

Practical info


In the Netherlands there are two types of student tuition fees: statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. The institutional fee can vary between universities, for Codarts it is € 5.500 per year for the Master Choreography (because of its part-time status). Whether one qualifies for one or the other of the fees depends on the following: If you satisfy the condition of nationality (1) and you did not obtain a master’s degree in the Netherlands yet (2), you are applicable to pay the statutory tuition fee of € 2.006 (academic year 2017 – 2018). If you do not fulfil both requirements, you pay the institutional tuition fee set for the Master Choreography at € 5.500 (academic year 2017-2018).

Ad. 1 You have the nationality of a country, which is part of the European Union (EU), or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname and Switzerland. Or, if coming from another country, you already have a Dutch or EU residency permit (for instance through work or partnership).

Ad. 2 You do not already hold a degree from a Master’s programme (or equivalent) in the Netherlands before starting your Master programme at Codarts.

Ad. 3 The Dutch government does not issue study permits for part-time studies, such as ours, to people from outside the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname or Switzerland. So if not in possession of another kind of residency permit it will not be possible to join our master programme.


Our teachers will be more than just your teacher. They will be your coach and mentor during your study. Our teachers have won their spurs in professional practice and bring their knowledge to the classroom. They will inspire and stimulate you to fully deploy and use your talents. You’ll find yourself transferring their influences to your projects and performances.

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Student life


Codarts provides numerous facilities designed to offer you a learning environment in which you can develop your talents as a sustainable performer. You take dance classes in one of our ten dance studios with live accompaniment on piano. Our wardrobe department can help you with custom-made costumes.

Codarts also has an in-house production and technical department that can assist with performances. We also offer plenty of support in physical and mental matters. If you have any problems in these regards, do not hesitate to contact one of our Health Centre employees. Codarts has physiotherapists, manual physiotherapists, a fitness coach, a transition coach, a speech therapist, a sports dietician and performance coach. Know this: it is okay to fall. We will gladly help you back on your feet again.


Master Choreography

Kruisplein 26, Rotterdam