Master Dance Therapy


In September 2016 the Master in Dance Therapy changed its name into Master of Arts Therapies, thus making it possible to set up a music therapy master programme alongside the dance therapy programme.

With the Master in Arts Therapies Codarts’ internationally recognised professional training in dance therapy with a strong basis in dance gets an equivalent for music therapy, with an equally strong basis in music. Both master programmes offer the opportunity for advanced professional training and specialisation. The programme’s central teaching concepts include the integration of theory and practice, discovery through practical experience, and exploratory learning. The underlying foundation in different theories encourages and enhances critical reflection.

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Year 1-2-3

Year 1 Developing: in year one the focus is on development and growth, play, creativity, giving meaning to movement, dance in therapy, finding out about one’s own and the other’s (movement) preferences and values, exploring the body, different DT principles and methods, diversity issues, and through critical reflection connecting everything to personal interest and qualities; building up the enquiring mind and getting acquainted with mental health care institutions through fieldwork visits.
Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (Oct., Feb. and June/July) per year.

Year 2 Connecting: year two will focus more on practice; pathology and different client populations, treatment goals, observations, building up confidence and identity as a dance therapist, leadership styles and skills, and sharpening research skills. Students may begin an internship and will most likely continue this into the third year.
Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (Oct., Feb. and June/July) per year.

Year 3 Integrating: in year three the acquired and accumulated skills, knowledge and experience of the first two years will be further applied into the internship, and into the research project leading into a master’s thesis; the integration of it all.
No scheduled classes in year three as students will have an individual route for internship and research. Dance therapy supervision and research labs are offered as a rule every three weeks on Saturdays.


The Practice-Based Research modules and the research project leading to a master thesis offers professional tools for the dance therapy student at two levels: First, it generally contributes to an increased understanding of dance therapy. Second, it introduces enquiry, evaluation and research methods that help the DT practitioner to understand and develop practical approaches to treatment. Students learn how an enquiring approach adds value to the therapeutic profession. By seeking out information and developing evaluation skills students link therapeutic experience with theoretical knowledge and acquire the skills of a reflective practitioner.

After Graduation

The programme leads to a master’s diploma, MA Students emerge as critically engaged and enquiring dance therapists. This training enables them to make significant contributions to the further development of the field, both nationally and internationally. Dance therapists can be employed in public health services, social service agencies with crisis intervention programmes, day centres, prisons, special education and geriatric institutions, and in private practices. Dance therapists can work as artists and therapists combined in ‘arts for health’ projects, they can play an important role in prevention. And last but not least dance therapists also conduct research, publish articles and move on to a PhD degree.

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To be admitted at the master of Dance Therapy at Codarts a specific entrance audition must be passed. Each area of study has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements.

To enroll at Codarts you should be in possession of a bachelor diploma or equivalent.


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 € 4.730 per year. For the Master in Arts Therapies the amount is € 3.660 per year 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 € 1.984 (academic year 2016 – 2017). If you do not fulfil both requirements, you pay the institutional tuition fee set for the MA in DT at € 3.660 (academic year 2016-2017).

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.


Student life


Student Life is a high quality student support programme, that enables you to realise your full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. Student Life offers information, education, guidance and care in areas relating to performance enhancement, personal development, injury prevention and general well-being.

We offer services ranging from housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling. Our team consists of: a Performing Arts Health Centre team (PAHC), study coaches, a student counsellor and an international office. We work in close collaboration with colleagues such as embedded scientists, teachers and the artistic staff, who are familiar with the high standards of the profession. As we are committed to support the individual learning needs of all students, we recognise the diversity of disciplines within performing arts and within different cultural backgrounds.

Our Student Life programme is built on four interconnected pillars: screening, education, support services & facilities, and research & development.

The City Rotterdam


Master in Dance Therapy

+31 10 217 11 38

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam