Master of Education in Arts


If you have completed a bachelor in arts and wish to acquire the more in-depth knowledge that is required to work in such versatile capacities as festival organiser or educational or policy staff member with a cultural organisation, then the Master of Education in Arts offers you every opportunity.

We teach you how to become a ‘builder of cultural bridges’ with a well-considered, personal vision on art. Someone who knows what different art organisations stand for and how to bring them together, for instance in organising a festival or by sharing knowledge. There is quite a demand in the cultural sector for master-professionals with such skills.

You also learn how to communicate cultural knowledge and how to do quality research.

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Year 1

In the first year you design your Master research project. Its subject is closely linked to your professional practice. You also follow a broad study programme that focuses on the link between theory and practice. Some highlights:

  • How do you ‘communicate’ art through social media? This question and other currently topical issues in media are addressed in a series of classes on media theory.
  • You explore the best way of transferring your expertise (as a dancer, a visual artist, et cetera). For example: you create a multidisciplinary theatre production for schoolchildren, introducing them to various forms of art.
  • Together with fellow students and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary Centre for Art and Media Technology V2_ you organise a festival, in which you express your personal views on art.

Year 2

You continue with the subjects of the first year, including independent research, media theory and knowledge transfer. Other elements:

  • Through optional subjects you broaden your personal horizon. There is a wide choice of educational programmes within Codarts (music, dance, circus art).
  • In a public debate, which you organise together with fellow students, you articulate your views on art. You debate amongst each other, but also with the audience.
  • In the second semester you conclude your Master research project, resulting in a thesis and a practical product (for instance: an online teaching method for secondary education).

Artistic research

Artistic research forms an essential part of the master programme. You formulate a problem definition that is related to your profession and inquire into this subject for two years. The main goal is to enrich yourself as a professional.

The research will result in a thesis and a so called ‘practice product’, for example : an online learning method for high school students. Or: recommendations for the usage of social media within art organisations. At the end of your second year you will present your practice product to a broad audience: from interested laypersons to professionals from your field of activity.

During your research period you will be able to use the broad Codarts-network, which consists of many art and culture related organisations and schools. You will of course be allocated to a supervisor.

After graduation

The Master of Arts in Education trains you to become a ‘builder of cultural bridges’ with a well-considered, personal vision on art. Someone who knows what different art organisations stand for and how to bring them together. You have also studied how to pass on cultural knowledge to various target groups. This knowledge on a Master’s level qualifies you for a wide range of positions.

For instance, Codarts alumni have started their own company in the field of cultural education. Others used their Master’s degree as a stepping stone to a permanent appointment in education. There is a great demand for teachers with a Master’s degree.

Monica Janssen (graduation year 2014), singing and cultural teacher in secondary education: ‘By following this study I came into contact with the right people and acquired the baggage that enabled me to underpin my own visions.’

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Students who have a diploma from the Bachelor’s Programme Music in Education or Dance in Education, Drama in Education or a foreign equivalent, or who possess a diploma from the Bachelor’s Programme in Music or Dance or a foreign equivalent, and who, judging by their study programme, appear to have sufficient prior theoretical and practical knowledge to be able to conclude the programme successfully in the opinion of the Examination Committee, may participate in the inflow assessment.

Prior to the inflow assessment candidates must write a study plan, in which they describe (1) their interest in education in arts and (2) formulate a concept plan for their artistic research (in relation to one another). During the assessment, candidates discuss their study plan with two assessors. Attention is paid to the candidates’ motivation and ability to reflect on their professional qualities.


Under “more information” we give you all the important information you might need to know for your study at Codarts. Under “more information” we give information on the tuition fee, useful websites that can help with finding suitable accommodation, how to study at Codarts with a disability, and give tips for applying for a scholarship. We will help you to find your way at Codarts.


Master of Education in Arts

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