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 (45 ECTS)

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 (45 ECTS)

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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The next start date for our programme is August 2023 and the selection process will take place in Spring 2023. If you are interested in applying you can make contact by using the form under the Admission Page. Details about admission criteria and submission specifications can be found under Requirements.

Applicants who appear to meet our entrance requirements will be asked to submit a full application to provide more detailed information. The application procedure for the preselection will officially close ***31 January 2023. Hereafter eligible applicants will be informed if they are invited to participate in our Wicked Weekend.

Wicked Weekend
The Wicked Weekend will take place in the spring of 2023, it consists of a one day workshop built around the investigation of a wicked problem and is designed to provide a taster of the approach and philosophy behind the course in a co-creative setting. On the second day interviews will be held with individual students. This weekend will give us the opportunity to start discussions with prospective students who would be a good match for the programme.

If you have questions first visit the Q&A page. Alternatively sign up for one of our Open Days, these will be announced shortly. For specific questions, you can send an email to

*** Applications received later than 31st January 2023 will only be considered for participation in the following preselection process occurring 2024.

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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 € 6.100 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 € 2.168 (academic year 2021-2022). If you do not fulfil both requirements, you pay the institutional tuition fee set for the Master Choreography at € 6.980 (academic year 2021-2022).

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.

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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 provides information, training, guidance and care. We help to enhance your performance and contribute to your personal development, injury prevention and general well-being.

You can contact us for housing assistance, insurance guidance, medical screenings as well as nutritional and psychological counselling.

The Student Life Team consists of:

  • The Performing Arts Health Center team (PAHC)
  • Various study coaches
  • A student dean

The International Office is also part of Student Life

We work in close collaboration with colleagues who are familiar with the high demands of the professional group. Think of scientists, teachers and the artistic staff. 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:
1. Research
2. Education
3. Support services & facilities
4. Research & development

Do you have questions or do you want more information? Feel free to contact us by mailing to

Master Choreography

Kruisplein 26, Rotterdam