Requirements Master dance therapy

Please note: In addition to your application through Studielink, you need to send your CV and motivation letter to asc@codarts.nl.
Application deadline: 15 March 2020.

Master of Arts Therapies

Entry requirements and audition procedures for the Dance Therapy Programme

For candidates living in the Netherlands and Belgium

In order to be considered for admission to the Dance Therapy Master Programme you must:

  1. have a diploma from a (preferably) relevant university course (bachelor’s or equivalent); for example, a bachelor’s in dance or dance education, a bachelor’s in dance movement therapy or a bachelor’s in the areas of social services, health care or movement and therapy, such as psychology. It may also be possible to apply for the programme with other diploma’s;
  2. have a minimum of two years work experience after having acquired a bachelor diploma, either professionally, or as a volunteer. You can provide a description of the content and breadth of this work experience in your CV;
  3. write a clear explanation of what motivates your interest in the course. This ‘motivational’ letter should not exceed 500 words (approximately one A4 page) and must be written in English. The letter should explain why you want to study dance therapy and how you see dance has influenced your own (mental) health, as well as the health of others. This letter will give us a good sense of how well you can express yourself (in English) and is an essential part of the selection procedure;
  4. be an embodied dancer, have thorough knowledge and understanding of dance and its effect on self and others, move clearly and articulately, be skilled within at least one form of dance and be familiar with a wide range of other dance skills and be able to communicate non-verbally through dance and movement.  These skills will be evaluated in a movement audition that consists of a 90 minutes improvisation workshop. Candidates are not so much evaluated on their technical skills but on physical coordination, use of space, variation in movement and efforts, authenticity, ability to develop an improvisation task, reflect verbally on this, and generally on ability for non-verbal interaction.
  5. be invited for an intake interview. For the candidates living in the Netherlands and Belgium: Only if your application is evaluated positively on the preceding four points, you will be invited to take part in an interview. In preparation for this interview, we request that you write approximately a thousand words (two A4 pages) describing the course/story of your life. In the case you have travelled from abroad (other than Belgium) to audition, we will try to arrange the interview the same day or perhaps the next. (In this case you need to send the course of life before the movement audition!);

    The intake interview allows us to discuss some personal issues that may have been raised in your motivational letter, movement audition or life story which could be of influence in following the programme. In order to avoid disappointments, we also want to hear from candidates what their expectations are and how they see dance therapy as a profession. Discussing some basic dance therapy literature can be part of this interview as well. Only after this interview receives a positive evaluation, you will be notified that you are admissible for the Master in Dance Therapy at Codarts, University for the Arts.

  6. For non-Dutch students (unless they hold a Dutch bachelor’s degree) final placement will be granted when proof of English language proficiency is shown. Codarts asks for the level of IELTS 5,5. The candidate needs to produce documents that show the adequate level of English or take a test offered by Codarts after admittance to the programme.

Please, take note that:

  • The movement auditions are scheduled on the 24th and 25th of April 2020. You will receive an invitation for one of these days
  • Interviews for candidates living in the Netherlands will be scheduled end of April and May.
  • Final results are communicated end of May beginning of June

Special note to non-EU students

Non-EU students should know that because of the part-time status of the programme, the Dutch government does not grant study permits to non-EU citizens (EU for this rule includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname or Switzerland). If a person from for instance the USA is already in the Netherlands because of, work or partnership, and a residency permit was given on that basis, study will be possible.

For candidates living outside the Netherlands/Belgium

Preselection
Due to the large number of international candidates we ask candidates traveling from abroad (other than Belgium) to do a preselection based on movement by sending in a YouTube link with some dance assignments. This will spare you unnecessary travel costs and help us manage the number of intake interviews we offer on the same day as the movement audition. Upload your video on YouTube and e-mail us the link at dancetherapy@codarts.nl before March 15th 2020. On the basis of this video we will invite you (or not) to come to the audition and conduct the intake interview the same day.

In order to ask for a preselection first points 1 -3 on page 1 need to be met.

Assignments for preselection

There are 2 short assignments for your short video, which is to be no longer than 4 minutes in total:

  1. Improvise freely in whatever way you like, with or without music. Not a composition but spontaneous dance improvisation. Max 2 minutes.
  2. Compose a short phrase without music in which you:
  • Change tempo
  • Change levels of height
  • Make a gesture
  • Do a turn
  • Change direction of moving

You can do this In any order you like. Also max 2 minutes.

Selection
After the preselection via videos has taken place, and the committee finds your level of dance sufficient enough to take part in the audition, points 4 and 5 become relevant. The committee needs to see all candidates interact and improvise on the spot.

Please, take note that:

  • Movement auditions are scheduled on the 24th and 25th of April 2020. You will receive an invitation for one of these days
  • Interviews for candidates living in the Netherlands will be scheduled in April and May.
  • Final results are communicated end of May beginning of June

Special note to non-EU students
Non-EU students should know that because of the part-time status of the programme, the Dutch government does not grant study permits to non-EU citizens (EU for this rule includes Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Suriname or Switzerland). If a person from for instance the USA is already in the Netherlands because of work or partnership, and a residency permit was given on that basis, study will be possible.