Student Life – Maximise your Talent

"It takes a village to raise a child", as the saying goes. The same is true for the development of professional talent within the performing arts. Music, dance, circus arts, and art education are professions that ask a lot, physically and mentally. One has to take appropriate steps to prevent performance-related injuries and to enhance training and performance. It "takes a village" to create a nurturing environment with the highest potential for success. Here at Codarts, we are that village for students and their talent.

Codarts is committed to providing its talented students with every opportunity to acquire the right knowledge, skills and tools to shape their personal development and to maximise their potential. The university aims to foster performing artists who are optimally prepared, both physically and mentally, for a successful, healthy and sustainable career: artists who are able to manage the demands of the ever changing professional world.

About Student Life

Student Life focusses on performance enhancement, personal development, injury prevention and general well-being. We offer a high quality student support programme, that enables them to realise their full potential and have a successful and joyful study career. The Student Life programme is built on four interconnected pillars: screening, education, services & facilities, and research & development. We offer services ranging from medical screenings, monitoring of physical and mental health, nutritional and psychological counselling as well as guidance and assistance with housing and insurance.

We advocate a ‘Team Around the Artist’ (TATA) approach, meaning that the student is at the centre while supported by the Performing Arts Health Centre (PAHC) consisting of a dedicated team of health professionals with a background in performing arts or elite sports. The PAHC comprises physiotherapists, mental coaches, a psychologist, speech therapist, dietician, performance coach and a hearing protection specialist. We  work in close collaboration with Pilates, Yoga and Alexander technique trainers. In addition, students are also supported by study coaches, the student counsellor and International Office.

Within the TATA approach Student Life works closely together with (main subject) teachers, heads of departments as well as scientists of Codarts’ professorship Performing Arts Medicine.

 “The Commission is impressed by the Student Support department Student Life and the professorship of Performing Arts Medicine launched in 2014. According to the Commission, especially this approach of study career coaching and attention to health in relation to performance is extraordinary and very relevant to the profession.”

– Conceptual report visitation panel Bachelor Music and Music in Education, June 2016.

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