Our aim is to educate reflective dance therapy practitioners with an enquiring attitude, who are trained to combine therapeutic skills with research skills and who make use of a dance / movement vocabulary that is rooted in principles of (modern) dance, improvisation and Laban movement analysis. Dance is a powerful tool to use in therapeutic settings. Dance therapy has developed specific methods for identifying and working with psychosocial, psychosomatic, psychological and psychiatric issues and disorders. 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 critical reflection connecting it all, building up the enquiring mind and getting acquainted with mental health care institutions through regular fieldwork visits.
Classes take place every Friday, two Saturdays per month and three intensive weeks (Oct., Feb. and June/July). Fieldwork visits need to be scheduled individually on other days.

Year 2 – Connecting: Year two will focus more on practice; pathology and different client populations, treatment goals, observation skills, 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). Internships take place on other days of the week.

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 on Fridays 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 Research modules, classes and labs,  and the research project leading to a master thesis offer 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, MDaT 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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Each programme has its own admission procedure with accompanying selection criteria and supplementary requirements. To be admitted to the Master Dance Therapy at Codarts:

  • A specific entrance audition must be passed,
  • you should be in possession of a bachelor diploma, or equivalent,
  • and have a minimum of two years work experience after having acquired the bachelor degree.
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Praktische info

In the Netherlands there are two types of student tuition fees: statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. 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 already obtain a master’s degree in the Netherlands (2), you are applicable to pay the statutory tuition fee of € 2006 (academic year 2017 – 2018). In case you  do not meet requirement 1 and 2, you pay the institutional tuition fee set for the MA in DT at € 3.660 (academic year 2017-2018).The institutional fee can vary between universities, for Codarts it is € 4.730. For the Master of Arts Therapies the amount is € 3.660 because of its part-time status.

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) obtained 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 program 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 of Arts Therapies, Dance Therapy Programme

+31 10 217 11 00

Kruisplein 26

3012 CC Rotterdam