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The Master's programme Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam provides opportunities to acquire insight into the processes of theatrical creation and perception.
Aspects of theatre and performance are omnipresent in today's global community. It is therefore important to study theatre in the broadest sense of the word, not only as part of the national (Dutch) culture but also as a cultural phenomenon currently undergoing a process of globalisation. The Master's programme Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam provides a wide range of opportunities for acquiring insight into processes of theatrical creation and perception, as well as aspects of theatricality both within and across cultures. The courses are organised around five themes: theatre and history, theatre and society, performance and theatre analysis, theories of theatre, and performance and performativity.
The Master's programme in Theatre Studies yields 60 ECTS credits: 40 credits for electives and 20 credits for a Master's thesis.
The specific number of coursework a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least one year.
Courses and performance
Each student chooses four elective courses, enabling them to focus on either:
- Theatre and History
- Theatre and Society
- Performance and Theatre Analysis
- Theories of Theatre, Performance and Performativity
Students can also prepare a performance together with students of the Professional Master's in Dramaturgy. In this practical course, students cooperate with fellow students on staging a play. This project enables students to acquire first-hand experience regarding what happens when a text becomes a performance (including the potential problems associated with this process).
The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of two academic staff members involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser(s).
The Theatre Studies Master's programme is the English version of the UvA's Dutch-taught programme in Theaterwetenschap. Students who successfully complete this programme receive a Master's degree in Theaterwetenschap and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Students who show exceptional promise during a Regular or Professional Master's programme are encouraged to continue their studies in a Research Master's programme. Once students are admitted to the Research Master's programme, they can transfer credits earned during their previous course of study towards their Research Master's degree. The examination committee determines which courses qualify for transfer.
Scholarships / Grants:
The University of Amsterdam:
The University of Amsterdam provides a limited number of full and partial scholarships for excellent students from outside the European Economic Area. The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships have specifically been designed to offer talented, ambitious and dedicated students the opportunity to pursue a Mast
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