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Master Choreography

  • 2 years
  • English
  • Master
  • Part-time
Starts September | Tilburg, Rotterdam

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COMMA: Co-creation of Movement Masters of Arts. A comma 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.

About

This part time 2 year innovative Joint Degree Master Choreography is run jointly by Codarts University of the Arts in Rotterdam and Fontys Academy of the 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.

Why Master Choreography?

  • Designed to support experienced movement makers/choreographers
  • Autonomy and flexibility in designing your path towards a master's qualification
  • Teachers on the programme will come from a wide variety of fields including circus, dance and community arts

 

What are you going to learn?

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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Our master of Choreography is kind of a platform, it's a community where peers with the same interest in choreography meet."

Dirk Dumon, programme manager

 

How does your week look?

The Master Choreography COMMA is designed so that at the end of the 2 year study graduated students will have gained new ways of approaching and communicating their creative practice.

 
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Master Choreography programme video

 

Courses

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.

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, thinkin 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 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.
 
 

English language proficiency

Entry requirements

Candidates that will be considered for this masters should meet the following criteria:

  • An academic background that is equivalent to an arts college or university degree, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output.
  • Or a dance/circus education from an internationally recognized academy, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output at a professional level.
  • In some cases dance education and choreographic experience may be judged using different criteria in order to allow for a broad spectrum of students. Equivalency will be determined by the institutions of Codarts and Fontys once the applicant has been short listed. If you are not sure about you whether you might be eligible for the course advice can be requested from the course team.
  • International students must be able to pass an English language proficiency test.
  • The student has an ongoing relationship with an institution or person in the working field that can provide them with studio resources (outside of the intensives), feedback and if possible the opportunity to present their final production in a discipline appropriate public forum.
  • This is something that the course team can help you to find if you do not already have an idea who or where this could be.

What you need to include with your submission:

  • A curriculum vitae with information about education and professional experience.
  • Documentation of your creative experience (a portfolio) with a least 2 video recordings in a readable format.
  • Critical responses to your work if available (reviews)
  • A motivation letter which includes:

- Personal background and motivation
- Professional background and motivation
- A prototype research question with:
- a description of the background of the question
- possible research trajectories
- the potential for your research question in terms of productive or generative outcomes for your working field
- a discussion of what co-creation means for you in your current practice
- a description of what you expect from the course and what you could bring to it.

Code of conduct

Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct


    English language proficiency

    Entry requirements

    Candidates that will be considered for this masters should meet the following criteria:

    • An academic background that is equivalent to an arts college or university degree, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output.
    • Or a dance/circus education from an internationally recognized academy, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output at a professional level.
    • In some cases dance education and choreographic experience may be judged using different criteria in order to allow for a broad spectrum of students. Equivalency will be determined by the institutions of Codarts and Fontys once the applicant has been short listed. If you are not sure about you whether you might be eligible for the course advice can be requested from the course team.
    • International students must be able to pass an English language proficiency test.
    • The student has an ongoing relationship with an institution or person in the working field that can provide them with studio resources (outside of the intensives), feedback and if possible the opportunity to present their final production in a discipline appropriate public forum.
    • This is something that the course team can help you to find if you do not already have an idea who or where this could be.

    What you need to include with your submission:

    • A curriculum vitae with information about education and professional experience.
    • Documentation of your creative experience (a portfolio) with a least 2 video recordings in a readable format.
    • Critical responses to your work if available (reviews)
    • A motivation letter which includes:

    - Personal background and motivation
    - Professional background and motivation
    - A prototype research question with:
    - a description of the background of the question
    - possible research trajectories
    - the potential for your research question in terms of productive or generative outcomes for your working field
    - a discussion of what co-creation means for you in your current practice
    - a description of what you expect from the course and what you could bring to it.

    Code of conduct

    Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

      Language requirements for Dutch students

      For the English taught programmes, the minimum English language proficiency required. As an applicant with a Dutch MBO-4, HAVO- or VWO-diploma you can be exempted from submitting the language proficiency test.

      Entry requirements

      Candidates that will be considered for this masters should meet the following criteria:

      • An academic background that is equivalent to an arts college or university degree, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output.
      • Or a dance/circus education from an internationally recognized academy, at least 5 years professional experience and evidence of creative output at a professional level.
      • In some cases dance education and choreographic experience may be judged using different criteria in order to allow for a broad spectrum of students. Equivalency will be determined by the institutions of Codarts and Fontys once the applicant has been short listed. If you are not sure about you whether you might be eligible for the course advice can be requested from the course team.
      • International students must be able to pass an English language proficiency test.
      • The student has an ongoing relationship with an institution or person in the working field that can provide them with studio resources (outside of the intensives), feedback and if possible the opportunity to present their final production in a discipline appropriate public forum.
      • This is something that the course team can help you to find if you do not already have an idea who or where this could be.

      What you need to include with your submission:

      • A curriculum vitae with information about education and professional experience.
      • Documentation of your creative experience (a portfolio) with a least 2 video recordings in a readable format.
      • Critical responses to your work if available (reviews)
      • A motivation letter which includes:

      - Personal background and motivation
      - Professional background and motivation
      - A prototype research question with:
      - a description of the background of the question
      - possible research trajectories
      - the potential for your research question in terms of productive or generative outcomes for your working field
      - a discussion of what co-creation means for you in your current practice
      - a description of what you expect from the course and what you could bring to it.

      Code of conduct

      Fontys University of Applied Sciences will act according to the Code of Conduct

         
         

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            • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
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            • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

            Some Fontys study programmes offer the NL scholarship to their students. Check out the link to see if this study programme participates and for more information.

            You might also be eligible for other scholarships not provided by Fontys. These can be found on the Study in NL website.

            Paying in instalments

            Collection will occur in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

            If paying the full sum in a single payment

            If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

            Non-EU students

            Incoming non-EU students will receive a payment letter from their study department, which must be paid before the deadline. In the following academic years, payment can be made by direct debit.

            Non-SEPA

            If you have a Bank account number of which the bank is not situated in one of the SEPA countries, and you are a national of a country outside the EEA without an address in The Netherlands, then you will receive a payment letter from Fontys via your course department.

            The Dutch currency unit is the Euro (i.e. abbreviated to ‘EUR’ or ‘€’).

            The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between EUR 1,100 and EUR 1,500 per month. These living expenses cover rent, insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. 

            Dutch Immigration Service (IND) requires non-EEA students to proof they have access to € 14.641 per year (€ 7.320 per semester)

            Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week and books. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months. 

             
             

            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.

             

             

            Admission


            The next start date for our programme is August 2025 and the selection process will take place in Spring 2025. If you are interested in applying you can make contact by using the form under the Admission Page on the Codarts website. 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 officially closed in February 2024. 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 April 2025, 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 (download the file at the botton of this page). Alternatively sign up for one of our Open Days. Dates and more information can be found in the calendar and on the open days page. 

            For specific questions, you can send an email to fhkchoreography@fontys.nl

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            Agenda

            Sign up for one of our events. There's no better way to find out if this study programme is right for you! Visit a webinar from the comfort of your home or meet us live on campus. Whichever you choose, we hope to meet you soon.

            Open Day
            November 2, 2024
            Programme

            Having trouble making up your mind about your future studies? Or maybe you've already decided? Either way, we invite you to experience it firsthand at our Open Day. Step onto our campus and get a real taste of what your chosen study programme could be like. Our students and teachers will be your guides, ready to show you around.

            Mark your calendar for our upcoming Open Day on November 2nd, 2024.

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