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Master Performing Public Space

  • 1 year(s)
  • English
  • Master
  • Full-time

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The international Master Performing Public Space (PPS) is designed for artists from a variety of art disciplines, who currently focus on public space as their artistic environment.


Performing Public Space is committed to understanding how cultural developments can produce meaningful change within our shared spaces, based on the idea that public space exists only when it is socially performed. In a time in which political and social structures are re-considered heavily, PPS offers a flexible and innovative environment to artistically question, redefine and reclaim public space in its broadest sense. Combining an interdisciplinary range of approaches and subjects, with an equally diverse range of research methods, PPS creates the opportunity for artists to explore their practice and its potential in public space. Creatives with a background in theatre, dance, circus, music, fine arts, architecture, digital arts and graphic design are welcome to join this program.

Why this study?

  • International art and research community
  • Individual coaching and collective experimentation
  • Work in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Strengthen critical and artistic positioning
  • 24/7 access to the online learning platform


What will you learn?

The primary goal of the program is to enable students to adopt an independent and critical reflective attitude while inventively switching between different roles in the organizational process of their artistic research. This Master offers its students the necessary tools to perform critically and effectively as artists and researchers, able to navigate complex modes and methods surrounding the contemporary artistic process and result.

  • you acquire the skills needed to conduct artistic research
  • you develop well-grounded artistic strategies
  • you gain a stronger awareness of and position in the sociopolitical context

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"Rebecca Schneider argued that the polis ‘appears’ wherever people -who act and speak- appear, recognizing in this way the close relation of politics to performance. In PPS we experiment in practice with these public appearances through artistic research that reveals the complex potentiality of such endeavor."

Danae Theodoridou / PPS Coach



Master Performing Public Space is a blended learning program. This means that the program combines continuous online and intensive on-site education.

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Bootcamps are intensive education weeks hosted on-site in Tilburg, the Netherlands.
The attendance of every student is mandatory. Each Bootcamp is 40h+ for two weeks.
Every bootcamp is tailor made but consists of the following modules: Artistic Research, Co-Creation & Participatory Practices, Public Space Discourse, Network/Entrepreneurship, Artistic Workshops, Theory Lectures.


Bootcamps academic year 2024-2025 are to be announced in spring 2024.

The on-site bootcamp education weeks provide the necessary setting and hands-on approach to investigate, develop and test work in the field - the public space.

The online learning environment (distance learning) offers students a 24/7 platform for intensive research and creative dialogue with their peers and mentors throughout the program.


The Master Performing Public Space is conducted in English. Foreign students are required to prove English proficiency at IELTS level 6.0


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The master course will take 12 months (1 year), full-time (60 ECTS).
Approximately 20 hours theory and assignments, 20 hours individual project development. 

Starting dates

The new study year 2024/25 Master Performing Public Space starts in August, 2024. Application for the study year 2024/25 is open. Click here for more information.

Graduation / Show case

At the end of every academic year, PPS presents the work conducted by its students in the frame of the program in different formats. After finishing your project, you will have the opportunity to present it to a wider audience in exhibition spaces and/or during our graduation event. A printed catalogue and online project gallery are published every year containing the individual work of students and all collective projects developed.



Bachelor Degree

preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice

English language proficiency

Code of conduct

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

    Bachelor Degree

    preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice

    English language proficiency


    As a non-EU/EEA student, the Netherlands will require an Entry Visa* (MVV) and a Residence Permit. Fontys will apply on behalf of its students for these documents. We recommend you start the process early, i.e. approximately three months before you plan to enter the Netherlands.
    Master Performing Public Space is a blended program: partly distance learning (online) and partly on-site in the Netherlands. 2 Weeks in October, 2 weeks in January, 2 weeks in May. A valid travel orresidency visa is required to enter the Netherlands.

    *except nationals from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea, the USA and Vatican City State.

    Code of conduct

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

      • Bachelor Degree (preferably in the arts or in a related artistic practice).
      • Sufficient command of the English language.


      Code of conduct

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


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        “I believe there is no such thing as a “public space” – it’s all territories. So let’s start negotiating borders.”

        Kitt Johnson / Artist & Researcher / Denmark / PPS Network
        Photo by Mike Ao Leong


        International network

        Performing Public Space is active in forming collaborations with other cultural institutions, organizing online discussions on contemporary topics and growing its presence in the educational and cultural landscape. This growing PPS community can be a pillar of support for its artists before and after graduation.

        Collaborative projects

        The Master Performing Public Space collaborates with its network on projects and initiatives on a regular basis, in order to stay an active and engaged partner in the relevant work field. Follow this link to our projects.

        Master Performing Public Space is a member of the IETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) and the International Master Network for Art in Public Space.

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        Professorship Artistic Connective Practices

        The professorship Artistic Connective Practices aims to investigate how artists and their artistic (research) practices can contribute to the transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society. The professorship is closely collaborating with Master Performing Public Space by facilitating experimentations and discussions.

        "The Master Performing Public Space is a programme that allows and challenges artists to develop artistic questions on the "use" of public space and on its "users" and "uses"; to create work that "is-not-yet but should-be"(Donna Haraway); to develop ideas in and through practice and research, what public space can be." - Falk Hübner, Head of Professorship, Fontys Arts.




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        Statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees

        A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

        Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:

        • Low institutional tuition fees
        • High institutional tuition fees

        Different types of tuition fees and Exemption Regulations

        These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the:

            The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:

            • 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.
            • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
            • 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.


            Are you a talented student with a non-EU / non-EEA nationality and do you wish to study at Fontys Academy of the Arts?

            We have 2 NL Scholarship (formerly known as Holland Scholarship) available for our Master program Performing Public Space.

            The NL Scholarship is only eligible for non-EU students, and amounts to a € 5.000 grant to be received during the academic year.

            NL Scholarship

            The NL Scholarship provides a partial scholarship for your one year of study within our Master program Performing Public Space. The scholarship of € 5.000 is financed by Fontys University of Applied Sciences and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

            General application criteria NL Scholarship

            • Your nationality is non-EU / non-EEA
            • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions
            • You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands
            • You have read the general conditions of the NL Scholarship Programme*
            • You are aware that your application details may be shared with EP Nuffic and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

            Additional program criteria NL Scholarship

            • You have registered for the Fontys Master Performing Public Space at www.studielink.nl 
            • You meet the general admission requirements of the programme of your choice (to be determined by the admission board) and the application deadline for Non-EU Nationalities: March 4, 2024

            • Students that want to be considered for the NL Scholarship will be asked to motivate (+/- 500 words) how they plan to use this scholarship for the Master Program Performing Public Space.

            The application for the NL Scholarship for the academic year 2024-2025 will open around November 2023.

             You can find an application form here

            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.


            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.

            Before starting your study at Fontys, you must find suitable housing. Unfortunately, it is not easy for international students to find accommodation in the Netherlands due to the housing crisis. Start your accommodation search early. Please be aware that finding a place to live is your own responsibility. However, we are happy to assist in any way we can.


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            "My experience of the Master Performing Public Space course has been nothing short of transformative. I entered the course with a desire to crack open my ways of thinking, making, doing, and being. The course offered this and much more. This intense one-year program served as an invaluable platform for the development of my artistic practice, expansion and fine-tuning of my skill sets, and acceleration of my knowledge, not just as a dance artist, academic, and artistic researcher, but also as a human being.”

            Florinda Camilleri, Dance Artist, PPS Graduate 2022, Malta
            Photo by Kamila Wolszczak

            How to apply

            Application for study year 2024-2025 is open

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            Step 1: Register for Application on Studielink.

            Step 2: Complete the online application form (sent to you after step 1 is completed)

            Step 3: Submit your materials (find full list here)

            Step 4: Meet us at the interview (you will receive an invitation)

            Early Review: January 31, 2024

            Non-EU: March 4, 2024

            - Official deadline was April 30, 2024.
            - Extended deadline is May 31, 2024




            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

            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.

            Do you want to be a part of it? Simply share your details, and you'll be among the first to receive updates.

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            Personal meeting

            Do you want to schedule a personal meeting? Contact us via e-mail or send us a message via WhatsApp. We are available on weekdays.

            Past events

            Recording Webinar #1

            Date: November 26, 2022

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            Recording Webinar #2

            Date: January 2, 2023

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            Recording webinar #3

            Date: March 25, 2023

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