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What will I learn?

Every student who chooses Theatre and Performance Studies in the Arts, Culture and Media Department opts for an interdisciplinary program. Here, students focus upon the role that theatre and the performing arts play within culture and society. The main aim of the programme is to create qualified and motivated theatre professionals with well-rounded knowledge of all forms of theatre (from antiquity to today) as well as of the contemporary theatre market and its increasing interdisciplinarity.

The core modules within Theatre and Performance Studies offer students an introduction to the theory and history of theatre, by covering a wide range of genres and forms, such as ancient drama, dramatic and post-dramatic theatre, experimental theatre and dance, and multidisciplinary performance. In order to highlight the richness of theatre traditions, Theatre and Performance Studies offer insights into a number of perspectives and research methods. We analyze key drama and dramaturgical texts through close-readings and hermeneutic analyses. We visit a number of local and international productions. We have pre- and post-show discussions with theatre makers related to their creative process and to subjects taken from relevant frameworks, including those of semiotics, gender studies, sociology, and performance studies. In individual research and in group projects, students focus upon the creation and perception of theatre; the goals and intentions of theatre makers; and the public’s actual experiences and interpretations. Additionally, students are asked to conduct high quality fieldwork in different phases of their studies. In this way students also have the opportunity to come into contact with the practical side of the artistic process.

Ultimately, the students of Theatre and Performance Studies of KCM

Examine the particularities and development of theatre as an art medium throughout the centuries

Come into contact with the diverse theatre forms present in contemporary artistic production (in the Netherlands and internationally)

Learn to identify what constitutes a theatre production and to critically analyze contemporary performances

Understands the complexity of the theatre field, the role of distribution and the importance of reception

Conduct high quality fieldwork by attending international theatre festivals, working in theatre venues, creating theatre works, discussing and collaborating as dramaturges with theatre artists etc.

During a three-year programme, students follow the required modules in their own arts specialization (Theatre and Performance Studies), a second arts discipline, as well as integrated arts courses highlighting the role of arts in society.

Job prospects

Once you have graduated, you will be qualified to work within organisations related to the arts, such as theatres, arts companies, concert halls, popular music venues, orchestras and museums. You could also work for a publishing firm, within government institutions, for research companies, or within public media organizations (radio, TV or internet). Your employment tasks will range from arts curatorship and arts research and evaluation to management and policy consultation.

Job examples

Research Positions
Criticism and Analysis
Arts Education (as MA specialisation)
Arts Policy and Marketing
Other job possibilities

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
€9,500.00 (7,76,144) per year
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Groningen

Broerstraat 5,


9712 CP, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have qualifications that are considered equivalent to the Dutch pre-university diploma (VWO). TOEFL iBT: 90 (min. 21 every item); IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (min. 6.0 every item)

For international students

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an International Baccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diploma that is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Students with a Dutch 'hbo propedeuse' diploma also need to meet the language requirements.

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1 (B2 for no more than two components). Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of 180.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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